Chevrolet Planning Crossover Between Equinox, Traverse for 2017
Next Equinox Will Be Slightly Smaller, Allowing for Edge-Sized Entry
If there’s one type of vehicle it seems like customers can’t get enough of, it’s the now-ubiquitous crossover. The segment has become such a big seller that Chevrolet is reportedly planning on introducing a fourth model into its lineup in between the compact/midsize Equinox and the fullsize Traverse, according to Automotive News. A few related developments are enabling this move. The next-generation Equinox, also due for 2017, will become slightly smaller and closer in size to the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V, which splits the size difference between the Ford Escape and Edge two-row midsizer.
The new model will be more of a direct competitor to models such as the Ford Edge and the Nissan Murano and will reportedly based on a shortened chassis of the next-generation Traverse chassis. This platform will also underpin the forthcoming Cadillac SRX replacement, the XT5. While the Traverse and its platform-mates, the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, all have three rows of seats, it’s unclear whether the new in-between model will offer a three-row option. The Edge and Murano are both strictly two-row, five-seaters.
This “tweener” segment has been a mixed bag for automakers, with some brands seeing great success and others falling far short of expectations. The Ford Edge and Nissan Murano have both been relatively successful for their respective brands, but the Toyota Venza and Honda Crosstour were both eventually discontinued due to poor sales.
Source: Automotive News