Chevy Seeker is a mysterious crossover spotted in Michigan last month
Remember the camouflaged Chevrolet crossover spotted in Michigan a month ago? It has been fully camouflaged in the country where it will go on sale first: China. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has again moved ahead of automakers’ plans, releasing specifications for the joint venture offering that GM and local partner SAIC are calling the Chevrolet Seeker, those specifications posted on the chinese site Autohome. Starting with the dimensions, the Seeker is 178.6 inches long, 71.8 inches wide and 61.6 inches tall, with 106.3 inches of wheelbase. The Chevy Trailblazer is the model above the Seeker, the Chinese market Chevy Tracker the next model. The Seeker is 10.5 inches longer, 1.3 inches wider and 1.5 inches taller, on a 5.1-inch longer wheelbase than the Tracker.
Compared to our models, the Seeker is basically a Trailblazer. The Seeker is 4.9 inches longer and slightly wider, its wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer but its roof height is 4.1 inches lower. The front-drive Trailblazer weighs around 3,030 pounds, the Seeker is listed with a curb weight of 3,109 pounds. The styling of the new Chinese entry is also familiar from the Trailblazer, with smoother overall lines from the Equinox instead of the overt bulk of the Trailblazer. There are diversions like slimmer DRLs and smaller main beams, the Bowtie mounted on a chrome crossmember instead of in the upper grille, but the basics are all there. The rear reshaping replaces vertically oriented taillights instead of the horizontal units on the Trailblazer, and a much taller bumper covering; however, the Trailblazer’s sculpted spoiler and closing lines, as well as the backlight wiper make it easy to identify.
Power comes from a 1.5-liter four-cylinder that puts out 177 horsepower, which is 22 horsepower more than the Trailblazer’s 1.3-liter three-cylinder, capable of propelling the Seeker to a top speed of 127 miles per hour. This one is supposedly aimed at younger buyers, coming standard on 17-inch wheels but available in an RS version that upgrades to black 18-inchers. The market launch is expected to take place in the third quarter of this year. its heavy overlap with the Trailblazer means we don’t imagine the Seeker heading our way, but anything is possible these days; we wouldn’t bat an eye at GM announcing a Trailblazer GX this summer.