Despite sharing a name with its gas-powered counterparts, the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV is a distinctly different model that brings its own unique powertrain, exterior styling, and high-tech features into the equation. Available in four trims, including a high-performance Super Sport (SS) version not seen on a Chevy SUV since the mid-aughts TrailBlazer SS, the Blazer EV is ready to take the market by storm.
The Blazer is a unique SUV in the Chevy lineup, with Camaro-inspired styling mixed with family-friendly practicality. However, in a large pivot that's geared more towards Chevy's ongoing mission to create a completely green line, the 2024 Blazer is electric. With an estimated maximum range of 320 miles and up to 557 horsepower in the SS trim, this electric model is ready to blaze past any competition that stands in its way.
The 2024 Chevy Blazer EV will be available in four trims: the 1LT, 2LT, RS, and high-performance SS (which will be further discussed in the SS Trim section). The 1LT is the entry-level model with the price to match. It's the most affordable way to get behind the wheel of Chevy’s new crossover EV, though it lacks some standard features found on the other trims. The 1LT has the shortest range of the bunch, with GM estimating that the Blazer will be able to travel up to 247 miles on a single charge. The 1LT is also the only version of the 2024 Blazer EV not to have all-wheel drive as an available feature, limiting drivers to the standard front-wheel drive setup.
For a modest increase in price, the 2LT will likely hit the sweet spot for most drivers. The trim ups the Blazer’s range by almost 50 miles to 293, making the 2LT a more practical option for those who tend to travel a little further afield in their daily wanderings. Regardless of which trim you choose, every Blazer EV will have access to GM’s Ultium Charge 360 charging network, which includes more than 100,000 publicly available charging points in the U.S. and Canada. The 2LT also comes standard with front-wheel drive but adds electric all-wheel drive as an available option, giving drivers a little more flexibility when it comes to customizing their Blazer EV.
Those seeking a little flash and the maximum possible range should look into the RS trim. It’s definitely not the cheapest in the lineup, but that price tag brings with it a host of enticing features that we’d have a hard time passing up. The RS features an impressive range of up to 320 miles, and you can add about 78 miles of range every 10 minutes when hooked up to a DC fast charging station. The RS sees some styling upgrades as well, including sporty 21-inch wheels, a hands-free rear liftgate, heated flat-bottomed steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, and a striking illuminated Chevy bowtie logo up front. Drivers can choose between front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive as standard options or add optional all-wheel drive for a fee.
Adding to the party tricks, the RS (along with the SS) will be able to display the current charging level on the exterior LED lights, as well as a walk-up/walk-away animation every time you approach or leave the vehicle. This feature has become commonplace among some of the newer EVs and goes a long way in alerting other drivers and pedestrians that they’re not dealing with a run-of-the-mill Blazer.
EVs might offer a more practical, environmentally friendly alternative to traditional gas-powered vehicles, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also be fun. While early hybrids might have prioritized fuel economy above all else, the new generation of EVs is proving that performance doesn’t have to come at the cost of efficiency. Chevy is doing its part to inject a little excitement into the EV realm by resurrecting one of the Blazer’s greatest hits: the high-performance SS trim.
Originally debuting in 2006, the SS trim saw Chevy borrow the massive LS2 V8 from the Corvette, dropping the engine in the midsize TrailBlazer to create an SUV with an unheard-of 395 horsepower. With 400 pound-feet of torque under the hood, the TrailBlazer Super Sport (SS) posted a scorching zero-to-sixty time of just 5.4 seconds which is all the more impressive given the SUV’s 4,600-pound heft.
The 2024 Blazer SS allows Chevy to take that proud tradition of excess to the next level thanks to the crossover’s EV powertrain, which offers a number of advantages when it comes to power and torque. The Blazer SS is expected to offer 557 horsepower, which is enough to rival the likes of sports cars like the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, but it’s the EV’s torque that might be its most alluring performance metric. The Blazer’s electric motor doesn’t need to spin up to speed like a traditional gas engine, giving the SUV 648 pound-feet of near-instant torque. That’s enough power to get the Blazer from zero to sixty in under 4 seconds in Chevy’s Wide Open Watts (WOW) driving mode, making the SS model a genre-defying SUV that has the power to back up its aggressive appearance.
Speaking of appearance, the Blazer SS will wear a slightly sportier guise than the rest of the lineup with a unique front fascia, black roof, 22-inch wheels, and LED light bar that displays an illuminated Chevy logo and the SUV’s current charging level. On the interior, the SS trim sees the addition of a flat-bottom steering wheel and heated and ventilated front seats, adding a touch of luxury to the model. The sporty SS trim isn’t the highest-endurance model in the current Blazer lineup, with an estimated range of up to 290 miles, but it’s a small price to pay for the type of power the model delivers.
As one might expect from a cutting-edge EV from one of the industry’s most storied brands, the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV is packed to the gills with next-generation technology. The interior’s most striking tech feature is the Blazer EV’s massive 17.7-inch diagonal touchscreen display. Standard on all trim levels, the display gives the cabin a futuristic feel and is slightly tilted towards the drivers for easy access and reference. It’s a small touch, but one that lends the crossover an almost cockpit-like feel that’s reminiscent of a high-end sports car. The infotainment system will feature all the expected connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as some premium inclusions like an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot.
Thankfully GM has taken a measured approach when it comes to the display, allowing it to serve as a portal for infotainment and navigation while leaving climate control and audio volume out of the equation. These systems get their own dedicated knobs on the left and bottom of the display, which makes all the difference when it comes to tweaking your AC or stereo on the fly. In addition to the 17.7-inch touchscreen display, the Blazer EV gets a 11-inch-diagonal driver information screen complete with an instrument cluster, which can be customized to display a wide range of relevant driving data.
When it comes to driver-assist tech, the Blazer EV is well outfitted. The crossover boats GM’s Super Cruise hands-free driving technology as an available feature, allowing drivers to navigate over 200,000 miles of divided interstates with confidence. Super Cruise controls every driving task, from steering and braking to acceleration, allowing drivers to sit back and relax while their Blazer EV does the hard work for them. The system does require the driver to keep their eyes on the road and remain ready to take back control, but the hands-free technology will still go a long way in taking some of the stress out of your morning commute.
In addition to Super Cruise, the 2024 Blazer EV will include a full slate of safety and driver-assist systems, including Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, and a Forward Collision Alert. There is also a Following Distance Indicator, Land Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and IntelliBeam Auto High Beams. The crossover also includes some novel features that are a little outside of the mainstream, like a hands-free start system that simply requires the driver to step on the brake pedal after closing the door.