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    Rumorpile: Chevrolet Plans A New Crossover Between Equinox and Traverse


    • A New Chevrolet Crossover To Sit In Between the Equinox and Traverse Is Coming

    Chevrolet is hard at work on a new three-row crossover that will sit in between the Equinox and Traverse according to Automotive News. Speaking with people familiar with the matter, the new crossover will use the short-wheelbase version of the next Chevrolet Traverse's platform. To make room for this model, the Equinox will shrink down and move to a platform that underpins the Chevrolet Cruze.

     

    This move follows the footsteps of other automakers that are expanding to offer four different crossover sizes - ranging from subcompact to full-size.

     

    Now the new Chevrolet crossover will not be the only GM vehicle to use the short-wheelbase Traverse's platform. The upcoming Cadillac XT5 and next-generation GMC Acadia will use this platform as well.

     

    Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    This is a very smart move on GM's part.

     

    The Equinox is too large and inefficient right now. That combined with the fact that the Traverse is the largest three-row CUV on the market makes this a no-brainer, imo.

     

    Make the Equinox a hair smaller than it is, drop some weight, up the MPG's, and give some modern powerplants, lower the price, and it'd be a good ride. As it stands, idk why the hell so many people buy them.

     

    The only thing I'll say is I think GM is missing a share of the market by not offering a true SUV based on the Colorado's platform.

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    they'll try to downsize the Equinox and sell it for a higher price.  LOL.   The Equinox sells right now because of the size advantage.  For a lot of folks its the perfect size.  This is money grab by GM. 

     

    And a three row that is smaller than the Traverse?  Again, it sells like it does because of its size.  Maybe GM can find a sweet spot where you get something less of a barge but with the usable third row, but to me what they have now works.    We'll just have to see if they do this right.  I like Ford's setup, the Edge is quite large and the Escape is just enough.

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    Right now a Trax is $20k, an Equinox $22k, and Traverse $31k.  Downsizing the Equinox I think would make sense, it is bigger than a Rav4 or CR-V.  They could still charge $22k, but that makes the Equinox and Trax really close in rise and price then.  Then you have a 5 seat Equinox at $22k, and a 5 seat short Traverse for $27k?  They are jamming a lot in close together.

     

    I'm sure a new middle crossover will sell well, but will probably cannibalize a lot of sales out of the Equinox and Traverse.

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    Well first off GM is like most other brands committed to the FWD/RWD. RWD in large volumes would pose a problem for future CAFE and they can make them lighter in FWD based unit body. It has not hurt the Explorer any,

     

    I expect the Nox and Terrain to be smaller but priced about the same in price paid. Lets face it they do offer a $23K model but most are $27-$38 K and the GMC is now just over $40K in Denali trim. The same for the Acadia as it will move to the mid size and hold the price while the new model will be larger and more expensive. I expect the Acadia to be more Explorer sized on a shorter wheel based by just a little. I expect it to be more SUV like in looks vs Minivan like as it is now.

     

    I think we should stop calling them just smaller. The repackaging of the interiors will yield nearly the same room as my Terrain is not packaged well with lots of wasted space. Also the key will be they will be much lighter. I expect at the least 200-300 pounds based on recent weight reductions. the Nox and Terrains are pigs. I know so as I own one. I love the car but it is over 4000 pounds and just flat heavy with an older platform. The new engineering GM is using to cut weight will make a marked difference here with  no risk of losing stiffness. This will open the door to smaller but yet powerful engines and better MPG with similar performance. They are not sports cars so no need for one doing 13's in the quarter mile.

    The key will be the increased torque as it will add much to the bottom end and help in MPG. My 2.0 Turbo low end torque makes my HF V6 feel sluggish at take off.

     

    While the mid size model may take from the others it will keep the customers in house. As it is now if you want a model between the Acadia and Terrain now you have to go to Ford or else where.

     

    Same if you want a smaller model as you have to go to Ford , Honda or Nissan.

