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General Motors (NYSE: GM) revealed an all-new crossover SUV last week. The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is a “two-row” (five-passenger) midsize SUV that will slot in between the huge-selling Chevrolet Equinox and the big Chevy Traverse when it begins arriving at U.S. dealers early next year.
While a few GM fans grumbled about its name — the original Chevy Blazers were brawny truck-based SUVs; this one isn’t — GM shareholders should welcome the new family friendly Blazer: It’s the latest addition to what has been a very profitable line of products for GM.
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An old Chevy nameplate for an all-new crossover: The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer will begin arriving at dealers early next year. Image source: General Motors.
Big sales gains for GM’s new crossovers — so far
“Crossover SUV” is the industry’s term for an SUV built on a sedan-like unibody architecture. They’ve become wildly popular for good reasons: They offer most of the advantages of the traditional truck-based SUVs that were popular 15 years ago, but they’re lighter in weight, they drive more like sedans than trucks, and they have much better fuel economy.
To say that GM has been making hay on this trend is an understatement. There’s a truism in the auto industry: Vehicles generate the best sales and margins when they’re brand new. And when the new vehicle is in a hot-selling segment, sales (and profits) can be very significant.
Nearly all of GM’s crossovers are brand new or significantly refreshed since the beginning of 2016. Sales of the group were very strong in 2017, and they’ve continued to be strong so far this year.
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Data source: Automotive News estimates.
With that said, here’s the key thing that investors need to know about the all-new Blazer: It’s an addition to the lineup, not a replacement for an outgoing model. I won’t get into all the technical details of the new Blazer here, but the thing to know is that in terms of both size and price, it’ll slot in between the Chevrolet Equinox and Traverse.
You’ll note that those are the two best-selling vehicles on that chart. The new Blazer will aim to push that total higher — capturing buyers who might find the Equinox to be a bit small, but who don’t need the seven-passenger capacity of the big Traverse.
If there’s a sweet spot to the crossover market, that might be it.
Chevrolet’s cool-looking Z71 Midnight Edition package is offered on Tahoe and Suburban sport utilities, as well as on the Silverado pickups.
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Over the past year, I’ve tested Silverado 1500 and Tahoe models with the Midnight package, and this past week, I also got to spend time in the Suburban version, which is 20.3 inches longer than the similarly equipped Tahoe.
The Suburban is Chevrolet’s original sport utility vehicle, introduced in 1935 and a star of the Chevy lineup ever since — particularly in Texas, where it’s among the most-popular motor vehicles ever.
Like its siblings, the Suburban has great road presence, and is quite hard to ignore. That’s made even more so by the Midnight Edition’s jet-black exterior color, along with blacked wheels and body trim.
The Suburban essentially is the same vehicle as the Tahoe, except at the rear. The cargo compartment is extended, giving the Suburban 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seat — 24 cubic feet more than the Tahoe, at 15.3 cubic feet.
The Tahoe/Suburban and its siblings received their last full makeover for 2015, and the Midnight Edition package was added a year later. It’s also available on the Silverado Crew Cab pickup, which is almost the same vehicle underneath as the Suburban and Tahoe — it just has the cargo area turned into an open truck bed. The Silverado Midnight Edition has much the same look as the Suburban and Tahoe versions, with the same black wheels and trim.
Our Suburban tester was the four-wheel-drive LT trim level, with a base price of $58,280 (plus $1,295 freight) before adding the Z71Midnight Edition Package ($2,285). With the package came the 18-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, blackwall all-terrain tires, black tubular assist steps, black roof rack, tow hooks, underbody skid plate package, 3.42 rear axle ratio, Autotrac active two-speed transfer case, hill-descent control, front and rear black Chevy bowties, Z71 grille decals, high-capacity air cleaner and Z71 rubber floor mats. The vehicle came with a black interior, too.
Also included on our tester was the Suburban Luxury Package ($2,860), which added passive entry with remote keyless start, heated second-row seats, third-row 60/40 split bench seat with power fold, power tilt/telescopic steering column, heated steering wheel, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-change alert with side blind-zone alert, power/heated outside mirrors with turn signals, hands-free power liftgate, front and rear park assist, and front fog lights.
We also had a Chevy MyLink audio/navigation system with eight-inch color touch screen ($495) and a power sunroof ($995). Dealer-installed wheel locks were an additional $70.
Our Suburban was powered by a 5.3-liter Ecotec3 V-8 engine with 355 horsepower and 383 foot-pounds of torque. It was paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, although Chevrolet now offers a 10-speed automatic with the optional 6.2-liter V-8.
