I'm a bit skeptical about how others will perceive it value especially as they move up trims. Chevrolet still isn't known as a "Performance Brand"
You're not giving it enough credit. Aside from anything with a V8, the Blazer is the first time we're seeing yet another sporty SUV/Crossover from GM.Sure the pricing is aggressive on the high end, but no more so than what we are seeing with other new crossovers. I just worry about how closely its been slotted to the Traverse. Only real reason for going with the Blazer is if you prefer the new styling.
At best from Chevrolet i've seen cross shopping happening with the Tahoe but its a classic formula you can't find anywhere else (unlike the Blazer)I doubt that anyone would be cross shopping BMW's and Acura's with the Blazer, even if they are similar in price in top spec. I agree that most people will probably just lease, as cars are being swapped out every few years now.
I just don't think its the right move to make when so many new models are coming out.Nothing wrong with staying within a brand that has served you well in the past. Chevy would be wise to offer some kind of incentives to newcomers to make the transition less daunting.