With the return of the Ford Bronco growing ever closer, we have been thinking a lot about other American SUVs that we would love to see return to today’s market. When the Bronco was still in production, one of its staunchest competitors was the Chevrolet K5 Blazer, which like the Ford SUV remains a well loved off-roader today. It’s been quite some time since Chevrolet has offered a hardcore off-road SUV of their own, but that hasn’t stopped Flat Out Autos from recreating the K5 Blazer in their own way.
The folks at Motorious were the first to discover this highly customized SUV on Facebook. Flat Out Autos in Jonesboro, Arkansas took a 2018 Chevy Tahoe and gave it a retro treatment inspired by the legendary K5. The team have dubbed the creation the K5 Tahoe, as they get ready to present their creation at the 2019 SEMA Show.
While the styling changes might not be for everybody, they do draw from Chevy trucks from the era. Despite the K5 Blazer originally introduced for the 1969 model year, the front of this truck takes inspiration from the earlier 1967 and 1968 Chevy C10 pickup’s dual-grille. The lower corners are adorned with amber turn signals, and the lower fascia has been removed as the truck now wears a retro chrome bumpers front and rear. Keeping with the old school theme, the K5 Tahoe sports a two-tone blue and white paint scheme, featuring embossed white Chevrolet letters on the tailgate.
The interior of this truck remains stock, and as far as we know the powertrain remains that way as well. This truck surely isn’t as capable off-road as what we expect from the upcoming Ford Bronco, but it might offer just enough vintage style to satisfy some K5 Blazer fans.
Still, it would be nice to see Chevrolet released their own dedicated off-road ready SUV to compete directly with the returning Bronco.