Chevy is bringing the Blazer to its electric car lineup. The mid-sized crossover SUV is GM’s latest gas-powered vehicle with an all-electric version, alongside the Chevy Equinox EV, Silverado EV and GMC Hummer EV.
Chevy isn’t taking the options lightly for the Blazer EV: Buyers can choose between front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or four-wheel drive models. In addition, there will be a powerful Blazer SS model with an output of 557 hp. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds using what the company calls a WOW (wide open watts) mode that recalls other powerful electric setups like Tesla’s Ludicrous and Plaid options, Lucid Motors’ Launch Mode or the Unbridled Extend setting on the Mustang Mach-E. Other trim levels include the 1LT, 2LT and RS, with the 1LT being the most affordable option.
Like Chevy’s other upcoming EVs, the Blazer is also built on the Ultium platform. It is capable of 320 miles of range on a full charge for the RS trim level and can quickly charge up to 190 kW, powering the vehicle with a range of up to 78 miles in 10 minutes, according to GM.
The interior includes a 17.7-inch infotainment screen along with an 11-inch instrument cluster screen, and GM offers the option for its advanced driver-assistance system Super Cruise – which comes standard on the top-of-the-line SS model. The Blazer also has a hands-free starting system that allows you to engage in drive immediately after closing the door and applying the brake.
The Blazer could follow Ford’s successful launch of the Mustang Mach-E, a similarly sized and priced electric vehicle that fills a popular segment of the US market. Both have similar range, charging capabilities and performance trim options. GM’s approach expands on top of Ford’s smaller set of all-electric systems by including a more affordable option in the market in the form of the Chevy Bolt EUV. If you want something a bit more expensive, there’s the Cadillac Lyriq and even the Cadillac Celestiq, which can fill a portfolio closer to GM’s goal of $35 billion to electrify its lineup by 2040.
The Blazer EV 2LT and RS will be available in Summer 2023, with prices starting at approximately $47,595 and $51,995, excluding any fees or destination charges. Chevy plans to release the SS for $65,995 by the end of 2023, with the cheapest 1LT due in Q1 2024 for $44,995.