    I think the smaller Nox and Terrain will play well with the market and the mid size will give those still wanting a little larger a place to go with out having to move to the Traverse or Acadia.

     

    This is the money segment and will be moving to the future. GM has a good advantage here as what they have been making has been very popular and profitable. This should increase with options.

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    It's a large an complicated product portfolio to add new models to, but the platform sharing will definitely pay big dividends. But I don't know if its a good idea to downsize the Equinox. The only thing thats the issue is packaging. The Equinox is larger by a huge amount over others in exterior dimensions, but its total interior volume isn't substantially bigger; in some cases its even smaller than some competitors. 

     

    Though an LTG or LGX and 9 Speed AWD and an Impala level interior in terms of fit and finish could be very exciting for such a mundane yet popular class of vehicle.

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    RWD doesn't hurt gas mileage or CAFE.  Weight, aerodynamics, gearing, engine efficiency etc. Hurt or help fuel economy.  Case in point by looking at four common 6-cylinders:

     

    RWD BMW 335i gets 21/32 mpg

    FWD  Camry gets 21/21 mpg

    RWD Charger gets 19/31 mpg

    FWD Impala gets  18/28 mpg

     

    I think What GM is planning is a car and crossover off Gamma and Delta, use Epsilon for middle and full size sedan, Lambda for middle and large crossover.  So Chevy gets 8 products out of 4 platforms.

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    Should be interesting but then does that mean they kill the Trax? Does the Trax become the new SubCompact as the Nox becomes the compact?

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    Right now a Trax is $20k, an Equinox $22k, and Traverse $31k.  Downsizing the Equinox I think would make sense, it is bigger than a Rav4 or CR-V.  They could still charge $22k, but that makes the Equinox and Trax really close in rise and price then.  Then you have a 5 seat Equinox at $22k, and a 5 seat short Traverse for $27k?  They are jamming a lot in close together.

     

    I'm sure a new middle crossover will sell well, but will probably cannibalize a lot of sales out of the Equinox and Traverse.

     

     

    An Equinox is NOT 22K. A decent one is 27K. Just like only stripper Traverses are 31K. 36K is about as cheap as you can actually find them, and there's far more 40K+ ones out there.

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    Should be interesting but then does that mean they kill the Trax? Does the Trax become the new SubCompact as the Nox becomes the compact?

     

    The Trax IS sub-compact, and the Equinox IS compact.

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    I like the idea. I'm not sure if it really needs to be three rows because anyting smaller than the Traverse with a third row will be kindof crampy and lose the storage behind the rear seats. When I forst read GM is looking to add an SUV I was expecting something in the middle of the Equinox and Traverse like the Edge is for Ford. Larger, 2 row SUV. A nice middle ground before the 3 row Explorer. But GM is going the other way and a small entry 3 row to bridge the gap to the large 3 row SUV. I like the idea and I'm inrigued as to how it'll look.

     

    Could this also be the next Cadillac SUV that they need?

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    Should be interesting but then does that mean they kill the Trax? Does the Trax become the new SubCompact as the Nox becomes the compact?

     

    The Trax IS sub-compact, and the Equinox IS compact.

     

     

    Correct, the only thing muddying up the sizing is that the Equinox is tweener sized. It competes with the CR-V and Escape, but physically is a half-step bigger, that's just the nature of the platform it's built on. That will soon be rectified.

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    Should be interesting but then does that mean they kill the Trax? Does the Trax become the new SubCompact as the Nox becomes the compact?

     

    The Trax IS sub-compact, and the Equinox IS compact.

     

     

    Correct, the only thing muddying up the sizing is that the Equinox is tweener sized. It competes with the CR-V and Escape, but physically is a half-step bigger, that's just the nature of the platform it's built on. That will soon be rectified.

     

    So this new one will also be a tweener most likely? just on the smaler side..

