The Chevrolet Blazer lineup is growing as the company has announced plans to introduce a seven-seat variant in China next week.
Set to debut at the 2019 Chevrolet Gala Night, the seven-seat crossover has been designed to “cater to the needs and preferences of Chinese families.” The company is keeping details under wraps, but confirmed the model will be offered in RS and Redline trims.
While Chevrolet is staying tight-lipped, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology posted pictures of the crossover last month. It’s largely identical to the standard model, but features a longer rear end and bigger third quarter windows.
The crossover will reportedly be 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 at 112.7 inches (2,863 mm), the extra length has been tacked onto the rear end.
Details will be announced shortly, but reports have suggested the Chinese-spec model will be front-wheel drive and powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 227 hp (169 kW / 230 PS).
There have been conflicting reports about whether or not the seven-seat Blazer will be offered in other markets. However, the seven-seater could be a tough sell in the United States as the five-seat variant starts at $28,800. Customers who need more room can upgrade to the larger Traverse which costs $1,000 more. This isn’t an issue in China where the largest Chevrolet crossover is the Equinox.