Over the last 15 years, the rise of the crossover and SUV has been unavoidably obvious to everyone, including toddlers, as the second-most commonly spoken first words — after "dada" — are now "CX-5 Touring." Chevy has been a major player, now offering five SUVs: the Trax, the Equinox, the Traverse, the Tahoe and the Suburban. Well, it turns out another one is on the way.
The new SUV — shown above under enough fabric to cover Milwaukee in the event of a large thunderstorm — will supposedly revive the Blazer name that hasn’t been used since the demise of the S-10 Blazer in 2005 (save for the TrailBlazer, which somehow lived on through 2009). It will apparently slot between the compact Equinox, which competes with the Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4, and the larger Traverse, which competes with the Explorer and Highlander. That places the Blazer into direct competition with the Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Nissan Murano, with 2-row seating and smaller sizing than traditional midsize SUV fare.
Apparently, the new Chevy Blazer will ride on the same platform as the new GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave, but it’ll be smaller than both of those models; closer in size to the Cadillac XT5 (which also uses the same platform, but only offers 2-row seating). That leaves room for a newly redesigned Chevy Traverse to arrive, likely next year, riding on the same platform but slotting above the Blazer in size.
It may seem like SUV overkill — especially when you factor in two Buick SUVs, two Cadillac SUVs and three GMC SUVs — but it’s hard to blame General Motors for taking advantage of the crossover craze. That’s especially true when a rival like Toyota has six crossover offerings, plus four from luxury brand Lexus. Find a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer for sale