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    Should be interesting but then does that mean they kill the Trax? Does the Trax become the new SubCompact as the Nox becomes the compact?

     

    The Trax IS sub-compact, and the Equinox IS compact.

     

     

    Correct, the only thing muddying up the sizing is that the Equinox is tweener sized. It competes with the CR-V and Escape, but physically is a half-step bigger, that's just the nature of the platform it's built on. That will soon be rectified.

     

    So this new one will also be a tweener most likely? just on the smaler side..

     

     

    No, the new Equinox will be on a compact platform based on the Cruze, it will be sized directly in line with the class. The new crossover will be midsize like the Edge.

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    Correct, the only thing muddying up the sizing is that the Equinox is tweener sized. It competes with the CR-V and Escape, but physically is a half-step bigger, that's just the nature of the platform it's built on. That will soon be rectified.

     

    So this new one will also be a tweener most likely? just on the smaler side..

     

     

    No, the new Equinox will be on a compact platform based on the Cruze, it will be sized directly in line with the class. The new crossover will be midsize like the Edge.

     

    Okay, so what I was originally thinking then. But they will squeeze a third row in there? Or we not really have any information on it and it might just be an option?  

     

    Ps. I love how you can edit out other quotes to keep things cleaner and highlight things to show what you're actually responding to. Okay that was a random thought. I may have to re post this piece. lol

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    I really so not see where anyone can be unhappy here. They will offer two models that are smaller and will compete head to head in the smaller segments and the two others will compete and fill the gaps for those who want larger and more seats. GM has all the bases covered.

     

    Generally the small vehicles even with two rows are enough. We have never had more than 5 in our Terrain and it is rare you need to carry more than that. If you do generally you own a Tahoe or Traverse.

     

    This third row thing is way over blown. It's like the city busses here. All seats and no passengers.

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    Wife wouldn't live without the 3rd row, why we have the minivan now, an even bigger 3rd row after the Taurus X..  My logic, the van will get the same or better mpg than some of these smaller crossovers, and it does (albeit without AWD).  We use the third row a lot.  The largeness of it means you can put adults back there too.

     

    I think the Equinox sliding second row is the bomb.  You can haz leg room or return it to the trunk.  You really can use it as a family rig.

     

    You'll see my reader review on the latest Crv in that forum.  My fear is the Equinox is to become that.  A cracker can / POS.  Not that the CRv isn't roomy, it just doesn't feel substantial like the Equinox twins.  

     

    But this new model under the Traverse will probably be a three row Equinox.  Remember the Suzuki XL7?  that was a stretched first gen Equinox (I sold a few of them used).  The third row was optional.  Packaging wise it was not too bad, and it certainly was not as gargantuan as the Traverse.

     

    My Aztek was a Rendezvoux cousin, and the RDV had a third row option.  The packing of those two vehicles were pretty good.

     

    I hope what GM doesn't do here is make a TRIBECA sized 3 row vehicle.........

     

    Trax is a nice size just needs more width / girth.........

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    I like the idea. I'm not sure if it really needs to be three rows because anyting smaller than the Traverse with a third row will be kindof crampy and lose the storage behind the rear seats. When I forst read GM is looking to add an SUV I was expecting something in the middle of the Equinox and Traverse like the Edge is for Ford. Larger, 2 row SUV. A nice middle ground before the 3 row Explorer. But GM is going the other way and a small entry 3 row to bridge the gap to the large 3 row SUV. I like the idea and I'm inrigued as to how it'll look.

     

    Could this also be the next Cadillac SUV that they need?

    If it is, will it come with a disclamer that if your over 5'8" tall you will not fit? I cannot see a sub-compact or Compact that tall people can fit into that has 3 rows.

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    Equinox will become Cruze based, share the 1.5 liter turbo as the base, maybe the Malibu's 2.0 turbo optional.  This could be 180 inches long, in line with an Escape and CR-V.

     

    I smell a Trailblazer return for a real mid-size (around 191 inches long) 5-seat crossover.

