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Chevy Blazer EV production starts with the AWD RS model up first

Chevy Blazer EV production starts with the AWD RS model up first


The AWD RS version of Chevrolet’s all-electric Blazer SUV start at just over $60,000.

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Chevy’s gearing up to deliver its first models of the Blazer EV SUV. The 2024 AWD RS trim is first up and will arrive at dealerships in August, with a price of $60,215.

Chevy is also planning to build the 2LT AWD trim this fall, which will cost $56,715. The automaker had previously announced the prices for other trims, including the RS FWD model for $51,995 and the 2LT FWD model for $47,595 last year.

Starting off with more expensive models contrasts current trends of EV price cuts from automakers like Ford, which reduced prices on its Mustang Mach-E SUV, including the Premium AWD trim, which has dropped from $53,995 to $49,995, and the F-150 Lighting truck, which is now up to $10,000 cheaper — as the automaker’s seen an increase in inventory at dealerships.

Uncertainty amongst demand for electric vehicles has even led Tesla to reduce prices on its vehicles multiple times, including its top-selling Model Y SUV, whose Long Range trim is now $50,490 compared to $65,990 in January. Eligibility for new federal credits has also been a factor in fluctuating price tags.

Meanwhile, the base Chevy Blazer EV 1LT model, which was originally targeted for a Q1 2024 release and a cost of $44,995, now has an unspecified 2024 release date. Chevy will instead use the spring 2024 timeframe to build the highest-end SS-trim versions.

The above-base 2LT AWD model includes a 17.7-inch infotainment screen and an 11-inch digital instrument panel, along with heated steering, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, wireless phone charging, and 360-degree surround vision cameras, automatic power lift gate, and adaptive cruise control.

The most affordable 1LT model now has an unspecified 2024 release date — and price

Chevy plans to reveal pricing on the GM-estimated 293-mile range FWD versions of the 2LT, plus a FWD variant of the RS closer to their 2024 launch date. The RS AWD model includes everything the 2LT has, including a now EPA-estimated 279-mile range on a full charge.

The RS also gets extra sporty trimmings like gloss black finishes, RS badge, a different grille, 21-inch wheels, a flat-bottom steering wheel, animated exterior lights, rear seat heaters, heated wipers, heads-up display, rear camera mirror, and self-seal tires. Chevy will also release a RWD version of the Blazer EV RS, which will be built alongside the 2LT, come with Bose audio, have a 320-mile range (GM’s estimate), and cost $61,790.

After GM seemingly ended its affordable EV dream with the Bolt’s death earlier this year (the company announced last week that it would return to the lineup), the Blazer EV was expected to be a part of the automaker’s attainable electric SUV lineup that includes the Equinox which was announced to start at around $30,000. And now that the future Bolt will share the same Ultium EV platform as GM’s other upcoming EVs, including the Blazer, Chevy might not be worried about asking a bit more for the EV it can deliver today.

Correction August 1st, 2023, 12:22PM ET: A previous version of this article incorrectly said Chevy was raising prices from the original announcement and listed the AWD RS price as $51,995, as well as the FWD 2LT price as $47,595. In fact, it is launching with more expensive versions compared to the ones originally announced, and the prices have been corrected. We regret the error.