The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox is far from having its premiere or being unveiled; however, it rose a lot of dust in the last few months. The new, heavily camouflaged model has been spotted testing in the USA. Though the camouflage does not reveal much, there are some details which can be deduced from the photos and video acquired during the testing. The new 2017 Chevy Equinox should undergo a full redesign. The redesign is actually going to be so thorough that the new model will now fit perfectly into the compact crossover segment. The new 2017 Equinox is going to be smaller than its current counterpart and it is going to come with different architecture, structure and powertrain setup. However, most pieces of information we have so far are based on speculations and rumors, so the exact details of the new model should be known ahead of its debut. The new 2017 Chevrolet Equinox should be released sometime during 2016.
The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox exterior and interior design are currently unknown. Unfortunately, due to the camouflage, it is hard to say how the new model will look like. On the other side, since the new crossover is going to be fully redesigned, we expect the new design to be equally as innovative and modern as all other features.
2017 Chevrolet Equinox Structure & Basic Changes
The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox will come a bit downsized. The new model will suffer some dimension changes, so the new model could fit right into the compact crossover section. This change was probably inspired by the good sales of similar models from other brands, such as Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5. The new 2017 Equinox will, therefore, face a rather tough competition. However, it seems it will come well equipped for such battle.
According to some sources, the new 2017 Chevrolet Equinox will be underpinned by a new D2XX platform. The same platform is also used for the new Buick Envision, Chevy Cruze and 2017 GMC Terrain. The D2XX platform will reduce the model’s weigh, and it should also provide better stability, precision and agility. The new, lighter platform will also improve the model’s fuel economy.
2017 Equinox Rumored Powertrain
The exact powertrain options for the new 2017 Chevrolet Equinox are currently unknown. However, there are many rumors and speculations concerning this topic. According to them, the new 2017 crossover will probably use a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo engine as a base (borrowed from the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu), while 2.0-liter turbo and a 2.5-liter naturally aspired units should present more powerful version. The famous 3.6-liter V6 mill is, however, expected not to make the cut. In addition, the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox will probably use a six-speed or an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Premiere & Release Date
The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox premiere date is still unknown. However, most sources agree it will happen next year. Since the model will most likely be released in the late 2016, the debut could take place on one of the most prominent auto shows in the first half of the year.
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