2019 Chevy Blazer Updates: Cost, Trim Level Comparisons, and Options

In June 2018, Chevrolet revealed that it would be bringing the Chevy Blazer back to driveways across America. The new two-row midsize SUV will sit between the Equinox and Traverse on Chevy’s crossover lineup and compete with vehicles like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Edge, and Nissan Murano.

How much will it cost?

Chevrolet announced the L (base) model will have a starting MSRP of $29,995 and will go up from there with the Blazer Cloth/Leather, RS, and Premier models. Here’s a comparison of the major design elements of each trim:

Blazer RS Premier
HID headlamps Std. Std. Std.
LED DRL signature lighting Std. Std. Std.
LED taillamps Std. Std. Std.
Grille Black Hexagon-shape black mesh with RS badge Black with chrome accents
Bowtie emblem color Gold Black Gold
Exhaust outlets Dual exhaust with round, bright tips Dual exhaust with rectangular, bright tips Dual exhaust with through-fascia exit and bright tips
Wheels 18-in. (std.)
or 20-in. (avail.)
20-in. dark machine-face (std.); or 21-in. gloss black (avail.) 20-in. machine-face (std.); or 21-in. pearl nickel (avail.)

Standard Features on all Trim Levels:

  • Chevrolet infotainment system with 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen.
  • 4G LTE with available Wi-Fi® Hotspot2 (includes 3GB/one-month data trial).
  • Apple CarPlay3 and Android Auto4 compatibility.
  • Electronic locking glove box.
  • Keyless Open and Start.
  • Teen Driver.
  • Rear Seat Reminder5.
  • HD Rear Vision Camera6.
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with rear vents.
  • Heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors.
  • Traction Mode Select.
  • Adjustable rear sliding seat.
  • Six-way manual driver seat.
  • Five-passenger seating with 60/40-split second row.
  • 18-inch wheels and tires.
  • Up to 64.2 cubic feet (1,818 L) of max cargo space with the second row folded flat.

Propulsion comes from a standard 2.5L I-4 engine (193 hp) featuring intelligent Stop/Start and backed by a nine-speed automatic transmission. A 3.6L V-6/nine-speed combination with 305 horsepower and Stop/Start is also offered on Blazer and comes standard on the RS and Premier models.

Additional available features include:

  • Panoramic dual-pane power sunroof.
  • Advanced twin-clutch AWD system.
  • Hitch View for trailering that helps the driver align the hitch with the trailer6.
  • Automatic heated steering wheel.
  • Automatic heated/ventilated front seats.
  • Heated outboard rear seats.
  • Rear Camera Mirror6.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control-Advanced6.
  • Suite of active safety features.
  • Wireless charging.
  • Up to six USB ports.
  • Hands-free power liftgate with Chevrolet bowtie logo.
  • Chevy-first cargo management system.

The all-new Blazer will be available early 2019 – Stay tuned for updates on its arrival at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet in Wilmington NC by following us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

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New Colorado ZR2 Bison Coming January 2019

For those who want to take their off-roading adventures to the extreme, Chevrolet has teamed up with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) for the first time to bring you the new Colorado ZR2 Bison – Available January 2019. Here are some key takeaways from the announcement.

Engine & Performance

The Bison model will come with a class-exclusive 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission capable of 186 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.

Design

As you can see from the pictures, the Bison features the Chevrolet-stamped grill, just like select trim levels of the all-new 2019 Silverado, but the flow-through design will be exclusive to this special edition. To ensure protection when venturing over rocky and jagged terrain, AEV added skid plates along the entire under-carriage constructed of hot-stamped Boron steel that cover the engine oil pan, fuel tank, transfer case, and front & rear locking differentials. For even more protection, the Bison comes with an AEV designed stamped steel bumpers. The front bumper contains winch provisions and standard fog lights and there will be recovery points integrated into the rear bumper.

Buyers will have a choice of two body configurations: crew cab with a short bed or extended cab with a long bed. The ZR2 Bison will also feature exclusive 17 x 8-inch aluminum wheels surrounded by some beefy 31″ Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires.

