Expanding Line of Chevy SUVs Includes New Tahoe RST and Blazer
When it comes to SUVs, we all want something that is roomy, reliable, capable, and that doesn’t guzzle gas. For all of these features and more, turn to the impressive lineup of Chevy SUVs. Chevy has plenty of SUVs in a range of sizes, from crossover to full-size, to meet the needs of any on-the-go family. The current line of Chevy SUVs includes the Trax, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, and Suburban.
However, 2018 is shaping up to be a landmark year for the award-winning line of SUVs. Chevy has introduced a new special edition of one its most popular models, the Tahoe. The new Tahoe RST is Chevy’s luxurious, limited edition Tahoe model that combines performance and style to give you a ride to remember. As if that weren’t enough, there are also rumors that Chevy will be bringing back one of its most popular SUV models, the Chevy Blazer. Read on to learn more about the exciting things to come for Chevy SUVs in the 2019 model year.
Chevrolet Tahoe RST
The new Tahoe designs follow in the same vein as redesigns to Chevy’s line of SUVs last year. In fact, the Chevy Equinox, a compact SUV, has become a hugely popular seller, second only to the Chevy Silverado. Likewise, the midsize Chevy Traverse was recently redesigned to make room for a third row of seats to carry more passengers. However, sometimes you need a little bit more “oomph” to your SUV, and that’s where the Chevy Tahoe RST comes in handy.
The Tahoe RST is a luxury option for Chevy’s full-size Tahoe SUV. The RST is only available on a selection of trims for the Tahoe: the LT and the Premier. The RST edition comes with a variety of beautiful, sleek aesthetics and power-boosting performance upgrades to ensure that your vehicle will turn heads wherever you go.
The Tahoe RST adds numerous aesthetic upgrades to the exterior that scream luxury. Some of these features include 22-inch gloss black aluminum wheels with custom silver accents, a gloss black sport grille, black bow ties and nameplate badging, body color grille surround, door handles, and headlamp accents, and black mirror caps, beltline moldings, and roof rails. These little details work together to create a stylish and sleek SUV that can’t help but catch the attention of others on the road.
The RST’s uniqueness isn’t just in its appearance—the RST also comes equipped with a powerful engine that gives it that edge in performance. Available on the Premier trim, the performance package features an impressive 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine, which gives the RST 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s a lot of power for an SUV. Typically, you’d only see that type of power under the hood in heavy-duty pickup trucks. This engine is mated to a Hyrdra-Matic® 10-speed automatic transmission with performance-calibrated Magnetic Ride Control™ to give you optimal comfort and performance. This system is also compatible with the Brembo® performance front brake kit and the performance exhaust accessory system by Borla®.
The rumors about the arrival of the Chevy Blazer are few and far between, but we’ve gathered all of the information that’s out there in one place here. As you may remember, the Chevy Blazer was one of Chevy’s most popular SUVs. Before the moniker “sport utility vehicle” and its acronym, SUV, became household words, Chevy added the S-10 Blazer in the 1983 model year to offer a vehicle that’s sportier and more manageable when compared to its bigger competitors, the Ford Bronco and Jeep Wagoneer. In fact, the Tahoe actually evolved from one of the Blazer’s original trims. The Blazer continued to be sold new until 2001 when Chevy phased out the model in favor of the Trailblazer.
Based on the existing information, the new Blazer likely won’t be the same as previous generations in terms of the model’s sheer off-roading capability. Likely, it will live somewhere between the Equinox and the Traverse in terms of size and starting price. As a midsize crossover SUV, the new Blazer will compete with other crossover models on the market, such as the Nissan Murano and Ford Edge. The new Blazer will likely share a platform with GMC’s Acadia.
Even though Chevy has been pretty quiet about the Blazer’s specific features, rumor has it that the Blazer will add a third row of seats. And, since the new model’s design is largely based on that of the GMC Acadia, their engine options will probably be the same. The starting engine for the Acadia is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which gets 193 horsepower and 188 lb.-ft. of torque. However, many owners will likely want to upgrade to something more akin to the 3.6-liter V6 engine, which has 310 horsepower and 271 lb.-ft. of torque. Some speculate that these engines will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and optional all-wheel drive.
Hopefully, consumers will get more news about the Chevy Blazer soon, especially if the plans are for Chevy to release it during the 2019 model year. According to some sources, camouflaged prototypes of the Chevy Blazer have been sighted in test drives on public roadways. We know for sure that Chevy is bringing back the Blazer soon, though, as the company has filed trademarks for both “Blazer” and “Chevrolet Blazer.” Many questions remain unanswered about the new Chevy Blazer, and only time will tell whether these speculations are right or wrong.
If you’re in the market for a new SUV, Chevy SUVs won’t let you down. As premier examples of durability, performance, safety, and comfort, any one of Chevy’s numerous SUVs in its lineup would be a good choice. Whether you’re looking for something small like the Trax, something huge like the Suburban, or want something more in the middle like the Traverse, Chevy has an SUV sized perfectly for your needs. And, if you’re looking for the perfect marriage of performance and luxury, give the Tahoe RST a test drive. Head down to your local Chevy dealer today to give the Chevy SUV of your choice a try. Or, wait and see what the new Blazer brings to the table. Whatever the case may be, you will find what you’re looking for in the line of Chevy SUVs.