AD #2557 – Ford Invests In EVs & AVs, 2019 Chevy Blazer Impressions, Magna Prototype Has 10 Drivetrain Combos

March 21st, 2019 at 11:59am

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Runtime: 7:32

0:07 Ford Invests in EVs & AVs
0:46 Volvo Expects EV Margins to Match Traditional Vehicles by 2025
1:06 Volvo Goes After Distracted & Drunk Drivers
1:41 IIHS Says Pickups Need Better Passenger Protection
2:48 Our 2019 Chevrolet Blazer Impressions
4:42 Magna Prototype Features 10 Drivetrain Combinations

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39 Comments to “AD #2557 – Ford Invests In EVs & AVs, 2019 Chevy Blazer Impressions, Magna Prototype Has 10 Drivetrain Combos”

  1. Pat Says:

    Love Sean’s driving impressions. He should do one a week and make them longer.

  2. Larry D. Says:

    It has been several days since we had any more news stories from 0.5% share joke Volvo, so it figures today we were hammered by not just one but two of them. I always say the PR guy at Chinese-Owned Geely- Volvo deserves a big raise, not because I am impressed by any of the substance of their PR spiels, but because they always succeed, despite their pitiful 0.5% (and falling) market share, to seem like they are an important player.

  3. Larry D. Says:

    So Volvo hopes to make its own EVs competitive in 2025 or whatever by a combination of savings (reduced cost of its EV components) and incompetence (decreased margins of its ICE vehicles) lol. Sounds like some idiotic Egalitarian socialist theory to me. When pigs fly.

  4. Drew Says:

    Adding stiffness to large mass vehicles for IIHS’s flawed Small Overlap Rigid Barrier test is not always a good thing. That stiffness increases occupant-felt crash energy. Shame on IIHS.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 Intrusion into the passenger space is a lot of what they are looking for, not just “stiffness.” The Tundra had lots of intrusion into foot space, and the A pillar moved into the passenger space. That vehicle is an old design. I suspect the next one will do much better.

  6. lambo2015 Says:

    So Sean what are the dimensional differences of the Blazer compared to the Equinox and Acadia. They all look so similar in size and in fact the Blazer looks like it could have just been a next generation Acadia. Guess you cant have too many SUVs in your lineup right now.

  7. Larry D. Says:

    6 I’m curious to see if pure EV buyers have the same strong preference for SUVs over cars that ICE buyers have. So far there are few true EV SUVs, the Tesla X and Y are more like crossovery-minivanny-coupey than Jeeps.

  8. lambo2015 Says:

    IIHS says trucks need better passenger side protection based off what statistic? Or just based off their test results. Cause I could test a vehicle for RPG attacks and they will probably fail miserably but does that mean there is really a problem?

  9. ChuckGrenci Says:

    The Blazer is closer to the size of the XT5 (Cadillac); the Acadia shares the platform but is stretched, the Equinox uses a different platform (pretty sure of that). The Blazer offers the 3.6, which the Equinox doesn’t so it has that going for it. I’ve seen it in person and it looks better than the pictures. The one I saw was the Premier model and listed for right at 49 thou (but was just about loaded).

  10. Larry D. Says:

    I’m not a fan of the IIHS. Too many cooks spoil the broth. It should be between the Automakers and the Government safety agencies.

  11. lambo2015 Says:

    9 Thanks Chuck sounds like that’s right in between the Acadia and Equinox in size and yea that 3.6L is a great motor. I have a 2012 version rated a 305hp so I wonder if after 7 years they got more out of it.

  12. Larry D. Says:

    11 How many cars and trucks do you own? You said you had a Ram and a CTS coupe. Is the engine in the CTS the one you mention or do you also have some GM SUV. Any others?

  13. XA351GT Says:

    I wonder what Chevy was originally going to call the Blazer? It seems damn funny that there was no talk of Chevy bringing back the name until it showed up just before the much publicized return of the Bronco. I saw it at the Philly car show and really Meh, there was nothing to distinguish it from the other SUVs in the Chevy line up. It’s a decent looking vehicle ,but almost every single person that has talked about it says ” yeah ,but that’s not a real Blazer. Maybe they are afraid of going retro with the styling as it appears that Ford may do. Chevys retro styling attempts have gotten mixed reviews of how good they did.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6, 9, 11

    From the CR web site. I don’t know how this will display here.

    L WB W H

    Equinox 183 107 73 65
    Blazer 191 113 77 67
    Acadia 194 113 75 66
    XT5 190 113 75 66

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 The power rating of the current 3.6 varies a little by application. It’s 335 in the Camaro, and, I think, 310 in most of the CUVs. Two friends have Camaros with that engine, and really like them.

  16. Larry D. Says:

    14 much bigger than the Equinox, closest in size to the CT5.

