By on July 20, 2015

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Chevrolet will slot a new mid-sized crossover between the Equinox and Traverse in coming years, Automotive News is reporting.

Three sources within General Motors confirmed the new Chevrolet crossover would be dervied from Cadillac’s upcoming XT5, which is replacing the SRX next spring. The upcoming Chevy model’s architecture would be a shortened version of the Traverse, which is built on the Lambda platform. According to the story, GM will move the Equinox to the smaller D2XX platform — shared with the Chevy Cruze, Orlando, Volt, GMC Terrain and Opel Astra — by 2017 to make room for the three-row crossover.

The new, unnamed crossover will target the Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander and could be powered by a 2-liter turbo four, a 3.6-liter V6 or perhaps a hybrid power plant.

The report also details Chevrolet’s position to directly compete with Ford’s Escape-Edge-Explorer trio for crossover sales. The Edge isn’t a three-row crossover in the U.S. (it’s offered in three row, long-wheelbase configuration in China), but Chevrolet’s unnamed crossover would sport a third row of seats.

GMC would use the new mid-size crossover as their Acadia, as sales of that full-size crossover have dwindled in recent years. The Cadillac XT5 will go on sale next spring. There’s no mention of a Buick crossover to sit between the D2XX-based Envision and full-size Enclave, assuming the latter stays full-size along with the Traverse.

The story also said Cadillac won’t use the longer Traverse as a platform for a full-size crossover it’s working on.

Or, this could be an elaborate test to see if the market will bear yet another crossover.

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23 Comments on “Report: Chevrolet Prepping for New Mid-size Three-row Crossover...”


  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Sense, this makes none.

    Why not just make the next generation Equinox a little longer and add an optional 3rd row?

    Is there really room in the lineup for that many freaking crossovers?

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Foolish, indeed.

    • 0 avatar

      Yes, yes there is.

      I really don’t see why automakers try to cram three rows into what are decidedly two-row vehicles—in my mind, nothing smaller than an Explorer, Highlander, or indeed the Acadia, should have three rows—but the rest of it makes sense. Currently the Equinox is sized so that it does battle against both the compact Escape and the mid-sized Edge. GM wants to make the Equinox into a more mainstream compact crossover, hopefully a *more-competitive* one, and then have something a little bigger to compete with the Edge.

      Thing is, the small-mid-sized crossover (which generally is a dedicated five-seater) is dying off, because compact crossovers are so good. The Edge and the Murano have adapted by becoming premium, borderline entry-luxury products, the Santa Fe adapted by offering a comparably low price, and the Venza was axed. Chevrolet needs to make its small-mid-sized crossover stand out in some way, or it will be a failure. I’d prefer that Chevrolet go the Edge/Murano route and come up with something rather premium, leaving room for the similarly-sized XT5 to be a *real* luxury crossover.

      I wonder if GM intends the same for the Terrain, or if it’ll go its own way and separate from its Equinox twin. All I know is that both the Equinox and Terrain are overpriced, are underpowered with the 4-cylinder, have cheap interior materials, and need to be redesigned *soon*.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        You’re right – Highlander/Santa Fe (non-sport)/Traverse are about as small as you can be and reasonably have a 3rd row.

        Although back when station wagons still roamed the earth in great numbers you could stroll down to your Oldsmobile Dealer (as an example) and find a Cutlass Ciera SW with third row, a Cutlass Cruiser with third row, and a Custom Cruiser with third row. I know which third row I’d rather spend time in if I had to.

        • 0 avatar
          bd2

          Actually, the Sorento which is smaller than the Santa Fe still has a decent sized 3rd row w/o being too large.

          Really don’t see how giving consumers more options is a problem.

          Not everyone wants a 3-row CUV as large as the Traverse.

          And it’s been known for some time that Cadillac has been looking to base its full-size CUV on the Omega platform.

          • 0 avatar
            krhodes1

            A friend has a loaded new Sorento Limited with every bell and whistle known to man. The third row MIGHT, MIGHT hold a pair of short for their age 10yos. All but useless, IMHO. And since you can’t remove them, the seats take up a ton of cargo space. And of course, the useless third row is mandatory on the Limited, even though it is optional on lesser trims. Stupid.

            But whatever, yet another crossover will probably sell.

      • 0 avatar
        Eyeflyistheeye

        Kyree, the comforting thing is that as long as GM does something no matter if it works or not, you’ll fanboy over it like it’s the second coming.

