Just last week we brought you the very first spy photos of the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox. Today, we continue our round of firsts with this — the very first video capturing Chevrolet’s updated and slimmed-down compact crossover.
The bulk of the video focuses on one particular Equinox, which appears to be the very same test mule captured in the photos from the prior week, judging by the license plate. However, stay tuned ‘till the end and you’ll spot a clutch of Equinox test mules, each wearing similar cladding and camouflage. Unfortunately, the moment is short lived, as the Chevrolet test crew realizes they’ve been found and consequently speed off to find a more secluded spot.
If you look close enough, the new Equinox in the video appears to be notably smaller than the current generation, indicative of the repositioning of the vehicle directly into the compact class. It’s also worth noting the two vehicles that are part of the testing convoy: a Mazda CX-5 and a Jeep Cherokee. Both Mazda and Jeep have found sales success with their respective compact crossovers, and we have little doubt Chevrolet has used them to test the new Equinox competitively.
Look for the 2017 Equinox to ride on the highly-modular D2XX platform, a whole new set of bones it will share with the incoming Buick Envision and next-generation 2017 GMC Terrain, enabling it to also lose a considerable amount of weight to improve fuel economy and agility. We expect the new Equinox to also be powered by a range of turbo-charged engines mated to either six- or eight-speed automatic transmissions. Expect the new Equinox to both be unveiled and go on sale sometime next year.