The current Chevrolet Equinox and its platform mate the GMC Terrain have been on sale for the better part of six years, which would normally render them long overdue for a complete model replacement. The Equinox, especially, has been an unforeseen success for Chevrolet though, so instead, the two compact/mid-size crossovers will receive a minor facelift for the 2016 model year, according to Automotive News.
Sales of the Equinox have grown each year for the last five years and are on their way to topping 200,000 units for the third straight year in 2014. The model’s sales performance is especially impressive when you consider that other offerings in the segment, such as the Ford Escape and Nissan Rogue, are significantly newer.
The 2016 refresh will add a deeper, wider grille which will put its styling more in-line with other Chevys. Meanwhile, the third-generation of the crossover is due in 2017. It will be then that the Equinox is moved to GM’s new D2XX architecture, the same platform that underpins the recently-unveiled Buick Envision. AN says moving the Equinox to D2XX will most likely result in a slightly smaller vehicle with less mass and improved fuel economy.
When the Equinox does move to the D2XX platform, engineers will have to be careful to keep the cabin as spacious as possible, as one of the main selling points of the current-generation, Theta-based car is its roominess over competing models. Luckily, the D2XX platform is expected to offer more flexibility when it comes to space efficiency (the practice of utilizing available interior space as effectively as possible), something that the current model could improve on.
Chevrolet Marketing Manager Steve Majoros wouldn’t elaborate much on either the facelifted Equinox nor the all-new 2017 model, but added that there is still demand for the current model.
“I think the market will dictate when the Equinox has had its run,” he said. “I don’t think the market is saying that now.”