New spy shots show the mystery prototype testing near GM headquarters.
This is the new Chevy Traverse… or is it the new Chevy Blazer? Spotted testing near GM headquarters in Michigan, spy photographers caught this mystery SUV on public roads, giving us our best look yet at an upcoming addition to the Chevy lineup.
Roughly the same size and shape as the 2017 GMC Acadia, it looks too small to be a new Traverse, but too big to be a new Equinox. Instead, it will mostly likely be slotted between the two. Industry experts are referring to this new CUV internally as the "Blazer," reviving the iconic nameplate that was used until the late 2000s in the U.S.
It features less padding and has less camouflage than prototypes we've seen in the past past, and shows off a number of more distinctive features like a body gap in the A-pillar, and door mirror mountings that match up closely to the current Acadia. The grille and LED headlights, meanwhile, are easily distinguishable as a Chevy fixtures, sharing some similarities with the current Equinox, and the taillights are thin and horizontal.
Whether it's the Traverse or Blazer, both will ride on the same C1XX platform used to underpin the GMC Acadia, Cadillac XT5, Buick Enclave, and others. Under the hood will be an updated version of the currently-available 3.6-liter V6, and that will come paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The Blazer, though, will likely come with a number of more unique exterior cues to help distinguish it from the Traverse.
Only time will tell as to the true identity of this mystery SUV. Expect to see it make its debut early in 2017, possibly at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, before it goes on sale later in the year for the 2018 model year.
Photos: Chris Doane