Monday, June 25, 2018

Raising The Bar Heftily on Crossover Design: 2019 Blazer Delivers Front-Running Utility

All of us on the sales and service lot here at Jim Butler have always loved everything about the Blazer, and have been eagerly awaiting its return. Coming next year, Chevy is excitedly raising the bar on crossover design, and is introducing the 2019 Blazer as the newest member of our SUV lineup within the last 3 years. With the addition of many various types of customer-focused technologies and unprecedented functionality, we are expecting to be flooded with inquiries and excitement about its release! We have been at the forefront of many automotive trends before, and were ahead of the curve when we developed spectacular vehicles like the Bolt EV, Trax, and Colorado.

The Blazer will secure a slot in between the Equinox and Traverse, and the first thing we have noticed on renderings and spy shots is the very strong appearance of the grille, and proportions that seem quite a bit more muscular right off the bat. Five-passenger seating with up to 64.2 cubic feet of cargo space is standard on the new Blazer, and when you are on a longer-than-average jaunt, the second-row seats conveniently fold flat. If you are looking into the possibility of getting a new Blazer, you probably are already an individual that is working with a larger load on average than most, and you'll love the available Chevy-first cargo management system, with a cargo fence and adjustable rail system.

Available engines for the new Blazer are the standard 2.5-liter and available 3.6-liter V-6 engines, both paired to a high-tech nine-speed automatic transmission. Looking into a lake or nearby campsite journey for the long-awaited weekend? The estimated max trailering rating is 4,500 pounds, when the available 3.6-liter V-6 is under the hood. When you are smack dab in the middle of pulling the jet skis or boat up to the dock for an afternoon of sun-drenched fun, the available Hitch View feature helps you align the trailer with the hitch, an ingenious additive that many on a hot fourth of July just a decade ago would have killed for!

After talking to many customers about their needs, it was obvious to us that a large  number wanted a vehicle that conveys a bit of attitude. It is definitely true that the new Blazer looks very commanding on the road, while fulfilling the constant need to be versatile and quench those who are thirsty for the latest in tech. The standard for the rims is 18-inch aluminum, expanding to 21-inch wheels when you select the RS or Premier trim level.

Wireless charging and six USB ports are available to make sure that the phone and tablets stay full of much-needed juice, and an 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen running off of Chevrolet Infotainment 3 is present to meet streaming needs, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. A far cry from the types of engineering present on the very first Blazers decades ago, the current model also sports Traction Select: it allows the driver to make real-time adjustments to the vehicle's driving mode to account for constantly changing road conditions, displaying dependability at its strongest, and a true sense of longstanding service.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Car & Driver Spills Mid-Engined Chevy Corvette Details

Instant track-hound status, primo power, and an unapologetically aerodynamic design: these are just some of the traits that anyone who has owned a Corvette will frequently enjoy. This past week, Car and Driver provided a detailed account of new details of the next-generation 'Vette, which include no manual option, and a hybrid trim level that has the ability to crank out 1,000 horsepower. They also claim that pricing won't be priced too far out of the unattainable stratosphere, due to fiberglass composite materials used for the body's construction, and the new generation carrying over a heavily-updated version of the LT1 pushrod engine.

The overall weight is expected to be a bit heavier than the current model's 3500 pounds, but the satisfying tradeoff is the extra 500 horsepower due to the LT1 engine's presence. It will definitely quicker than the C7, also courtesy of a very quick-shifting transaxle. This future C8 is also slated to be available with a 5.5-liter flat-plane crank V8, that peaks at 9,000 RPM offering around 600 horsepower, as well as a twin-turbo version with 800 horsepower. The most exciting news gleaned from these tidbits is regarding the addition of 200 horsepower by surprisingly adding an electric motor to the mix: this mid-engined and front-motor Corvette will now boast a horsepower stat in the ballpark of the mind-boggling 1,000 mark!

The front of the car will be designed to handle maximum air intake, providing the ability to cool down the necessary elements that will no doubt be in high-performance mode in this savage and sleek new 'Vette. Car and Driver also claim that the mid-engine Corvette will be revealed sometime during the upcoming spring, and will be available alongside the existing C7 for a brief amount of time. A powered spoiler will also be located on the rear decklid, and tailpipes are relocated to the edges of the rear fascia, instead of the typical central location. Sources also say that the production car will most likely have a glass rear-window panel that is fastback-style, to properly show off the flex and prowess of the mid-mounted engine.

The new model will have a roof panel that is removable, and the steering wheel is of  the “Squircle” type, with a much more flattened top and bottom. This is definitely going to be one of the most significant events in the history of Chevy, and all of us here at Jim Butler are eagerly waiting to hear about any updates regarding this groundbreaking piece of news. One interesting direct quote from the original article is “Those expecting a carbon-fiber spaceship powered by an antimatter machine will be somewhat disappointed”; but we fully expect that this will remain a very attainable sports car, boasting abundance in the excitement of supercar performance.

Images courtesy of Car & Driver