The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer has not been around for even one full year, but Chevrolet revealed that the sporty Camaro inspired CUV is getting a third engine for 2020 in a bid to try and expand its reach to a wider range of utility buyers, especially those that want more green seasoning in their crossover purchase.
The engine in question is the same 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder that was recently pitched from its bigger corporate cousin the Traverse, with word of its arrival being told to Car & Driver by Chevrolet reps. Output here is estimated to be about 230 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, which would put the 2.0 liter firmly between the anemic entry level 2.5 liter four cylinder, and the range topping 306 horsepower naturally aspirated V6. A nine speed automatic would be the sole transmission choice avalible, and the engine will even come bundled with GM’s engine stop-start feature. The good news here is that the 2.0 liter can be equipped with either front or all-wheel drive, but buyers looking to add it to a lower or higher trim level will be out of luck, with avalibility being limited to 2LT and 3LT variants.
This does however fall in line with the deceptively simple engine marketing strategy GM has for this particular model with L and LT models being equipped with the base 2.5 liter engine, and range topping RS and Premier variants being equipped with the performance focused 3.6 liter V6.
Pricing as well as fuel economy numbers were not released with Chevrolet’s announcement, but like its performance figures, look for these two categories to end up in the middle of the Blazer’s pricing ladder, with base turbo models possibly starting somewhere in the low to mid $30,000 range. As for fuel economy, look for that figure to also ride the boundaries set by the other two engines, with 23 to 24 mpg being quite feasible. Look for this particular variant to make its way to Chevrolet dealers later this year, with the first units possibly arriving in early fall.