The revival of the legendary Blazer nameplate was one of the biggest disappointments in years. Once a super-tough off-roader, the Blazer became nothing more than a modern crossover. While it’s certainly a good car, it’s not what most Chevy lovers were expecting. Therefore, many expect a kind of redemption move from Chevrolet, in the way that the company could bring a genuine BoF Blazer, which would come with the legendary K5 badge. Allegedly, that model would come already in the next year, as the 2023 Chevy Blazer K5.
At this point, it’s hard to tell how likely this is about to happen. We personally think that the chances are minimal and that this will remain nothing more than a desire, but that won’t stop us from speculating about this comeback. The K5 Blazer is a legend and this is the least we can do at this moment.
Therefore, makes sure to take the following paragraphs with a big reserve, because the article is based on rumors and our predictions.
2023 Chevy Blazer K5 Design
So, what should we expect from the 2023 Chevy Blazer K5? Of course, the first thing that bothers all of us is the platform. While a modern-day Blazer is a typical crossover, the K5 iteration would rather stick to its roots. We would expect to see a genuine body-on-frame design, which would ensure excellent off-road performance and a high level of overall utility.
The most logical answer to this would be to see a design that has a lot in common with Chevy Colorado. If we consider that the popular mid-size pickup is about to come completely redesigned pretty soon, this makes perfect sense. The two models would share the platform, as well as most of the chassis. Some sources even talk about the ZR2 version of the 2023 Chevy Blazer K5, which would feature all those off-road goodies Colorado does, starting from locking differentials, suspension upgrades, skid plates and more.
A few renderings already appeared on the network and in pretty much all cases, we can see a design that’s heavily inspired by the Silverado, particularly the front end. Still, we believe that this area would rather look the same or similar to upcoming Colorado, but that doesn’t mean a significant difference, considering that the mid-size pickup is also about to adopt the new design language.
Other than that, we count on a typical SUV shape, with massive wheels and ground clearance. What’s interesting is that all rendering photos show that legendary two-door design, despite the pretty impressive size. Namely, this wouldn’t be a short-wheelbase SUV like Wrangler Sport, for example. This would be a genuine mid-size SUV, so such a design approach may feel a little bit odd to those who aren’t familiar with the original K5 Blazer.
So, a two-door design doesn’t mean that we will be seeing a small cabin with a tight second row of seats. Instead, we would see a pretty generous amount of space in both rows, with the capacity to accommodate five adults with ease. The cargo area should be pretty generous as well.
When it comes to the dashboard and overall cabin design, we presume that a lot of things would look the same as in upcoming next-generation Colorado, starting from all those tech features we expect to see. Still, this is a legendary model, so we expect a number of exclusive details as well because this model definitely deserves such a treatment.
2023 Chevy Blazer K5 Engines
When it comes to powertrain, we presume that the 2023 Chevy Blazer K5 would follow Chevy’s new policy, which is mostly about simplifying the powertrain lineup. Unlike the current generation, which comes with three engines on offer, the new Colorado will come with just one. The same engine should find its place under the hood. We are talking about the 2.7-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Also, we would expect to see a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
As we already mentioned, so sources also speculate about the ZR2 model. In that case, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see something more powerful under the hood, something that would make this SUV able to compete with models like Wrangler Rubicon 392. We believe that such a version would probably come with Chevy’s well-known 6.2-liter V8, which puts out around 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
2023 Chevy Blazer K5 Release Date and Price
As we’ve already mentioned, the 2023 Chevy Blazer K5 is currently nothing more than a rumor and the chances to actually seeing it in production are almost zero. If it eventually happens, we presume that base versions would cost somewhere around 40-45.000 dollars. Key competitors would be models like Ford Bronco, Jeep Wrangler, and Toyota 4Runner.