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Chevrolet Blazer set to return next year as re-skinned GMC Acadia


Chevrolet is reportedly set to breathe new life into one of its most iconic badges by re-introducing the Blazer next year as a North American 2019 model.

According to reports, the Blazer, which went out of production in 2005, will slot in between the Equinox and Traverse in the bowtie's SUV/crossover line-up, and use the same C1XX platform as the GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave and Cadillac XT5. Report have also suggested that the Blazer, unlike its predecessors, could offer seating for seven.

Sharing its underpinnings with the Acadia, which will soon go on sale as a Holden in Australia, means the Blazer could also use the same range of engines, which at present consists of a 144 kW / 254 Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder and a 3.6-litre V6 with 231 kW and 367 Nm of torque. A six-speed automatic gearbox is the only transmission available with front-wheel drive standard and all-wheel drive optional.

Although briefly sold in South Africa until the early 2000s with the North American S-10 pick-up serving as a base and with power coming from a 4.3-litre V6 petrol engine, the Blazer is highly unlikely to make landfall in South Africa soon following the recent departure announcement by parent company, General Motors.

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