GM Authority spy photographers have captured a mysterious prototype for a new crossover model that could slot in beneath the compact Chevy Equinox in the Bowtie brand’s crossover lineup.
We first spied this mysterious new Chevy crossover testing on public roads last fall, however it has since dropped most of its camo to reveal near-production ready styling cues. At the time, we assumed the vehicle was a prototype for the next-generation Chevy Equinox, however we now know that nameplate will be transformed into a battery-electric offering. This crossover could therefore slot in between the subcompact Trailblazer and the compact Equinox in the automaker’s crossover portfolio, building on the sporty spirit and design of the Blazer, but wrapped in a smaller package. This strategy would echo that of rival automakers, like Jeep for example, which offers the subcompact Renegade, the compact Compass and the slightly larger (though still not quite mid-sized) Cherokee.
Another possibility is that this mystery crossover is being developed for the Chinese market or another global market that Chevy operates in and won’t be sold in North America. GM may be hyper-focused on developing and introducing new EVs for the North American market, but there is still a need for new ICE vehicles in China and emerging markets.
What we do know is that this mystery crossover is not the future Chevy crossover coupe that GM Authority reported on previously. This model will be slightly larger than the subcompact Chevy Trailblazer and will take on a coupe-like shape with a narrow greenhouse and rearward sloping roofline. While this prototype has somewhat dramatic angles and a mildly sloped roof, this is not representative of the future coupe crossover’s styling.
It’s hard to say which engine will power this mystery crossover, as we’re not sure if it will be sold in North America or China/emerging markets. It’s possible it will use GM’s global VSS-S platform, though, a highly flexible, next-generation GM vehicle architecture designed to underpin a wide variety of different front-wheel-drive crossover models.
We’ll keep digging until we find out exactly what this mystery prototype crossover really is. In the meantime, be sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevy Equinox news, Chevy news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.