THE CHEVY BLAZER IGNITES 2023
The Blazer has been burning up the roads since Chevy brought this popular model back as a midsize SUV in time for the 2019 model year. This came after a 14-year hiatus starting with the 2005 model year. At the time, just like BB King once sang, Blazer fans thought the thrill was gone. But Chevrolet decided to keep the customers satisfied. Now when you stop at Richard Lucas Chevrolet, your local Chevy Blazer dealer, you can find the new 2023 Blazer arriving in time to keep the thrill going strong.
Chevy decided to make a radical change with the Chevy Blazer when it decided to bring this vehicle back. Gone was the boxy and utilitarian looks of the past, replaced with a sporty and aerodynamic exterior shielding a roomy and luxurious interior for up to five passengers. The engineers at Chevrolet made a conscious decision to design a midsize SUV built for suburban drivers who want to take their adventures out on the road, moving away from the off-road intentions of its earlier incarnations.
Nevertheless, the 2023 Blazer features the RS trim that can be equipped with a twin-clutch advanced all-wheel drive system if you want to take your ride off the beaten path. Stop by Richard Lucas Chevrolet to see the 2023 Blazer for yourself. We carry the full lineup of Chevy cars, trucks, and SUVs, with a vast inventory for you to choose from.
Evolution of the Chevy Blazer
You may ask yourself, “How did we get here?” Well, the Blazer evolved over decades and has actually been three different SUVs. The first was the Blazer K5, which hit the roads in 1969 when hippies were headed up to Woodstock. This was a four-wheel drive standard model with a choice of six or eight-cylinder engines, designed for someone who loved the rugged outdoors. But whether you were roughing it at Yasgur’s Farm or just going out for a weekend to hunt and fish, those first Blazers were tough and dependable.
This remained the blueprint for the Blazer until 1983 when Chevy introduced the smaller S-10 Blazer. This compact SUV featured a two-door design with a choice of an I-4 or V6 gas engine. The idea was to give drivers a smaller version of the K5 Blazer, which would be more adaptable for suburban family use. However, just like its larger counterpart, the S-10 Blazer would be rugged and dependable, with a styling more suited to the great outdoors than the inner city lifestyle.
A four-door version of the S-10 Blazer was added in 1991, with the K5 Blazer being dropped in 1995. For the next decade, the smaller Blazer would be the model for drivers looking for a 5-passenger midsize SUV from Chevrolet. However, by 2005, the Blazer was no more, having been replaced by other Chevy SUVs like the TrailBlazer, Tahoe, and Suburban.
Blazing Back With a Vengeance
Drivers were pleasantly impressed when Chevy decided to bring the Chevy Blazer back in 2019. Actually, they were burning for this new model that was absolutely red-hot. From its powerful front grille offset by a pair of horizontal headlights, all the way to the sloping side panels and roof, this was clearly not your father or grandfather’s Chevy Blazer. In fact, this was related to the old K5 and S-10 models in name and brand only.
The aerodynamic styling is not just for looks but a case of form following function. Chevy’s design team had discovered that a major problem with the old K5 and S-10 Blazer models was their boxy design. These straight lines and flat surfaces created a dam, blocking air and making the ride rougher. This not only cut into the old Blazer’s road speed but also hurt its fuel economy. The engines on the old K5 and S-10 Blazers had to work overtime, pushing the vehicle against the wind. The new Blazer addressed this with all of those curved surfaces and sloping angles. Instead of pushing against the wind, the third version of the Blazer simply channeled it past the vehicle, allowing it to efficiently cruise through the air. As a result, Chevy could equip the Blazer with smaller, more fuel-efficient engines without hampering its performance and acceleration.
Fab Four Models of the 2023 Chevy Blazer
The 2023 Chevy Blazer has pushed the envelope on the aerodynamic styling that started with the re-introduction of this model. This not only helps the Blazer stand out from a crowded field of midsize SUVs but also provides even greater performance ability.
Chevy gives you four different Blazer models to choose from. The 2LT and 3LT feature solid on-road driving. The RS is the performance model with advanced engineering. The Premier is the stylish model, with luxury appointments throughout its exterior and roomy 107.8 cubic feet of interior space.
There are two engines to choose from on the 2023 Blazer. The 2LT, 3LT, and Premier each are equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo I-4 gas engine paired with a Hydra-Matic 9T60 9-speed automatic transmission. This engine features a dual overhead camshaft design (DOHC), providing 16 valves for its 4-cylinders. It uses direct, high-pressure fuel injection to provide 228 horsepower at 5,000 RPM and 258 lb-ft of torque at 1,500 to 4,000 RPM.
The RS comes with a standard 3.6-liter V6 gas engine matched with a Hydra-Matic 9T65 9-speed automatic transmission. Just like the Turbo I-4, this engine also has a DOHC design, with 24 valves feeding the six engine cylinders. It utilizes variable valve timing to improve efficient performance, as well as direct, high-pressure fuel injection to produce up to 308 horsepower at 6,700 RPM and 270 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 RPM. You can choose to equip the 3LT and Premier models with this engine as an option. Both of these engines use Chevy’s automatic stop/start technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption.
Burning Up the Roads but Not the Fuel
Fuel economy has become a big issue for many drivers these days, which is why it is good to know that the 2023 Blazer won’t burn up the gas as you burn up the roads. The front-wheel drive models with the 2.0-liter turbo I-4 will give you a very impressive 25 miles per gallon combined, while the 3.6-liter V6 delivers a solid 22 miles per gallon combined. If you choose available all-wheel drive, this will reduce fuel economy by only about one mile per gallon.
A super hot SUV like the Blazer deserves an exterior paint job that is true fire. Chevy doesn’t disappoint in this regard, adding three new colors to choose from. Copper Bronze Metallic gives the Blazer a classic look, while Sterling Gray Metallic looks slick. However, if you really want to take a flaming torch to the town, you can choose Radiant Red Tintcoat. This will really make your Blazer catch fire, turning heads as you blaze through town.
Chevy also offers a number of special editions of the Blazer, each available on the 2LT and 3LT trims. The Redline Edition adds 20-inch black-painted aluminum wheels with red accents. There are black Chevrolet emblems and badges throughout the exterior with a red outline, carrying this theme throughout the vehicle. Meanwhile, the Midnight/Sport Edition is smoking with its dark ebony paint job and accents. This special edition features 18-inch gloss black-painted aluminum wheels with black center caps, each with a black Chevrolet bowtie emblem. Whichever you choose, you are sure to set the world on fire wherever you drive.
The 2023 Chevy Blazer Is Ready to Ignite the Automotive World
Chevy has truly produced a Blazer that is worthy of its name. Whichever trim or engine you choose, you are going to get blazing hot performance unmatched in a midsize SUV. In addition, you are getting an SUV that won’t burn through gasoline like a match to a flame. Finally, with its aerodynamic design, cool exterior paint jobs, and choice of some amazing special editions, the 2023 Chevy Blazer is ready to set fire to its vehicle class.