Chevrolet’s transition to a mostly-electric lineup is well under way. GM’s
mass-market brand already has the Bolt brothers – the smaller Bolt EV (electric vehicle) and larger Bolt EUV—in showrooms today. It will bring its first electric truck, the Silverado EV, to the sales floor next. A pair of battery-powered SUVs will follow.
The bow tie brand showed off one of them in full this week.
Meet the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV
The 2024 Blazer EV will be a sleek-looking machine with undulating curves down its sides and a huge vent-like structure behind the driver’s side front wheel.
An earlier teaser tells us that’s the flap that hides the plug. We assume there’s a similar dummy structure on the other side to keep the look symmetrical.
Head-on, it shares obvious genes with the Silverado EV. A full-width LED bar connects the needle-thin headlights, fronted by a backlit Chevy bow tie. But there’s a lot going on in its profile, with busy character lines, that oversize plug flap, and a long greenhouse with a riot of pillars that look almost like a fractal drawing.
The look will probably work well for some buyers and not for others. Press reactions have already been divisive.
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Questions remain…until July
But there’s little else to talk about yet. GM promises a fuller reveal on July 18, including mechanical details. For now, we can deduce that it rides on the same Ultium battery platform as GM’s other EVs, including the new Cadillac LYRIQ and GMC Hummer. The Ultium foundation can be scaled up or down to build vehicles of different sizes, making it hard to predict the range before GM reveals it.
It can carry one or two electric motors, enabling front-, rear-, or all-wheel-drive setups.
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The company has said the Blazer EV will have a sporty SS version. It’s being developed alongside the smaller Equinox EV. GM has promised a price around $30,000 for the smaller of the two, which could push the Blazer’s sticker price closer to the $40,000 range. There, it would compete with the Ford
Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.4, and other midsize electrics.
Chevy says the Blazer will go on sale in the spring of 2023.
This story originally ran on KBB.com.