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Chevrolet preparing seven-seater Blazer XL?

by Ronan Glon

The model may not be sold in the United States.

Chevrolet will continue to expand its line-up of crossovers and SUVs with a bigger version of the all-new Blazer, according to a recent report. Tentatively called Blazer XL, the three-row model might not join the standard Blazer in American showrooms.

Enthusiast website GM Authority reported the model will slot between the Blazer and the Traverse, models that measure 191.4 and 204.3 inches long, respectively. The 196.9-inch long Blazer XL will receive a longer roof panel, wider doors, and a more upright hatch. The extra sheet metal will clear up space for seven passengers. In other words, it will essentially arrive as a production version of the FNR-CarryAll concept (pictured) shown during the 2018 Guangzhou auto show.

Power will come from a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Chevrolet will also offer a 3.6-liter V6 tuned to deliver 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission will come standard, and all-wheel drive will be offered at an extra cost.

GM Authority learned the Blazer XL will go on sale in China in early 2020, meaning it will most likely make its debut before the end of 2019. We wouldn't be surprised to see it in the metal during the 2019 Shanghai auto show. Production will take place locally, too, though it might also be built in another factory outside of China.

It will gradually be offered in other global markets, but America most likely won't be one of them. In its target markets, it will fill the space occupied by the Traverse in the United States. It's a model that's too big for some countries. We don't have that problem, so there's currently no room in the Chevrolet line-up for a bigger Blazer. Of course, this is all speculation; the Bowtie hasn't commented on the rumors.

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