        I particularly like how Kyree managed to write 6+ paragraphs on the Road and Track Facebook page chastising GM and Ford fans for making fun of each other over recalls. Lighten the hell up, dude, cars are supposed to be fun and you’re not impressing anyone by being a precocious know-it-all.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    This will be “the Cadillac of midsized Chevy crossovers.”

    Truly.

    Nope. No rebadge jobs for GM anymore…

    …will this have the 2.0T and 3.6 liter V6 motors that Cadillac also uses throughout its lineup?

    • 0 avatar
      tuffjuff

      My favorite part is how GM can’t even make the “refreshed” (the use of that word is insulting to describe the upcoming “new” Equinox) Equinox competitive, yet they feel the need to make an entirely different vehicle.

      My 2013 Equinox LT isn’t terrible, and was pretty nice when it came out in 2009. In 2015 and beyond, the interior is laughable and the Chevy Malibu taillights look moronic. Also, you’ll be able to pay $30-33k+ and not even have the option of proximity entry, a feature you can find in all manner of sub $20k Kias, Hyundais, Fords and even other Chevys.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      Just think – the most expensive sedan Cadillac makes will share an engine with this small Chevrolet appliance. Isn’t that nice?

  • avatar
    johnhowington

    I woke up this morning really hankering for brand spankin new mid size chevy CUV.

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    Do the headlights have to look so busy? Is the blower resistor in there?’ And that dang corporate grill. Yikers.’

    I know it’s a current model, but fleet customers must not care. That’s really the only thing GM cares about anyway. Fleet customers don’t complain for Sh!t. They ignore recalls and smaller issues the warranty would cover.

    Fleet customers is really what GM stayed in business for.
    .

    • 0 avatar
      KalapanaBlack

      Haha. Remember the olden days (12 mo ago) when Chevy offered the Captiva Sport (Vue w/ electric parking brake) to fleets because Equinox demand was supposedly outstripping supply and as a way to protect residuals?

      Now, no Captiva and an Equinox that’s 1.5 generations behind.

  • avatar
    Speed3

    GM obviously sees the writing on the wall as more consumers move to crossovers. Why WOULDN’T Chevy have two different sized crossovers per chassis? (D2XX – Trax, Equinox; E2XX/Chi – New midsize Chevy; Traverse). Everybody else is doing it.

    What we don’t need are 4 GMC, Buick, versions. What we should get are 4 different sized Cadillac crossovers – thats much less that what the Germans are doing – Expect BMW start making X1.5 X2.5, etc as they run out of numbers as they continue to churn out more and more crossovers of all sizes.

    So far It looks like Buick will get 3 out of 4 (Encore, Envision, Enclave), and GMC 2 out of 4 (Terrain, Acadia).

    I have no problem with GM being the Oprah of crossovers (Everybody gets a crossover! You get a crossover, you get a crossover)

  • avatar
    RideHeight

    This does seem like unnecessary segment splitting. Between Trax, Equinox and Traverse Chevy is doing a competent job of keeping up with competitors’ sales for each.

  • avatar
    Opus

    I’m confused. I thought the Equinox and the Terrain were twins (same platform). According to the 2nd paragraph above, the Equinox is currently on a larger platform than its GMC cousin.

    • 0 avatar
      RideHeight

      According to both Wikki and my eyeballs (scads of both vehicles around here) the Equinox and Terrain are both on the Theta platform.

      I think what the 2nd para means is that the Terrain will also be on a smaller platform *in the future*, along with the Equinox.

  • avatar
    wmba

    The new 3.6 V6, which is a complete redesign of the old engine and gains a huge 70cc displacement increase so as to be still rounded off as a 3.6 hasn’t hit the market in any numbers yet.

    As Deadweight says, the 3.6 and its twin turbo derivative were announced as Cadillac engines just 3 months or so ago. Already this V6 has been announced for the Camaro, which itself is the no-roof version of the ATS, and no doubt will power every plebeian GM product in the future. Cadillac exclusivity indeed.

    I wonder what de Nyschen is doing in Soho these days trying to fan the fire of Cadillac’s renaissance.

    GM itself just want to offer another anonymous CUV that may or may not have three rows that are actually useful, for no apparent reason other than there is a new spare Caddy chassis available just waiting to feature a cheap plastic interior that can be sold as a Chev. And the angels danced in anticipation.

  • avatar
    GeneralMalaise

    Embrace the suck, GM.

  • avatar
    RideHeight

    Lets see, Captain… sensors indicate:

    Chevy establishes quiet competence with their CUVs, sells them across the board in near-Toyota numbers (where Toyota is even present), has no egregious fumbles in this critical money-making segment, receives contempt and disdain from the local inhabitants.

    Yep, that’s Carguyana down there, sir.


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