Chevy Reshapes 2018 Equinox To Take On RAV4, CR-V And Escape

One of GM’s bestselling vehicles in America, the Chevrolet Equinox, is getting a long-overdue successor in early 2017.

The Chevy SUV will shrink in size for a better fitment in the bow tie brand’s range as well as to compete more directly against popular compact models like Honda’s CR-V, instead of floating in-between categories.

It’s part of a broader crossover re-sizing strategy from General Motors that will result in creating some space between the compact Equinox and the next full-size 8-seater Traverse to squeeze in a new mid-size model.

Similar actions are being taken across GM brands, with the new GMC Acadia shrinking in size and becoming a 5-7 seater mid-size crossover to compete with the likes of Nissan’s Pathfinder, while the Equinox’s GMC twin, will also scale down.

Spied here in Colorado by our reader-extraordinaire Brett Borgard, the heavily disguised 2018 Chevrolet Equinox adopts a more stylish silhouette than either its predecessor or the upcoming 2018 Traverse, but shares the more upright and boxier front end design with its larger sibling, ditching Chevy’s dual-port grille for a wider opening.

Inside, while we don’t have any pictures yet, we should see a design along the lines of the newest Malibu and Cruze interiors with Chevrolet’s latest and fanciest MyLink infotainment touchscreen.

As with the Equinox’s Buick twin, the Chinese-built 2016 Envision, the Chevy crossover is built around GM’s new global compact platform that also underpins a number of other high-volume cars, including the Chevy Cruze.

Engine options could include a base 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four with 197hp, with GM’s 1.5-liter and/or 2.0-liter turbocharged fours possibly being offered at an extra charge. Unless GM surprises with the new 9-speed automatic that they’re developing with Ford at launch, the Equinox will get a 6-speed automatic and optional all-wheel drive.

Tip of the hat to Brett for the pictures!

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  • Six_Tymes

    that segment continues to heat up

  • SSS

    Wow triple spyshot.
    I see a 2018 Panamera and maybe a Kia Rio or Hyundai i30 on the back

  • Craig

    Its size is WHY it’s so popular. My mom has one and she loves it. And bought it because it was a little roomier than the CRV. Making it smaller is silly.

    • Six Thousand Times

      I think they’re alternating sizes with GMC.

    • Kash

      The new Acadia has the same wheelbase size as the current Equinox and is only a few inches bigger overall than the Equinox so if she ever wants to get a new car the Acadia should suit her just fine. The Acadia is probably why the Equinox is shrinking and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Terrain doesn’t shrink as well when it enters it’s 2nd generation.

  • Lauren

    The next-generation CR-V will increase in size maybe like the current Equinox, Not a smart move in Chevy’s part.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Borgard’s always on it. I see these things occasionally right when my phone’s out of reach!

  • Kash

    Does the one with the Y-spoke rims (pics 30-35) look bigger than the other one in the gallery to anyone else?

    • J. Hump

      Not only did I notice those ugly wheels, I noticed it looked longer than the other ones too.

      • Kash

        I wouldn’t say ugly wheels, those are the budget option. lol. probably comes with cloth seats, a power driver’s seat, and a manual passenger seat.

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