The stretched soft-roader is easily recognizable as a Blazer.
There’s seemingly no end to the SUV popularity, and three-row seating is among the hottest people-mover trends at the moment. Case-in-point is the Chevrolet Blazer, which only just debuted for the 2019 model year with its sporty crossover proportions and accommodations for five. It slots between the Equinox and three-row Traverse, but this camo-wrapped version won’t just be a Blazer with a couple of miniscule seats crammed in the back.
The last time we saw this Blazer upgrade (currently known as the XL) it was wearing considerably more camouflage. These photos of a prototype testing in Michigan ditch the heavy black covers, allowing us to clearly see the Blazer’s extended backside. Compared to the standard model, this extended Blazer features a flatter roof that obviously is a bit longer as well. The bodywork is stretched behind the rear door, which is easily seen in the larger glass at the back. The up-kink beltline is still easily recognizable as a Blazer, however, as are the thin lights and lower lamp housings at the front.
Gallery: Chevrolet Blazer XL Spy Photos
Will the bigger Blazer also pack bigger power under the hood? We haven’t heard anything on powertrain changes, but Chevy already offers a range of mills for the Blazer, including a new turbocharged 2.0-liter engine producing 230 horsepower (172 kilowatts) that can be ordered with all-wheel drive. That might be a bit slim for a seven-passenger vehicle, but the 3.6-liter V6 with 308 hp (227 kW) is already part of the Blazer’s wheelhouse, and it’s the same engine Chevrolet uses for its seven-passenger Traverse.
Here’s the plot twist. It’s possible Chevrolet won’t offer this extended-length Blazer in the United States. Our sources say this SUV is headed for China as a 2021 model but nothing is confirmed just yet for North America. In the U.S. market Chevrolet already offers six different SUV/crossover models, though buyers seeking a sportier seven-passenger Bow Tie option could embrace the Blazer.
The camouflage will come off in the next few months, at which point we should have definitive information for U.S. market availability.