Ford is bringing back the Bronco and now Chevy is reportedly getting ready to dust off the old Blazer name for a new SUV next year. A heavily camouflaged prototype has been caught doing the rounds and it’s reported that under all the covers, there’s a new Chevy Blazer that’s ready to take on the Ford Edge.
The resurrected Blazer won’t be a body-on-frame rugged SUV. Instead it will be based on the GMC Acadia’s crossover platform with a footprint that will place it in between the Chevy Equinox and Traverse in Chevy’s crossover lineup. Chevy actually made the new Equinox smaller and the second-generation Traverse larger to make room for the new Blazer. The Blazer will come standard with seating for five, but there’s a possibility that it could have a small third row seat.
Little is known about the new Blazer, but it will rival the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano. Honda is also reportedly working on a new five-passenger crossover, which would also compete with the Blazer. The two Blazer prototypes that spy photographers recently caught, were reportedly powered by GM’s 2.5L four-cylinder and a 3.6L V6 engine.
The new Blazer is expected to arrive next year as a 2019 model.