General Motors is electrifying its brands and has several new models on the way. Chevrolet just announced specs and pricing for the upcoming 2024 Blazer EV. The SUV builds on the gas model’s styling and sporty personality with a range of powertrain options, a performance trim, and standard high-end tech.
Chevy will offer the Blazer EV in four trims: 1LT, 2LT, RS, and SS. The 2LT and RS trims hit the market first in summer 2023, followed by the SS later in the year and the 1LT in early 2024. A fleet model will also be available, aimed at police and others. Pricing for the line starts at $44,995 for the 1LT and ranges to $65,995 for the top SS model.
The Blazer EV rides on General Motors’ Ultium platform and will offer a variety of electric powertrain options. Front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive options will be available, bringing a phenomenal level of flexibility and choice to the SUV. All models come with an 11.5-kW onboard AC charging module, and top trims can charge at up to 190 kW using DC fast charging stations.
The SUV’s performance will be strong, at least in the SS trim. Chevy says the Super Sport variant gets 557 horsepower and 648 pounds of torque. All-wheel drive comes standard, and a “Wide Open Watts” launch system enables a 0-60 mph time of less than four seconds. It’s similar to the driving system implemented in the Chevy Silverado EV.
All Blazer EVs come with a 17.7-inch touchscreen and a configurable 11-inch digital gauge cluster. A head-up display is available, and the navigation system offers route planning with charging station guidance. There’s also a unique rear liftgate with a proximity sensor that automatically opens the door when the key fob is nearby.
Chevy includes a host of safety tech in the Blazer EV, including automatic emergency braking, forward collision alerts, front pedestrian braking, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure alerts. Super Cruise is also available. It offers hands-free semi-autonomous driving functions on certain roads and highways in the United States and Canada.
The Blazer EV will compete with the Tesla Model Y, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Kia EV6. Ford and Tesla’s SUVs represent the most direct threat to the Blazer, as their price tags and available performance configurations are similar. All EV production faces challenges with supply chain slowdowns and parts shortages, so availability will play a big role in determining which model comes out on top.