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Should Chevy Bring This Three-Row Blazer to the U.S.?

Joey Capparella
Photo credit: Chevrolet

From Car and Driver

  • Chevy has revealed a three-row version of the Blazer crossover for the China market.
  • The Blazer is only sold in the U.S. in a two-row version with five seats.
  • There are no immediate plans to bring this model to the U.S., Chevy says.

The Chevy Blazer has sprouted an extra row of seats for its China-market debut. A three-row version of this mid-size crossover will go on sale in China soon with a slightly different shape than the two-row version we get in America. Its taller, more squared-off roofline aft of the C-pillar means it can accommodate seven passengers, whereas the Blazer sold in the U.S. seats up to five.

We reached out to Chevy to see if it might have a chance of coming stateside, and a spokesperson said there are "no plans to bring it to the U.S." But we're not ruling it out entirely, as our spy photographers spotted a three-row Blazer prototype testing in Michigan, and this model could potentially fill a gap that currently exists in Chevy's crossover lineup between the Blazer and the Traverse.

Photo credit: Chevrolet

The three-row Blazer appears to be a similar size as the GMC Acadia, which offers an optional third row of seats but rides on a short-wheelbase version of the platform underpinning the larger Chevy Traverse. The Traverse is more than a foot longer than the Blazer overall and resides on the large end of the three-row SUV segment. Even if that might seem like a thin slice of the pie, strong crossover sales across the industry could make this a viable business proposition for GM at some point in the near future.

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