The next-generation Chevrolet Blazer has achieved a remarkable level of success in North America and also in China, where the midsize crossover is sold in a configuration designed exclusively for the Asian country. After introducing the specific two-row variant in August last year, alongside the existing three-row Blazer, GM Authority has learned that General Motors is preparing to launch a new mild hybrid system for the Chevrolet Blazer in the Chinese market.
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has just revealed that SAIC-GM, the automaker’s main joint venture in that country, will soon launch a new 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain for the locally built Chevrolet Blazer. The goal is to improve the Blazer’s fuel economy and driving performance, as well as to comply with the nation’s stringent environmental regulations.
Notably, this is the first time the new Chevrolet Blazer has received an electrified powertrain internationally. So far, the midsize crossover has only been sold with gasoline internal combustion engines in both North America and China, including six- and four-cylinder options. As such, the Blazer will soon join the company’s other models that recently adopted a hybrid system in the Chinese market.
Like the 2021 Cadillac XT5 and XT6 recently launched in China, the upcoming Chevrolet Blazer mild hybrid in the Chinese market will feature the turbocharged 2.0L LSY I-4 engine along with an electric motor and a 48V battery. Although the leak does not reveal the system’s output in the Chevy, it will likely produce the same 250 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque of the Cadillacs – with which the Blazer shares its C1 platform and other mechanical components.
From a styling standpoint, the Chevrolet Blazer mild hybrid will look pretty much the same as existing models. At this point, it’s unclear whether the upcoming electrified powertrain will be available in both two- and three-row configurations of the Blazer, or just for the range-topping seven-seat model.
The Chevrolet Blazer mild hybrid is expected to be presented in the coming weeks in China, and more information will be revealed as its official launch approaches, which is scheduled for the second quarter of this year. As with the rest of the specific characteristics of the Blazer manufactured at the SAIC-GM Cadillac Jinqiao plant, there are no plans to introduce the mild hybrid system in the North American model.