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The Blazer name could technically be linked to two models. The original Chevrolet K5 Blazer debuted in 1969 and was built on General Motor's full-size truck platform. The smaller S-10 Blazer debuted as a 1983 model and shared a platform with the compact S-10 pickup truck. Chevrolet sold both models simultaneously during the 1980s and 1990s until full-size Blazer production ceased after the 1994 model year.
The Chevy K5 Blazer was initially introduced as a 1969 model that came exclusively with four-wheel drive. Rear-wheel drive became available for 1970, and all models through 1976 had a fully removable top. Utility vehicles like the Ford Bronco, Jeep CJ and the original Toyota Land Cruiser were among the K5 Blazer's chief competitors when it was new.
First-generation K5 Blazers were 1969 to 1972 models, which were available with four engine choices that include two six-cylinder engines and two V8s. Three- and four-speed manual transmissions were offered, as well as a three-speed automatic.
Along with Chevrolet's full-size truck line, the K5 Blazer was redesigned for 1973. These models continued to offer a fully removable top until the 1976 model year when the Blazer transitioned to a half-cab body style. This generation lasted through the 1991 model year and received a number of styling and powertrain updates throughout its lifetime.
A range of V8 engines were offered in the second-generation Blazer, depending on the model year. These included a 4.1-liter six-cylinder engine, two different 5.0-liter V8s, a 5.7-liter V8 and a 6.6-liter V8. A 6.2-liter diesel engine was also offered from 1982 to 1987 model years.
For 1992, the Blazer was fully redesigned and the K5 designation was dropped from the model name. These models feature a full metal roof instead of a removable half top, but they continued to feature similar styling to Chevrolet's full-size trucks. Blazer production continued until the 1995 model year, when it was renamed the Chevrolet Tahoe.
The S-10 Blazer was sold through 2005 until it was replaced by the Chevrolet Equinox. It emerged as a two-door model, though a four-door body style was introduced in the 1990s. Key competitors in the segment included the Ford Escape, Jeep Liberty and Toyota 4Runner.
In its final year of production, the 2005 S-10 Blazer came with a 4.3-liter V6 engine that produces 190 horsepower. Rear-wheel drive and a five-speed manual transmission were standard, while four-wheel drive and a four-speed automatic transmission were available.
With the exception of fleet sales, the four-door Blazer was discontinued for 2005. The two-door model seats four and offers up to 60.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. This model came in base, Extreme and ZR2 trims, and was available with a convenience group that adds features that include cruise control, a tilt steering wheel and full power accessories.