This is what GM currently needs. The speculated Chevy Blazer SS is exactly what the brand needs and that’s a dose of attitude and badass-ness.
It’s almost cringe-worthy to think that a Chevrolet Blazer SS is what Chevy needs to get noticed. Sure, they have a few sports cars in their catalogue but they’re clearly not enough.
You’re thinking: “What about the mid-engine C8 Corvette?” To which we respond: “What mid-engine C8 Corvette?” Pictures are all over the web and social media but the story’s now grown cold. And what about the Chevy Camaro? As much as we love the Camaro, sport car buyers don’t if we’re to consider the generally dismal sales numbers.
And now you understand why we think a Blazer SS is what Chevy needs. There are two direct competitors to this truck and they are the Ford Edge ST and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT (not the Trackhawk). While FCA continues to load up the front end of its performance with delicious V8s, Ford addresses modern problems with modern solutions with a turbocharged V6. Chevy will do the same.
As such, no, the Chevy Blazer SS will not be powered by the Camaro SS’ 6.2-litre but with the 404-horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 from the Cadillac CT6. With the 10-speed automatic and AWD, the blazing Blazer SS should reach 100 km/h about 5.5 seconds.
We think that somewhere, within the confines of GM’s inner-most workings, there’s someone tasked with deciding on the Camaro’s future. Should the Blazer SS do well and have a positive impact on overall sales of the “sporty” new SUV, we’re worried that person will have no choice but to cut the cord on the Camaro.
Pricing and further details along with a possible date should be shared at the 2019 New York Auto Show in two short weeks.