Snorkel

As far as the snorkel, there’s some good news and some bad news. The good news is that it is not exclusive to the new Bison, or even the ZR2. You can actually get one installed for any 2015 or newer Chevy Colorado – Cool! The snorkel also provides a great benefit to the health of your engine and, according to the AEV description, is “designed to improve engine performance by drawing in the cleanest, coolest air charge possible.

The bad news is that it’s an optional 3rd party accessory through AEV, which means the Bison will not come standard with the snorkel as shown in the promo pieces. The kit itself is going to cost about $500 (after you factor in taxes), with an estimated 6 hours installation time, which won’t be cheap either. But, if you are planning on taking your truck off the beaten path regularly, it’s probably less expensive to just get the snorkel than it would be to choke your truck’s engine with dust.

Snorkel Kit for 2015+ Chevy Colorado 6
Chevrolet Colorado Snorkel Accessory| via aev-conversions.com

So what do you think of the newest addition to the Chevy Trucks lineup? Share your thoughts below! And to the avid off-road adventurers out there, we want to hear your favorite off-roading spots, best stories, or even some valuable lessons you had to learn the hard way.

Jeff Gordon Chevy just got in a huge shipment of 2019 Colorados, including plenty of ZR2 models – Go check them out! And, as always, make sure to follow Jeff Gordon Chevrolet on Instagram for “fresh off the truck” updates on all new model arrivals here in Wilmington, NC.

For additional details not covered in this post, check out the full press release from Chevrolet here.

Chevrolet Announces Premier Plus Edition Coming to 2019 Tahoe & Suburban

Last year, Chevrolet introduced the RST Performance Package to the 2018 Tahoe and Suburban LT & Premier models, equipped with a 420-hp, 6.2L V-8 engine, Magnetic Ride Control with performance calibration, and a new Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed transmission. In addition to the performance enhancements, the RST models were given a sportier look. Virtually all chrome is eliminated and instead features a body-colored grille surround and door handles, all black emblems, window trim, roof rails, and badges. However, the biggest visual identifier of the RST models, in our opinion, is the 22″ gloss black wheels with silver accents.

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2018-19 Suburban RST

Although the sportier design looks different and cool, some people prefer the more traditional, luxurious look of the Tahoe and Suburban but would still prefer more power and performance. So, Chevrolet answered by announcing the Premier Plus trim level. In addition to the performance upgrades, the Premier Plus will have a Black/Mahogany leather interior, traditional gold bow ties, and 22″ 12-spoke wheels with a polished finish. The Sun, Entertainment, and Destinations Package that includes features such as rear entertainment, power sunroof, and a longer SiriusXM trial, also comes standard with the Premier Plus. This package generally costs about $3,000. Buyers of these special edition models will also receive an 12-month data plan for the 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

Suburban Special Editions: Premier Plus Side
Suburban Premier Plus Exterior
Tahoe Special Editions: Premier Plus Interior
Tahoe & Suburban Premier Plus Interior

So how much does the Premier Plus edition cost in comparison to a regular RST edition?

A 2019 Suburban Premier 2WD with the RST appearance and performance packages will cost you around $71,495. With 4WD, you’d be looking at $74,045. A 2019 Premier Plus Edition would be about $7,000 more, bringing you to $78,195 for the 2WD and $81,295 for 4WD, with just the standard options.

Find more details in the official press release here:

DETROIT Due to customer demand, Chevrolet is expanding the availability of the 6.2L V-8 engine within its full-size SUV lineup by introducing the Tahoe and Suburban Premier Plus special editions.

The 6.2L V-8 was first made available in the Chevy full-size SUV lineup on the 2018 Tahoe RST 6.2L Performance Package. The engine recently debuted on the 2019 Suburban RST 6.2L Performance Package, which is now on sale at Chevrolet dealerships nationwide.

All Premier Plus edition Chevy full-size SUVs, as well as RST Premier models with the optional 6.2L Performance Package, also feature Magnetic Ride Control with performance calibration and a Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission.

