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The three-row Chevrolet Blazer XL was spied doing some testing in Michigan without heavy camouflage. So now we can see what it's profile will look like.

According to GM Authority, it's going to be exclusively sold in China because Chevy doesn't offer the two-row Blazer, the Traverse or the Tahoe/Suburban in China.

It's too bad it won't be offered in the States, even in a crowded market I think it would do well.

The vehicle, which we believe will be marketed under the Blazer XL nameplate, rides on the regular wheelbase, wide track version of the GM C1 platform and is assigned program code C1UC-S (the S stands for Shanghai). It is essentially identical to the resurrected Chevrolet Blazer marketed in North America, with the exception of a longer rear overhang and resulting modifications to the roofline and cargo area that enable the addition of a third row. In fact, the Chevrolet Blazer XL is a direct platform mate of the all-new Cadillac XT6 and the “baby” Buick Enclave.

As of this writing, we believe that the Chevrolet Blazer XL will be exclusive to the Chinese market, where it will become Chevrolet’s biggest utility vehicle, since GM doesn’t offer the two-row Blazer, the Traverse or the Tahoe/Suburban in China. Given the ongoing boom in utilities, the Bow Tie brand is in desperate need of such a model in China. What’s more, GM might offer the three-row Blazer in select international markets.

In addition, the three-row Chevrolet Blazer is to be offered exclusively with the turbo-charged 2.0L I-4 LSY engine in China, and not with the naturally-aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX that’s optional in the 2020 Blazer. The GM nine-speed automatic transmission will continue to handle the cog swaps.

We expect that the larger Blazer will accommodate either six or seven passengers, depending on the configuration of the second row (bench or captain’s chairs). A 196.9 overall length will allow the addition of the third row on a wheelbase measuring 112.9 inches. That puts it right between the two-row Blazer’s 191.4 inch length and the 204.3 inches of the full-size Traverse.

Also take note of the wheels seen on this tester. They appear to be the Dark Android machined-face aluminum units found on the current, U.S.-market Blazer RS (RPO Code SP4).

Expect the three-row Chevrolet Blazer XL to debut in the near future at a Chinese auto show or special event, and to go on sale in the first half of the 2020 calendar year.




 

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Even with all the camo on, I think it's going to look much better than the Traverse. Maybe this could replace it?
 

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Chevy released a teaser image ahead of the three-row Blazer's debut. Despite the extra row of seats the seem to have done a good job keeping the Blazer's profile the same.



 
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