Back in February we reported on rumors that a longer three-row version of the new Chevrolet Blazer crossover was in the works. Now, our spy photographers came upon a heavily camouflaged prototype parked in a lot with other test vehicles in Colorado. A few quick pictures were snapped before a security guard showed up to dissuade further photos.
Still, these few shots are enough to glimpse the Blazer’s telltale grille behind the thick covers up front. The sharp angles on the side glass at the A-pillar and the door mirrors also identify this vehicle as a Blazer. Further back, the body lines are concealed beneath the coverings but the overall shape – specifically the Blazer’s up-kink at the rear side glass – is still perceptible despite GM’s attempt to hide it. At the rear, the Blazer’s trapezoid exhaust tips are easy to spot down low.
Gallery: Chevrolet Blazer Three-Row SUV Spy Photos
The current Blazer simply doesn’t have enough space for an extra row of seats, but having that capability is a huge draw for many SUV shoppers, particularly in China. As such, the plan here is to extend the Blazer’s backside to make space for a third row, though we suspect it will still be a tight fit for anyone over the age of 12. These photos clearly show a bit more length behind the rear wheels, and the roof appears to stay rather flat instead of sloping down ever-so-slightly.
It’s currently believed that the three-row Blazer will use the same platform as the Cadillac XT6, though the bodywork will obviously adopt the Chevy’s more aggressive, sporty look. Though it was spotted testing in Colorado, it’s quite possible this will be an overseas-only model not available to U.S. buyers. If it were offered in the States, it would slot between the standard Blazer and the larger Chevrolet Traverse.
At this time, we expect Chevrolet to introduce this model next year for the Chinese market.