The new Chevrolet that will be slotted between the Equinox and Traverse has been spotted testing alongside a Nissan Murano — a sign that the vehicle will be positioned more as a crossover than an SUV.
The crossover, which is expected to revive the Blazer nameplate from Chevy's past, likely will go on sale next year as a 2019 model. Chevy shrank the third-generation Equinox and made the second-generation Traverse larger to make room for the new vehicle.
The Blazer is expected to compete directly with the Murano and Ford Edge and could offer a third row of seating — a feature that would set it apart from its two target rivals. Analysts believe Honda is also working on a similarly sized crossover.
Two Chevrolet crossover prototypes were photographed testing in different trim levels, one with smaller wheels and dual circular exhaust tips and the other with larger chrome wheels, lower-profile performance tires and angular exhaust tips molded into the rear fascia. The prototypes reportedly had GM's 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine and a 3.6-liter, V-6 engine — the same ones shared with the redesigned GMC Acadia. The Blazer and Acadia will have the same architecture.
The front fascia is camouflaged but the SUV styling cues of the Traverse appear to have been jettisoned for a sleeker design.