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    The original full-size K5 Blazer (1969-1991)

    The K5 Blazer was the smallest full size SUV version of the General Motors C/K Trucks family. Introduced to the Chevrolet line in 1969, the full-size Blazer was replaced in 1995 by the Chevrolet Tahoe. In 1970, GMC introduced its own model of the truck, called the Jimmy, which lasted until the 1992 GMC Yukon. Both were based on the short wheelbase trucks and were available with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The Blazer's long wheelbase relative (with an integrated rear body, and doors for 2nd row passengers) is known as the Chevrolet Suburban. The "Jimmy" name was chosen to reflect the GMmy sound in a similar manner in how Jeep was a pronunciation of GP in the competing market.

    The K5 Blazer and Jimmy had "full convertible" removable tops until 1975. In 1976, GM introduced a half-cab design that was less prone to leaks and slightly safer in a roll-over. These half cabs are convertible starting at a few inches behind the driver/passenger doors all the way back to the tailgate. In 1992, the Blazer was redesigned completely and no longer had a removable top.

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    Final iteration of the full-size Blazer, the GMT400 (1992-1999)

    The full-size Chevrolet Blazer was updated in 1992 on the new GMT400 platform and lasted through the 1995 model year. The GMC Jimmy moniker was dropped from the full-size SUVs for 1993, replaced by the GMC Yukon nameplate which was introduced that year. The Blazer platform was known as GMT415, and the Yukon was GMT430. In Mexico, this model is called the Silverado (not to be confused with the Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup truck). In Europe this model is called the Tahoe (not to be confused with the Chevrolet Tahoe SUV).

    The models were mostly identical to each other save for emblems and identification, grilles, and some trim packages; Cheyenne and Silverado for Chevy, SL and SLE for GMC. A Blazer Sport was offered with a flat graphite color applied to the lower areas of the vehicle and fender flares. A GMC Yukon GT was offered in a two-tone paint scheme early on with fender flares, it was then changed to a monochromatic appearance package later on.

    These trucks had a slightly longer wheelbase than the previous models to improve drivability and towing, but there was no removable top offered, with a hatch and tailgate in the rear. Darker tinted glass was used for the rear hatches. Double rear doors were optional just as they were on the 4 door Tahoe/Yukon and Suburban models. However the double doors were very rare on 2 door models. Most were equipped with roof racks. The new frame was strengthened and an independent front suspension design was used. The 350 throttle-body injected V8 L05 was carried over from the 1991 models as well as 700-R4 (4L60) transmission. In 1993, an electronically-controlled 4L60-E transmission was introduced. In 1994, the grille shell was updated and an LED third brake light added. A 6.5 liter turbo diesel was offered as well. They had a breakover angle of 29°.

    In 1995, the full-size Blazer was redesignated as the Chevrolet Tahoe to be sold along with its new 4-door "shortened Suburban" counterpart, and the interior was redesigned with a new dashboard, seats, and door panels. The Yukon received the same treatment.

    A Z71 off-road suspension RPO was offered on these trucks which consisted of larger 265/75/R16 tires, Bilstein shocks, skid plates, 1995 special two-tone fade paint was offered on Yukon, and some other beefed-up items, just like the pickups had. Contrary to common belief, no 2-door Blazer, Yukon, or Tahoe ever left the factory with a Z71 decal on the side.

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    The mid-sized SUV, the S-10 Blazer (1983-2011)

    The Chevrolet Blazer (4WD model T-10) and the similar GMC S-15 Jimmy (4WD model T-15) are mid-size SUVs from General Motors. Production began alongside the larger K5 Blazer and Jimmy in 1983 and lasted through 2005. In the United States retail sales after 2004 were limited to two-door Blazer models, all other models being sold to fleets, until April 20, 2005. In the Canadian market, four-door models of the Blazer and Jimmy were sold until the 2004 model year and until the 2005 model year for the two-door models of both.

    The S-series SUVs, so named because they were based on the Chevrolet S-10 and GMC S-15 pickup trucks, were produced in Pontiac, Michigan; Linden, New Jersey; Moraine, Ohio; Shreveport, Louisiana; and São Paulo, Brazil (the Brazilian version is based on the second-generation S-series; even though production ceased in the U.S., new Blazers are locally produced in Brazil with their own sheetmetal stampings). In North America, the Moraine plant produced only 4-door vehicles, with both 2- and 4-door models being produced at Linden, which was the main assembly plant after the switch (some time after 1995) from Pontiac, Michigan, which is now a full-size truck plant.

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