Chevrolet has made a notable alteration to its 2024 Blazer EV lineup, as initially reported by Green Car Reports, where the base 1LT trim has been omitted, leaving the 2LT variant as the most affordable option despite a significant price escalation.
While the pricing for the 2LT front-wheel-drive version is yet to be disclosed, the all-wheel-drive edition will commence production in the autumn with a starting price of $56,715.
The mid-spec RS AWD will become available for purchase during the summer and now carries a starting price of $61,790.
In an inexplicable turn of events akin to the actions of a formidable Marvel villain wielding an array of infinity stones, the foundational choice for the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV has seemingly vanished into oblivion. The formerly announced 1LT trim, initially slated to begin at $44,995, has been eliminated, paving the way for the front-wheel-drive 2LT trim (depicted above) at an undisclosed price point.
Despite the absence of pricing information for the 2LT FWD variant, Chevy has confirmed to Car and Driver that the all-wheel-drive version will now have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $56,715. Furthermore, Chevy has assured that the production rollout remains unaffected for the now-intermediate all-wheel-drive RS model, which will be the first Blazer EV to grace the roads upon its launch this summer. The RS will commence at $60,215 and incorporates additional features such as ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, and a distinctive grille exclusive to the 2LT.
Subsequent to the initial launch this summer, the manufacturer plans to commence production of the RS rear-wheel-drive and 2LT all-wheel-drive models in the fall. As for the top-tier SS trim, its production is now scheduled for the spring. Chevy has refrained from commenting on any price alterations concerning the SS, but it is anticipated that similar price hikes will be implemented, given the encroachment of the rear-wheel-drive RS on the premium model’s pricing territory. Information pertaining to the front-wheel-drive RS and LT iterations is promised closer to their 2024 launch.
Confounding matters further, the rear-wheel-drive RS version, priced at $61,790, surpasses the cost of the all-wheel-drive counterpart. We took measures to verify this peculiarity, and Chevy has corroborated the pricing discrepancy. Despite the addition of a Bose sound system, this pricing arrangement remains puzzling.
A spokesperson from Chevrolet informed Automotive News that the brand envisions catering to the needs of potential Blazer EV 1LT buyers through higher trim levels on the forthcoming Equinox EV. Nonetheless, with the Bolt twins on hiatus, the removal of another budget-oriented option is a subject of lamentation.