Last year, GM Authority exclusively reported that General Motors was working on a three-row version of the new Chevrolet Blazer for the Chinese market. Well, three-row Blazer recently launched in China, so we have compiled a list of the five most significant differences between the three-row and two-row Blazer models.
To note, the two-row Blazer is available in the U.S. Canada, Mexico, the Middle East, and some parts of South America. Meanwhile, the three-row Blazer is only sold in China.
1. Exterior Dimensions
The most obvious difference between the new three-row Chevrolet Blazer and the standard version concerns their dimensions. Although the seven-seat Blazer uses the same 112.7-inch wheelbase variant of the GM C1 platform as the two-row model, it’s 5.4 inches longer (196.8 inches), 0.28 inches wider (76.9), and 1.34 inches taller (68.3) than the five-seat version.
|Dimension||Three-Row Blazer||Two-Row Blazer||Difference|
|Length (in / mm):||196.8 / 4999||191.4 / 4862||+5.4 / +137|
|Width (in / mm):||76.9 / 1953||76.7 / 1946||+0.28 / +7|
|High (in / mm):||68.3 / 1736||67 / 1702||+1.34 / +34|
|Wheelbase (in / mm):||112.7 / 2863||112.7 / 2863||0|
The additional length of the three-row Blazer is mostly a result of a longer rear overhang and a longer roofline, which tapers less aggressively than that of the two-row Blazer. As a result, the three-row Blazer has different proportions that also include larger rear doors with a redesigned top section, a bigger rear-quarter window between the C and D pillars, as well as a more upright tailgate.
As you might expect, the three-row Chevrolet Blazer’s longer body has a direct impact on its interior. The longer exterior footprint allow the Chinese-market Blazer to gain a third row of seats, expanding its seating capacity to seven passengers (versus a maximum of five passengers in the two-row Blazer). In addition, the maximum cargo space of the three-row model is 69.6 cubic feet, 5.4 cubic feet more compared to the 64.2 cubic feet of the two-row model.
While the design and location of dashboard elements are practically the same as those of the North American model, it should be noted that the Chevrolet Blazer’s floating central touchscreen for China has a rectangular frame and a diagonal size of 10 inches – as opposed to the hexagonal frame and 8-inch display of its two-row counterpart. The larger screen size also altered the layout of the surrounding buttons.
The two Chevrolet Blazer variants have notable differences in the powertrain department. While the North American model offers three engine choices, including two naturally aspirated units (the 2.5L I4 LCV and 3.5L V6 LGX) as well as the turbo-charged 2.0L I4 LSY, the three-row Blazer is offered with only one motor – the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY. All engines are mated to GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission.
4. Trim Levels
The three-row Chevrolet Blazer sold in China is offered in three trim levels – base, Redline and RS, with all three trims emphasizing the crossover’s sporty character. Meanwhile, the two-row Blazer in the United States is available in five trim levels – base, LT (with 1LT, 2LT and 3LT equipment levels), the sporty RS and luxurious Premier.
5. Market Availability
Currently, each version of the Chevrolet Blazer is manufactured in a specific plant to supply different markets. The two-row Blazer is assembled at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico, from where it is exported to the United States, Canada, as well as most Latin American and the Middle East. Meanwhile, the seven-seat, three-row Blazer is manufactured at the GM Jinqiao plant exclusively for China.
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