Chevrolet has revealed the 2024 Blazer EV, a pure-electric mid-sized SUV. The announcement marks the latest addition to OEM’s EV portfolio and the next step in GM’s electrification strategy, through which it aims to phase out its ICE vehicles by 2035.
The Blazer EV will be offered in four trims that each offer unique range options as well as available front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive configurations. At launch, customers will be able to choose from the 1LT, 2LT and RS trims as well as a Super Sport (SS) performance model. The entry-level 1LT is only available in front-wheel drive, while four-wheel drive is an optional feature for the 2LT and RS models and a standard feature for the SS. In addition to these trims, a pursuit-rated Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV) model will be offered for police fleet applications.
The SUV is built on GM’s Ultium Platform through which the SS’s AWD configuration produces up to 557 horsepower (415 kW), and up to 648 lb-ft (879 Nm) of torque. This performance can be further extended through the EV’s Wide Open Watts mode, which enables an acceleration rate of 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in less than 4 seconds. With this performance setup, the Blazer EV supports an estimated range of 320 miles on a full charge.
When it comes time to replenish the vehicle’s charge, owners of all Blazer EV trims can do so at up to 11.5 kW on Level 2 AC and up to 190 kW on DC public fast-charging stations. On a DC charger, around 78 miles (125 km) of range can be replenished in 10 minutes. Likewise, users can locate and plot routes to charging station with the MyChevrolet smartphone app. Available for iOS and Android devices, it counts navigation and route planning among its key features. Owners of the EV will also have access to Ultium Charge 360, which in itself provides access to more than 100,000 public charging points in the U.S. and Canada.
Across all models, a 17.7-inch customizable touchscreen sits alongside an 11.0-inch digital gauge inside the vehicle, spearheading the infotainment system. Through the system, users can access GM’s available Super Cruise ADAS, which enables hands-free driving on select stretches of road. Further convenience is provided through the Blazer EV’s hands-free start. Authorized by the key fob, the feature sees the driver push the brake pedal after closing the door to power up the EV. Likewise, upon leaving the EV and closing the door, it automatically turns off.
These technologies and more are enabled by Ultifi, GM’s proprietary software platform that works to support software-defined features, apps, and services through over-the-air updates. With it, owners and occupants of the Blazer EV can upgrade and personalize their vehicle as more features and improvements become available.
In addition to the new Blazer EV’s consumer-centric trims, Chevrolet has revealed a specially developed Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV) model. Based on the SS trim, it will have the largest Ultium battery of the line-up and be available in RWD or with a dual motor AWD system. In leveraging the SS trim’s front Brembo brakes, the PPV will help law enforcement decrease stopping distances. The purpose-built model also features an interior designed for use by police officers, with room made for emergency equipment and gear.
The 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV 2LT and RS are set to go on sale in summer 2023 – with the 2LT priced from around $47,595 and the RS from $51,995. The SS follows later in 2023, with prices from $65,995 and will be followed by the 1LT which will be priced from $44,995. The PPV fleet model will be made available for law enforcement in the first quarter of 2024.