Well given that crossovers are selling like hotcakes right now, this news isn’t all that surprising. Chevrolet is planning to add a new crossover into its mix, one that would fall between the compact Equinox and below the full-size Traverse, according to Automotive News.
The as of yet un-named three-row Chevy model will be inserted in the middle of the lineup, as a grande plus. And according to Automotive News it will require GM to make some adjustments.
Step one would be to downsize the popular Equinox, pictured above. It will shrink a bit when the next generation appears in early 2017, shifting to the same global compact platform that will underpin the redesigned Chevy Cruze and Opel Astra cars, due out early next year. That creates more room for the new three-row crossover to slide in between the Equinox and the Traverse, which will also get a redesign in mid-2017. The new vehicle will be a short-wheelbase version of the Traverse, according to reports.
The new vehicle would of course give Chevy more room to compete against the growing number of rivals who are offering every size of crossover imaginable. The new model is expected to compete with the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano which are currently slightly larger and more upscale than the Equinox. Meanwhile, the new crossovers three-seating will help it compete against the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Nissan Pathfinder, but with better fuel economy than the current Traverse.
Chevy isn’t the only GM brand that will see a shift in crossover sizing. The next GMC Acadia is expected to shrink a bit as well to better compete with three-row midsize crossovers like the aforementioned Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander, and Ford Explorer. The Equinox’s twin, the GMC Terrain, will also scale down as it migrates to the Cruze platform. The Cadillac SRX’s replacement, set to be called XT5, will grow a bit when it debuts early next year, likely to better compete with the Lexus RX.
Chevy’s new midsize crossover is tentatively scheduled to hit the market in the second half of 2017.