The Chevrolet Blazer Just Got A Lot More Practical

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But there's a catch.

The Chevrolet Blazer has been reborn for a new generation as a crossover, and while it looks very stylish, it's only offered with five seats in the US. In China, however, the Blazer just got more practical, as GM has unveiled a new seven-seat version to capitalize on the popularity of larger three-row SUVs in the People's Republic.

The seven-seater Blazer leaked last month, but now the covers have officially come off. Compared to the regular Blazer, the new three-row crossover has a 4.4-inch longer rear overhang, but the wheelbase remains unchanged at 112.7 inches.

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RS or Redline variants will be offered for the Chinese market, but last month's leak confirmed that all-wheel-drive will not be an option in China.

Chevrolet hasn't provided any technical specifications for the Chinese Blazer. In the US, the Blazer is offered with a 2.5-liter inline-four producing 193 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque, a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four unit with 230 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.6-liter V6 producing 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. Regardless of the trim, power is sent through a nine-speed automatic transmission.

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Chevrolet still hasn't confirmed if the three-row Blazer will go on sale in the US, but it seems unlikely since the automaker already has the three-row Traverse in its crossover lineup. By contrast, the Blazer is currently the largest SUV that Chevrolet sells in China. Introducing a Blazer with seven seats for the US market could cannibalize sales for the Traverse.

Debuting alongside the seven-seat Blazer is the Menlo, Chevrolet's first fully electric vehicle available in China that delivers a range of up to 245 miles on a single charge (based on Europe's NEDC cycle). The styling is inspired by the futuristic-looking Chevrolet FNR-X concept. Both models will go on sale in China in the first half of 2020.

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