“Our customers have shown strong demand for both Tahoe and Suburban with the 6.2L V-8 option,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Trucks Marketing and Advertising. “Thirty-six percent of all Chevy full-size SUV special edition models are now sold with this engine. Premier Plus gives both Suburban and Tahoe customers another option to choose from with several added premium touches.”

The 2019 Tahoe and Suburban Premier Plus editions feature a unique interior with heated and ventilated Black/Mahogany-colored leather-appointed front seats against a Jet Black trim surround. This premium two-tone interior and 22-inch polished wheels make their first appearance in Chevy’s full-size SUV lineup with the Premier Plus special editions.

Other features include gold Chevrolet “bowtie” logos, chrome nameplate badging, a head-up display and 8-inch diagonal cluster, cross rails, chrome power steps and exhaust tip and a Chevrolet-branded cargo organizer.

Connectivity is provided by a standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi1 hotspot, and the Premier Plus package includes a 12-month data plan.

The available 6.2L V-8 is capable of 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. The engine delivers three state-of-the-art technologies — direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing — to make the most of power, torque and efficiency across a broad range of operating conditions.

The 10-speed automatic transmission offers smaller steps between each ratio to maximize engine power under acceleration. With a wide 7.39 overall gear ratio spread and lower numerical top gear ratio, the transmission also reduces engine revolutions at highway speeds.

Magnetic Ride Control is an active suspension that “reads” the road every millisecond, triggering damping changes in the electronically controlled shock absorbers in as few as 10-15 milliseconds. As a result, the suspension delivers improved body-motion control during cornering and a more comfortable ride while cruising.

The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier Plus will start with an MSRP of $74,100 plus a $1,295 destination charge, while the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban Premier Plus will start at $76,900 with a $1,295 destination charge. (MSRP excludes tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment.)

Both Premier Plus full-size SUVs are also available to Costco members at GM supplier pricing with a $4,500 Costco member incentive2. Costco Gold Star and Business Members who purchase the vehicle through participating dealers and complete a Costco Auto Program survey are also eligible for a $300 Costco Cash Card, while Executive Members are eligible for a $700 Costco Cash Card.

The exclusive Costco member value package is only available on 5,000 vehicles. Costco offer is not compatible with any other GM incentives. To qualify, customers must be a member by Oct. 1, 2018, and take delivery between, Oct. 2, 2018, and Jan. 2, 2019.

The 2019 Tahoe and Suburban Premier Plus can be ordered from Chevrolet dealers now, with production beginning in mid-August.

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2019 Silverado 1500 Durabed: Stronger, Bigger, and More Functional

Chevrolet has unveiled specifications for the 2019 Silverado 1500 cargo box, making it the largest pickup bed in the segment, by a pretty significant amount. The bed will also feature 12 fixed tie-downs with double the strength and providing more versatility for truck owners.

DETROIT — With best-in-class cargo volume, box depth, box length at floor, plus a segment-leading 12 fixed tie-downs and exclusive power up/down tailgate, the 2019 Silverado 1500 is the most functional bed of any pickup.

“The bed is the heart and soul of any pickup, so we made several improvements to the bed of the all-new Silverado to give our customers an even better hauling experience,” said Tim Herrick, executive chief engineer, Full-Size Trucks, General Motors. “We’ve added so many features and benefits that it deserves its own name – Durabed.”

Every Silverado bed size has increased significantly in volume for the 2019 model year:

  Silverado Short Box Silverado Standard Box Silverado Long Box
2018 cargo box space 53 cubic feet 62 cubic feet 75 cubic feet
2019 cargo box space 63 cubic feet 72 cubic feet 89 cubic feet

The short-box’s volume is up to 20 percent more than any competitor’s short-box. Most of that increase was achieved by widening the maximum width of the bed floor nearly ten percent (seven inches), which is implemented across all three bed sizes.

