Mary Barra confirms Chevrolet Blazer EV debut for 2022 [Update]

‘Super Cruise’ and ‘Auto sleuths imagine the Blazer EV’ sections added.

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 Chevrolet 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 release date & price

In her CES 2022 speech, Barra revealed the Chevrolet Blazer EV release date. She said that GM will unwrap the electric midsize SUV later this year 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)

Interestingly the same day, GM disclosed a more specific launch timeline of the Blazer EV in the Equinox EV announcement. It said that the Chevrolet Blazer EV will become available in spring 2023.

The Chevrolet Blazer EV price could start at around $40,000, and move well past $50,000 with all the available options and variants.

Platform & Specifications

The Blazer EV would use the GM’s third-gen EV platform and Ultium batteries which is core to GM’s EV business strategy, to quickly develop and introduce new products. 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 products.

Given that the Blazer is targeted towards small and young families, it would be safe to assume range options of up to around 300 miles. It should be an easy task for General Motors, considering it targets 400+ miles of range on the Silverado EV. 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.

Chevrolet Silverado EV interior teaser
Some of the Silverado EV features, like its fixed glass roof, could be carried forward to smaller Chevrolet EVs. Image – GM

Super Cruise

GM plans to offer Super Cruise on 22 models by 2023, and the Chevrolet 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.

Auto sleuths imagine the Blazer EV

Despite the Blazer EV’s official debut only months away, GM decided not to reveal a concept or sketches at CES 2022. However, auto illustrators are already at it, virtually creating their versions to preview the expected design. Kleber Silva (KDesign AG) mashes up the gas-powered Blazer’s exterior with that of the Equinox EV. The dramatic split lights and straight bonnet of the Equinox EV make this Blazer EV appear more intense than the gas-engined version.

Chevrolet Blazer EV rendering
Chevrolet Blazer EV rendering by Behance user Kleber Silva/KDesign AG.

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).

Featured Image – General Motors