Let the Bronco Versus Blazer Debate Begin!

Can the new Blazer be as cool as the original?

Can the new Blazer be as cool as the original?

I think we’re all used to the fact that Ford will bring back the Bronco. We’re excited about it, no doubt, but the information isn’t new anymore. The return of the Ranger will happen at the same time, probably in 2020, and both new trucks will be built right here in the United States of America.

We’re also pretty used to the idea that once Ford announces something especially cool, a General Motors announcement of something equally amazing isn’t far behind. We see it every couple of years with the Mustang/Camaro competition and now it appears we’ll see it with the Bronco/Blazer battle.

Yeah that’s right… looks like the Blazer is on the comeback path, too.

Before you get too excited, though, the comeback may be in name only. The Blazers of yore were full-size 4-wheel-drive SUVs based on a full-size Chevy pickup truck. With a tough truck chassis and available V8 power, the Blazer was known for its go-anywhere rugged capabilities.

The revived Blazer could be a midsize crossover to slot between the Equinox and Traverse, meaning it won’t be anything like the original Blazer and won’t have the same capabilities that we anticipate out of the new body-on-frame Bronco.

Automotive News says,

The vehicle, expected to be called the Blazer, would be the same size as the 2017 GMC Acadia, which is noticeably smaller than the first-generation Acadia.

The Blazer will share a platform with the Acadia and Traverse, while the Equinox will be made smaller to make room for the new addition.

Expect the revived Blazer to come standard with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder or an optional 3.6-liter V6. Front-wheel drive should be standard, with a system like the Acadia’s All-Terrain AWD package for buyers who want to pretend that this new ute is an off-road capable beast like the original.

If the Ford Bronco becomes what we expect, the Bronco versus Blazer debate shouldn’t be a very long conversation. The Blazer’s big advantage, though, will be a two-year head start before the Bronco even gets to showrooms.

With what we know now, would you rather have a new Ford Bronco or Chevy Blazer?

-tgriffith

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1 Comment

  1. Generation I Bronco’s just look way cooler than anything in that era – except maybe for the FJ40. But the FJ won’t have an auto tranny or power steering. It’s hard for me to admit because I have a restored 71 Blazer – and you gotta like people if you go out in a topless classic Blazer. Everyone comes over to talk to you. I went with the Blazer primarily because it’s a whole lot bigger behind the front seats. You can get 2 rows of bench seats and still carry a cooler, beach chairs, fire wood and a mid sized dog. It won’t squeeze between standing trees off road like a small Bronco, Scout or CJ5 but at these “collector” prices you aren’t going off-road. Lastly – the FJ’s and the Bronco’s if they’re painted up clean and running are $28K and $42K respectively. Gen I (69-72) survivor Blazers are changing hands every day for $15K.

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