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Chevy Blazer lands for 1969 to battle the Ford Bronco

For 1969, Chevy launched the first-generation K5 Blazer to take on the Ford Bronco, International Harvester Scout and Jeep Cherokee.

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When the Chevrolet K5 Blazer launched in 1969, it was initially only offered with four-wheel drive.

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Two-wheel-drive models were added to the K5 Blazer lineup for the 1970 model year.

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The K5 Blazer was larger than its Ford Bronco and International Harvester Scout competition because it was build on the Chevy's full-size C/K pickup truck frames.

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Interestingly, the K5 Blazer could be ordered to hold one, two or five passengers.

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At launch, a 4.1-liter inline six-cylinder engine served as the base engine option for the K5 Blazer.

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A pair of V8 engines was also available: a 5.0-liter and 5.7-liter.

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In 1970, a 4.8-liter inline six-cylinder engine was added to the lineup. 

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The GMC Jimmy launched in 1970 as the more upscale cousin vehicle to the Chevrolet K5 Blazer.

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Small visual updates arrived in 1971 with a new front end design that included redesigned lights and grille.

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The first-generation K5 Blazer was produced between 1969 and 1972.

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