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The new Blazer has been selecting as the new vehicle for this years EcoCAR Mobility Challenge. Sponsored by the U.S Department of Energy this competition sees 12 different universities attempting to get the most efficiency out of the the vehicle. Whats unique to it is that it spans over the course of 4 years and wont conclude until the summer of 2022. Teams will also be responsible for producing electrified powertrains and Level 2 autonomous driving tech. 2019 Chevy Blazer Picked For EcoCAR Challenge | GM Authority
 

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I don't believe that Chevy has rated the new Blazer yet in terms of fuel economy. I am interested to see what the differences are between the 4 and 6 cylinder, because I have a suspicion that numbers aren't going to be all that different. In regards to autonomous driving, I'm guessing that they will build upon GM's Super Cruise system.
 

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I think this might play into the Blazer hybrid rumors I've been hearing unless Chevy is well underway with hybrid development. Still would b great to see influence from this angle.
 

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4 years out is a long time in the auto industry and I don't think they should wait that long for a hybrid version. We have seen some really impressive concepts from students over the past few months though, and this is a great way to essentially get free R&D.
 

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That will heavily depend on what sort of hybrid options we see from rivals, but I agree that its likely to take less than 4 years. Ford could already be developing that kind of powertrain for the upcoming Bronco.
 

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It will depend a lot on what Chevy see's as ideal and looking at brands like Chrysler that started with the Pacifica, an Equinox Hybrid look like a good move.
 

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Ford is quite a bit behind with their EV development, so I'd be surprised if they delivered a competent hybrid model anytime soon. Chevy has already developed this configuration with the Malibu and Volt.
 

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Oddly enough GM seems to have pulled the plug on Cadillacs sole hybrid plug in model, the CT6. I suppose with the value that can be found in various hybrids from Honda and Toyota that a lot of people don't see the need to shop up segment.
 

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GM is also ending the Volt and Malibu, following the decisions that Ford has made to end their unprofitable sedan models. Sales have seen a huge drop off over the past few years, and that much will probably be re invested in successful platforms and brand new models (more crossovers ugh).
 

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America's fasciation with crossovers is a bit puzzling, especially with the prices that we are currently seeing on gasoline. That's one of the leading factors as to why everything is going CVT. Luckily we wont be seeing that on the Blazer.
 

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Its not just America but also other areas of the world like Europe, China and even India. Although in the latter they have more options like LWB vehicles.
 

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There has been a wide misconception that SUV's are safer and I think that's one of the main reasons why they have become so popular. They are very poorly packaged vehicles when you simply look at them as commuters.
 
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