For model year ’19, a higher-grade steel is being used in the construction of Durabed. The quality of the bed floor materials has improved as well, from 340 megapascals to 500 megapascals:

  2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2019 Ford F-Series 2019 Ram 1500
Bed material High-strength steel (500 MPa) Aluminum High-strength steel (340 MPa)

Some of the other dimensions in which Silverado now leads the class include:

Cargo box space  

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2019 Ford F-Series 2019 Ram 1500
Short box 63 cubic feet 53 cubic feet 54 cubic feet
Standard box 72 cubic feet 62 cubic feet 62 cubic feet
Long box 89 cubic feet 77 cubic feet

Cargo box depth

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2019 Ford F-Series 2019 Ram 1500
Short box 22 in. 21 in. 21 in.
Standard box 22 in. 21 in. 22 in.
Long box 22 in. 21 in.

Cargo box length at floor

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2019 Ford F-Series 2019 Ram 1500
Short box 70 in. 67 in. 67 in.
Standard box 79 in. 79 in. 76 in.
Long box 98 in. 98 in.

Silverado now has 12 fixed tie-downs, and the strength of each of these has doubled from 250 lbs. to 500 lbs. of force before bending. An additional nine moveable tie-down points are available as well for even more cargo flexibility. Together, these 21-total tie-downs are the most of any full-size pickup.

The accessibility of the tie-downs has also been improved. Tie-downs are now located at varying heights to offer customers greater versatility in what they can secure and haul.

The Durabed truck bed, standard on all 2019 Silverado 1500 models, also includes larger cutouts in the GM-exclusive CornerStep bumpers to better accommodate steel-toed boots.

Durabed is also available with integrated, in-bed LED lighting and a 110/120-volt power outlet. A light at the top of the rear cab comes standard on all Silverado models

The 2019 Silverado 1500 will also be available with four tailgate variants:

  • Standard gate: a manual gate with no lift assist; manually lockable (with key)
  • Standard Gate with Lift Assist: a stamped gate that includes lift assist; manually lockable (with key)
  • Power Lock/Release: includes lift assist and automatic release; power lockable
  • Industry-exclusive power up/down: available on the LTZ and standard on High Country, the tailgate raises or lowers using the key fob, touchpads on the gate or button in the cabin. Includes lift assist, automatic release and power closing; power lockable

The 2019 Silverado goes on sale this fall.

We can’t wait to see the new Durabed comparison with our own eyes. What do you think is the most exciting improvement coming to the Silverado’s cargo bed? Let us know in the comments and make sure to follow Jeff Gordon Chevy on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to stay up to date on the all-new 2019 Silverado 1500’s arrival in Wilmington, NC.

Chevrolet Introduces the All-New 2019 Blazer (PHOTOS)

On June 21st, Chevrolet unveiled the All-New 2019 Chevy Blazer, coming to Jeff Gordon Chevrolet early 2019. Here are the key takeaways:

Three Trim Levels

Each trim offers distinct styling to suit different customer preferences.

  • Blazer Cloth/Leather: Sleek, modern, and sporty look
  • Blazer RS: Blacked-out appearance, Red accents, and a unique grille
  • Blazer Premier: Bright chrome accents and more refined appointments

Two Available Engines

  • 2.5L 4-Cylinder: Standard on Blazer L/Cloth
  • 3.6L V6: Standard on Blazer Leather, RS, and Premier

Both engines will be paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

Size2019 Blazer comparison Equinox Traverse

The 2019 Blazer sits between the Equinox and Traverse in the SUV lineup and can be most closely compared in size to the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Murano, and Ford Edge. We do not have exact dimensions as of yet, but this diagram gives a pretty good idea of length, width, and cargo volume in comparison to the other Chevy crossover SUVs.

 

 

 

 


Read the Official Press Release Here:

ATLANTA — Chevrolet is raising the bar on crossover design with the introduction of the 2019 Blazer as the newest member of the industry’s broadest, freshest crossover and SUV lineup since 2015. The all-new contemporary midsize SUV is rooted in attention-grabbing design with seamlessly integrated customer-focused technologies and superb functionality.

“Chevrolet has been at the forefront of each of the major automotive industry trends by anticipating consumer demand and delivering innovative products like Bolt EV, Colorado and Trax,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and head of Global Chevrolet. “The introduction of the all-new Blazer builds on that momentum and further strengthens the most comprehensive lineup of crossovers and SUVs on the market today.”

