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Chevrolet Blazer (1969)


Chevrolet Blazer (1969)

Long at the forefront of US 4x4s, the Blazer was one of the first of what is now known as an SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle). It has become an icon and its name is still used by GM. The K5-code vehicle started out in 1969, offered by Chevrolet as a roomy on/off road vehicle with a 120bhp (89kW) base engine or 307ci (5-liter) and 350ci (5.7-liter) V8. It was utilitarian in design, but made a formidable off-roader. Because it was stiffly sprung to cope with any terrain, on the road it tended to bounce around on anything but smooth roads, but it could cruise effortlessly at 70inph (113km/h), so was ideal for US roads. The Blazer's chassis was separate and very strong, and it mounted the engine well back for perfect 50:50 weight distribution. The 350ci (5,735cc) V8 was the most popular engine choice and it was driven through an automatic with two-speed transfer case with high and low ratios.

Chevrolet Blazer (1969) Specifications

Top speed:98 mph (157 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):15.0 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:350 ci (5,735 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:165 bhp (123 kW) @ 3,800 rpm
Max torque:255 lb ft (345 Nm) @ 2,800 rpm
Weight:5,157 lb (2,344 kg)
Economy:8.7 mpg (3.08 km/I)
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