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Just as the first Blazer EVs begin arriving at dealers nationwide, Chevrolet has made the controversial decision to cut the 1LT base trim from the electric SUV's lineup, which means it will be much more expensive than initially claimed. The 1LT was originally said to start at a relatively affordable $44,995, but without that trim, the electric Blazer will now open up at $56,715 with the 2LT AWD. Chevy did confirm that a cheaper 2LT FWD version is coming next year, but it will likely still cost around $50,000.



Throwing out the Blazer EV's least expensive trim just before launch likely won't sit well with reservation holders, but Chevrolet explained to Automotive News that the smaller, albeit more affordable, Equinox EV will "meet the needs of potential Blazer EV 1LT buyers" and enable the two SUVs to stand in Chevy's lineup "without overlap."


The first Blazer EV deliveries are for the $60,215 RS AWD model, with the aforementioned 2LT AWD arriving slightly later. The RS will eventually gain cheaper front- and rear-wheel drive variants, which should arrive in 2024 alongside the front-wheel drive 2LT. Around the same time, the 557-hp SS performance model will top the lineup when it launches that spring.




While the Blazer EV isn't exactly affordable anymore, Chevrolet will have plenty of cheaper options by the end of 2024. Not only will the smaller Equinox EV start at around $30,000 when it's released this fall, but the automaker also plans to relaunch the Bolt EV. The current model starts at $26,500 before incentives, and the second-generation model is expected to cost even less.


Do you think dropping the 1LT was worth it?

Image Credits: Chevrolet
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Aug 4, 2023
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Chevrolet Cancels Entry-Level 1LT Trim For Blazer EV, Driving Prices Up

The Blazer EV hasn't even launched yet, and it's already more expensive than we thought.

Just as the first Blazer EVs begin arriving at dealers nationwide, Chevrolet has made the controversial decision to cut the 1LT base trim from the electric SUV's lineup, which means it will be much more expensive than initially claimed. The 1LT was originally said to start at a relatively affordable $44,995, but without that trim, the electric Blazer will now open up at $56,715 with the 2LT AWD. Chevy did confirm that a cheaper 2LT FWD version is coming next year, but it will likely still cost around $50,000.



Throwing out the Blazer EV's least expensive trim just before launch likely won't sit well with reservation holders, but Chevrolet explained to Automotive News that the smaller, albeit more affordable, Equinox EV will "meet the needs of potential Blazer EV 1LT buyers" and enable the two SUVs to stand in Chevy's lineup "without overlap."


The first Blazer EV deliveries are for the $60,215 RS AWD model, with the aforementioned 2LT AWD arriving slightly later. The RS will eventually gain cheaper front- and rear-wheel drive variants, which should arrive in 2024 alongside the front-wheel drive 2LT. Around the same time, the 557-hp SS performance model will top the lineup when it launches that spring.




While the Blazer EV isn't exactly affordable anymore, Chevrolet will have plenty of cheaper options by the end of 2024. Not only will the smaller Equinox EV start at around $30,000 when it's released this fall, but the automaker also plans to relaunch the Bolt EV. The current model starts at $26,500 before incentives, and the second-generation model is expected to cost even less.


Do you think dropping the 1LT was worth it?

Image Credits: Chevrolet

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