With three rows of seats, the Suburban can carry up to eight passengers — two up front, and three each in the middle and third rows. But our tester came with power second-row bucket seats ($795), which replaced the second-row bench seat, and cut the passenger capacity to seven.
The 39.3 cubic-foot cargo area behind the third row is big enough for luggage and sports gear for a long family trip. With the third row folded, it expands to 76.7 cubic feet; and with middle and rear seats folded, there is 121.7 cubic feet of cargo space.
For 2018, Suburban prices begin at $50,200 (plus freight) for the base rear-wheel-drive LS model. It’s available with four-wheel drive at all trim levels. There is a rotary dial on the dash to the left of the steering column that has setting for 2WD, Automatic, 4WD High or 4WD Low, which is a low-range setting for serious off-road driving.
The Suburban is a very pleasant highway vehicle, with a quiet cabin, smooth ride, and a more-efficient powertrain than the previous generation.
With $7,500 in options and the freight charge added to the base price, the total sticker price for our 2018 Suburban LT Z71 Midnight Edition four-wheel drive was $67,075.
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Nearly four months into 2018, General Motors has put production of the Chevrolet City Express small cargo van on hold.
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GM had contracted Nissan to build the van, a rebadged Nissan NV200. Both are built at Nissan’s factory in Cuernavaca, Mexico, but the City Express is sold by Chevrolet through its own dealer network.
The Chevrolet City Express went on sale in late 2014 but has never been a big seller. The automaker sold 5,712 of the vans last year. Nissan, by comparison, sold 18,602 NV200s last year. Other competitors include the Ford Transit Connect — 34,473 units sold in 2017 — and the Ram ProMasterCity, which sold 15,584 units.
“The last 2018 model year units were produced in February 2018. Chevrolet and GM Fleet believe 2018 production, combined with existing inventory and factory orders, will be sufficient to meet demand this year,” a GM spokesperson told Trucks.com.
The City Express never came off as a wholehearted compact work van effort, said Ed Kim, vice president of industry analysis at the AutoPacific consulting firm.
“It was a true badge engineering exercise,” Kim said. “It seemed like there was not-invented-here syndrome going on, with relatively little marketing investment in the vehicle.”
The disappearance of the City Express from the compact commercial van market will probably not be felt much in the marketplace, he said.
Ford leads the market, having leveraged its sales efforts across a full range of commercial vehicles that starts at the Transit Connect and goes up through Class 7 heavy-duty trucks.
Chevrolet appears to have scrapped the van as it gets ready to roll out a slew of electric vehicles, said
Sam Abuelsamid, a senior analyst at Navigant Research. He said one vehicle is likely to be a small electric cargo van.
“Such a vehicle is ripe for electrification since they mainly operate in cities and don’t generally get used for long-haul routes,” he said. “Another thing to watch for is a bespoke autonomous vehicle that follows up the Bolt AV. This is likely to be a flexible type of vehicle that can be quickly adapted from carrying passengers to cargo as needed during the course of the day.”
Chevrolet has a 150-day inventory of the City Express, so it has plenty of vans to sell for the rest of the year, said Eric Anderson, an analyst at IHS Markit.
“The cancellation of the Chevrolet City Express will allow inventory to be depleted and to focus on higher volume vehicles as this remained more of a niche offering in the segment,” Anderson said.
For its part, Nissan said it was happy with sales figures for the NV200.
“NV200 experienced a record-setting 2017 and is excelling again in 2018, with sales up 6 percent year-over-year through February,” a spokesperson told Trucks.com.
The 2018 City Express starts at $22,855. Chevrolet has not yet updated its City Express product page with information about the 2018 model.
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GM has added $1,750 on top of current incentives on all new 2018 Equinox models (except L), creating cash back of up to $4,000 for a total savings of around $7,000! And, you can get even more if you are currently leasing a GM vehicle. Call our Customer Care Team now at 630-898-9630 to find out how.
2018 Silverado Crew Cabs get an additional $1,000 Chicago Auto Show Cash Back for a total of up to $6,000 or more! We have new Silverado models in stock with savings over $10,000. Some trucks offer over $13,000 in total savings!
And, don’t forget 2018 Chevrolet Trax. While the Auto Show money is only an additional $500, the total savings are up to $3,250 bringing the price of a new 2018 LS Trax Crossover down to only $17,000 or so. Extremely affordable and a great factory warranty! If you haven’t driven a Trax, why don’t you stop by the dealership and take one for a spin. I think you’ll be impressed.
If you are looking for a low payment, February might be the month for you! GM has announced some amazing lease specials on nearly every model. Talk to your salesperson and they can custom-tailor a lease just for you. Then, we can compare leasing to traditional financing and you can decide what works best for you.
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