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2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV First Look Review About A Hot New Electric Crossover

Jul 19, 2022
2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV First Look Review About A Hot New Electric Crossover

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV First Look Review About A Hot New Electric Crossover

 

2024 Chevy Blazer EV Debuts With Up to 557 HP or 320 Miles of Range

The electric Blazer will start at around $45,000 and be offered with front-, rear- or all-wheel drive.

Front 3/4 view of a white 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV

General Motors’ Ultium electric car platform is mighty impressive, but so far the only production models we’ve seen use it have been the luxurious Cadillac Lyriq, the outrageous GMC Hummer EV and the expensive (at first) Chevrolet Silverado EV. But now Chevy has fully unveiled the new Blazer EV, which will be a wholly mainstream crossover when it goes on sale next summer.

A front three-quarters view of the Blazer EV was first shown last month, but now we’ve got a full set of images showing multiple trim levels of the new Blazer. More than just the existing gas-powered Blazer with an electric powertrain stuffed in, the Blazer EV is new from the ground up and has a look all its own with sculpted haunches, boomerang-shaped LED lights, short overhangs and a low, wide stance.

Sportier trim levels like the range-topping SS have more air intakes and a larger faux grille up front, but even the base model looks great. The RS and SS get a full-width front light bar and illuminated logo that have a welcome animation and show charge status when plugged in. That prominent fender vent is functional, too.

The interior is an evolution of the current Blazer’s, with design cues and tech taken from the Silverado EV. Every Blazer EV has an 11-inch digital gauge cluster and a 17.7-inch central touchscreen canted toward the driver, the latter of which has a physical volume knob and sits above a number of analog climate controls.

There are a trio of round Camaro-style air vents in the lower dash, and some trim levels get rad integrated ambient lighting. The SS has orange accents and leather seats with a cool lightning bolt perforation pattern.

Not many performance details or specs are available yet, but Chevy did announce the Blazer EV’s standout figures. It’ll be available with front-, rear- or all-wheel drive depending on trim, and no matter the setup, the Blazer has independent suspension at all four corners. The Blazer EV SS will offer 557 horsepower and 648 pound-feet of torque and can hit 60 mph in under 4 seconds when using the WOW (Wide Open Watts) mode.

Chevy says the SS has “the soul of a sports car.” Regenerative braking will have legit one-pedal driving capability, and it looks like the Blazer has the same regen-activating steering wheel paddle as the Bolt EV.

The Blazer EV will be available with front-, rear- or all-wheel drive depending on model and battery size, and no matter the setup, the SUV has an independent suspension at all four corners. The Blazer EV SS will offer 557 horsepower and 648 pound-feet of torque and can hit 60 mph in under 4 seconds when using the WOW (Wide Open Watts) mode.

Chevy says the SS has “the soul of a sports car.” Regenerative braking will have legit one-pedal driving capability, and it looks like the Blazer has the same regen-activating steering wheel paddle as the Bolt EV. Range estimates fall anywhere from 247 to 320 miles depending on trim level. Here’s a chart that’ll help break some of it down.

Chevy Blazer EV Specs

1LT 2LT RS SS
Drivetrain FWD FWD or AWD FWD, AWD or RWD AWD
Range (est.) 247 miles 293 miles 320 miles 290 miles
Wheels 19-inch 19-inch 21-inch 22-inch

Depending on the model, the Blazer EV can accept DC fast-charging speeds of up to 190 kW, with the ability to add 78 miles of range in 10 minutes of being plugged in. The Blazer EV comes with an 11.5-kW onboard charger, and owners will be able to use GM’s Ultium Charge 360 service and over 100,000 public chargers across the US.

GM’s Super Cruise hands-free driver-assist tech will be optional on the Blazer EV, along with new safety features like advanced parking assist and reverse automatic braking. Other available features include an automatic power tailgate, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, 22-inch wheels, multiple USB-C ports, a wireless phone charger, navigation with EV route planning and a powered charge port door.

The first Blazer EV models to go on sale will be the 2LT and RS trims, which will start at $47,595 and $51,995 respectively, both before destination. Those will hit dealers in summer 2023, with the $65,995 SS to come later in 2023. Then the entry-level 1LT will be launched in the first quarter of 2024 for $44,995 alongside a PPV police fleet model. The Blazer EV will be produced at the same Mexico factory that builds the current Blazer.

 

Chevy Blazer EV Police Car Coming in 2024

It’s based on the high-performance Blazer SS EV.

2024 Chevy Blazer EV Police Pursuit Vehicle

Alongside the debut of the new Blazer EV SUV on Monday, Chevrolet showed a police-prepped variant, which is expected to arrive in early 2024. We only have this single photo to go on right now, but Chevy will likely release more information as the Blazer EV nears production.

Chevy says the Police Pursuit Vehicle will be based on the high-performance Blazer SS EV and will have “the largest Ultium battery in the lineup.” Expect power output matching the SS, so a healthy 557 horsepower and 648 pound-feet of torque, and at least 290 miles of estimated range.

The Blazer EV PPV will have the SS’ front Brembo brakes for the best stopping performance, and Chevy says this version has a police-specific interior designed to accommodate cops and their gear. It’s unclear if the Blazer EV PPV will have all the same driver-assistance technologies as the civilian variant.

In addition to the PPV, Chevy says the Blazer EV’s various trims “offer different range and content suited for additional fleet and commercial customers.” That means we could see the B l a z e r EV pressed into service as a rental car, security patrol or even a delivery vehicle.

The 2024 Chevy Blazer E V will go on sale in summer 2023, priced around $47,595. The SS is expected to start around $66,000, though pricing for the PPV is still TBD.

 

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