Chevrolet Kills Base $45,000 Blazer EV 1LT Trim

When Chevrolet unveiled the 2024 Blazer EV final yr, it promised an entry-level 1LT trim degree with a beginning value round $45,000.

Because it seems, that Blazer EV 1LT shall be no extra. Earlier as we speak, Chevy put out a press launch detailing the 2024 Blazer EV lineup, together with finalized costs and EPA vary scores for the trim ranges launching this calendar yr.

Because the launch did not embrace any point out of the Blazer EV 1LT and famous that “the 2LT FWD would be the entry-level possibility of the Blazer EV,” we reached out to Common Motors for official affirmation that the 1LT was born useless. Sadly, that is precisely the case.

“The 2LT is now our entry degree trim. We do have extra reasonably priced variants coming in 2024, together with 2LT with FWD. Clients may qualify for the total $7,500 IRA tax credit score with the Blazer EV,” a Common Motors spokesperson advised InsideEVs.

We additionally requested for the explanation the 1LT has been dropped from the lineup, however the automaker didn’t present particulars.

It is a actual bummer for patrons who had their eyes on the Blazer EV 1LT, which was supposed to begin at $44,995. There’s virtually a $12,000 distinction between that promised mannequin and the $56,715 Blazer EV 2LT AWD, which is probably the most reasonably priced trim launching this yr with a 279-mile vary.

The Blazer EV 2LT FWD shall be cheaper than its AWD counterpart when it launches subsequent yr, however GM didn’t say by how a lot. It’s going to clearly be costlier than the stillborn 1LT, although.

As a reminder, the Blazer EV 1LT was alleged to launch within the first quarter of 2024 as an FWD-only trim with a manufacturer-estimated driving vary of 247 miles.

The Blazer EV 2LT FWD will take its place because the entry-level mannequin within the lineup, however GM hasn’t introduced pricing for this trim but. The automaker will reveal the worth and EPA-rated vary score for the brand new entry-level Blazer EV trim nearer to its launch subsequent yr.

The Chevrolet Blazer EV is a mid-size crossover that competes with the likes of Tesla Mannequin Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E, each of that are considerably extra reasonably priced for the time being. The Mannequin Y at the moment begins at $49,130, whereas the Mustang Mach-E is priced from $44,795 – each together with vacation spot expenses. Each rivals are eligible for federal tax credit.