GM working on new crossover to slot below Chevy Traverse?
General Motors is reportedly developing a new crossover to help fill a gap in its high-riding lineup.
The company currently offers three crossovers to serve the fast-growing segment, however the Equinox currently straddles the line between midsize and compact models.
To better suit each size category, GM product planners are considering shrinking the Equinox to compete against compact rivals, unnamed sources have told Automotive News. Downsizing would then open a gap for a proper midsize crossover, slightly larger than the current Equinox but smaller than the Traverse.
The new model is expected to be a short-wheelbase adaptation of the Traverse, keeping three-row seating despite its shorter build. Such an offering would likely be aimed at larger two-row crossovers, including the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano, along with relatively small three-row models such as the Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander.
The report meshes with previous speculation surrounding GM’s upcoming crossover platform, a short-wheelbase version of the Chi architecture that has been referred to by the monicker C1XX. It is expected to underpin the Cadillac SRX’ replacement, known as the XT5, along with the next-generation GMC Acadia.
The new three-row midsize crossover is said to be tentatively slated for the second half of 2017. Additional details, including a name, have not yet surfaced. In the meantime, a facelifted Equinox (pictured) is set to arrive for the 2016 model year.