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 |  Mar 28 2011, 7:16 AM

Following an increasingly popular trend, Chevy will look to build its next-generation Equinox compact crossover on a global platform. Set to be based on the next-gen Chevy Cruze architecture, the Equinox is slated to be smaller and lighter than the current model.

Along with more efficient engines, automakers are working to reduce weight from vehicles and this new Equinox could drop as many as 300 to 400 lbs over the current model.

The global platform will also help GM save money, with this new vehicle designed to replace the current Equinox in North America, as well as the Chevrolet Captiva overseas.

Don’t expect the vehicle to shrink too much, however, with GM already planning a new lineup of sub-compact crossovers, including the rumored Buick Encore.

[Source: GMI]