The Chevrolet Equinox is expected to undergo a full redesign for the 2016 model year, and if published reports are accurate it could be a radical one at that. The vehicle is expected to switch to the Chevrolet Cruze sedan’s platform, which would not only place it on so-called “global” architecture to help minimize worldwide development costs, it would become a slightly smaller vehicle in the process.
One benefit from this downsizing is the next-generation Traverse could be several pounds lighter than the current version, which in addition to a new engine lineup would benefit the vehicle’s fuel economy. Federal corporate average fuel economy requirements are expected to rise significantly in the coming years and models in all segments will become more efficient in the process.
Expect a redesigned Equinox to share powertains with the Cruze, which will likely be a choice of 1.4 and 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines, and perhaps even the sedan’s 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder turbodiesel engine. The Equinox’s automatic transmission could be upgraded to eight forward gears to help boost the vehicle’s fuel economy.
Styling will probably be more evolutionary than revolutionary, perhaps with a few added curves and creases here and there. An upgraded interior will likely be more sophisticated with extensive use of high-grade plastics for a richer look and feel. Expect a next-generation Equinox to again offer a full array of convenience and safety features, with additional smartphone connectivity features.