28. Chevrolet Blazer
Back in 1969, Chevrolet was caught off guard with the success of the Ford Bronco, Jeep CJ, and International Harvester Scout. The market wanted small, good-looking, and capable off-road SUVs and Chevrolet didn’t have any in its model lineup. Something had to be done so the Chevrolet engineers thought of a brilliant idea. Why not use their existing pickup truck and mount a full interior, roof and call it the Blazer or GMC Jimmy? The idea was great so soon Chevrolet fans had a new SUV model with bigger dimensions than the competitors. But it also came with some bigger engines under the hood. At first, all-wheel drive was only an option, so some versions came with rear-wheel drive only. However, soon AWD became standard. The Blazer became popular and it was used not only by civilians but also by the U.S. military.
It sold well in America as well as in the rest of the world, especially with the 6.2-liter diesel V8 engine. The Blazer was so popular that the second generation stayed in production from 1973 to 1991 with minimal modifications. However, in the early ’90s, Chevrolet introduced a smaller, more modern-looking Blazer that wasn’t so tough and off-road capable. Also, in the mid-’90s, they replaced the Blazer line with the Tahoe. Ever since then, Chevrolet fans called for the introduction of a modern Blazer. They want a model with all the characteristics of the old one but up to date technology, safety, and fuel economy. Chevrolet keeps introducing new SUV and crossover models, but there is no confirmation the new Blazer is in the works. The “Bow tie” guys from Detroit need to understand how big of a market success they will have if they bring the Blazer back.