GM unveiled the Chevrolet Blazer EV, an all-electric SUV with a mileage of up to 320 miles and a starting price of $ 48,000 on Monday night. This hopes CEO and Chairman Mary Barra will boost her bid to outperform Tesla in US EV sales by 2025.
The Chevrolet Blazer EV, launched in 2023 as a 2024 model, is not just the imminent GM electric vehicle. Numerous Cadillac and Chevrolet EVs are also on the market. However, Blazer has the potential to launch GM?s sales targets in the more affordable and profitable SUV segment.
Internally, it?s reliable. The blazer will be a large statement explaining how GM can hit large segments. Scott Bell, the global VP of Chevrolet.
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The details of the Blazer EV and many of its trims were scarce. However, enough was shared to provide customers with more than just a hint of what to expect by next year.
Blazer EV will be available in five trims, 1LT, 2LT, RS, SS and Police Pursuit versions, and Bell said TechCrunch is the company?s first. The LT and RS trims will be available next summer, and the SS and Police Pursuit versions will be available in the first quarter of 2024. However, orders have begun tonight for interested buyers. One of the trims.
?I think this is a kind of first thing. It?s the first time I?ve done all three configurations in one product,? Bell said. ?We are very transparent to the consumer and we try not to exceed promises or underdelivery. We want to line up as much as possible. We are the home manufacturer, demand We are working hard to build enough buildings to catch up with. ?
Bell said he did not disclose sales targets, but expects high demand.
Blazer makes a large statement on how to hit a real segment, a segment that is a large number of segments. Silverado, Blazer, and soon Equinox, the industry?s three largest segments. When doing volume. We?re going to get some great, great pieces of that puzzle. ?Bell said.
Chevy Blazer returned to the United States in 2018 and sold well. That shouldn?t be the case, but it?s not its best-selling SUV. The Chevrolet Equinox, which will be electrified in 2023 Get that praise.
And recently, due to supply chain constraints, sales have fallen. In the second quarter of 2022, GM reported selling 14,296 blazer. This is a 31% reduction from last year?s comparable data.
Still, analysts believe the Blazer EV is ready to be second next year (after Tesla?s Model Y), accounting for 6.6% of sales in the compact and medium-sized electric SUV segment.
Bell expects different blazer trims to appeal to different customers.
?Early types of movers and shakers are like trying new things and stirring it up a bit. This SS variant is one of them. There will be performance enthusiasts buying this car. Not because it?s a medium-sized crossover, but because it goes from 0 to 60 within 4 seconds, ?Bell said.
Prices for the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer start at $ 47,595 for the 2LT. The RS starts at $ 51,995 and has optional rear-wheel drive and a range of 320 miles. High-performance SS (arriving in late 2023), on the other hand, starts at around $ 65,995 and can travel an estimated 290 miles on a single charge.
Arriving in the first quarter of 2024, the 1LT will start at $ 44,995 and have an estimated range of 247 miles.
Supercruise, GM?s advanced driver assistance system that enables hands-free driving on specific highways, will be available at specific trims on the Blazer EV.
TThe company says the 2023 Blazer will be equipped with 11.5 kW of charging capabilities and up to 190 kW of DC Fast charging, adding a range of 78 miles in 10 minutes. The front light of the Blazer EV indicates the state of charge while the SUV is being charged, increasing in speed and intensity as the charge increases.
Inside the blazer is a 17.7-inch color touch screen and an 11-inch color driver information cluster.
Blazer does not have a start button. After closing the door, just step on the brake pedal to wake up the Blazer EV. Chevy also says that via the MyChevy app, owners can plot and find charging stations along a set route.I also get a blazer EV GM?s Ulitifi TechnologyThis allows for wireless updates and further customization of the apps and services customers want.
The finest SS or supersport blazer EVSS has a unique performance AWD configuration that produces up to 557 horsepower and up to 648 lb.-ft. Provides what Torque, and what Chevy calls, ?a unique WOW (wide open watt) mode (based on GM estimates) that allows 0-60 sprints in less than about 4 seconds.?
And there is a police tracking version specially made for law enforcement.
According to Bell, Chevy worked closely with police in various municipalities to create the Police Pursuit version of the Blazer EV. He said it would get the same charge rate and range as the consumer model, but the interior was specially designed for police needs.
It is available in rear-wheel drive or dual-motor all-wheel drive and gets Brembo brakes. Chevy also said it will offer commercial trims for the Blazer EV to meet the needs of pharmaceutical and rental companies.
Chevy has been involved in electric games for longer than most car makers, starting with the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt, which went into the hands of consumers in 2010. We will continue to expand Chevrolet?s electric products in EV spaces such as Volt, Bolt EV and Bolt EUV.
?Our role is to push consumers into this area. There is something we need to do to spread the conversation to the masses. 87% of us will leverage 3,000 dealers with consumers. Population Live within 10 miles of them. ?
One of the biggest challenges in EV adoption, Bell said, is public charging infrastructure and EV costs. With the launch of Blazer, the company will continue to work on the installation, Bell said. Faster charging at dealers nationwide Encourage local electricians and installers to provide home charging. Chevrolet and GM will also leverage the dealer network to improve charging access, Bell said.
Last week, GM announced a partnership with Pilot and Flying J. We will also cooperate with the fast charging network nationwide.
The Blazer EV will be manufactured at GM?s Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico, where the current internal combustion engine version of Blazer will be manufactured.
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