  17. Larry D. Says:

    xt5, not ct5 in 15. We would really appreciate it if we can edit our posts here, and, in my case, if we could post photos like in FB and similar sites. I have close to 10,000 photos of some really amazing cars, incl over 2,000 Mercs, 1,200 Rollses and about 800 Bentleys, but many other historic makes too, going as early as the 1910s.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 Put your photos on flickr or a similar site, and post a link here.

  19. Larry D. Says:

    18 don’t know what this is. I have photos in FB but most are in car groups you need to be a member to see.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 Also, the Blazer is a lot heavier than the Equinox, 4200 lb. vs 3540.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Flickr is a photo sharing site that was owned by Yahoo, but I think was sold to maybe Verizon. It has “everything,” including “adult” content that wouldn’t be allowed on facebook, but has a relatively simple interface for sharing photos, and is good for sharing car photos.

    I have only a few photos, and was too lazy to caption most of them.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    21 is mostly a reply to 19.

  23. ChuckGrenci Says:

    Nice pics Kit. Is the white Vette yours; nice (and a little jealous). :)

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Yep, the white ‘Vette is mine, and the green C4 is the one I had for a couple years.

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Some of the Stutzes and Marmons came from a long way off, to national “home coming” events in Indiana. There are very few events like that.

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    23 I really like the white with red interior for the Corvette, but it seems like few are ordered that way. Mine is a base 1LT, so only the seats are red, and the rest of the interior is black. Higher trim levels have extra red bits with the red interior. The 3LT has a red dash top, a bit much red for my tastes. What color is your XT5?

  27. ChuckGrenci Says:

    26, My XT5 is the white pearl with a light (cream) interior. Living in the south I like a light interior and exterior (helps a little with the heat).
    I also had a C4; it was an ’84, red exterior with black interior, cross-fire injection (not as bad as some say, good torque, just got winded when pushed). It had the Z51 suspension so it rode a little rough but handled pretty good for the era too. Bought it used and sold it when the kids went to college (and I needed another more practical vehicle) but at least I can say I had one.

  28. Larry D. Says:

    21 Thanks, good bunch of photos.

    27 That’s the reason I am stuck with the 2nd diesel in the US, I thought that the first one I bought north of Indianapolis, with its black interior, would be too warm in the summer overseas, and bought a 2nd one from Columbus OH, also a (very unusual, striking) white exterior with a beige -like interior.

  29. Larry D. Says:

    26 that combi was quite popular with the early Corvettes of the 50s.

  30. Kit Gerhart Says:

    29 Yep. In fact, I think is was the only combination for the few hundred 1953 Corvettes.

  31. Kit Gerhart Says:

    27, My C4 was a 1996, with Z51. My medium green 1974 Plymouth Duster, which I ordered, had a white interior with bucket seats, vinyl, of course. It had a slant six, with a 3-speed manual on the floor. The $30 floor shift option also included a different transmission that included synchro 1st gear.

  32. lambo2015 Says:

    12 Just the Ram and the CTS and yea the CTS has the 3.6L.
    14 That seems crazy that there isn’t one dimension that more than 3 inches different from the Acadia. The Blazer is actually wider and taller but just 3 inches shorter. I would assume they wont be offering a third row like they do in the Acadia.
    13 I really wanted the Blazer to come back out with a removable top. Didn’t even care so much about retro styled but that was a feature that would compete with Jeep and make it very unique. However I don’t suppose even many Jeep owners remove the hard top very often. If they do they most likely have a soft top. GM could have offered both though and tons of aftermarket parts like Jeep.

  33. Larry D. Says:

    Our +Dept used to own a van (Ford Econoline I believe) that could carry 12-15 passengers, and I borrowed it once or twice for errands. Two things that amazed me with it was one, how it rattled, really loose, no rigidity, and, even more amazing, how high the driver’s seat was, I would look down on not only Escalades and Navigators but all kinds of pickup trucks too.

  34. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Those vans are tall, with a floor high enough to clear the drive shaft, suspension, etc. to provide a completely flat floor. They are probably easier to roll than about any vehicle since a Samurai or CJ-5.

  35. ChuckGrenci Says:

    30, Correct, ’53 there were only 300 Corvettes made; all were white with red interior.

  36. lambo2015 Says:

    34 Advantage, FWD! or even bigger advantage will be EV.

  37. Kit Gerhart Says:

    36 Yep, and with an EV version, the center of gravity would be much lower.

  38. ChuckGrenci Says:

    36,37 And if they tie the battery pack into the structure (stressed member, those battery packs are stiff) and much more rigid too.

  39. Tony Gray Says:

    Caddy’s XT4 has a similar bumper light, with their shield instead of the Bow Tie of course. I wish my new QX50 had that.