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After a long period of use in referencing a larger truck-like Chevrolet vehicle, the Blazer name was applied to a mid-sized product in 1984 as a direct competitor against the Jeep Cherokee. Since its inception as a mid-sized sport utility vehicle, the Chevrolet Blazer was built on a ladder frame chassis shared with the S-10 compact truck. The Blazer received a considerable redesign for 1995 featuring an exterior appearance that remained unchanged through to 2005.
The 1998 Blazer sport utility vehicle was offered as a two-door or four-door body style. Powered by a 190-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6 engine from 1996 to 2005, the gasoline powerplant added multiport fuel injection in the 2002 model year. The Blazer presented buyers with the choice of a manual or automatic transmission. For better fuel economy, a two-wheel drive version of the Chevrolet Blazer was available. For superior off-road trail capable performance, the four-wheel drivetrains could be paired with the V-6 engine. Through the optional ZR2 package, wider tread tires, skid plate and a locking differential was added for improved traction on and off road.
The Chevrolet Blazer's interior allowed five passengers to be accommodated in the two-door model while up to six people can fit inside the four-door model. With the rear seats folded inside the four-door Blazer, cargo capacity was rated at 67.8 cubic feet. The final production year for the Chevrolet Blazer was 2005 offered only with a two-door body style. Noteworthy equipment found on the 2005 model year Blazer included 15-inch aluminum wheels, air conditioning as well as front driver side and passenger side airbags. Chevrolet introduced the Trailblazer as a more sophisticated replacement to the Blazer.