Late last year, General Motors revealed the Chevrolet FNR-CarryAll Concept in China as a version of the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer with a revised roofline and a third row. In February, we managed to dig up some key intel about the vehicle, exclusively reporting that GM is, in fact, bringing the concept to market. The vehicle will be based on the automaker’s C1 platform and is assigned program code C1UC. And now, we have our very first spy shots of a prototype undergoing testing.
Our spy managed to capture shots of a three-row Chevrolet Blazer prototype while it was parked in a parking lot in the United States. As he was taking photos, a guard employed by the property (a hotel) where this was taking place decided to go all Jason Bourne on him, proceeding to chase him around the vehicle in a game of cat-and-mouse. Fortunately, our spy is a very stealthy creature, and managed to make an escape from the really athletic rent-a-cop.
As for the shots, what we see here is a vehicle that’s pretty much the new Chevrolet Blazer, except in three key areas: the rear overhang, the roofline, and the rear section of the interior.
The three-row Chevrolet Blazer, which will likely be called Blazer XL, will have an overall length of 196.9 inches – 5 inches longer than the two-row model currently on sale in North America. Those dimensions put it squarely between the midsize two-row Blazer and the full-size Chevy Traverse as a sort of “midsize plus” crossover offering. The added length comes as a result of a longer rear overhang and and a more traditional roofline, elements that allow for the addition of a third row in the cabin.
|Dimension||Blazer Two-Row||Blazer Three-Row||Traverse|
|Length (in / mm):||191.4 / 4862||196.9 / 5000||204.3 / 5189|
We should also note that the wheels on the prototype appear to be identical to the units seen on the FNR-CarryAll Concept. The show car sat on 22-inch aluminum wheels hiding bright red calipers.
The vehicle will debut some time in 2020, and we expect it to be available exclusively in China as Chevrolet’s largest crossover utility. Notably, the Traverse is not and has never been sold in China. What’s more, this three-row Blazer will share its variant of the C1 platform most directly with the new Cadillac XT6 as well as a future Buick vehicle that we’ve been calling the Buick Envoy (though it might end up being called Enclave).