Chevrolet is working on a larger, seven-seat version of the Blazer that has just made an appearance thanks to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
Unsurprisingly, the crossover looks virtually identical to the standard Blazer. However, it has a significantly longer rear end, which is instantly obvious from the larger third quarter windows.
While the Ministry’s website has been finicky today, Indian Autos Blog reports the Blazer XL measures 196.8 inches (4,999 mm) long, 76.9 inches (1,953 mm) wide and 68.3 inches (1,736 mm) tall, with a wheelbase that spans 112.7 inches (2,863 mm), which makes it 5.4 inches (137 mm) longer, 0.2 inches (5 mm) wider and 1.3 inches (34 mm) taller than the standard Blazer. Since the wheelbase remains unchanged, all that extra length has been tacked onto the rear end.
In China, the model will reportedly be offered in five- and seven-seat configurations. It will also be available with only one engine option, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 227 HP (169 kW / 230 PS), and exclusively with front-wheel drive.
The crossover is expected to be offered in additional markets, including the United States. While nothing is official yet, the U.S. version could get assortment of engines, including a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 193 HP (144 kW / 196 PS) and 188 lb-ft (255 Nm) of torque, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder developing 230 HP (172 kW / 233 PS) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm), or a 3.6-liter V6 which with 308 HP (230 kW / 312 PS) and 270 lb-ft (366 Nm). Besides having more engine options, the US-spec variant could also be offered with all-wheel drive as well in order to cater to those living in northern states.
Thanks to Joe for the tip!