Slotting between the Equinox and Traverse, the 2019 Blazer will offer unique design elements on each model, appealing to customers seeking distinctive styling and outstanding utility.

Highlights include:

  • Bold styling that features a strong grille and muscular proportions.
  • Driver-centric interior and distinctive looks on all models.
  • Model range includes sporty RS and up-level Premier models.
  • Five-passenger seating with up to 64.2 cubic feet (1,818 L) of max cargo space with second-row seats folded flat.
  • Adjustable sliding rear seat.
  • Available Chevy-first cargo management system with a rail system and cargo fence.
  • Available panoramic dual-pane power sunroof.
  • Suite of available active safety features.
  • Standard 2.5L I-4 and available 3.6L V-6 engines, each backed by a nine-speed automatic transmission.
  • Advanced twin-clutch AWD system available.
  • 4,500 pounds (2,041 kg) estimated max trailering with the available 3.6L V-61.
  • Available Hitch View feature that helps the driver align the hitch with the trailer.

An SUV With Attitude
The 2019 Blazer is the boldest, most progressive expression of the Chevrolet crossover design theme. A wide stance, tight proportions, a high beltline and dramatic sculpting give it a toned, athletic appearance from all angles.

“The Blazer has attitude,” said John Cafaro, executive director, Global Chevrolet Design. “It looks commanding on the road, while fulfilling the promise of versatility at the heart of every Chevy crossover and SUV.”

Each model in the lineup offers a unique look with distinct styling to suit different customers’ tastes, including unique grille appearances, additional bright chrome on the Premier trim and a more sinister-looking, blacked-out appearance for the Blazer RS.

A powerful front end featuring a strong grille, athletic hood lines and low-placed HID headlamps distinguishes all models. The design also features a distinctive lighting execution that separates the headlamps and LED daytime running lamps.

Long, lean and sculpted body sides lead to a rear end highlighted by LED-illuminated Chevy-signature dual-element taillamps, dual exhaust outlets and an integrated tailgate spoiler. The Blazer also offers a range of stylish wheels, starting with standard 18-inch aluminum rims and expanding to available 21-inch wheels on the RS and Premier.

The Blazer’s cabin echoes the bold exterior theme with sporty good looks. The design emphasizes space, craftsmanship and customer personalization, with a wide range of interior styling choices for the different models, achieved through several color and trim choices. Sporty details include a padded knee area, round air vents and grab handles on the doors.

The new Blazer also offers a Chevrolet-first Cargo Management System, standard on RS and Premier models. It features a rail system and cargo fence to help secure smaller items by dividing the cargo area.

Seamless Technology and Connectivity
The 2019 Blazer is designed to offer occupants seamless connectivity, intuitive controls and a host of convenience features that help make the drive more comfortable.

Features include:

  • Hitch Guidance — Available on models with the 3.6L engine, it aids in aligning the Blazer’s hitch to a trailer by showing the center line on the rear-vision camera.
  • Hitch View This available feature complements Hitch Guidance by showing a top-down view, making it easier to hitch a trailer without a second person to assist.
  • Electronic-locking glove box — A Chevy first, it offers added storage security, and is roomy enough to fit a small handbag. The glove box is locked with the vehicle’s Valet Mode, which is accessible through the Settings menu.
  • Automatic heated steering wheel and automatic heated/ventilated front seats — These available features work with Remote Start and/or automatic climate control to automatically adjust temperature to help maintain comfort.
  • Comfort-open windows — Activated by the key fob, this feature allows all windows to roll down to help heat escape before occupants enter the vehicle.
  • Heated outboard rear seats are available on RS and standard on Premier.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control and Rear Camera Mirror are available on RS and Premier2.
  • Hands-free power liftgate with Bowtie logo projection is standard on RS and Premier.
  • Wireless charging and six USB ports are available.

When it comes to connectivity, an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen running Chevrolet Infotainment 3 is standard, along with 4G LTE Wi-Fi (with 1-month/3GB data trial)3 and Apple CarPlay4 and Android Auto5 compatibility.

