The classic SUVs have been making their return as stronger, modern options. The new Ford Bronco is back, and the Jeep Grand Wagoneer is coming. But what happened with the Chevy Blazer? Fans didn’t get the classic version they wanted, but now a new Chevrolet K5 Blazer could be on the way.
Will the Chevy K5 Blazer return?
Now to clarify, the new 2019 Chevy Blazer isn’t a bad SUV. It’s a fast and sporty option for daily commutes and traveling. However, it didn’t return as the classic muscle SUV that the K5 Blazer used to be, and that’s pretty disappointing.
Fans wanted an exciting, square body off-roader for adventuring instead of another little SUV that’s perfect for going to the office. Chevrolet dropped the ball on this. Especially after the 2021 Ford Bronco returned with a modern take on its classic style and immediately sold out.
However, Chevy may have realized their mistake and recently took the time to preview a new 1977 K5 Blazer concept. The new Chevrolet Blazer concept is going to the 2020 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturer show, so we hope it gets attention and turns into a real option to buy.
The Electric eCrate 1977 Chevy K5 Blazer Concept
There are a few plot twists with this new Chevy K5 Blazer concept, though. First of all, it’s a 1977 model, so how is it new? Well, despite keeping as much of the stock Blazer the same as possible, 90% of the new parts installed were from the eCrate factory components from the Chevy Bolt EV.
So secondly, the K5 Blazer Concept is electric. According to PickupTruckTalk, This is part of Chevrolet’s plan to offer a Connect and Cruise eCrate package so people can create their own EV builds.
So this puts a damper on the return of the new Chevy K5 Blazer. Fans generally would prefer to buy one that’s already put together for them. But this program does allow enthusiasts to purchase new engines for classic rides.
But if fans made a petition that got Ford to allow more trim options to be available with the manual transmission in the 2021 Ford Bronco, maybe they can sway Chevy into bringing back the K5 Blazer too.
Chevy says that if enough people are interested, then it will provide pricing and ordering information for the concept. Chevy also noted that the eCrate probably won’t be available until the second half of 2021, so there is 2022 Blazer hope.
1977 Chevy K5 Blazer Concept performance
The eCrate 1977 K5 Blazer has an electric powertrain that’s paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. It’s powered by a 400-volt Bolt EV battery pack with 60 kilowatt-hours installed. The battery has shock protection, overcharge protection, regenerative braking, and more.
Instead of having an old 400 cubic-inch V8 engine with 175 hp, the 1977 Blazer Concept has 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the transfer case, driveshaft, and axles remain untouched.
Chevy also installed several aftermarket parts on the Blazer EV, including electric power steering, brake booster, and a new electronic controller, so the vintage displays will show you how much battery charge is left and other new information.