Updated 2016 Chevrolet Equinox Coming to Chicago Auto Show
Teaser Image Reveals Facelift for CR-V Rival
One of the bestselling SUVs on the market, the Chevrolet Equinox, will be getting a refreshed look for the 2016 model year. General Motors released a teaser image of the crossover in advance of its February 12 reveal at the Chicago Auto Show.
Teaser images generally don’t reveal much, and this one is no exception. Ovoid headlights replace the current Equinox’s slightly pointier units, joined by bumper-mounted LED and halogen foglamps. The front bumper looks slightly more sculpted as well, taking cues from GM’s small cars like the Spark and Cruze.
Other than that, we don’t know much about what the new Equinox will entail. We hope it’ll abandon the two-tier grille design of the current model and the smaller Chevrolet Trax in favor of the single-opening grille, like that of its three-row sibling, the Chevrolet Traverse. We’d bet the Equinox will also get an updated interior with more soft-touch plastic and the latest version of Chevy’s MyLink information/entertainment system.
This is pure speculation, but it would be great to see new powertrains as well. The Equinox’s current engines are powerful and efficient, but they leave a little to be desired in terms of refinement (particularly the 2.4L EcoTec I-4). We wouldn’t be surprised if the 2.5L EcoTec I-4 from the Chevrolet Malibu found its way into the Equinox, replacing the base I-4 while providing better fuel efficiency and performance. The 2.5L produces 197 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque in the Malibu, compared to the current Equinox I-4’s ratings of 182 hp and 172 lb-ft.
In spite of more modern competition from Honda, Toyota, and Nissan, the current Chevrolet Equinox, which went on sale for the 2010 model year, has consistently sold well, sometimes outselling every other Bow Tie but the Silverado. Chevrolet says that in 2014, the market asked for more compact SUVs than midsize sedans, so the new Equinox is very important to the company.
Any questions? We’ll do our best to answer them next week when we get eyes on the new Equinox in Chicago.