Performance and Capability
The new Blazer is powered by a standard 2.5L I-4 engine rated at 193 hp (143 kW) and 188 lb-ft of torque (255 Nm). A 3.6L V-6 is also available, offering 305 hp (227 kW) and 269 lb-ft of torque (365 Nm).

Both direct-injected engines feature intelligent stop/start technology that seamlessly shuts off the engine when power is not needed, based on a variety of driving factors, and both are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

“The Chevrolet Blazer is more than just good looks,” said Waqar Hashim, Blazer chief engineer. “Both the Ecotec® 2.5L four-cylinder engine and 3.6L V-6 engine are paired to Chevrolet’s nine-speed automatic transmission, providing drivers a great balance between performance and efficiency.”

Traction Select is standard on all models and allows the driver to make real-time adjustments to the vehicle’s driving mode to account for varying road conditions. On AWD models, it also allows the system to be completely disconnected from the rear axle, meaning drivers can opt to have their vehicle operate in FWD when AWD capability is not necessary.

RS and Premier models offer a more sophisticated twin-clutch AWD technology that helps optimize traction for every condition. It provides excellent performance in wet, snowy and icy conditions, while also providing enhanced stability in dry weather.

Available Early 2019
The Chevrolet Blazer will arrive at U.S. dealerships in early 2019. Additional details and pricing will be announced closer to the start of production.

1Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.
2Before use read the vehicle owner’s manual for important feature limitations and information.
3Service varies with conditions and location. Requires active OnStar service and paid AT&T data plan.  Visit onstar.com for details and limitations.
4Apple CarPlay is provided by Apple and is subject to Apple’s terms and privacy policy. For Apple CarPlay support see https://www.apple.com/legal/sla/ for more information. Apple may change or suspend availability at any time. Apple CarPlay™ is a trademark of Apple Inc.
5Android Auto is provided by Google and is subject to Google’s terms and privacy policy. For Android Auto Support see https://support.google.com/androidauto/ for more information. Google may change or suspend availability at any time. Android Auto™ is a trademark of Google Inc.

ABOUT CHEVROLET
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 100 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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2019 Chevrolet Blazer Premier: An attention-grabbing midsize SUV
2019 Chevrolet Blazer Premier: An attention-grabbing midsize SUV offering style and versatility
2019 Chevrolet Blazer features a distinctive lighting execution
2019 Chevrolet Blazer features a distinctive lighting execution on all models that separates the headlamps and LED daytime running lamps.

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The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer offers a Chevrolet-first Cargo Managem
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer offers a Chevrolet-first Cargo Management System which helps drivers secure smaller items by dividing the cargo area.
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer features standard LED-illuminated Chev
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer features standard LED-illuminated Chevy signature dual-element taillamps.
2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS: An attention-grabbing midsize SUV offe
2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS: An attention-grabbing midsize SUV offering style and versatility
2019 Chevrolet Blazer Premier: An attention-grabbing midsize SUV
2019 Chevrolet Blazer Premier: An attention-grabbing midsize SUV offering style and versatility
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS interior features a driver-centric
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS interior features a driver-centric interior along with red accents and trim.
Chevrolet introduces the all-new 2019 Blazer
Chevrolet introduces the all-new 2019 Blazer

The Chevy Blazer: Back to the Beginning

It’s been fifty years since the Chevrolet K5 Blazer made its debut with the 1969 year model as an answer to vehicles like the Ford Bronco, Jeep Cherokee, and International Scout. It was built on the same frame as the full-sized K5 Chevy trucks and easily out-sized the competition, giving the power and off-road capability of a Chevy Truck with enough room for up to 5 passengers.

Here at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, we’ve been dreaming of the Blazer to make a comeback for a while and were starting to think it’d never happen; That is, until Chevrolet dropped this major teaser this morning of a man sporting a fashionable sport jacket… A blazer!

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We’ll be honest; We were very perplexed at first and actually thought the post was a mistake. The people at Chevrolet assured that we were in for a surprise and once the light bulb went off, we haven’t been able to contain our excitement.

