Chevy Blazer EV SS Flexes Electric Muscle with 557 HP

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  • The Chevy Blazer EV will launch next summer with RS and 2LT models, with the most powerful SS model following later that year.

  • The high-output crossover sends 557 hp and 648 lb-ft to the wheels with a pair of electric motors.

  • The Chevrolet Blazer EV will be available in front-, rear- and all-wheel-drive models.

Chevrolet is expanding its beloved Super Sport badges into the electric future with the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV. Like almost every other Super Sport product in Chevy’s history, the Blazer EV will span price and performance, with the SS trim topping the charts. Though just like legendary SS products from the past, the Blazer EV will offer less performance-friendly—and more price-conscious—versions to give commuters a similar style without the brutal performance found on the top trim.

Powering the new Blazer EVs is a handful of combinations of electric motors and batteries. For those familiar with GM’s Ultium platform, some of these won’t be a huge surprise. One oddity heading the Blazer’s way is that it’s available in front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models. The entry-level 1LT model sports a front-drive propulsion system, with the 2LT adding the all-wheel-drive system to the mix.

The only way to get a rear-drive Chevy Blazer is on the RS models, which are also available with front- and all-wheel drive. Rounding out the lineup is the all-wheel-drive exclusive Blazer SS that sends 557 hp and 648 lb-ft of torque to the wheels. Ranges are still being finalized, but the entry-level 1LT should have around 250 miles of range per charge, with the RS shooting for 320 miles in certain configurations. The folks at Chevy say the Blazer SS will look at 290 miles per charge, but that number could change after official testing.

Pumping your Blazer back to full charge is as easy as popping open the automatically opening charge door and plugging in your 11.5-kW charger at home. Regen braking hits every model, even the Brembo-brake-equipped Blazer SS, and can be aggressive enough to allow for one-pedal driving. More aggressive charging is also an option, with the Blazer turning up to 190 kW of charge into 78 miles of range in roughly 10 minutes. Of course, you’re not going to see that aggressive of a jump using the standard charger, but that could be an essential part of charging your battery-electric Blazer while taking a road trip. Your Blazer will even help you chase down those chargers through the onboard navigation and through the MyChevy app.

That navigation system will hit the absurd 17.7-inch touchscreen media system. This media system is standard for the Blazer and flanks a standard 11-inch digital gauge cluster. Larger than many television sets, this screen combination will relay any and all information you’d want from your Blazer EV while also supplying your favorite podcast. The system helps control other consumer tech features like the proximity-opening power liftgate. Chevrolet also tossed the push-to-start button into the abyss, and instead opted for a simple push of the brake pedal to start the Blazer when the key is present.

As you’d expect from a modern EV, the Blazer is full of driving tech. Like its Cadillac Lyriq platform mate, the Blazer EV will be available with GM’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system. This will make commuting a little easier than in Blazers of yore. Automatic emergency braking comes standard, as well as lane-keep assist, front pedestrian braking, and the rest of Chevy’s standard safety suite. Reverse automatic braking is available if you want an extra layer of braking assist.

Chevrolet plans to stagger the Blazer EV’s launch, with the 2LT and RS models available first in the summer of 2023. The SS model will follow in 2023, with the entry-level 1LT EV joining the lineup in 2024. While there are some details still to come, Chevrolet has released the price.

The entry-point into the Blazer EV starts at $44,995, with the more expensive 2LT starting at $47,595. The Blazer RS kicks off at $51,995 and the Blazer EV SS tops the charts at $65,995. This pits the Blazer EV against Ford's Mustang Mach-E, at least in price. Unfortunately, Chevrolet has already moved away from the federal tax credits, so these prices are the prices. That said, Chevy says reservations are now open if you want to jump in line.

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