Update: ‘Chevrolet Blazer EV Design’ section updated.
During a meeting with the Automotive Press Association in Detroit on December 10, 2021, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said that the carmaker’s EV onslaught would include a Chevy Blazer EV. Among other future products are the Chevrolet Equinox EV and Chevrolet Silverado EV, which debuted in a virtual keynote at CES 2022 on January 5, 2022.
Barra added that the company is advancing EV projects and going at them as quickly as possible, stating that it will be a “really great business.” She said that the electric Blazer would be made “sooner rather than later” but did not give an exact timeline for its launch at that point.
Chevrolet Blazer EV Design
The 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV looks sleeker than the gas-powered SUV. It appears to sit lower, featuring a sharply dropping roofline for a dynamic character. At the front, LED DRL bars that meet an illuminated Chevrolet logo cover the width of the SUV, the hood has a powerful bulge, and an A-shaped grille leaves a dominant impression.
On the sides, designers have created tension with curves, and sculpting on the doors and quarter panels. Customers will appreciate the large rear quarter glass during long journeys. The SUV has a long wheelbase and short overhangs, hinting at a high level of space efficiency.
When the first batch of spy shots of the upcoming Chevrolet Blazer EV emerged on InsideEVs on April 18, 2022, we got a look at its rear-end. Key elements at the rear include a raked rear windscreen, shark-fin antenna, and roof-integrated spoiler that flows downward and wraps around the sides of the windshield. On the rear bumper, there are two horizontal reflectors as well. A portion of the tail lamps flows out onto the shoulder area.
A new interior spy shot emerged on InsideEVs (via KGP photography), showcasing the Chevy Blazer EV prototype’s cabin. The driving position appears low and sporty, while the center console is large. Moreover, there seems to be ample shoulder room between the front passengers, hinting at a wide, flat, and spacious cabin. The rest of the elements like steering, dashboard, and touchscreen remain entirely wrapped in the spy image.
Platform & Specifications
The Chevy Blazer EV would ride on GM’s third-gen EV platform and Ultium batteries which play a crucial role in speeding up the development and launch of new EVs. By the time the Blazer EV hits dealer showrooms, GM should have access to an extensive parts bin from the Silverado EV to the upcoming Equinox EV. We could see component sharing for the interior and infotainment screens between these cars.
Given that the Electric Blazer is targeted towards small and young families, it would be safe to assume range options of up to 300 miles. It should be an easy task for General Motors, considering it targets 400+ miles of range on the Silverado EV and has developed capable hardware. Additionally, the third-gen EV platform could also help GM experiment with the nameplate to stretch the wheelbase for a 3-row 5+2 seater option; a 7-seat Blazer is currently exclusively offered in China.
2024 Chevy Blazer SS EV
On March 9, 2022, GM announced the 2024 Chevy Blazer SS EV, a performance variant of the Blazer EV, which will be the first Chevrolet SS employing a pure-electric powertrain. The model year GM used in the name indicated that the Blazer EV is on track to arrive next year.
We have no information on how it drives, but the Electric Chevy Blazer SS will look more exciting than the standard model. GM’s teaser video shows the 2024 Blazer SS EV hoisted on special six-twin-spoke alloy wheels featuring a two-tone silver-black finish and a red SS logo in the central-bottom spoke. The short clip reveals that the Blazer EV model line will have an illuminated charging port with an electronically operating flap on the driver-side fender.
Mustang Mach-E GT & Kia EV6 GT watch out!
First used for a Corvette prototype race car in 1957, SS has had a long history with performance models at Chevrolet. Short for Super Sport, the special designation could assist Chevrolet to market its EVs as engaging, driver-focused models. The brand with the Golden Bowtie has had EVs in its line-up for years, but none have induced excitement among performance enthusiasts. Hopefully, that will change beginning with the Blazer EV SS, which could head straight for the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT that is on sale, and the Kia EV6 GT that will reach dealers later this year.
GM plans to offer Super Cruise on 22 models by 2023, and the Chevy Blazer EV should be one of them. Customer feedback from existing users is very positive, as GM says that 85% of those who have used it have told it that they want it in their next vehicle.
GM will keep adding the hands-free driver assistance technology to more models every year, ultimately making it available in the majority of its cars. It will keep improving Super Cruise with new features such as lane change, on-demand automatic lane change, or trailering.
Blazer’s factory gears up for EV production
Local Mexican news outlet Zocalo reported on March 24, 2022, that production of gas-powered cars has been paused at General Motors’ Ramoz Arizpe complex to facilitate EV conversion processes. GM confirmed in 2021 that it would invest USD 1 billion to expand this plant, and the plan is coming to fruition in 2022.
As per the article, the brand allocated six weeks of conversion time, lasting from March 26 to the second week of May. New equipment like robots would be inducted into the expansion building, and existing production lines will be converted for EVs during this period, the report said. There’s no official word on which EVs GM will manufacture in Mexico. However, the Chevy Blazer EV for the U.S. may roll out of this facility, given that the gas-engined model is produced here.
Chevy Blazer EV release date & price
GM will unwrap the Chevrolet Blazer EV electric midsize SUV on July 18, 2022, and launch it for American customers in 2023.
We will also debut the Blazer EV SUV later this year. Priced right with a high level of refinement and options, the Blazer EV will also be available in 2023. These SUVs (Equinox EV and Blazer EV) will have high appeal, with both retail and fleet customers ready to embrace an EV future, further expanding the breadth of our Ultium platform.Mary Barra, Chair and CEO, GM (CES 2022 keynote on January 5, 2022)
During the Q1 2022 earnings call, Barra disclosed a more specific launch timeline of the Blazer EV, confirming that the model will be unveiled in July:
Chevrolet has already previewed the all-electric Blazer SS, its first fully electric SS model. We’ll reveal the full vehicle in July, and it goes into production mid next year.Mary Barra, Chair and CEO, GM (Q1 2022 earnings call on April 26, 2022)
The Chevy Blazer EV price could start at around $42,000, and move well past $55,000 with all the available options and variants.
30 electric vehicle launches from GM by 2025
GM plans to launch 30 EVs by 2025 and make around 20 models available in North America. Towards this goal, the company has committed an investment of $35 billion (between 2020 and 2025, for EVs and autonomous vehicles).
Chevy Blazer EV FAQs
What is the Chevy Blazer Electric release date?
GM will reveal the full vehicle on July 18, 2022, and start production in mid-2023.
What are the rivals to the Blazer Electric?
What is the expected Chevy Blazer EV price?
We expect prices of the Blazer EV to start at around USD 42,000.
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