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2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV First Look: Promisingly Potent

The wraps officially came off the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV today, the second Ultium-based battery-electric vehicle in the Bowtie brand’s lineup. Slotting above the upcoming Equinox EV, the Blazer EV lands in the heart of the midsize SUV segment. You get a broad range of models wrapped in an attractive package. The Blazer EV also marks the first time the SS badge graces an EV.

Distinct Looks and Lots of Tech

The 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV sports a distinct look versus the existing gas-powered model. Each model gets a unique front fascia with the SS trim getting the most aggressive look. You also find full-width LED daytime running lights and a two-tone exterior color on certain trims. The Blazer EV looks like a tall wagon from some angles thanks to its length and extensive greenhouse. Curved taillights mimic the shape of the headlights and add width to the vehicle. Alloy wheel options range from 19 to 22 inches. In addition to showing your charge levels, the front lights also put on a cool lighting sequence when you approach or walk away.

Moving inside, you get a tech-heavy cabin and lots of screens. Alongside the 11.0-inch digital gauge cluster, the Blazer EV features a massive 17.7-inch main touchscreen. Additionally, upper trims also offer creature comforts like a heated steering wheel and heated and ventilated front seats. For the first time, you don’t need to wave your foot under the sensor to open the power liftgate. All you need to do now is stand behind the vehicle. Every Blazer also gets the full Chevy Safety Assist driver assistance suite. Super Cruise, General Motors’ hands-free semi-autonomous system comes standard on the SS and as an option on other variants.

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV: Available in FWD, RWD, and AWD

In addition to being the first SS-badged EV, the Blazer EV also marks the first time a vehicle is offered in FWD, RWD, and AWD. However, FWD remains standard on all but the AWD-only SS grade. The RS trim is the only version offered in RWD while AWD is optional on it and the 2LT. SS models get Brembo front brakes, 22-inch alloy wheels, and a specially-tuned suspension.

Chevrolet didn’t disclose battery sizes but it’s likely getting two packs based on the range estimates provided. The 1LT likely uses the smaller battery since it travels the shortest distance at 247 miles per charge. 2LT, RS, and SS models probably get the same 100-kWh pack from the Cadillac Lyriq. The former two travel the farthest at 293 and 320 miles respectively. Despite packing 557 hp and 648 lb-ft of torque in WOW (Wide Open Watts) mode, the Blazer EV SS still manages to go 290 miles per charge and hit 60 mph in under 4.0 seconds.

Regardless of which variant you get, the Blazer comes with an 11.5-kW onboard charger and peak DC charging rates of 190 kW. That mirrors the Cadillac Lyriq, hinting that both cars likely share plenty of components including the 400-volt charging architecture. GM says that the Blazer EV can regain up to 78 miles in 10 minutes. Together with the generous driving range, road trips should be a cinch, especially if planned well.

2022 Chevrolet Blazer EV: When Can I Buy One?

On sale next summer the 2024 Blazer EV starts at a reasonable $44,995 for the 1LT grade. The 2LT and RS variants go on sale first costing $47,595. In late 2023, the SS arrives as the priciest model at $65,995. You need to wait until the first quarter of 2024 for the base 1LT model.

General Motors also announced a police interceptor variant of the Blazer EV based on the SS trim. It gets a unique law enforcement-spec interior with lots of room for equipment and gear. Like the 1LT model, this version goes on sale in the first quarter of 2024.

Production takes place at GM’s Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico. That’s the same facility that builds the current gas-powered Blazer. The Blazer EV marks the fifth all-electric vehicle to join Chevrolet’s lineup following the Bolt EV and EUV and the new Silverado EV. Later this year, the Equinox EV joins the lineup. The Ultium-based Corvette EV arrives later down the line following the hybrid variant reportedly called the E-Ray.

Source: General Motors