Last September we heard the Chevrolet Equinox was set to receive some updates and styling tweaks in time for the 2016 model year. It appears as if those changes will be applied to the hot-selling SUV sooner than we thought, with the 2016 Equinox set to make its debut at the Chicago Auto Show on February 12.
“Chevrolet is embarking on a truly remarkable product transformation in 2015 that will showcase the ingenuity that has been the driving force behind the brand for more than a century,” said president of GM North America, Alan Batey. “The Chicago Auto Show attracts a tremendous audience, which makes it the perfect place for us to introduce the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, which is going to help keep the compact crossover segment one of the hottest in the industry.”
The new Equinox is expected to bring with it a deeper, wider grille that will bring it closer in line with newer Chevrolet products, along with some other minor tweaks in order to keep the aging crossover fresh. The automaker isn’t overly eager to replace the current-gen Equinox, a model which has sold an increasing amount of units year after year, saying “the market will dictate when the Equinox has had its run.”
A third-generation Equinox should be introduced sometime in 2017 and will likely ride on the same D2XX platform as the Buick Envision crossover. This platform switch should help the Equinox drop a few pounds, and could bring with it new engine options, too.