Last month, the new Chevy Seeker crossover leaked online, giving us an early, de-camouflaged look at the new China-bound crossover. GM is currently in the midst of introducing a handful of new crossover models globally, and we’ve seen some confusion online with regard to where the Chevy Seeker fits into this product onslaught, so we’ve decided to shed some light on the matter.
The Chevy Seeker is an upcoming compact-sized crossover that will be positioned between the subcompact Trailblazer and the compact Equinox in the automaker’s Chinese lineup. The Seeker is based on GM’s VSS-F platform (Vehicle Strategy Set-Front), which underpins all of its latest front-wheel-drive based models, and rumors indicate it will be powered by a yet-to-be specified turbocharged 1.5L engine rated 177 horsepower. It’s currently unclear if the North American market will receive the Chevy Seeker.
Meanwhile, an exclusive GM Authority report published in February indicated the automaker was working on a new small crossover coupe model with sporty looks and a rearward sloping, coupe-like roofline. We’ve noticed some folks online conflating the Chevy Seeker with this new, upcoming Chevy crossover coupe model. This rumored crossover coupe model is actually the next-generation Chevy Trax subcompact crossover and not the Seeker.
So, to be clear, the Chevy Seeker is a new crossover for China that’s slightly larger than the Trailblazer, while the rumored Chevy crossover coupe is actually the next-generation Chevy Trax. It makes sense for the Trax to adopt a sportier, coupe-like exterior appearance, as this will help to further differentiate it from the similarly-size Chevy Trailblazer.
The current-generation Chevy Trax, which is a similar size to the Trailblazer but undercuts it in price, will be put to pasture at the end of the 2022 model year. The next-generation Trax, meanwhile, will debut later this year ahead of an expected production start sometime next year. According to GM Authority sources, the development of this new Chevy crossover coupe is being led by GM Korea.
GM Authority sources indicate the next-gen Trax will tap the GM VSS-F platform and will feature sporty exterior styling inspired by the Chevy Blazer. Motivation will be sourced from a turbocharged, small-displacement gasoline engine, with front-wheel drive standard and all-wheel drive optional.