2017 Chevy Equinox Spied for the First Time

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The redesigned 2017 Chevy Equinox has been spied testing for the first time.

Our spy photographers caught the new crossover hot weather testing in the Southwestern U.S. desert. The new Equinox will be slightly downsized compared to today’s version and will ride on the Delta architecture, shared with the new Buick Envision along with cars like the Chevy Cruze.

SEE ALSO: 2016 Chevrolet Equinox Video, First Look

Serving as the base engine will likely by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo that is also found in the 2016 Malibu. A larger 2.0-liter turbo or a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter could both serve as more powerful options. A hybrid model is a possibility for the crossover too, while the 3.6-liter V6 will probably be dropped from the lineup.

The new smaller Equinox’s footprint will be more in line with its major competition, the Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4.

The 2017 Chevy Equinox should hit the market by late 2016.

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  • Raymond Ramírez

    The 2017 Equinox should be a hybrid (like the 2016 Malibu) or an EREV like the 2016 Volt.

  • Jamisonjon

    Funny, I bet U-Haul wouldn’t be too happy about their trailer being hitched to a prototype vehicle.

  • John Zofko III

    The original equinox was smaller than current one, I have been in both, the current one is small enough, and I was happy to see the increased size, but to make them smaller again I think is a bad decision. I know this is mandated by the government, but make them so small that they are unsafe or impractical, people will just want the older models.

  • JLGolden

    Realistically, it’s something that probably doesn’t raise any concern with U-Haul. Why would it? If anything, it’s rolling advertisement for Uhaul.

  • Jamisonjon

    I just know from my dealings with them in the past, they have a ton of fine print in the rental contract about only using it with the vehicle specified in the rental contract. Then certain vehicles are forbidden, at least they were back when the Ford Explorer Firestone fiasco was going on. But yes, GM obviously has deep pockets to cover any issue if their prototype vehicle burst into flames while towing a U-haul trailer.

  • 38thes

    Nope. The first (’04 – ’09) and second (’09 – ’16) generation Equinox are almost identical in size, with just an inch or even a fraction of an inch difference here or there. Some numbers are identical, the biggest difference being the first generation had a bit more cargo volume. I’ve been in both generations and currently own one, so I knew them to be very close in size.

    The third generation Equinox being introduced in the 2017 model year will downsize to compete with the RAV4, CRV, and Escape, and early info indicates it will be of similar dimension to those models. Far from being “unsafe or impractical”, those models are some of the best selling vehicles in the North American market, so obviously they’re in demand. The model reconfiguration is not “mandated by the government”, GM simply wishes to realign their models to better compete in the very lucrative SUV/CUV/Crossover field.

    C+P from Edmunds –

    Equinox Dimensions First Generation/Second Generation

    Exterior Measurements

    WIDTH 71.4 in./72.5

    HEIGHT 69.3 in./66.3

    LENGTH 188.8 in./187.8

    GROUND CLEARANCE 8 in./6.9

    FRONT TRACK 61.6 in./62.9

    REAR TRACK 61.8 in./62.1

    WHEELBASE 112.5 in./112.5

    Interior Measurements

    FRONT HEAD ROOM 40.9 in./40.9

    FRONT HIP ROOM 51.1 in./54.6

    FRONT LEG ROOM 41.2 in./41.2

    FRONT SHOULDER ROOM 55.7 in./55.8

    REAR HIP ROOM 51.3 in./51.1

    REAR HEAD ROOM 40.1 in./39.2

    REAR LEG ROOM 40.2 in./39.9

    REAR SHOULDER ROOM 55.9 in./55.3

    CARGO VOLUME 67.1/63.7 cu. ft