WHEN WAS THE LAST CHEVY BLAZER MADE? A TRICKY QUESTION

October 15th, 2019 by

There’s no short answer to the question “When was the last Chevy Blazer made?” Since this Chevy carries a long history and some nuanced details that affect us today, it’s key that we take a somewhat detailed look as we answer the question.

For this sport utility vehicle, you’re looking at a vehicle that’s held its own in the past and was later discontinued. Manufactured by General Motors, these vehicles carry quite a bit of nostalgia.

Oh yes, that’s right. The Chevy Blazer was discontinued.

When was the last Chevy Blazer made?
Want to know when was the last Chevy Blazer made?

Prior to 2019, the last Chevy Blazer was discontinued after the 2007 model year. The Chevy Blazer first hit the American road system in 1969 in the form of the K5 Blazer. This SUV was created in response to its competitor vehicles such as the Ford Bronco and the Jeep Cherokee.

Built for sporty off-road fun
What can we say about the vehicle’s body in 1969? It carried a full-size truck frame and the inside of the SUV could be arranged to hold one or up to five passengers. And here’s a little extra fun – the fiberglass top could be removed for an open-air experience. It’s like the truck version of a convertible or Jeep!

Three engines were available the first year this SUV hit the market. There was the 4.1-liter inline six-cylinder with 155 horsepower, which served as the base powerplant, a 5.0-liter V8 with 200 horsepower, and a 5.7-liter V8 with 255 horsepower.

Second generation K5 Blazer
In 1973, the second generation K5 Blazer hit the road. It carried a removable convertible top but in 1976 the half-cab design came on the scene. The removable top for that model only removed the roof above the back row seats and the cargo area.

Nineteen seventy-six was also the year that Chevrolet released the Chalet. The Chalet is the Blazer body with a camper bolted to the bed of the truck-like body. The pop-up camper was designed to anchor to the same bolt areas used for the removable fiberglass top.

Military status
Another aspect of the Chevy Blazer’s history is that a model was created for the military. The M1009 was based on the Blazer. The suspension was better, the electrical system was designed to be unique, and it carried a brush guard and rifle rack. And what about the colors? It came in olive green or tan. Of course, it also came in camouflage.

With changes such as the exterior body look or adding diesel as an option, the K5 Blazer underwent various transformations until it was discontinued in 1991. The second-generation K5 experienced almost two decades of service on the road-at home and abroad. There’s much to boast of in this SUV’s history.

A condensed Blazer
Now let’s backtrack a few years. It’s 1983 and Chevrolet rolls out the S10 Blazer. It’s smaller and easier to maneuver compared to the K5 Blazer. The S10 came with an 83-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or a 1.9-liter engine with 82 horsepower. As another option, they could be purchased with a 2.8-liter V6 engine with 110 horsepower or a 2.2-liter diesel engine.

Unlike the K5, the S10’s top was not removable, and it only came with two passenger doors-but that changed in 1991 when Chevy released a four-door S10.

Hello again, K5
In 1992, the K5 Blazer made a comeback with a third-generation. The removable roof was not in the mix. Initially, it only came with a 5.7-liter V8 and 2010 horsepower engine. The ’92 to ’94 models are found with two and four-wheel drive variations. Optional six-passenger seating and tow ability of up to 7,000 pounds made this vehicle appealing.

1994 became the last year for the K5 Blazer.

The last ride…
Now here’s further information on when was the last Chevy Blazer made.

From 1995 through 2005, the Blazer became more rounded and had a more sleek body style. This vehicle carried more storage areas and a 4.3-liter V6 engine with 200 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

They even came out with a model called the Blazer Xtreme in 2001. It carried a lower ride height and sport suspension among other features.

But all that blazing trail know-how came to an end in 2005.

…Or so we thought!
Well, it came to an end for a time. The Chevy Blazer made a comeback for the 2019 SUV model season.

Learn more about the Chevy Blazer
So when was the last Chevy Blazer made? This year. But before this year, it was last made for 2005. That’s over ten years ago! So what do you think? Is it a good thing the Chevy Blazer made a comeback? Learn more about the Chevy Blazer’s body and how it’s reminiscent of a truck.

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