Chevrolet gave fans a first look at its forthcoming Blazer electric SUV on Monday through a Tweet by General Motors CEO Mary Barra. The company’s latest battery electric model will debut officially on July 18.
The Chevrolet Blazer EV will be the fourth part of Chevy’s electric vehicle strategy with the Bolt EV and EUV recently getting a price break and the electric Equinox crossover hitting the market in fall of 2023 as a 2024 model. The Chevy Silverado EV was previewed at this year’s CES and will arrive next spring.
For parent company GM, the massively powerful Hummer EV is already on sale with the Sierra pickup and Hummer SUV still on the way.
The new illustration, which the company notes is of a pre-production model and could change, features a similar front lighting setup to the Equinox, but a squarer, more SUV-like front end. The company revealed the (Super Sport) SS trim first, a badge that Chevy uses for its higher-performance versions.
Electric vehicles, with no need for a transmission tunnel and almost all of the powertrain packed under the long hood, feature more space for both front and rear passengers, and cargo.
The rest of the vehicle looks showy but production-ready including big wheels with low-profile tires, a stylized grille that takes inspiration from the gasoline version and what looks like a charging port behind the front wheel. The Blazer features an illuminated bow tie logo, where the Equinox used a traditional one.
The 2024 Chevy Blazer will go on sale in the spring of 2023 and give the company a direct competitor to the Ford Mustang Mach-E. The Mach-E ranges in output from 266 horsepower in the $43,895 Select trim up to 480 horsepower in the $59,900 Mach-E GT. Chevrolet didn’t reveal a price yet for the Blazer EV but the current car starts at $33,400. For reference, the internal combustion Equinox starts at $26,050 and the Equinox EV is expected to come in at around $30,000.
The Blazer will also compete with the popular Tesla Model Y, which starts at $62,990 but does not qualify for the federal EV tax credit as the company’s allocation has run out. The Model Y delivers 450 horsepower and has a range of 330 miles. It was the most popular EV in the U.S. by sales in 2021, followed by the Tesla Model 3.
The new SUV will use General Motor’s Ultium battery platform. Chevrolet didn’t give power or range estimates, but the similarly sized Cadillac Lyriq will go 312 miles on a single charge and deliver 340 horsepower.
More information regarding range, cost and availability is expected when the vehicle debuts next month.
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