The stylish Blazer is about to get more practical.
The Chevrolet Blazer is easily the most stylish SUV in the General Motors lineup but it does have a limiting factor for buyers: you can not get it with a third row. Chevy teased a larger version of the Blazer back in 2018 at the Guangzhou Motor Show in China in the form of the FNR-CarryAll concept and since then, the concept has been rumored to reach production wearing the name Blazer XL.
We have even seen spy shots of the Blazer XL out testing but now a handful of Chinese sites have obtained what appears to be images of the final production car for the Chinese market. The Chevy Blazer is about to get a lot more practical.
The images show what appears to be a white base model Blazer XL but the larger version will likely include the same trims as the standard Blazer, including the sporty RS trim. Power is expected to come from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (likely the same one found in the US model) producing 230 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Interestingly, all-wheel-drive will not be an option in China. If Chevy sells the car here in the US, it will likely offer the 193-hp 2.5-liter base engine and the 308-hp V6.
To accommodate an extra row of seats, Chevy has extended the rear overhang 112 mm (4.4 inches) without stretching the 112.7-inch wheelbase at all, likely to save costs. Compared to the standard Blazer, the XL is 137 mm (5.39 inches) longer, 5 mm (0.2 inches) wider and anywhere from 25 mm to 34 mm (0.98 to 1.33 inches) taller. Interestingly, even though the whole point of the Blazer XL is to offer an extra row of seats, it will be sold in both five- and seven-seat configurations.
The Blazer XL is expected to go on sale globally in the first half of 2020 but it is still unknown whether or not the car will be offered in the US, where Chevy already sells the three-row Traverse. Introducing a three-row Blazer could steal sales from the Traverse and cut the SUV pie a little thin. But SUV sales could be strong enough to support two three-row models.