China-Built 2020 Chevy Blazer XL With 3-Rows Reportedly Due Next Year

There has been a lot of talk about the new Chevrolet Blazer, most of it concerning the notion that it should be built in the United States instead of Mexico.

Like it or not (President Trump definitely won’t), the midsize SUV is about to get even more international as GM plans to build a three-row version as well. According to GM Authority, which cites unnamed sources, the automaker is readying a three-row Blazer that will likely be called Blazer XL. The seven-seat SUV is expected to debut in China in early 2020 and should become available in other markets later.

Actually, Chevrolet’s intentions were pretty clear when they unveiled the FNR-CarryAll Concept (pictured) at last year’s Guangzhou Auto Show. The study featured a design that looked almost ready for production and was very similar to the standard Blazer.

However, there were some modifications that allowed it to accommodate a third row of seats and expand capacity to seven passengers. Unsurprisingly, the Blazer XL will feature similar dimensions to the FNR-CarryAll concept.

The Blazer XL might not arrive in North America to avoid clashing with the Traverse

As with the regular model, the Blazer XL will use the short version of the GM C1 platform. Expect the three-row Blazer to be around 5.5 in (140 mm) longer, with a 0.2 in (4 mm) longer wheelbase. Styling-wise, the Blazer XL will adopt a more traditional roofline to make room for the additional passengers, larger rear doors with a redesigned top end, a bigger third window, and a more upright tailgate.

The idea behind the XL is to offer it in markets where the Traverse is not available because it’s simply too large. China is one of those markets, but the three-row Blazer could also find its way into South America and South Korea. As for North America, it is not known whether GM plans to offer it, as it might clash with (and even steal sales from) the Traverse.

The Blazer XL is scheduled to enter production in February 2020 at SAIC-GM’s plant in Shanghai – and, possibly, other GM facilities for overseas markets. It will use a 305 hp 3.6-liter V6 and a China-exclusive 240 hp 2.0-liter turbo-four, both mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

  • Zandit75

    That’s one of the best looking SUV’s I’ve seen!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I’d easily take this over the Traverse

    Call it the Grand Blazer.

  • Rocket

    Already threatened by the XT6 treading into Acadia territory, you can bet GMC dealers are lobbying to keep this sucker in China. But I f the Explorer takes off, as I expect it to, Chevy might feel compelled to bring it anyway.

  • Better proportioned than the regular Blazer.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Exactly!

  • Bash

    This looks great, I can drive that.

  • Dylan Wentworth

    China is synonymous with quality.
    I don’t know about you but I’d love for an SUV that was made in china.

  • Liam Paul

    Keep the trash in china! I always brought Gm cars and Trucks, no more

  • This is why GM has to restructure. Making a pointless model when they already have a CHEVROLET called a Traverse which looks the same when in the available RS version… at least they’re keeping it away for now.

    Consider this. The Buick Envision is made in China and shipped over to the US for sale. What if those empty boats returning to China were filled with Traverse or Enclave vehicles?? It’s time for GM to work smarter, not harder. I don’t buy the “Traverse is too big” line. It has 3 rows so who should inches matter?? It’s not a suburban.

    This appears as a gross waste of resources in my opinion.

    • Ronniiraygun

      The traverse is too small and has no storage space and it’s a GM product. I don’t have an issue with their vehicles it’s their politics and using bailout money to build plants in China rather then fix their US issues. It’s a corporation that couldn’t care less where it came from and who saved their butt.

      China is a nation that politically and economically wants to destroy the US and has stated it many times through the media in China. In my mind it’s treason to help them do this (Apple, GM and Boeing) and those companies that are doing so could care less freedom and human rights.

      • Perry F. Bruns

        The Traverse is a Chevrolet-branded GM product, just as the Envision is a Buick-branded GM product. And I would love to see the Chinese media sources that say they want to destroy the U.S., considering how much our economy benefits theirs.

  • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

    The side profile reminds me of the Lexus RX-L

  • Dylan Wentworth

    You hate sarcasm.

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