For a while now, there has been very little activity from the GM arm of the long-lasting SAIC-GM partnership. However, the wait is over for Chinese GM followers with the launch of the Chevrolet Seeker. Today, September 19, the automaker officially launched Chevrolet’s new Compact SUV known as Xingmairo in China. Positioned between the Chevy Trailblazer and Equinox, there are indications that the Seeker will also be announced in other countries.
The new SUV comes in five trims with pricing starting from 139,900 – 164,900 yuan ($19,950 – $23,500). The Seeker is a Global SUV from Chevrolet and was first unveiled in China in July. According to GM, the new compact SUV targets younger customers, and its avant-garde design and high-tech features only confirm this.
Adopting Chevrolet’s latest design language, the compact SUV is aesthetically pleasing with a muscular stance, low roofline, and sporty cues. Its Contemporary Gold paint color is also aimed at a younger audience.
In front, the Chevy Seeker borrows the split header design found on the Trailblazer. However, in place of the traditional hourglass element, the SUV has an X-shaped chrome element and a hexagonal honeycomb electroplated grille. At the rear, the faux vents, inclined rear windshield, and cube-like LED taillights all add to the vehicle’s appeal.
The highlight has to be the RS trim with five-spoke 18-inch wheels, RS badges on the tailgate and grille, and a black roof. The Seeker has a length, width, and height of 4537/1823/1564mm, a wheelbase of 2700mm, and a 1410 kilo curb weight.
Inside, the SUV continues its trendy theme with a pair of 10.25-inch screens and a flat-bottomed steering wheel clothed in leather. The cockpit is driver-centric, and the central control infotainment screen is tilted 9 degrees towards the driver for easier operation.
Equipped with the Xiaoxue OS, the vehicle supports wireless charging, wireless CarPlay, and over-the-air updates. Additionally, it comes with the new GM Tune Dynamic (TD) surround sound system and a subwoofer. The automaker linked up with the digital audio brand Arkamys to offer four sound modes to give occupants the best music experience while cruising.
For safety, the Chevy Seeker is equipped with a long list of class-leading safety features, including ACC full-speed adaptive cruise, FDI front-vehicle distance prompt, FCA forward collision warning, AEB collision mitigation braking, PCM pedestrian collision Early warning, LKA lane keeping assist, AHBA adaptive high beam assist, LCA lane change assist, SBZA side blind spot warning, RCTA rear cross-traffic alert.
Other features are CBC cornering braking control, SLS linear stability control, EPB integrated electronic braking, PBA emergency braking assistance, BP braking force precharge, 19 sub-functions such as BC brake cleaning, EHHSA enhanced uphill assist, ROP active anti-roll protection, VSC vehicle escape assist and E-Boost electronic auxiliary braking system, and four-wheel independent digital tire pressure monitoring.
Where it matters the most, the new SUV has a new eighth-generation Ecotec 1.5T four-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged engine. With this, it has a max power of 135 kW and a peak torque of 250 Nm. Its transmission system is paired with a CVT intelligent continuously variable transmission. The new car can do 0-100 in 7.9 seconds, has a top speed of 205 km/h, and under WLTC conditions, it has a fuel consumption of 6.5L/100km.