General Motors will move the next-generation Chevrolet Equinox to an updated version of its Delta vehicle architecture shared with the Cruze, GM Authority has learned from sources familiar with the automaker’s future product plans.
The platform switch will give the Equinox a smaller exterior footprint while making it a global product available in markets around the world, which is in stark contrast to the situation with the current model that’s only available in North America. In addition, the next-generation Equinox will replace the Chevrolet Captiva that serves as Chevy’s only crossover in markets outside North America, although sources said that the Captiva name may remain and not be replaced with the Equinox nameplate. The Captiva shares the Theta II architecture with the Equinox, but the two vehicles are notably different.
Moving the Equinox to Delta will place the vehicle directly into the compact crossover segment where it will battle with the new Hyundai Santa-Fe and segment stalwarts Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4. Currently, the Equinox occupies a segment that’s between the compact and midsize crossover space, since the vehicle is large enough to be a midsize CUV yet lacks a third row — an aspect we’ve come to discuss (and criticize) frequently here at GM Authority as it serves as a disadvantage for GM. Nevertheless, the all-new third-generation Delta-based Equinox is expected to come to market as a 2016 model-year vehicle in 2015.