DETROIT -- The next-generation Chevrolet Equinox will sport a streamlined face and lower, sleeker profile, based on recent spy photos.
The shots and video, purportedly taken during hot-weather testing of the compact crossover, show a blacked-out, horizontally patterned grille with swept-back headlamps.
The front end looks to be more in line with that of the current Traverse large crossover, which replaced Chevy’s traditional dual-port grille with a wider, deeper opening that flares back to the headlamps.
The next-gen Equinox, expected for the 2017 model year, also sports a lower and leaner silhouette than that of the current version, with a narrower greenhouse, the photos show.
The Equinox was last retooled for the 2010 model year.
The ’17 Equinox is scheduled to go on sale in early 2017, sources have said. It’s expected to shrink a bit as it moves to General Motors’ new global compact platform, which underpins the Buick Envision, sold in China.
Chevrolet also plans to launch an all-new crossover that will be slotted between the Equinox and Traverse.
Equinox sales have remained strong despite the vehicle’s age relative to a slew of other popular compact crossovers, including the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V. U.S. deliveries of the Equinox have climbed 15 percent this year through July.