Next Equinox Blocking Chevy Trax From U.S.

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    Next Equinox Blocking Chevy Trax From U.S.

    Next Equinox to shrink, go global.
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    June 6, 2012
    By: Nick Saporito


    Chevrolet recently announced an all-new global crossover named the Trax. Based on the same sub-compact architecture as the upcoming Buick Encore, the Trax is intended to slot into a new segment of small utes around the world. Despite the global inference, the Trax is not bound for the U.S. because GM feels the next Chevrolet Equinox will be sufficient for the brand’s home market.

    Like the Trax, the next-generation Equinox will be a global product. In fact, the vehicle will be replacing both the Equinox in North America and the Captiva, which is Chevy’s midsize crossover in many global markets. Today both Equinox and Captiva are based upon variants of GM’s Theta architecture, though there is very little commonality between them.

    According to sources familiar with GM product plans, the next Equinox is going to shrink a bit in size, which is not all that surprising. The current Equinox straggles between the compact and midsize segments today; being just on the verge of large enough for a third row seat, but GM has elected to bypass the added passenger space.

    The next Equinox’s global designation can be accredited to its new platform. GM is ditching the current regionalized platform in favor of the latest variant of GM’s Delta architecture. The switch not only shrinks the Equinox, but will also give GM the flexibility to fairly easily produce the crossover on other continents. The new Equinox is set to arrive in 2015 as a 2016 model.

    With the slight downsize of the Equinox, GM product planners elected not to bring the smaller Trax to the U.S. market, citing that the two would be too close in size and confused consumers. Despite the decision, GMI has confirmed that the Trax is fully “federalized” to sell in the U.S. market, were GM to change their minds.

    GM currently feels the Trax is best served in global markets outside the U.S., where the crossover segments are more fragmented and customers take note of smaller vehicle sizes more discernibly than U.S. customers.
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    Re: Next Equinox Blocking Chevy Trax From US

    I think the Trax would make a great competitor to the Nissan Juke, while the next Equinox can compete with Nissan Rogue. They wouldn't overlap.
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    Re: Next Equinox Blocking Chevy Trax From US

    when's the "next" Nox due?

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    Re: Next Equinox Blocking Chevy Trax From U.S.

    I find that the front end of the Trax looks a lot more appealing than the Encore. GM should really consider putting the Buick grill into the Trax front end design.
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    Re: Next Equinox Blocking Chevy Trax From U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by calgaryhhr View Post
    I find that the front end of the Trax looks a lot more appealing than the Encore. GM should really consider putting the Buick grill into the Trax front end design.
    I find the front of the Trax more appealing then the Nox .........

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    Re: Next Equinox Blocking Chevy Trax From US

    If the Equinox will shrink and become "compact sized" then what will become the midsize offering? I would assume that the Traverse would remain full-size (if it is considered full-size) and I think that would make room for a nice midsize Trailblazer.

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    How mug smaller for the Equinox? Does that mean they are making room for something above it and below the Traverse?

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    Re: Next Equinox Blocking Chevy Trax From U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by jbartley View Post
    How mug smaller for the Equinox? Does that mean they are making room for something above it and below the Traverse?
    I expect traverse to shrink as well. Lambda as a standalone platform is dead.
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    Re: Next Equinox Blocking Chevy Trax From U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by jbartley View Post
    How mug smaller for the Equinox? Does that mean they are making room for something above it and below the Traverse?
    Don't be suprised if the new Trailblazer fills the gap. It has a third row.

    Still think the Trax will end up here as GM will see the need for a Vibe/ HHR replacement.
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    Re: Next Equinox Blocking Chevy Trax From U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by nsap View Post
    I expect traverse to shrink as well. Lambda as a standalone platform is dead.
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    Re: Next Equinox Blocking Chevy Trax From U.S.

    The new Nox will arrive in 2015 as a 2016 model. Sorry guys, forgot to put that in the piece originally. I'm on a plane to Detroit right now, trying to be productive.

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    Re: Next Equinox Blocking Chevy Trax From U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by krusshall View Post
    Chevrolet needs a true minivan. Is there any movement in that direction?
    I have no indication that one is under consideration. GM is hell bent on consolidating to a global lineup, like Ford is, so I don't see it happening.
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    Re: Next Equinox Blocking Chevy Trax From U.S.

    From the Chevrolet Canada site:
    http://compare.autodata.gm.ca/compar...nox%2Foverview

    It would be interesting to see what an Equinox/Orlando love child would look like.
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    Re: Next Equinox Blocking Chevy Trax From U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by nsap View Post
    I have no indication that one is under consideration. GM is hell bent on consolidating to a global lineup, like Ford is, so I don't see it happening.
    Then they should definitely not shrink the size of the Traverse.
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    I hope this means the return of the TrailBlazer!!!
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