Chevrolet Seeker in China may preview a new crossover for the United States
It looks like Chinese consumers will soon have a new crossover to buy from Chevrolet. Images from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology appear to have revealed a sleek new crossover ahead of its official debut. However, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the new model.
Spy photos last month captured a carefully camouflaged test crossover near the automaker’s Michigan facility that looks quite similar to the new Chevy Seeker. Information at the time indicated that it was a sportier version of the Blazer or TrailBlazer. The Seeker’s styling matches that of the other two crossovers, but the Seeker just looks sportier.
The photos aren’t phenomenal, but it looks like the crossover has a long hood, slim greenhouse and well-defined rear wheel arches. The styling resembles that of the current-generation Buick Envision, another SAIC-GM joint venture model. However, the Seeker and Envision share no dimensions, despite being inches apart all around.
The new Seeker features a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 180 horsepower (134 kilowatts), capable of propelling the crossover to a top speed of 127 miles per hour (205 kilometers per hour). The powertrain sits neatly between the TrailBlazer and Blazer powertrain lineup, with the 180hp 1.5-liter splitting the difference between the two. There are rumors that the new Chevy will sit between the Blazer and the TrailBlazer in Chevy’s lineup.
The photos also reveal that the Seeker will come in an RS variant, although it’s unclear what the badge brings to the model. One of the photos also shows a two-tone orange example with a black roof. There are no interior photos.
Chances are the new Chevrolet Seeker will find its way onto American roads. Spy photos showing him in Michigan are a clue. Adding another crossover would give the Chevy brand nine such vehicles. However, crossovers continue to gain more and more market share from consumers at the expense of sedans and hatchbacks.