The 2023 Chevy Blazer EV is the first electric car to sport an ‘SS’ badge and that denotes a distinct driver-focused car. The SS moniker is a hallowed one and that being bestowed on an EV shows which direction GM wants to take with the Blazer electric. The first look also shows a radical styling theme and its boldness in design thanks to a myriad of edgy lines.
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We assume the Blazer EV SS to be the top-end performance trim as that explains the wide tyres and those huge alloys. The EV version is also different from the gas-powered Blazer being sold in the US as it gets short overhangs and a long wheelbase. The lowered roof-line and the faux gills beneath the headlamps give it a menacing stance, unlike the more restrained ICE version.
The Blazer EV SS will get the ‘Ultium’ battery pack as is the case with other GM EVs while the performance focus would be kept in tact with the SS version having a dual motor/AWD layout. Expect healthy performance figures from the SS and lower-spec models would get a simpler single motor/RWD layout. Deliveries will start to roll out post its 2023 release and the SS version would be launched first.
It’s a shame that Australia will not be getting the first SS-badged EV since GM has pulled out of RHD markets with no intention of coming back. The company on sells two of its products in Australia including the Corvette and its new EVs are not on the radar yet. The Blazer won’t be the only EV as GM plans to offer a full range of them including a smaller EV called as Equinox which will start at an estimated MSRP of around $30,000 in the US.