A Look Back on the Chevy Blazer's Incredible History
With the new 2019 Chevy Blazer heading to Chevy dealership lots nearby in just a few months, we thought we’d take this opportunity to reminisce on the Blazer’s remarkable history. From the rough-and-tumble K5 to the upcoming new unibody crossover, the Blazer has been through a ton of changes since its journey began in 1969. Let’s take a look:
The K5 Blazer:
The Chevy Blazer’s story began in 1969 when the first K5 Blazer rolled off the assembly line to compete with the Ford Bronco and the Jeep Cherokee. Appearing on the scene with a full-size pickup truck frame and a removable fiberglass top, the larger-than life K5 Blazer sent shockwaves through the industry. The K5 came with air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, a push-button radio, heavy-duty shocks and springs, and and auxiliary battery. It was kind of a big deal.
The Second-Generation K5:
Chevy dealers were treated to a new Blazer in 1973 when the vehicle’s second generation model lineup kicked off. Thanks to a wave of popularity, the second-generation Blazer remained in production until 1991.
The second generation Blazer vehicles were marked by new, innovative touches. For example, the 1976 Blazer Chalet boasted a pop-up camper feature that slept two adults and came with an icebox, sink, two-burner propane stove and a dinette table.
In the mid-1980’s, Chevy even produced a K5 Blazer-based vehicle for the U.S. military known as the M1009. The M1009 featured a more robust suspension, a special electrical system, a front brush guard, a rifle rack, and olive green, camouflage, or tan paint jobs.
The S-10 Blazer (aka “They Baby Blazer”):
From 1983-1994, Chevrolet produced a so-called “Baby Blazer” for drivers who didn’t need the ample space offered by the K5 Blazer. The s-10 Blazer was more maneuverable than previous models and debuted with a 2.0-liter-four-cylinder engine capable of producing 83 horsepower. A diesel four-cylinder option was offered in the form of a 2.8-liter V8 with 110 horsepower.
The Last Blazer:
In 1995, an all-new generation of the Blazer debuted with rounded bodylines, a sleeker overall exterior appearance and a storage-heavy interior created to appeal to suburban families. The new Blazer remained in production until 2005 when Chevy ceased production of the vehicle permanently.
Now a new chapter begins in the Blazer’s long and illustrious history. The 2019 Chevy Blazer will arrive at a car dealership near you in early 2019 with a five-passenger cabin designed to fill the void in Chevy’s crossover SUV range. The new Blazer will offer two powertrain options (a 2.5-liter four-cylinder 193-hp engine or a 3.6-liter V6 with 305-hp), modern exterior styling and an estimated tow capacity of 4,500 pounds. For more details, visit us at Ray Chevrolet today. We look forward to helping you find your new Chevy model!