Some time back, Ed Welburn, General Motors head of global design, said subtle design cues would be trickling down from the halo C7 Corvette Stingray to more of Chevrolet’s passenger vehicles. With the unveiling of the mildly refreshed 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, we are introduced to the start of the Stingray’s design elements finding their way to Chevrolet vehicles.
The taillamps, described as “Chevy-signature dual-element” are said to stem from the Corvette Stingray’s tail light design. Welburn specifically said the C7’s hexagonal taillamps would be one of the key elements to find their way into more Chevrolet design language. He also mentioned the aggressively styled hood as another piece to find its way onto several other bowtie models.
Chevrolet is looking to capitalize on the Corvette’s aura and infuse that DNA into more of its road going vehicles to elevate the styling. The Equinox is the first of Chevrolet vehicles to receive these cues, but Welburn says to look for the upcoming Malibu and Cruze to wear a subtle link to C7 Corvette as well.
The taillight design is slightly more jagged than the outgoing Equinox’s current taillamp look, and C7 looks are visible in between the brushed silver accents. It’s subtle, but noticeable. Though, we’re glad the Corvette’s design won’t become too watered down in the process. Little splashes of C7 are welcome design nods throughout the Chevrolet lineup, and we’re interested to see how more design nods are implemented in the coming iterations of Malibu and Cruze, as well as into the future of Chevrolet design.