Late last year, GM Authority spotted a mysterious Chevrolet compact crossover being tested on public roads in Michigan. Though it looked like a potential next-gen Chevy Equinox at the time, we caught it being tested again in March and found it to be a new model sitting below the Equinox in the brand’s utility lineup. Now, the crossover has been fully leaked under the Chevy Seeker name in China.
The Asian country’s authorities have just published the official statement from SAIC-GM for the upcoming Chevy Seeker, a new compact crossover from Chevrolet to be positioned between the Trailblazer and the Equinox. In fact, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology spoiled the joint venture’s eventual unveiling by leaking the name, exterior design and other details about this new vehicle that General Motors will introduce in the Chinese market.
In particular, the upcoming Chevy Seeker represents an all-new nameplate that will further expand the Bow Tie brand’s broad portfolio of vehicles. Although there is no official information on the model just yet, the all-new Seeker has the potential to be aimed primarily at international markets where the Chevy Equinox is considered a midsize model, and is not as popular.
Aesthetically, the all-new Chevy Seeker is a modern crossover with muscular proportions that introduces a new evolution of the brand’s design language. Up front, the Seeker features an imposing stance marked by a new chrome horizontal grille trim capped by boomerang-style shapes, which connect to a set of split lighting clusters that add some design flair.
Leaked data reveals that the upcoming Chevy Seeker is sized right between the current Trailblazer and Equinox at 178.6 inches long, 71.7 inches wide and 61.6 inches tall, riding on a 106.3-inch wheelbase. As highlighted by the latest spy photos, the Seeker has proportions inspired by the sporty-looking Chevy Blazer with its sharp hips, the prominent shape of the D-pillar and the voluminous rear end. It will likely be built on the GM VSS-F vehicle set.
The upcoming Chevy Seeker will be equipped with a 177-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5L engine in China and, like the brand’s latest releases, will be offered in a sporty RS variant. The Seeker is expected to make its official debut sometime this year in that country, but it’s currently unclear if this new crossover will also make its way to the United States or other markets internationally.