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First Look At New Three-Row Chevrolet Blazer XL

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But will it be sold in the US?

Since going on sale, the reborn Chevrolet Blazer has only been available as a two-row crossover, but a report earlier this year claimed that Chevrolet plans to introduce a longer three-row version inspired by the Chevrolet FNR-CarryAll Concept that debuted at the Guangzhou Motor Show. It will reportedly be called the Blazer XL, and now our spy photographers have caught a prototype of the bigger Blazer being tested in Germany.

The Blazer XL will ride on the same platform as its standard sibling, and while the wheelbase will be the same, the length will be 5.5 inches longer to allow space for seven passengers. Extensive camouflage covering the exterior prevents us from seeing the design details, but the styling should be inspired by the FNR-CarryAll Concept. However, we can see the rear doors are larger than the standard Blazer’s to allow easy access to the third row of seats.

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Question is, will the Chevrolet Blazer XL be sold in the US? Nothing has been confirmed yet, but we aren’t getting our hopes up. Chevrolet already sells the three-row Traverse in America, so it seems difficult to justify selling a three-row Blazer Stateside as well. Three-row crossovers are also extremely popular in China, which is where the Blazer XL will initially go on sale. Since it will also be produced in China, the current tariffs between the US and China also decreases the Blazer XL’s chances of coming Stateside. It could, however, be sold in South America.

In China, the Blazer XL will allegedly be available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 240 horsepower, while other markets will get the standard Blazer's 3.6-liter V6 engine good for 305 hp. Both engines will be paired with the Blazer's nine-speed automatic transmission. Production of the Blazer XL will allegedly start in early 2020 in Shanghai, China.