The Chevrolet S10 Blazer is a mid-size SUV under the General Motors brand. It was first introduced in the year 1983 as a four-wheel and got redesigned in 2004 to become a two-wheel drive before it was discontinued in April of the following year.
First generation: 1983 to 1994
The Chevrolet S-series refers to the models that were based from the pickup trucks offered by General Motors, particularly the Chevy S-10 and the GMC S-15. This explains why the Blazer presents a sort of unique shape as compared to other sports utility vehicles in the market.
The Blazer was originally introduced as a pickup truck in 1982 as a replacement of the Chevrolet LUV, but it was only in 1983 that the manufacturers began selling Blazer units to consumers.
Although the model was based on the K5 Blazer and Jimmy, the first generation of the S-series veered away from the removable hardtops and only carried the two-door style. It features the standard two-liter engine of the General Motors brand, which was later on replaced by Isuzu’s 1.9-liter gasoline engine in compliance to emissions laws. However, in 198, the brand opted to install the V6 engine on its models for the more advanced fuel injection system.
In 1990, the S-10 Blazer had a number of changes such as the longer wheelbase and a one-piece front grille. Come 1992, the model came with a rear back glass, front grille, and standard anti-lock brakes. General Motors also retained the five-speed manual transmission on the Blazer until 1994. During this time, the manufacturers only relied on two types of engine: the TBI and the CPI.
Other notable changes in the first generation of the S-10 Blazer include an elevated center console, new transmissions, grille replacement, five-spoke alloy rims, the addition of a third brake light, and the use of the R134a refrigerant.
Second generation: 1995 to 2005
The second generation of the Chevrolet S-10 Blazer spanned a decade and it was mainly because the brand continued to offer a new set of advancements on the vehicle as often as impossible. General Motors kept working on possible improvements of the Blazer, which is why a lot of consumers also remained loyal to the brand.
With the introduction of the new Blazer generation, manufacturers decided to drop the S-10 prefix for easier identification purposes. But aside from the change in its name, the model also underwent a few enhancements for the succeeding years. Both interior and exterior sizes were increased, an airbag for drivers was included, and the vehicle had a less rugged appearance. The Blazer’s rounded styling drew more people to the model because it presents a classy and elegant look and feel with the capacity of a sports vehicle. The changes also include a new dashboard with more advanced driving controls, larger door handles, a standard passenger airbag, and a stacked-headlight system among others.
By 1999, Chevrolet launched a limited edition series called the ‘TrailBlazer’. It is practically the same Chevy Blazer, but with the upgraded LS and LT trims. Its rims were also accented with gold alloy that made it look more luxurious to consumers. Other modifications on the model were the daytime running headlights, the optional High Intensity Discharge lamps, leather seats, an aluminum silver plate, and lower sides. In April 2005, however, General Motors discontinued the production of the Blazer in the U.S., and in other countries later on, due to a significant decrease on unit sales.