Chevrolet Expected to Add Another Crossover SUV in 2017
If you’ve driven anywhere lately, one trend will have been instantly obvious–today’s carbuyers love crossover SUVs. The vehicles continue to sell in record numbers and new models sprout up faster than in any other segment. According to new reports, the latest entry may come from Chevrolet. Automotive News reports that General Motors has planned a new Chevrolet crossover for 2017, which will add a fourth model to the Trax, Equinox, and Traverse crossover lineup. The new, unnamed model is expected to fill the space between the compact two-row Equinox and the full-size Traverse. Its addition will also reportedly signal smaller proportions for the next-generation Equinox. RELATED: Take a Closer Look at the Pint-Sized 2015 Chevrolet Trax
If the move occurs, it follows a growing industry trend of maximizing model offerings in each niche of the popular crossover segments. Recent crossover additions, which include GM's Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax, prove that there’s room for growth in the subcompact crossover segment. This new move would suggest there’s increasing appetite for downsized three-row crossovers as well, as this vehicle would likely compete against the popular Toyota Highlander and all-new Honda Pilot.
According to the report, sources familiar with the vehicle noted it to be a short-wheelbase version of the revamped 2017 Chevrolet Traverse, which will also forms the basis of the Cadillac SRX’s successor and a next-generation GMC Acadia.
As the crossover market continues to move upward, this additional and strategically sized crossover should find a key audience, however if the crossover bubble begins to burst, these in-betweeners may be the first to suffer.
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