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General Motors ceased production of the Blazer with the 2005 year model and although we love how far efficient crossovers like the Equinox and Traverse have come, we’ve been longing for a rugged off-roader to be added to Chevy’s SUV lineup. According to Chevrolet, the special event is happening tomorrow, June 21st, 2018 at 7PM EDT so we’ll definitely be following the news and posting updates here as soon as its available!

In the meantime, get nostalgic with us! Take a quick look at the first Chevy Blazer brochure courtesy of OldCarBrochures.com below and let us know in the comments what your favorite feature was or tell us about the fond memories of your family’s Blazer growing up!

For a more detailed history of the Blazer over its first lifetime, check out this article.

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GM Owners Can Now Receive Amazon Deliveries Right to Their Vehicles

Chevrolet_Equinox_Amazon_Key_In_Car_Delivery_2.0New Service for Amazon Prime Members Launched Today in 37 US Cities

Despite the increased availability of affordable, easy-to-install home security systems, the convenience of online ordering also allows for increased opportunities for porch pirates. According to a study by Insurance Quotes, 25.9 million  Americans (8%) reported stolen packages from their doorsteps in 2016 – up from 23.5 million in 2015.

Thanks to a new partnership between Amazon and General Motors, owners of select 2015 and newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles can now get their packages delivered right to their car with their Prime membership via the Amazon Key mobile app at no additional charge. Amazon recently announced their in-home delivery option to allow members to give permission to delivery drivers to unlock the front door and leave packages in your entry-way, eliminating the risk of your package getting stolen off your front porch. As of right now, both in-home and in-car delivery services are available in 37 cities across the US with wider availability

How it works:

Amazon keyGM owners who have the an active OnStar account will be able to take advantage of this service when they download the Amazon Key app. The vehicle must be in an easily-accessible location like your driveway or public parking lot – no gates or parking garages. According to The Verge, who got a demonstration to this new service last week, you are able to choose the “in-car delivery” option upon checkout when you make your online purchase. Amazon will send a series of notifications to let you know the package is on its way. If for some reason you have to run a quick errand or feel like your vehicle may not be accessible when the package arrives, you have the option to change delivery locations or “block access” to the in-car delivery service. If you do block access, Amazon will default to your regular delivery location – most likely, your porch.

Check if you’re eligible here.

To pinpoint the location of your vehicle, the Amazon Key app does give the driver access to your vehicle’s GPS location, license plate number, and an image of the vehicle based on its description. Once the courier locates your vehicle, they use their device to verify that its been located, scans the package, and then requests the vehicle be unlocked via Chevy’s connected car services. When all those boxes are checked, a swipe on the screen unlocks the trunk and the package is placed inside. The courier verifies that the delivery is complete on his/her device, closes the trunk, and makes sure the vehicle is locked (which it should do on its own.)

Restrictions for in-vehicle delivery include any packages that are:

  • Over 50 pounds
  • Larger than 26 x 21 x 16 inches
  • Require a signature
  • Valued over $1,300
  • Or coming from a 3rd party seller (prime only!)

First Customers (Video)

As with most new services, Amazon has been beta-testing this in California & Washington to get customers’ reactions. In the following video by Amazon, one woman says this service allows her to receive her regular diaper delivery without risking her toddler being awoken by the doorbell. Another mother was able to use it to make sure her daughter wouldn’t be tipped off to the birthday gifts she purchased. One man said that he is now able to get his personal purchases placed discreetly in his vehicle while receiving business-related parcels to the office. So… yeah. Watch here:

These uses of the service do seem practical enough, but as more technologies like this come out, there will likely always be a question of how “safe” it is, virtually speaking.

So what do you think about Amazon Key In-Car? Would you use it? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Are you wishing you drove a GM vehicle so you could take advantage of this and all of the other awesome Connected Services through OnStar? That’s where we come in! Jeff Gordon Chevrolet has hundreds of new Chevrolets and GM Certified Pre-Owned Chevy, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac models to choose from. With our travel assistance programs, we can also arrange to have your new “delivery locker” (vehicle) delivered to your driveway and ready to receive your Amazon purchases. Or, we can arrange a little vacation to our beautiful coastal city of Wilmington, NC and have you fly in and drive your new vehicle home! Give us a call at (910)791-2424 to learn more!