New car analysis: Chevrolet’s new SUV Seeker is tailored for mainstream young people

Chevrolet has taken the wraps off the new Seeker, an all-new compact SUV to be built in China by SAIC-GM. We first saw the Chevrolet Seeker in a photo database from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology last April. The official debut confirms what we’ve seen, with the SUV taking modern styling cues similar to other Chevrolet offerings combined with a sleeker silhouette.

Up front, the Seeker gets a split headlight design treatment similar to the larger powered Blazer and smaller Trailblazer, but the grille features a unique X-shaped chrome element that makes up for the traditional hourglass shape. The silhouette is muscular, with familiar window lines and plastic cladding around the wheel arches. Rear highlights are the highly sloping rear windshield, cube-shaped LED taillights that extend towards the toned rear shoulders and integrated faux vents.

As the latest member of the SUV family, it is also a new compact SUV launched after the three major refreshments of Chevrolet brand performance, design and Zhilian. Seeker brings together the superior resources of General Motors to build, adopts the new generation of Chevrolet design language, and has a new appearance and interior. The exciting body shape, flexible and efficient space layout, and intelligent and advanced driving experience show the unique sports, youth and vitality of the Chevrolet brand, and provide higher quality and personalized services for the contemporary urban mainstream young people who work hard and enjoy life happily. new car choice.

The model comes in RS trim with 18-inch five-spoke wheels, a black roof, and RS badging on the grille and tailgate. Chevrolet said it will offer the Seeker in two different RS models for the Chinese market. Seeker also has a stunning gold body, which is a unique color customized by General Motors for the new generation of mainstream young people in China, and is applied for the first time on a Chinese model.

The Seeker measures 4,537 mm (178.6 in) long, 1,823 mm (71.8 in) wide, 1,564 mm (61.6 in) high and has a wheelbase of 2,700 mm (106.3 in). This makes it 130 mm (5.1 inches) longer than the Trailblazer, but 115 mm (4.5 inches) shorter than the Equinox and 337 mm (13.3 inches) shorter than the Blazer, effectively placing it at the heart of the compact SUV segment. Seeker inherits Chevrolet’s unique “vitality aesthetics” design concept. The powerful and dynamic appearance is oriented to driving control, breaking through the traditional SUV styling ratio, creating a low-slung dynamic posture that combines the sporty sense of a sedan with the toughness of an SUV.

Under the hood is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder Ecotec petrol engine. Chevrolet didn’t reveal specs, but judging from earlier leaks, we expect it to make 177 hp (132 kW/180 hp). The engine is exclusively mated to a CVT transmission, but we don’t know if it will be offered in FWD or AWD form. Whether there will be an electric model in the later stage remains to be seen, but the technology content is still very high.

At the same time, Chevrolet Seeker is supported by the strength of SAIC-GM’s intelligent connection technology system. Equipped with high-end voice assistant, interactive Baidu intelligent navigation, intelligent audio and video system, smart home operating system and other functions, the Chevrolet Seeker brings a more contemporary connected experience to the new mainstream population in contemporary cities.

Inside, we find a pair of 10.25-inch digital cockpit screens, with the infotainment display angled toward the driver. The seats are powered, ventilated and heated and provide lumbar support. They’re upholstered in perforated soft leather with red stitching, while the same material can also be found on the dash. Other details include red accents on the dash, wireless charging pad, Tune Dynamic sound system and a panoramic sunroof.

The Chevrolet Seeker will be available to order in China soon, with pricing expected to be announced in the coming weeks. In addition to North America, where the SUV is rumored to be launched in the near future, the Seeker may also launch in South Korea and other markets. In the future, Seeker will join the Chevrolet Trailblazer, the Explorer and the all-new Chuangku RS in the mid-to-large, mid-sized, compact and small SUV markets.

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