As you can probably tell from the looks of this awesome suv, this ride doesn’t have much in common with the boxy, all-wheel-drive, body-on-frame Blazer of yore. The 2019 version rides on a unibody frame it’ll share with the GMC Acadia. Its shape looks, well, not like a serious off-road machine, but rather like just about every other crossover on the roads today, albeit with a slightly meaner, Camaro-inspired front.
Blame aerodynamics, but also consumer demand. We’re living in the crossover age, to the point that Ford is killing off most of its car lineup to sell more profitable trucks and SUVs. As Car and Driver points out, GM already had five crossover in the Chevy lineup—Trax, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, and Suburban—before it decided to reboot the Blazer, which now sits somewhere between the second and third entries on that list in size. With all those family haulers already in the group, you have to wonder why Chevy didn’t seize the opportunity to make a serious off-roader again.
The new Blazer will come with a standard 3.6-liter V6 and optional AWD. The 18-inch wheels come standard, but 20- and 21-inchers will be available. Expect to see it in early 2019.
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We have over 93 different incentives going on this month so please don’t hesitate to contact us to figure out your maximum savings!
Here are just a couple of crazy-good specials to look at for:
Chevrolet is offering 0% apr for up to 72 months + $1,000 cash back on all new 2018 Trax and 2018 Cruze models. Or, select a new 2018 Malibu and receive 0% apr for up to 72 months and get $500 cash back.
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The old slogan See the USA in Your Chevrolet still rings true sixty years after it debuted in advertising. It is something millions of Americans have been able to do in hundreds of different models produced by the iconic General Motors brand. One museum in Decatur is dedicated to highlighting the different eras and types that have made Chevrolet such a famous brand.
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First, this third-generation Equinox, offered with front- or all-wheel drive, bucks trends by shrinking — not growing — compared to the vehicle it replaces.
Second, despite being Chevy’s second-best-selling nameplate in 2016 (Silverado was first), it’s willing to take styling chances.
Third, it’s the first multi-engine Chevy ever to field a motor menu comprised solely of turbocharged engines — all four-cylinders.
Looking for something with a modern style? The 2018 Equinox could be perfect for you! Call our Customer Care Team today and schedule a V.I.P. test drive. Or, visit us online anytime.
This guy is not risk-averse.
Offered in L, LS, LT and Premier trims, Equinox is available with a 1.5-liter making 170 hp; a 2.0-liter making 252 hp; and a 1.6-liter diesel good for 137 hp. The 2.0 buttons to a nine-speed automatic, the others to a six-speed. We drove a front-drive LT 2.0T.
Notably smaller than Generation 2, this Gen 3 Equinox, riding a 5.2-inch shorter wheelbase, casts an overall shadow that’s 4.7 inches more compact. That, and the resulting 400-pound weight savings, allows this guy to claim EPA mpg ratings that are better than average for the class.
Helping is Equinox’s standard stop/start engine feature, which — typical of GM — has no “off” button. Fortunately, it’s notably less irritating here than in many vehicles.
Weight loss notwithstanding, we suspect the base engine has its hands full (we haven’t driven it), but the 2.0-liter blown four in our front-drive LT was lively. With 260 lb.-ft. of torque managed by a smooth nine-speed, we never felt deprived of power, even as our front-driver returned 24 mpg over 150 miles, more in-town than highway.
From a styling standpoint, Equinox looks great. We loved the front’s Malibu-esque grille and the profile’s forward-leaning C-pillar, trailed as it is by a blacked-out D-pillar, giving the flank an in-motion look.
The cargo bay aft of the (foldable) second row is small by segment standards, but people room is aces front and rear. If anything, we found the front buckets overly supportive, with a beefy horizontal shoulder bolster that, paired with the seat back’s big side bolsters, sort of gave the impression of leaning back into a catcher’s mitt.
2018 Chevrolet Equinox styling: In our LT’s quiet cabin, infotainment, including an audio volume knob, was happily simple and soft-touch buttons on the steering wheel had pleasant tactile feel.
Pricing tells us Chevy is proud of the quantum leap this new Equinox has made over its predecessor. A base L front-driver starts at an accessible $24,525, but our front-drive LT, with the stronger engine and nine-speed, had a base price just over $30,000. To that we had to add a $1,945 package to get heated seats, power liftgate, dual-zone climate, Rear Park Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic, Blind Zone and Lane Change alerts.
That done, our LT 2.0T was very nice, indeed, and a real competitor in a segment that includes the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
Can’t have the tourists taking any Snapchats with the mid-engined C8.
If “Take a tour of the Chevy Corvette factory in Bowling Green” is one of the items on your summertime bucket list this year, you might want to fast-track those plans for that trip down Kentucky way. Starting this June, General Motors will be closing the Corvette factory to the public for a year and a half.
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The National Corvette Museum’s Katie Frassinelli told the Bowling Green Daily News the tours are being shut down in order to give the facility a chance to conduct extensive changes to the factory.
The Bowling Green, KY factory will offer its final tours on Friday, June 16th.
While General Motors officials reportedly refused to discuss future plans during an April 28th conversation at the Corvette Museum, even a drunken monkey would be liable to draw a connection between the planned plant closure and the forthcoming mid-engined C8-generation Corvette. That future Chevy has been spied repeatedly over the last year, clad in thick layers of camouflage that still can’t disguise the new model’s engine layout.
Registration and spectator tickets are now available for America’s definitive showcase of customized cars as part of the 2017 Chevrolet Performance CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals, Presented by Holley/MSD, July 21-23 at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky.
This will be the annual event will be held in Bowling Green.
“This move to Bowling Green allows for true brand integration with all the Chevy presence in town,” said Craig Shantz, Manager, Chevrolet Performance Shows/Events and Specialty Vehicle Builds. “It’s a great venue for the future of CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals.”
Chevrolet Performance CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals showcases more than 2,500 performance cars and attracts upward of 25,000 enthusiasts from across the country over the course of three days. The 2017 Chevrolet Performance CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals will include, among other highlights:
faster open autocross
chances to test torque and horsepower against the best in the Dyno Challenge
Undiscovered Builders’ Invitational
Pro Builders’ Shootout
drag racing challenges
professionally judged and awarded Show-‘N’-Shine Competition
The Performance Marketplace
giveaways and activities on the main stage
chance to meet CAR CRAFT editors and photographers on site.
Hours and Ticket Information
Event hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 21, 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 22, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 23.
For the chance to appreciate (and show off) the spirit of American cars, participants may register their vehicles to be a part of Chevrolet Performance CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals. Registration includes entry for one vehicle, driver and copilot, and one goodie bag. Pre-registration (available until July 18, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CST) is $60 ($75 after July 18, 2017). Participants also will be able to register on-site during the event. For more information and to register, visit carcraft.com/events.
Spectator tickets are on sale now and available at carcraft.com/events. Pricing is as follows (if attending on Saturday includes Midnight Drags):
One-day ticket admission – $13 in advance, $15 at the gate (valid any one day)
Three-day ticket admission – $30 in advance, $35 at the gate
“The Car Craft Summer Nationals is a historic event with a life of its own and we’re excited to see it come to our home town,” said Bill Tichenor, director of Marketing, Holley/MSD. “Car Craft followers use products from our company as much as any car guys on the planet, so it makes perfect sense to sponsor this renowned event.”