GM is currently developing the next-generation Chevy Equinox and the next-generation GMC Terrain, both of which are expected to arrive for the 2025 model year, per previous GM Authority coverage. Now, GM Authority has gained insight into the platform that will underpin these next-gen crossovers.
According to sources familiar with the matter, the next-generation 2025 Chevy Equinox and next-generation 2025 GMC Terrain will both continue to ride on the GM D2 platform, similar to the current models. That said, the GM D2 architecture set to underpin the next-gen models will differ from the GM D2 architecture that underpins the current-generation models, with the GM D2 architecture that underpins the next-gen models updated to incorporate elements of the GM VSS-F vehicle set.
Technically speaking, the GM VSS-F vehicle set isn’t a vehicle architecture, but rather an approach to component sharing within the GM umbrella that is specific to ICE-powered vehicles. With that in mind, it’s correct to say that the next-gen 2025 Chevy Equinox and next-gen 2025 GMC Terrain will continue to ride on the GM D2 platform, but the platform will be updated with elements of the GM VSS-F vehicle set.
This approach is similar to the approach that GM applied to the 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon, both of which introduce fresh third generations for their respective nameplates. As GM Authority covered previously, both pickups ride on an updated version of the 31XX platform known internally at GM as 31XX-2, which GM considers to be “all-new,” but similar in design to the 31XX platform used prior to the trucks’ third-gen overhaul.
As for the 2025 Chevy Equinox, the program code used will be D2UC-2, with “D2” referencing the D2 platform, “U” referencing the utility vehicle (crossover / SUV) body style, “C” referencing the Chevrolet brand, and “2” referencing the second generation. Meanwhile, the 2025 GMC Terrain program code will be D2UG-2, with the only difference being “G” in reference to the GMC brand.
Although one could argue that the D2 platform is a “carry-over” for the next-gen crossovers, the 2025 Chevy Equinox and 2025 GMC Terrain will not be “old” or “sub-par” by any means. Rather, both are expected to be very competitive and, in many respects, class-leading, with new sheet metal, all-new interiors, a new powertrain, and the latest tech features. However, sources tell GM Authority that, at this point, there’s simply no reason to make an all-new platform for these vehicles.
Both models are expected to hit production at the end of the 2024 calendar year at the GM San Luis Potosí plant in Mexico.
As a reminder, the next-gen 2025 Chevy Equinox has already been spied one more than one occasion. GM Authority was also the first to report that the next-gen Chevy Equinox would offer a more rugged Activ trim level.