Three people close to General Motors are indicating Chevrolet has plans to add a new crossover between the Equinox and Traverse.
Right now there's not much space between the two, but Chevrolet plans to downsize the Equinox when the next generation will be out at the beginning of 2017. The all-new Equinox will ride on the same global compact platform as the next-gen Chevrolet Cruze and Opel Astra, so it will be significantly different than the current model which is getting a nip & tuck for the 2016MY.
Sources close to the matter say the new crossover will actually be a short wheelbase derivative of the Traverse which is bound to get a new generation by mid-2017. The name of the new model is not known at this moment, but the report says it will have a three-row seating layout and is tentatively programmed to go on sale in the second half of 2017.
This short wheelbase Traverse will also serve as foundation for the upcoming Cadillac SRX-replacing XT5 which was spotted undisguised almost a month ago in New York and is due to go on sale in the spring of 2016. Moreover, the same platform will also underpin the all-new GMC Acadia which will be smaller than the current model and is programmed to hit dealerships mid-2016 with a three-row layout.