Base Retail Price Range: $18,470
What's New: Chevrolet enhances
the 1999 Blazer in a number of ways, including the addition of a new trim,
the TrailBlazer. The TrailBlazer takes its place at the top of the Blazer
model lineup. Other new items include an available theft-deterrent system
and steering-wheel-mounted radio controls.
History: Chevrolet introduced
the Blazer name back in 1969 with a very utilitarian sport
utility built on a shortened version of its full-size 4-wheel-drive pickup
platform. When Chevy introduced its first compact sport utility
in 1983, the Blazer name was used yet again. For years the two differently
sized vehicles were sold side by side at dealerships around the country,
commonly referred to as the full-size K-Blazer and the compact S-Blazer.
Not until 1995, when the Blazer was redesigned, was the name applied exclusively
to this compact sport-utility vehicle. (The full-size K-Blazer was later
redesigned and dubbed Tahoe.) The Blazer received a fresh new look for
the 1998 model year.
Model years: 1988-94, 95-98
Trim Details: The 1999 Chevrolet
Blazer is available in ten trims: 2-Door, 4-Door, LS 4-Door, LT 4-Door,
and Trailblazer, each available with either 2WD or 4WD. Standard safety
equipment includes dual airbags, daytime running lights and an anti-lock
brake system (ABS). Power comes from a 190-horsepower 4.3-liter V6 teamed
with a 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission. Five suspension packages
are offered, as well as an available 5-speed manual transmission (2-door
trims only). All 4WD Blazers are available with Chevrolet's new Autotrac
pushbutton four-wheel-drive system. An LT features leather trim, a power
driver's seat and a body-color grille. The new TrailBlazer, available only
as a 4-door Blazer, features a two-tone leather treatment, monochromatic
paint with gold accents and alloy wheels.