Chevrolet appears to be pushing the Blazer SUV up-market for 2022. Order guides for the 2022 Blazer confirm Chevy will drop the base engine and two trim levels from the lineup.
For the 2021 model year the Blazer has offered three engines. There’s a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V-6. The 2.5-liter engine has served as the base engine on both Blazer L and Blazer 1LT, the lowest trim levels offered. This engine and the L and 1LT trim levels are being removed for 2022. The 2.5-liter offered 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque.
It isn’t entirely clear why Chevrolet is ditching the lower-end trims and engines. The brand is taking a similar move with the refreshed 2022 Equinox, which is also losing its L trim level for 2022. Given market dynamics and rising prices, Chevrolet marketing may feel like it no longer needs lower-end trims on its crossovers.
Several years ago Chevrolet implemented the L trim level on several models. This trim allowed for limited to no options and was generally exempt from incentives, including any rebates.
Aside from the engine and trim level changes, the 2022 Blazer is getting a host of other small changes. Specifically there will be new colors and a slight shuffle in some standard equipment. One big call-out is the availability of a new two-tone black roof option.