CHICAGO -- The last time Chevrolet redesigned the Equinox, it was a middling nameplate in a promising niche of the market.
Eight years later, the Equinox is one of General Motors' most critical and highest-volume vehicles, outselling everything in the lineup but the Chevy Silverado. And compact crossovers are on pace to be the industry's biggest segment this year for the first time ever, displacing long-dominant family sedans.
Chevy is mobilizing to take greater advantage of that shift by unveiling a third generation of the Equinox to complement a faster-than-usual freshening of its smaller sibling, the Trax. The 2018 Equinox drops 400 pounds, gains some much-needed interior space and gets a trio of more efficient, turbocharged engines, including a segment-exclusive diesel option.
"There's no doubt this is where the market is going," said Steve Majoros, Chevy's marketing director for cars and crossovers.