The Chevy Blazer interior has come a long way, but before we get to that we must take a quick look at where we came from in the SUV world. Most people credit the Jeep Cherokee (XJ) as being the first SUV which started the rush to develop a vehicle category which now accounts for 45% of global car sales. As unique and Iconic as the Jeep was, although they had a different name, cars like the Chevy Blazer are the real ancestors of the modern SUV.
If you are a Chevy aficionado and know what the Camaro’s interior is like, you will feel completely at home in the 2022 Chevy Blazer. The sports like positioning of the controls which fall easily to hand, and the high-traffic surfaces finished in soft-touch materials.
Being first launched in 1968, the Chevy Blazer has been around since before most people were born. Although never sold in the United States the very successful Toyota Fortuner and Ford Everest were built on pickup platforms which was a formula first applied to the Chevy Blazer which was riding on the chassis of a shortened K10 pickup truck.
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The History Of The Chevy Blazer
In 1960 International Harvester launched the Scout and Ford followed with the Bronco 1966. The popularity of these two vehicles took Chevy by surprise and to their credit, they did not panic and immediately launch a “me to” vehicle. Instead, they spent some time analyzing the reasons for the Scout and Bronco’s success, and then moved.
When International developed the Scout, the first brief was to base it on the Willy’s jeep of World War two fame. Ted Ornas, the Scout designer established that customers wanted more comfort than the jeep design would offer, and he ensured that Scout would design that requirement in.
Ford took it a step further and included independent front suspension with coil springs.
With the research finished, Chevy’s designers chose a shortened chassis of the K10 truck would be a suitable foundation for the Blazer. This would make it larger than the two competitors which was not a bad thing, because it provided a bigger canvas for the design team to work with.
When the Chevy Blazer was eventually launched in 1969, it set itself apart from both the Ford and International Harvester products, in that it was inches longer and 10 inches wider. It proved itself capable during off-road driving but was just as accomplished travelling on paved surfaces.
It had more useable storage space, and a more comfortable interior. Tied to the fact that it was the only one of three which could be locked, adventurers and hunters alike felt more comfortable leaving valuable equipment or arms in the vehicle while they pursued their hobbies.
Unlike both the Scout and the Bronco, in its various guises, the Chevy Blazer has enjoyed an unbroken production run since 1969.
What Is The Chevy Blazer Interior Like?
The 2022 Chevy Blazer interior shares none of the boxy proportions of its first-generation ancestor. Side by side it would be impossible to trace the lineage between the two.
However, the 2022 Chevy Blazer is virtually the same length as the first generation, and it has grown 3.5 inches wider whilst being 5 inches lower it presents sleeker profile.
|Dimension||1969 Chevy Blazer||2022 Chevy Blazer|
|Length||190.6 in||191.4 in|
|Width||73.2 in||76.7 in|
|Height||72.1 in||67.0 in|
This bodes well for the 2022 model, because it allows the Chevy Blazer interior to remain true to one the founding design principles, namely being sufficiently sized so that the modern design team does not have to compromise on interior comfort or storage space.
Opening the door is like meeting an old friend and if you have driven a Chevy Camaro, you will feel immediately at home.
Soft touch materials adorn all the heavy trafficked areas of the Chevy Blazer interior.
The driver centric controls fall very easily to hand, and the instrument binnacle shaped, focusses the attention on the job at hand. It’s cozy, not claustrophobic, everything is very convenient and cosseting.
Although, in the 2022 Chevy Blazer interior, hard plastics are used for more out of the way areas, the build quality is surprisingly good.
Whilst the first-generation Chevy Blazer interior was minimalistic the 2022 Chevy Blazer interior is the very opposite. Standard features include
- Keyless entry
- Push-button start
- Automatic HID headlights
- Body-colored door handles and mirrors
- LED daytime running lights.
- Remote start (optional)
- Optional Leather Seats
- Seven airbags
- A backup camera
- A teen driver system
- Forward-collision alert with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking
- Lane-keep assist
- Lane-departure warning
- A following-distance indicator
Of course, where there can be no comparison is in infotainment, air conditioning and other ancillary gadgets.
The Chevy Blazer Interior Infotainment System
Every 2022 Chevy Blazer interior uses General Motors 8-inch touch screen which controls the infotainment software. One of the original design briefs of the Chevy Blazer was to keep things simple. This has been faithfully adopted with this system.
It’s straightforward and is complemented by a few physical buttons and knobs, so if you are technologically challenged, you don’t have to rely on a tap or swipe to manage every function.
The Chevy Blazer interior and it’s tech is one of the few modern vehicles where you don’t have call your pre-teen child to help you make it work. The graphics are well defined and crystal clear, whilst the actual system is intuitive and easy to use.
The standard system includes:
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- An 8-inch touch screen
- Apple CarPlay
- Android Auto
- Amazon Alexa
- Four USB ports
- A six-speaker sound system
- Satellite radio
- A Wi-Fi hot spot
You can add navigation, an eight-speaker stereo, two additional USB ports, and wireless device charging as optional extras.
What Is The 2022 Chevy Blazer Interior Like For The Occupants?
Unlike the Volkswagen Tiguan which offers different body lengths depending on whether the two row or three row model is selected, the Chevy Blazer is only offered with two rows which seat five people.
The 2022 Chevy Blazer interior’s eight-way electrically adjustable seats are superbly comfortable, and at 41.1 inches the front seat leg room is more than adequate. With the seat adjustment and the steering wheel being able to be optimally positioned, you should visit the chiropractor if you can’t make yourself comfortable.
The rear seats are comfortable and can seat three vertically challenged humans or two adults. With the lower roof exacerbated by the sloping line to the rear, tall adults will not be completely comfortable.
How Much Can You Carry In The 2022 Chevy Blazer Interior?
With 30.5 cubic feet of cargo space in the boo the Chevy Blazer reinforces its status as one of the “go too” crossover SUV’s. If you need to carry a large item, the 60/40 ratio rear seats fold down to increase e packing area to 64.2 cubic feet.
In the cabin itself there are enough cup holders, as well as small-item storage spaces, door pockets and a compartment under the center console armrest.
Our Verdict on the Chevy Blazer Interior
It is impressive, that although the 2022 Chevy Blazer bears no physical resemblance to its ancestor, the designers have remained true to so many of the original design briefs. In the 2022 Chevy Blazer you have a vehicle which offers a rugged SUV capability, whilst being satisfying to drive on paved surfaces.
The 2022 Chevy Blazer interior really does offer the best of both worlds, or more colloquially, you can have your cake and eat it, if you have the meal in a 2022 Chevy Blazer of course!