Chevrolet has resurrected an old name plate on a modern midsize SUV – slotting in between the Equinox and Traverse models in the brand’s North American line-up, the 2019 Blazer is set to take the fight to competitors such as the Ford Edge and the Jeep Grand Cherokee when it makes its market debut in early 2019.

Two engine choices are available for the five-seater, which will be offered in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions – the baseline unit is an Ecotec 2.5 litre four-cylinder with 193 hp and 255 Nm, while the other is a 3.6 litre V6 mill, good for 305 hp and 365 Nm. Both direct-injected engines, which feature stop/start tech, are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The model range will include a high-spec Premier variant, which features a unique grille and additional chrome trim for the exterior, as well as a sportier RS version, easily distinguishable by its blacked-out elements.

Design cues include low-placed HID headlamps, dual-element LED tail lights, dual exhaust outlets and an integrated tailgate spoiler. A number of wheel options abound – as standard, the Blazer comes with 18-inch alloys, but gets upsized to 21-inch units on the RS and Premier.

The SUV gets a number of colour and trim options for the interior, and mod cons include wireless charging, six USB ports and an electronic-locking glove box – sizable enough to fit a small handbag, the glove box is secured via the vehicle’s Valet Mode. Also on, an eight-inch colour touchscreen Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility and LTE Wi-Fi.

The new Blazer also offers a cargo management system, which features a rail system and cargo fence to help secure smaller items by dividing the cargo area. With the adjustable sliding second-row seats folded flat, the Blazer’s rear deck offers 1,818 litres of cargo space. A hands-free power liftgate helps with easier access.