2023 Chevrolet Blazer (the Not-Electric One) Updated, Still Isn’t a K5

It’s hard to believe that we’re already at the midpoint of 2022, which means that it’s time 2023-model-year changes are starting to spill forth. Take, for example, the 2023 Chevy Blazer. The midsize SUV dubbed the “Camaro of SUVs,” at least in general appearance, was reintroduced for model-year 2019 as a unibody crossover. Depending on your attachment to the classic Blazer models, which were more rugged 4x4s, the sting of those off-road roots being papered over for this car-based crossover might not have worn off in the intervening three years. Either way, the Blazer’s due for some changes for 2023, though none involve a return to the K5 Blazer days.

Neither do those changes involve electrification—yet. Don’t confuse any of this with the biggest news regarding the Blazer nameplate, the emergence of the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer SS EV, which will be revealed July 18 before going on sale in the spring of 2023. It’s likely that all the conventional Blazer and all-electric Blazer SS will share is a name.

As for the powertrain of the 2023 Blazer, there are no changes this year; the base, naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter I-4 was dropped for model-year 2022. Remaining are the turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 making 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque (standard on 2LT, 3LT, and Premier) and the naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter V-6 pushing 308 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque (standard on RS, available on 3LT and Premier). Both engines are mated to nine-speed automatic transmissions.

Chevy reworked the front-end styling of the 2023 Chevy Blazer to exaggerate its subtly bold, muscular, and modern duds, refreshing the front fascia, grille design, LED headlamps, and LED daytime running lamps. You’ll know something is different, in a good way, but you can’t really put a finger on it because the changes are so fitting, so natural, and relatively subtle.

Many of the angles on the Blazer’s snoot have been altered so that they visually align more cleanly and neatly. For example, where the new, longer headlights meet the grille, the headlight’s lower corner slants outward toward the grille rather than inward. The new angle makes the headlight edges more parallel. The daytime running lamps have been slightly elongated and reshaped to be less triangular, with the inside shaping up parallel with the side of the grille. The grille design looks more stretched.

The new LED tail lamps look crisp and almost resemble infinity signs when lit up in contrast to the former arrows or airplane-wing look.

Here’s a welcome change: A new 10.0-inch color touchscreen on all models replaces the teeny 8.0-inch screen. Wireless charging is now available on all models (standard on RS and Premier, available on 2LT and 3LT). Adaptive Cruise Control is available on all trims. Lastly, a Nightshift Blue interior color is available for the RS.

For some extra style, new 18-, 20-, and 21-inch wheels join the lineup. Sterling Gray Metallic, Copper Bronze Metallic, and Radiant Red Tintcoat join the exterior color palette for an extra cost.

Look for the 2023 Chevy Blazer this summer.

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