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I was curious as to why the Equinox EV appears to have flush mounted door handles while the Blazer does not? Since this image came off the Chevy website I would assume it is more than a rendering, but I guess we will see.
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Don't know? I've read where the flush door handles can be very problematic in cold weather climates. Those could likely be gone in the actual production version.
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Don't know? I've read where the flush door handles can be very problematic in cold weather climates. Those could likely be gone in the actual production version.
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I was curious as to why the Equinox EV appears to have flush mounted door handles while the Blazer does not? Since this image came off the Chevy website I would assume it is more than a rendering, but I guess we will see.
Perhaps, but the same would & does hold true for the door covering the charge port. Time will tell!
 

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these flush handles are not best as opening a door becomes a 2-step operation versus one for normal handles
I agree, somewhat.

A (Tesla) Model 3 door can definitely be opened with one hand, but it's more of a task than a traditional handle.

Some of the flush handles come out automatically as you approach the car, so it then becomes a 'normal' process to open.

(I can't figure out how that works if you park in a driveway and you walk by it frequently. Guess don't keep your keys in your pocket unless you're leaving)

I like what the Mach-e does (push a button on the pilar and the door opens, and you just pull on the door - no handles.
 

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these flush handles are not best as opening a door becomes a 2-step operation versus one for normal handles
Kia/Hyundai have a good design for flush handles. When you walk up to the car, the cars unlock and the handles pop out, then becoming a 1 hand operation.

I also just like the ID.4 or bmw set up where they're flush but still has cutouts for your hands to open them.
 

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I agree, somewhat.

A (Tesla) Model 3 door can definitely be opened with one hand, but it's more of a task than a traditional handle.

Some of the flush handles come out automatically as you approach the car, so it then becomes a 'normal' process to open.

(I can't figure out how that works if you park in a driveway and you walk by it frequently. Guess don't keep your keys in your pocket unless you're leaving)

I like what the Mach-e does (push a button on the pilar and the door opens, and you just pull on the door - no handles.
That is very similar to the Cadillac Lyriq, hopefully the Blazer EV will get the same as it's GM cousin.
 

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Cadillac's is a bit inferior compared to the Mach-E imo. The nice thing about the Mach-E is the proximity of the button to the pull handle, makes it almost 1 movement. Also deleting the handle looks pretty cool, and the Mach-E poppers seem stronger and faster.
 

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Functionality aside, I think the Blazer EV, which looks good already would have looked much better and separated itself from the ICE version on the road. I am not sure if it was a functionality decision for winter climates, a manufacturing decision due to costs/shared platform with the Prologue, or for design reasons to not scare potential ICE owners away. Either way that is one of the two areas I feel like Chevy design team dropped the ball on this design.
 

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I just got an e-mail stating more info. was coming in the next few days. This rendering is interesting in what it does not show, the driver side front charging port. I wonder where it will be located? Back passenger side maybe? Stay tuned! I am liking the lines of this vehicle a bit more than the Blazer, but let's see how it looks in the flesh, or I should say sheet metal.
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I think it will be shorter than the ICE version, but possibly a little wider. Similar to the Blazer. My biggest question is how will it compare in size to the Blazer. The Blazer is definitely longer and probably slightly wider, but it all depends on if the interior space is similar, then its going to drive people to the Equinox over the Blazer.
 

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I think it'll be roughly the same length as the ICE model; around 182 inches. I think it's going against the ID.4 and Ioniq 5; or against the RAV4, CRV, on the ICE side. The length may be deceiving due to the longer wheel base.

I'm not sure about width though. The ultium platform seems to be on the wider end. the cells themselves are 23 inches long and putting two of them side by side is already 46 inches.
 

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Apparently the blazer is about 1" wider than the ICE version. I think I saw one of the design team members mention that in a video. I think the length of the Blazer will be longer however. My guess is the interior leg room will be about the same for front and back, however I think the cargo space on the Blazer will be slightly larger. You can see the larger rear window on the Blazer. It also looks like the front hood is a bit longer on the Blazer (they could have fit a frunk..). The overhangs are similar, but the wheel base looks larger on the Blazer.

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