After teasing the public with small glimpses since March, General Motors has officially unveiled the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV, including trim details, estimated range and prices. In addition to four different trimmers, GM designs a police pursuit car. Here is what we have learned so far.
The audience first heard about the Chevy Blazer EV at GM’s CES 2022 event. Although the all-electric Silverado was the main focus of the presentation, GM CEO Mary Barra left the audience in Las Vegas with one last surprise at the end.
That’s where we got our first glimpse of the Blazer Super Sport (SS) trim – the first performance trim of any EV under the Chevy brand, but that’s about all we learned at the time. In June, GM offered a more robust tease of the Blazer EV, which confirmed that it would come as a 2024 model in the spring of 2023.
According to a tweet from Barra, the world would learn more on July 18. Well, here we are, and as promised, GM has shared many tasteful new details about the Blazer EV and all four upcoming trims. Here’s a look at three of them to begin with:
The Chevy Blazer EV comes in four variants, plus PPV for the police
Having covered the limited details of the Blazer EV in the past, we have had specific questions related to trim levels, range, whether it will be AWD, and of course how much it will cost. Well, GM has answered all of these questions and saw some in a press release that coincided with a public debut event in Los Angeles tonight.
Let’s start with the actual trims. In addition to the SS variant that was originally teased, the Blazer EV will come in three additional trim, each offering different engine configurations, series and interior design. All trim is built on GM’s Ultium EV platform.
Although the SS is the only model that comes with four-wheel drive as standard, it is an available alternative in two of the other three trims. Here’s how they compare side by side (including price).
|Chevy Blazer EV Trim||1LT||2LT||RS||SS|
|Wheel||19 “||19 “||21 “||22 “|
|Driveline (default)||FWD||FWD||FWD or
|GM estimated range *||247 mi||293 mi||320 mi||290 mi|
|Starts MSRP||$ 44,995||$ 47,595||$ 51,995||$ 65,995|
Although we’ve learned a lot more about the different trims of the Blazer EV, the SS remains the focus of GM’s latest release. With AWD standard propulsion, the Super Sport EV is estimated to deliver 557 horsepower and 648 lb-ft of torque.
It also comes with Wide Open Watts (WOW) mode, which is similar to the Watts to Freedom mode on the GMC Hummer EV. GM estimates that the Blazer SS can sprint 0-60 mph in less than four seconds. Here are some more pictures, including a head-up screen (HUD):
Other cool features
Chevy also shared that the Blazer EV will be able to achieve 11.5 kW on level 2 AC chargers, and 190 kW on DC fast chargers – equivalent to about 78 miles of range in ten minutes. That said, the carmaker did not specify which model (s) can cover these costs.
We asked a Chevy for clarification and were told that the charging specifications will be revealed at a later date. In the meantime, here are some other cool features to look forward to:
- Full LED exterior lighting, with choreographed walk-up / walk-away animation on RS and SS
- Super Cruise hands-free driving technology available on compatible roads
- ADAS features such as Revers Automatic Braking and Advanced Park Assist
- LT trimmer has a monochromatic appearance
- RS has a black grill and other black details
- SS has a unique front grill, two-tone color choice including black roof and A-pillars
- Front lighting on RS and SS conveys the charging mode while the electric car is connected
- The tailgate can be opened hands-free when the key tag is recognized by the rear sensors
- Hands-free start – the driver simply presses the brake pedal after closing the door
Despite being on the Ultium platform and part of GM’s Ultium Charge 360 network, Chevy did not mention the plug-and-charge features on the Blazer in the press release. We asked GM to clarify and were told that the all-electric Blazer will actually have Plug and Charge features. Pooh!
You may soon be stopped by police driving a Chevy Blazer EV
In addition to the “civilian” models of the all-electric Blazer outlined above, Chevy is developing a model specifically designed for officers in blue, called a Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV). According to the release:
Based on the Blazer SS model, the Blazer EV PPV will have the largest Ultium battery in the range and will be available with rear-wheel drive or with a four-wheel drive system with two engines. PPV will use Blazer SS high-performance Brembo brakes at the front to ensure short stopping distances. The specially built Blazer EV PPV model has a police-specific interior designed for police officers with plenty of space for emergency equipment.
Chevrolet also announced that the available trims will offer different ranges and designs for fleet and commercial customers, so the Blazer EV seems to be quite versatile already. Let’s take a look inside, shall we?
Whatever trim level you decide on, the interior of the Blazer EV has a 17.7-inch diagonal touch screen, an 11-inch diagonal driver information center in the instrument cluster and LED lighting throughout. From there, however, the interior changes quite a bit as you move upward in the trim hierarchy.
As you can see in the image comparison above, there is virtually no variation between the 1LT and 2LT tires on the Blazer EV, perhaps just slightly different seat materials. Look below. When you come to RS, you will see big differences, and even more variations when you get the SS interior.
Below are some additional interior features:
- Two-row layout and flat floor provide plenty of space and storage options
- Standard ambient lighting with personalization function on RS and SS lists
- Unique RS and SS trim and design signals
- Blue and red contrast stitch on the right
- Suede microfiber seats on SS, adrenaline-red seats and available Argon Orange accents
- Heated and ventilated front seats on the RS and SS, together with heated outer rear seats that are standard on the SS and available on the RS as an option
- Heated steering wheel on RS and SS
- Sculpted valves inspired by turbines
Chevy Blazer EV reservations and delivery timelines
We have already shared “how much”, but your next question must of course be “when?” To refine things, Chevy has shared sales / production timelines for the Blazer EV as follows:
Sales start in the summer of 2023 with 2LT ($ 47,595) and RS ($ 51,995) trim. SS ($ 65,995) will follow later in 2023, followed by 1LT ($ 44,995) and PPV in Q1 of 2024.
The electrified Blazers will be built at GM’s production facility in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, where the combustion versions of the Blazer are currently being produced. Blazer EV reservations are now available on the Chevy website. Want more Blazer? Check out Chevy’s detailed video below:
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