Chevrolet may be exiting several Southeast Asian markets, the same can’t be said about the brand in China. In fact, it continues to be a popular choice in the Chinese market and has rolled out several new models in the past year.
Late last year, the brand revealed a new 7-seat Blazer in China as its new flagship SUV. However, they gave very little details about the crossover’s interior and powertrain. Now, they give us a better look at the 7-seat Blazer’s cabin and features.
Both China and US-spec Blazers look identical on the outside, and more or less the same inside. The biggest difference would be the addition of the third row of seats. Particularly interesting is both versions share the same 2,863 mm wheelbase, and Chevrolet says the third row will still be spacious for occupants sitting there. When not in use, 1,970 liters of cargo space is available when the second- and third-row seats are folded flat.
The Blazer incorporates what Chevrolet calls the "flying-wing dual-cockpit design". Front and center is a large 10-inch 'floating' touchscreen infotainment system.
Meanwhile, an 8-inch display is situated in front of the driver displaying various driving parameters. A large panoramic sunroof ensures plenty of sunlight enters the cabin and a better sense of spaciousness. Red accents around the circular aircon vents give the Blazer a sportier appeal for the RS trim version.
Chevrolet has not yet confirmed which engine will power China-spec Blazer. It will likely be offered with similar options as US-spec models; a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo, 2.5-liter four-cylinder NA unit, and a larger 3.6-liter V6 NA. The 2.0L four-cylinder turbo is rated at 233 PS and 350 Nm of torque, 2.4L four-cylinder NA engine produces 194 PS and 255 Nm of torque while the larger V6 pushes out 308 PS and 365 Nm of torque.
With Chevrolet pulling out of Thailand, it also marks the end of the Trailblazer and Colorado that we know today. That said, there is speculation that the next batch of vehicles to be offered by Chevrolet Philippines could be sourced from China. Maybe we could see this Blazer on Philippine roads in the future.