If you missed it, General Motors and Chevrolet had original plans for the 2018 Equinox that were nothing like the production vehicle buyers will be perusing on dealership lots. Specifically, the design received such poor remarks from consumer focus groups, designers and engineers went back to the drawing board despite being under a time crunch in development.
In the end, the team completed the program on time and the result is what you see today. However, we’d love to see what consumers called “too bulky”, said housed “odd styling” and was “not compelling enough.” But, if Mark Reuss, GM product chief, has anything to say about the request, it’s a firm no.
Reuss responded to Autoweek’s calls to see what the abandoned design originally looked like on Twitter. Specifically, Reuss tweeted, “Too bad. Ain’t gonna happen.”
We know the original design wasn’t riding on the Chevrolet Cruze‘s D2XX platform, which may have meant the outgoing, in-betweener design was present. And if the Equinox was lamented so much, we can’t imagine what the 2018 GMC Terrain may have looked like.
But, the past is the past, as they say. The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will likely find more than a few homes as it begins to trickle into dealerships. We found it to be quite good in our initial first test.