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Explore This Test Drive Review of the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV

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Discovering a new addition to its electric vehicle collection, Chevrolet has introduced the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV, a midsize, two-row battery-powered SUV.

Making use of GM’s BEV3 platform, which is also utilized for the recently launched 2024 Cadillac Lyriq EV, the Blazer EV differs in appearance despite sharing similarities with the Lyriq in terms of specifications. It showcases a family resemblance to the traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) Blazer, albeit longer in structure. Initially offered in the base LT and mid-range RS variants, a higher-performing SS model is set to be released later.

Equipped with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the LT and RS models come with 288 horsepower and 333 pound-feet of torque for the all-wheel drive variants, while the rear-wheel drive version of the RS boasts 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. For those seeking more power, the SS model comes with 557 horsepower and 648 pound-feet of torque. The LT and all-wheel-drive RS provide a range of 279 miles, while the RS and all-wheel-drive SS, furnished with a larger 102-kWh battery, offer a range of 324 miles. The exact range for the SS has yet to be disclosed.

The all-wheel-drive system in the Blazer EV favors front-wheel drive, whereas the SS showcases significant motors on both axles. With the RS, drivers can opt for GM’s SuperCruise autonomous driving system, while this feature comes as standard in the SS.

Praised for its performance edge and enjoyable driving experience, the rear-wheel-drive RS model features a broad stance and minimal body lean during confident cornering, owing to its low battery weight. The ride is smooth and sophisticated, coupled with a spacious cabin. However, critics have noted that the front seats are somewhat flat and lack adequate bolstering for a sports-oriented vehicle.

Boasting a modern instrument cluster alongside circular air vents and an expansive infotainment system, the Blazer EV offers an impressive tech package and exceptional performance. Yet, with a starting price of $57,710 for the LT AWD and $60,215 for the RS AWD, some may find it relatively costly for a Chevrolet model, especially when compared to the similarly sized Cadillac Lyriq EV, which commences at $58,590.

Overall, the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV stands out as a solid choice, particularly considering its eligibility for the $7,500 federal EV tax credit. It undoubtedly positions itself as a potential rival to the Cadillac Lyriq EV.

Image Source: quiggyt4 @ShutterStock

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