Chevrolet is planning on heavily overhauling its crossover portfolio. While a refreshed 2016 Equinox will hold things over in the meantime, 2017 will be a big year for the bowtie and its crossovers.
The report comes from Automotive News, who have sources whispering a new model will arrive to sit between the Equinox and Traverse. How will Chevrolet make room for this new model? The Equinox will be shrinking come its third generation.
Word is the 2017 Equinox will move to the smaller D2XX platform, currently underpinning the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, and the upcoming crossover will sit on C1XX underpinnings, the crossover variant of GM’s E2XX midsize vehicle platform.
C1XX is allegedly a very flexible architecture, with the capability of underpinning mid-size and full-size crossovers. It will also reportedly underpin the upcoming 2016 Cadillac XT5, and rumors still persist we may see two different-sized wheelbases from that vehicle alone.
According to the report, the 2017 GMC Acadia will also be affected by this move, as the Acadia takes on a more mid-size, three-row crossover footprint.
Moving the Chevy Equinox down in size will give the brand a more formidable trio to fight the Escape, Edge and Explorer, as Chevrolet looks to continue filling in its crossover niches, something it began with the introduction of the Chevrolet Trax.