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We Hear: Chevrolet Planning New Crossover Between Equinox, Traverse

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/20/2015 Jason Udy
2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ Front Clip Closeup© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ Front Clip Closeup

GM plans to slot a new crossover between the compact Chevrolet Equinox and full-size Chevrolet Traverse, according to a new report from Automotive News. The new model is expected to be a midsize three-row crossover.

With the current Equinox being larger than most of its competitors, the next-generation model will shrink to make room for the new model. The next Equinox, expected to arrive in early 2017, will be based on the same global compact platform used for the upcoming Chevrolet Cruze and Opel Astra.

The new Chevrolet crossover will compete against midsize two-row crossovers including the Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Nissan Murano, along with midsize three-row models including the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. When the new crossover arrives, likely in late 2017, it will give the automaker four crossovers starting with the subcompact Chevrolet Trax.

The report suggests the new crossover will be based on a short-wheelbase version of the next-generation Chevrolet Traverse that will arrive in mid-2017. Additionally, the new short-wheelbase platform will underpin the next-generation GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5, which replaces the current SRX. The Traverse and Buick Enclave are expected to remain full-size, while it is unknown whether there will be a full-size GMC crossover. A full-size Cadillac crossover is also coming, but is expected to use a different architecture.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

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