Next Equinox Getting Smaller, Going Global
Next Equinox expected to merge with Chevrolet Captiva.
March 25, 2011
By: Nick Saporito
The next Chevrolet Equinox crossover will advance GM's efforts to globalize the Chevrolet brand, but also shrink in both size,and weight. The move downward in both size and weight is all part of GM's strategy to meet new stringent fuel economy standards all over the world. Equinox's transition is also part of a new global crossover plan involving an entirely new line of sub-compact crossovers.
According to GMI sources the next Equinox is likely to be built off of the Global Delta architecture. Delta currently underpins the Chevrolet Cruze and Buick Verano, among other global products. The next iteration of the Delta platform is supposed to have the goal of cutting 300-400 pounds across the board along with the ability to support crossover applications. Transitioning some crossover models to Delta will allow GM to advance it's goal of reducing the amount of platforms the company uses.
The all-new Equinox will also replace the Chevrolet Captiva in global markets (Holden Captiva in Australia) and will only come in one wheelbase, unlike today’s global Captiva. While the new crossover will be a global model, it is expected to follow the Aveo/Sonic name setup by continuing the Equinox name in North America and the Captiva in international markets.
International markets are also expected to receive an optional third row seat.
While the Equinox is moving down in size, it won’t be the smallest crossover in the GM stable. GM is developing a lineup of sub-compact crossovers off of the Global Gamma platform that underpins the upcoming Chevrolet Sonic. GMI has already reported that the Buick Encore crossover will be based on the Gamma platform and that Chevrolet/Holden will also receive one as well. If approved, the GMC Granite will be built on Gamma as well.
The Delta-based Equinox/Captiva is slated to launch in mid-2015 as a 2016 model. The current Equinox is expected to receive a refresh for the 2013 model year.