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    I like the idea. I'm not sure if it really needs to be three rows because anyting smaller than the Traverse with a third row will be kindof crampy and lose the storage behind the rear seats. When I forst read GM is looking to add an SUV I was expecting something in the middle of the Equinox and Traverse like the Edge is for Ford. Larger, 2 row SUV. A nice middle ground before the 3 row Explorer. But GM is going the other way and a small entry 3 row to bridge the gap to the large 3 row SUV. I like the idea and I'm inrigued as to how it'll look.

     

    Could this also be the next Cadillac SUV that they need?

    If it is, will it come with a disclamer that if your over 5'8" tall you will not fit? I cannot see a sub-compact or Compact that tall people can fit into that has 3 rows.
    Well in all fairness there aren't many 3rd rows that fit people over 5'8" anyway. But this could still really benefit a young family where they might squeeze extra kids for a few years yet.
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    Trailblazer name, nice idea.......

     

    the third row thing, is dependent on price, the judgment of it.

     

    The mitsubishi outlander has one and you can buy those for less than 20 grand new.  You are not going to expect it to fit everyone.  A chevy traverse is often north of 40k and at those prices, you damn well better get a third row that fits adults with plenty of room to spare.  Nissan Rogue has a third row, I don't know how useful it is.

     

    I think they could keep the Equinox interior close to the same size, but only shrink the wheelbase 4 inches or so, and the over all length 8 inches or so, better engineering, no v6 and lighter weight more optimized i think they could preserve what makes it so popular.

     

    I saw my first new Pilot this evening (getting dinged up by kids in the school parking lot).  It looks to me they have a nice size for it and Honda has always been able to maximize interior space compared to exterior.  They may have a winner here again finally.  There is a rather large gap in size though between the Pilot and CRv.....

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    If you want a roomy 3rd row buy this:

    transit_retail_1_billboard.jpg

     

    Most of these crossovers never have anybody in the back seat anyway.  They probably could get a small 3rd row into a mid-size SUV, but then who needs a Traverse or Tahoe, when the mid-size SUV has 3 rows.

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    I really so not see where anyone can be unhappy here. They will offer two models that are smaller and will compete head to head in the smaller segments and the two others will compete and fill the gaps for those who want larger and more seats. GM has all the bases covered.

     

    Generally the small vehicles even with two rows are enough. We have never had more than 5 in our Terrain and it is rare you need to carry more than that. If you do generally you own a Tahoe or Traverse.

     

    This third row thing is way over blown. It's like the city busses here. All seats and no passengers.

     

     

    Makes me laugh because it's kinda true....reminds of our friends with the mazda 5....

     

    Kinda feel if you really need that 3rd row, you might need a bigger car....

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    Traverse sells in volume already.  Tahoe and Suburban sell for ridiculous prices.

     

    They don't need to push the Traverse up the ladder of pricing just to justify its size.

    Maybe Chevy needs a minivan too or a Flex like competitor to fill out the lineup.

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      Seating capacity: 2 / 3
      Headroom (in / mm):
      Front - 40.0/1015 (w/o SR), 38.2/970 (w/ Sunroof)
      Rear - 38.5/977 (w/o SR), 36.9/936 (w/ Sunroof)
      Legroom (in / mm):
      40.9 / 1040 (front)
      39.7 / 1008 (rear)
      Shoulder room (in / mm):
      57.2 / 1452 (front)
      55.5 / 1410 (rear)
      Hip room (in / mm):
      54.2 / 1377 (front)
      51.7 / 1314 (rear)
      Weights & Capacities

