Little Bundles of Facts You Might Not Know about the Chevrolet S-10 Blazer
- The Chevrolet S-10 Blazer was marketed as a recreational lifestyle enhancer rather than a determined workhorse. The S-10 was offered in a number of high-comfort civilian guises, including top-of-the-line Tahoe package that included bucket seats and a comprehensive gauge package. Two-tone paint was also a popular option for the model back then.
- Isuzu began selling a version of the American Chevrolet S-10 Blazer as its own "Hombre" in the United States during the 1996 model year. The Hombre replaced the P'Up, the last Japanese-made compact pickup truck sold in the U.S., as both Toyota and Nissan had set up shop in the U.S. to produce their small trucks. This Spanish impersonator is the Chevrolet S-10 LS Extended Cab.
- Misspelling is always a good way to attract attention. The Chevrolet S-10 Blazer did that for the 1999 model year by introducing the S-10 Xtreme package, an appearance package of Chevrolet S-10 Blazer accessories like fancy wheels, foglamps, monochromatic paint, and ground effects plastic body panels that went atop a regular or extended cab S-10 (with either the Fleetside or Sportside short bed) equipped with the ZQ8 suspension.
- An interesting thing about the S-10's engineering was t the front suspension was basically a direct lift from General Motors' "A-car" line, which included the Chevrolet Malibu and El Camino. This trivial fact became apparent a decade later when Chevrolet S-10 Blazer parts like aftermarket spindles intended to lower the front of the S-10 were found to also fit the A-cars.
- The Vortec 4.3-liter V6 engine was hooked up to a new Getrag-designed five-speed manual transmission for 1990, making for the quickest Chevrolet S-10 Blazer yet.
- Motor Trend reports that "the S-10 is all new for 1994" upon the next-generation truck's introduction, and according to Kurt Ritter, marketing manager for Chevrolet trucks, "this redesign represents the most extensive use of customer input in GM history". What GM's customers wrought was a vehicle more circular, more spacious in accommodations, noticeably quieter, and generally more powerful. But it was pretty much the same truck as before.
- General Motors' Corporation also brought out its twin to the S-10 Blazer, the S-15 Jimmy. The trucks were identical, save for different grille styling and rear-end garnishment. Like the S-10 Blazer, three trim levels (base Sierra, up-level Sierra Classic, and sporty Gypsy Sport) were offered. Also, S-15 Jimmy equipment levels mirrored those of the S-10 Blazer models, meaning, for example, that a Sierra Classic was equal to the Tahoe. Yearly changes that occur for the S-10 Blazer also apply for the S-15 Jimmy.