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Report: Next-Gen Chevrolet Equinox To Downsize

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2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

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General Motors plans to take its best-selling crossover vehicle down a notch—in size and weight, that is, according to one report from GM Inside News.

It's a trend we might see a lot more of over the next several years, as automakers struggle to meet tougher upcoming fuel economy regulations. And in one of what we think will be many more cases, the next generation of the Equinox, due for around the 2016 model year, is due to be downsized.

The current 2011 Equinox is still based on GM's Theta platform, originally introduced with the 2002 Saturn Vue. It's nearly a mid-size vehicle, at about 188 inches long, and it's as heavy as a mid-size ute, at close to 4,000 pounds with all-wheel drive and about 4,200 pounds with the available V-6—that's hundreds of pounds more (and larger on the outside) than the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, or Hyundai Tucson. The Equinox, in fact, is more in line with the likes of the Toyota Highlander and Kia Sorento, while the Chevy Traverse is a half-step larger.

The next-gen Equinox will be built off a new version of the automaker's Global Delta platform, which will be several hundred pounds lighter than the current Delta platform. Currently, the Delta platform is used in the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and 2012 Buick Verano.

Also, according to GMI, the new Gamma platform, on which the automaker is building the upcoming 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, will also be the foundation for a smaller crossover.

What do you think: Are we at the cusp of another major downsizing trend? Will Americans be happy with a slightly smaller Equinox?

[GM Inside News]

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Comments (8)
  1. This is one of GM's top-selling cars for one reason - it's NOT a compact SUV. Stupid move, GM.
     
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  2. People tend to forget that every safety regulation that the government adds increases weight. The gov't is trying to have it both ways, but NHTSA isn't talking to the EPA.
     
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  3. Is there a possibility that the downsizing move is an attempt to make the equinox a hybrid candidate? The idea of a hybrid crossover worked fairly well for Ford's Escape, plus there isn't much competition in that category. The Equinox already has good mpg and safety stats anyway.
     
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  4. At 6' 2" tall I bought the Equinox LTZ solely based on my comfort. Every other SUV, and I tried everyone of them, including the larger and more expensive ones, does not ofter the driver and pasenger comfort of the Equinox. I suggest that the V6, all wheel drive and towing options be limited to improve vehicle,mpg, they are not really needed in most vehicles. I have this type of vehicle and consistantly get 28 mpg without trying, and I can get the 32 mpg by driving the speed limit. Thses mps are obtained using gashol mixture of 90% gas and 10% alcohal as fuel.
     
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  5. For the past month I have been researching and test driving the small to midsize SUVs (Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda CRV, Nissan CX7, Ford Edge and Chevy Equinox) and have settled on the Equinox LTZ based on a number of factors - best MPG, comfort, style, price, cargo area, and accessories. I don't know how making it smaller is going to make it better, but I'm glad I'm getting mine before they ruin it.
     
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  6. Another point of view on last year's Equinox, in a brief road test:
    http://www.greencarreports.com/blog/1037186_drive-report-26-mpg-in-2010-chevrolet-equinox-four-cylinder
     
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  7. If GM wants to use to Equinox as a "Foreign Fighter" it has no choice but to down size/reduce the weight of this vehicle.
    GM is using the CHEAPEST stamp steal out there on the market to maximize profits rather than use the newer advance lighter weight steel by the way cost more to use.
    PS Always follow the money trail as to why things are done the way they are!!!
     
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  8. Equinox has more room than most other compacyt SUVs, yet already beats them in mileage. The only way this makes any sense is if they are also downsizing the Traverse.
    And all manufacturers will have do go on a diet, using advanced techs like costly advanced light weight steel etc. that will add greatly to the price and cost of the next generation of vehilces in order to meet the new mileage standards. Get ready to pay more for less.
     
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