      Base curb weight (lb / kg): 3327 / 1509 (1.5L w/ FWD)
      Fuel capacity (gal / L):
      14.7 / 55 (FWD)
      TBD (AWD)
      15.5 / 58 (1.6L diesel)
      Max cargo room (cu ft / L):
      29.9 / 846 (behind rear seat)
      63.5 / 1798 (rear seat folded)
      Max trailering (lb / kg):
      3500 / 1585 (2.0L turbo)
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    • By William Maley
      Previous Page Next Page We weren't expecting this, but Chevrolet has revealed the all-new 2018 Equinox tonight in Chicago. 
      The exterior borrows heavily from the Cruze and Malibu designs. Up front is a revised grille (similar to the one seen on the Cruze) with new headlights and LED daytime running lights. Around the side is a character line that swoops down and 'Equinox' name on the front doors. The back features a restyled tailgate, blacked-out pillars to give the impression of wrap-around glass, and horizontal taillights. The interior matches up with newer Chevrolet models with a floating screen (either seven or eight-inches) and either cloth or leather covering bits of the dash. One key item Chevrolet is quick to point is the dashboard is lower to provide better visibility.
      There will be three turbocharged four-cylinders on offer; a 1.5L, 2.0L, and a 1.6L diesel. The 2.0L turbo will come paired with GM's new nine-speed automatic. We're guessing the 1.5 and 1.6 will get a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive will come standard and an all-wheel drive system with a disconnecting rear axle when not in use will be optional. One item we're glad to see is Chevrolet dropping 400 pounds out of the Equinox.
      On the safety front, the Equinox will feature the options of surround-view camera system, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert. Two new features will be Teen Driver (can set limits on speed and volume for your young driver) and Rear Seat Reminder (reminds you to check the back seat to prevent kids from overheating on a hot day).
      No word on pricing, but Chevrolet says the 2018 Equinox will arrive at dealers in the first quarter of 2017.
      Source: Chevrolet
      Press Release is on Page 2
      CHEVROLET INTRODUCES ALL-NEW 2018 EQUINOX
      The perfect balance of design and technology DETROIT — Call it the right balance. On the autumnal equinox today, Chevrolet introduced the all-new 2018 Equinox, a fresh and modern SUV sized and designed to meet the needs of the compact SUV customer.
      “We’ve got the strongest truck business in the industry and we’ve reinvigorated our car lineup with Volt, Cruze and Malibu,” said Alan Batey, Global Chevrolet president. “We’re applying the same customer focus to grow our crossover/SUV business — starting with the Chevrolet Equinox.”
      Today’s compact SUV customers want a vehicle that meets all of their needs, from design, connectivity and safety perspectives. The Equinox delivers on all fronts, starting with its fresh new design and all-new propulsion systems.
      Fresh, new design
      The new Equinox’s expressive exterior has a lean, muscular skin echoing the global Chevrolet design cues and sculpted shapes seen in the Volt, Malibu and Cruze. Extensive aero development in the wind tunnel influenced the sleek shape.
      It is a richer, more detailed design featuring chrome trim on all models and Malibu-inspired styling. Projector-beam headlamps are standard, along with LED daytime running lamps. At the rear, horizontal taillamps emphasize the Equinox’s wide stance, while uplevel models feature LED taillamps. 
      “Customers who previewed the vehicle early on had a strong emotional response to the sleek and sophisticated exterior design,” said John Cafaro, executive director, GM Design. “Those same themes are carried through to the interior, making the space beautifully intuitive.”
      The interior takes advantage of the Equinox’s all-new architecture to offer a down-and-away instrument panel, while a low windshield base provides a commanding outward view. New elements such as available denim-style seat fabric blend high style with high durability, while a new “kneeling” rear seat enhances functionality. With it, the bottom cushions tilt forward when the split-folding seatbacks are lowered, allowing a flat floor for easier loading.
      Connectivity
      The 2018 Equinox offers purposeful technology that helps keep passengers safe, comfortable and connected.
      Chevrolet’s latest connectivity technologies are front and center, including 7- and 8-inch-diagonal MyLink infotainment systems designed to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is subject to their terms, privacy statements and data plan rates, as well as a compatible smartphone.)
      Safety
      The Equinox offers a comprehensive suite of available active safety technologies and adaptive crash-avoidance features that provide ease of use and peace of mind on the road.
      Teen Driver is also offered, allowing parents to set controls and review an in-vehicle report card in order to encourage safer driving habits, even when they are not in the vehicle.  
      Available advanced active safety features to enhance driver awareness on the road include radar- and camera-based adaptive technologies that can provide alerts to potential crash threats, allowing the driver to react and make changes to avoid them, including:
      New Safety Alert Seat New Surround Vision New Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator New Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking New Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning New Rear Seat Reminder Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert  Rear Cross Traffic Alert Turbocharged engines and more 
      A range of three turbocharged engines — including the compact SUV segment’s first turbo-diesel in North America — provides customers more choices when it comes to performance, efficiency and capability in the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.
      They include a 1.5L turbo, a 2.0L turbo — matched with GM’s new nine-speed automatic transmission — and a 1.6L turbo-diesel.
      “With three choices, customers can select an engine that offers more of the attributes that are important to them: efficiency, performance and capability,” said Dan Nicholson, vice president, Global Propulsion Systems. “The advantage for each is the power of a larger engine and the efficiency of a smaller engine.”
      The new Equinox is the first Chevrolet model in North America to use an all-turbocharged, multi-engine powertrain lineup. That includes the expected segment-exclusive 1.6L turbo-diesel that will offer customers excellent efficiency and capability.
      “It is an all-new SUV from the ground up and one that takes on the industry’s biggest competitors with a stronger architecture, greater efficiency and more technology,” said Rick Spina, executive chief engineer. “And it looks great doing it.”
      Additional vehicle highlights:
      Approximately 400 pounds (180 kg) lighter than the current model — a 10 percent weight reduction Switchable AWD system that enhances efficiency by disconnecting from the rear axle when not needed  Unique kneeling rear seat that enables a flat rear load floor and up to 63.5 cubic feet (1,798 liters) of maximum cargo space Equinox sales have reached more than 2 million since its launch and it is Chevrolet’s second-best retail selling vehicle, after the Silverado.
      The 2018 Equinox goes on sale in the first quarter of 2017 in North America. It rolls out to approximately 115 additional global markets later in the year.
      2018 CHEVROLET EQUINOX PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS 
      (NORTH AMERICA)
      Overview

