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Chevy has finally indicated what the starting price will be on the entry level L trim. It will start from $29,995 which undercuts both the 2019 Ford Edge and the 2018 Nissan Murano. For the base price of just under $30k you'll get a naturally aspirated 4 cylinder that makes 193hp and 188lb-ft of torque. We don't know what the cost will be to step up to the RS and Premier levels.
 

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Its a decent starting price but it may be hard to justify spending that on a vehicle with less than 200hp. Have to wait on some road tests to determine how this 4 cylinder engine performs in such a heavy SUV.
 

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If the Edge ST price is any good indication of what Chevy might be up to then its safe to say the RS version will be around the high $30k to low $40k range.
 

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Another concern with the 4 cylinder engine is its fuel economy. With the weight of the Blazer its probably going to have to rev pretty high throughout the range and that's going to eliminate any savings that we normally would see over a 6.
 

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I sort of feel like that maybe they had to offer a 4 cylinder just to satisfy government regulations. Not expecting it to be able to tow or haul much with that engine either.
 

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I sort of feel like that maybe they had to offer a 4 cylinder just to satisfy government regulations. Not expecting it to be able to tow or haul much with that engine either.
They could have gone for cylinder deactivation among the other systems and configurations that allow for lower MPG numbers.

Cost cutting without any outside influence is another one I bet factored into the move to 4 cylinders. ICE engines are slowly on their way out.
 

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Has there been any mention of start/stop because I feel like that would been a better route as well. I know the vast majority of people turn this system off whenever possible but it has become a lot more seamless on newer models.
 

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Subaru seems to have had no difficulty producing a proper 4 cylinder for the new Ascent and that's a three row SUV. It is turbocharged and that's really what Chevy should have done here.
 

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Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles might become more of a reality with GM products for the public. Already they're working on military application. That right their will be proof of concept for a broader roll out that won't be as demanding or stressful on these systems.
 

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Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles might become more of a reality with GM products for the public. Already they're working on military application. That right their will be proof of concept for a broader roll out that won't be as demanding or stressful on these systems.
the idea has been on the table for a while, GM was just waiting for a good time to pounce. even a far back as the late 2000's they were playing with the idea via a Cadillac "Provoq" concept.

 

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How exactly do they plan on refilling HFC vehicles on the battlefield? Are there mobile refuelling stations or something that they can use? I know they refill quickly, but transporting around hydrogen tanks doesn't seem like the safest route to go.
 
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