The Chevrolet Blazer EV will cost $51,998 starting price in Canada

Chevrolet’s latest electric offering will include General Motors’ Ultium battery platform, four trim levels, Plug and Charge technology and charging speeds of up to 190kW, plus a ‘Police Pursuit Vehicle’ specially designed.

General Motors revealed the price, specifications and features of its Chevrolet Blazer electric vehicle this week and the SUV is now ready for pre-order across Canada.

Starting at $51,998 for the base 1LT model, the SUV-sized five-seat Blazer offers three
additional trim levels: 2LT, RS and SS, and an additional version designed for police units called Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV).

“The 2024 Blazer EV sets a new tone for electric SUVs, with intuitive options and technologies. that help position Chevrolet as a leader in one of the fastest growing electric vehicle segments,” said Scott Bell, vice president of Chevrolet, in a press release.

“[We] are making great strides in offering more choices for zero-tail-emission vehicles – choices that make switching to an electric vehicle easier than ever.

The first Blazers (2LT and RS) will be available in summer 2023 for $56,598 and $61,298, respectively. The SS will arrive in the second half of 2023 for $80,998, and the base 1LT model will release in the first quarter of 2024 for $51,998.

In Quebec, Chevrolet will sell the cars at different prices — $54,548 (1LT), $59,148 (2LT),
$63,848 (RS) and $83,548 (SS).

All models are eligible for federal rebates (subject to government approval) and will be manufactured at GM’s Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico.

Models and specifications

Equipped with driver-assist technologies including Reverse Automatic Braking and Advanced Park Assist, as well as Chevrolet’s standard suite of Safety Assistance Programs, all Blazers work with Ultifi, the ” GM’s new end-to-end vehicle software platform.

As a base model, the Blazer 1LT is an interesting mid-range electric vehicle. It features the keyless start feature of higher-end models and a hands-free liftgate lift system. The 1LT has front wheel drive (FWD), wireless charging capabilities and an 11.5 kW battery on board

But GM offers few performance details, and there’s no information yet on the 1LT’s charging speed or range. Like the 1LT, there are few details on the 2LT, but it is available in FWD, has electric all-wheel drive (eAWD), Super Cruise technology and advanced safety features including pedestrian alerts and bicycles.

The RS is the model that GM wants to promote the most. Available in three drive types – FWD, AWD and eAWD – the RS RWD appears to have the longest range of any model (according to GM’s estimates) at 515 kilometres. It also has charging speeds of up to 190 kW to add 125 km of range in 10 minutes, according to GM.

The Blazer Super Sport is GM’s first electric performance model. “It features an exclusive performance AWD propulsion setup, a unique WOW (Wide open Watts) mode allowing up to 564 horsepower and up to 648 lb-ft of torque and 0-96 km sprints /h in less than about 4 seconds (according to GM estimates),” the automaker noted in its press release.

All Blazer models will be equipped with Plug and Charge technology to access more than 100,000 public charging stations in Canada and the United States.

Civil vehicles versus “at work”

In an unusual and forward-thinking move, GM is offering the Blazer not only as a consumer vehicle, but also in a police first responder edition.

“Based on the Blazer SS model, the Blazer EV PPV will have the largest Ultium battery in the lineup and will be available with a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system. The PPV will use the high-performance Brembo front brakes from the Blazer SS to guarantee distances short stoppages,” the press release reads.

In addition to the more specific performance requirements needed in police vehicles, the Blazer PPV will come with an interior designed for law enforcement officers and additional space to accommodate emergency equipment.

GM has yet to release pricing or performance specs for the Blazer PPV, but since it’s closely aligned with the SS, it’s likely to reflect similar range, acceleration, and charging speeds.

The PPV model is expected in 2024.

Eleanor C. William