Everyone here at West Chevy has been aware of the fact that a 3-row version of the 2019 Blazer has been kicked around the drawing boards and design rooms indefinitely for quite some time now. Just recently in China, Chevy displayed a concept that was called the FNR-CarryAll, and rumors began circulating heavily that it would soon see full production. These spy shots show the longer Blazer covered up well, but with design cues that come through such as the low roofline and short windshield.
The trademark large grille peeks out from behind the vinyl, but a very noticeable difference is how much longer it is than the current two-row crossover. Both the roof and wheelbase are longer, and there have been multiple testings as of late in the States. It may be slated for release specifically for the Chinese market, as there is already a large 3-row crossover available here in the functional and fierce form of the Chevy Traverse. It could be a bit of a stretch to find space between it and the two-row Blazer, whereas in China the only 3-row Chevy offers is the overseas-specific Orlando, coming in stature as a bit smaller than the Blazer.
Many past reports have indicated how ideal this big Blazer would be in markets that don't feature the Traverse, and with the crossover market so hot at the moment, there's a chance that demand could prompt a 3-row variant of the Blazer but it may not be immediate. We loved this feature from the folks on staff at Motortrend.com last year that highlighted the Blazer's return, taking a detailed look back at the illustrated history of the nameplate. It was back in 1969 that Chevy began to use the Blazer name, when it sported a leaf-spring suspension and straight axles, offering easy modification to make it a more capable off-road vehicle. Six – and eight-cylinder engine were offered, as were rear and four-wheel drive configurations. The 1973 model switched to an aluminum transfer case, and also added full-time 4-wheel drive on automatic-equipped models.
When many people picture a Blazer, it is the third-generation variant, used in production from the 1992 to 1994 model years, underpinned by the same platform used on full-size trucks. We profess up and down that this was “The drummer's choice”: the perfect cross between a truck and an early-model SUV to haul gear that didn't have the length and bed of a full-blown rig. A 5.7-liter V-8 was paired to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic, and it was also offered with a 6.5-liter turbodiesel V-8.
From 2002 until 2009, the Trailblazer was the standalone model in the United States market and was available with a choice of I-6 or V-8 engines in rear or 4-wheel drive configurations. This name would continue until present times in various global markets, and remained on a truck's platform. The 2019 Blazer was the first to ride on a car-based unibody platform, and provided the front-running competition up against the Nissan Murano, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Edge, and Subaru Outback.