Chevrolet will use its wanted SS nameplate in electric cars for the first time.
The 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV SS The crossover was teased before its July 18 release.
It will serve as the performance flagship of the Blazer EV range, which will be available in the United States in the northern spring of 2023.
Instead of releasing a diagonal close-up teaser of the headlights, Chevrolet has released three-quarters of the front image of its upcoming Ford Mustang Mach-E rival.
Although the film includes a claim that it is a pre-production go, it looks production-ready.
It has a curved body with a flowing beltline, à la the Volkswagen ID.4, but it is punctuated by a sharp crease.
For example, there is a distinctive feature line that creates an arc across the front fender, goes down for the door, and then bends again to exaggerate the blazer Ivy Hanches.
A dramatic cutout also sits behind the front wheel arch and holds the charging port.
On the front, there is a black-out grille treatment for a sporty look, suitable for SS nameplates, while an illuminated Chevy bow-tie badge is attached to the headlights by a light bar.
Although the interior has not yet been revealed, it may feature a design similar to the upcoming Equinox EV, it is also set for a 2023 launch.
The smaller electric SUV, which Chevrolet says should start at US $ 30,000 (A $ 43,249), has a driver-based cockpit with two large displays on the driver’s side.
The targeted base price of the Equinox EV is about US $ 5000 more than the base petrol equinox and US $ 3000 less than the base petrol blazer.
Both the Blazer EV and the Equinox EV are expected to use the new BEV3 platform, which debuted at Cadillac Lyric, along with GM’s Ultium battery and electric motor.
The Lyriq is powered by a single rear-mounted electric motor with 254kW of power and 441Nm of torque, while an upcoming dual-motor all-wheel drive variant will offer around 373kW.
It has about 50/50 weight distribution, as well as five-link front and rear suspension and a 100kWh battery.
The Lyriq supports DC charging up to 190kW, with a total demanding 502km of electrical range for the rear-wheel drive model.
Chevrolet is launching the Blazer EV and the smaller Equinox EV as its existing petrol-powered Blazer and Equinox as well as dedicated electric vehicles for sale.
The Blazer nameplate returned in 2019 to a larger, two-row SUV, with slots between the medium-sized Equinox and three-row traverses about 5.2 meters long.
Although the blazer nameplate was previously used in several generations of more rugged, body-on-frame SUVs, the current model is a unibody crossover that shares a platform with GMC Acadia and carries the design signals of a Chevrolet Camaro.
No SS variant was found, although it was the first Chevrolet SUV to be offered in sporty-looking RS camouflage.
The blazer’s sporty image will help Chevrolet market its mechanically unrelated electric rival as a competitor to the Mustang Mach-E.
The SS, or SuperSport, nameplate dates back to 1961, when it was introduced as an optional performance package for the full-size Impale.
Chevrolet has been using it extensively ever since. The Nova SS and Chevrolet SS were iconic muscle cars, where V8-powered Holden VF Commodores were sold in the United States as Chevrolet SS.
Earlier there was also an SS SUV, as well as an SS version of the Silverado pickup.
Competing with the 2006-09 TrailBlazer SS, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8, the Chevrolet packs a 295kW 6.0-liter LS2 V8 into a body-on-frame SUV and lowers and tightens the suspension.