Last April, General Motors officially launched the all-new three-row Chevrolet Blazer in China – where it was created to supply the domestic market. More specifically, the Chinese-market Blazer features a unique body design and went on sale with a standard seven-seat configuration. However, GM Authority has confirmed that the crossover will soon be available in two-row, five-passenger configuration in the Asian country.
Although the new-generation Chevrolet Blazer originally debuted in 2018 as a two-row, five-seat model, this is not the one that will be sold in China. Sources familiar with the matter inform us that the Blazer variant developed for the Asian country will differ from the North American one, as it will maintain exactly the same exterior design as the three-row variant.
As such, the upcoming two-row Chevrolet Blazer for the Chinese market will also be 5.4 inches longer (196.8 inches), 0.28 inches wider (76.9) and 1.34 inches higher (68.3) than the North American five-seat version. The extended bodywork includes a longer rear overhang and roofline, as well as larger rear doors, a larger rear quarter window, and a more vertical tailgate.
By maintaining the same elongated body format and removing the third row, the new five-seat variant of the Blazer will stand out for offering a huge cargo area – the largest one in its class. A leaked image of the model shows a really large trunk, with additional storage instead of the two folding seats, and maximum cargo volume should increase compared to the 69.6 cubic feet found the three-row Blazer.
Mechanically, the five-seat Chinese-market Chevrolet Blazer will retain the same powertrain as the current three-row variant. That means the 2.0L LSY four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 233 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, managed by GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission. It is expected to also include front-wheel and all-wheel drivetrains.
The upcoming two-row Chevrolet Blazer designed in China will debut during the second half of the year, and will launch in the country before the end of 2020. Like the range-topping model, this new five-passenger variant of the Blazer will be manufactured at the GM Jinqiao plant and will also be offered in the sporty Redline and RS trim levels.