      Models: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox
      Body style / driveline:
      five-passenger, four-door SUV, front-engine, front- or all-wheel drive
      EPA vehicle class:
      compact SUV
      Powertrains

      Engine / Type: 1.5L turbo DOHC DI
      2.0L turbo DOHC DI
      1.6L turbo-diesel
      Block material:
      cast aluminum
      cast aluminum
      cast aluminum
      Cylinder head material:
      cast aluminum
      cast aluminum
      cast aluminum
      Fuel delivery:
      direct injection
      direct injection
      direct injection
      Horsepower (hp / kW):
      170 / 127 (GM-estimated)
      252 / 188 (GM-estimated)
      136 / 101 (GM-estimated)
      Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm):
      203 / 275 (GM-estimated)
      260 / 353 (GM-estimated)
      236 / 320 (GM-estimated)
      GM-est. fuel economy:
      31 hwy
      28 hwy
      40 hwy
      Transmission:
      Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic
      Hydra-Matic 9T50 nine-speed automatic
      Hydra-Matic 6T45 six-speed automatic
      Chassis / Suspension

      Suspension (front): MacPherson strut with side-loaded modules, specifically tuned coil springs, direct-acting stabilizer bar
      Suspension (rear): 
      4 Link Independent Rear Suspension
      Steering type:
      Dual Rack and Pinion Electric Power Steering
      Turning circle (ft / m):
      37.4 / 11.4 (17-inch wheels)
      Brakes & Wheels

      Brake type: four-wheel disc with ABS and ESC; Duralife rotors and low-drag calipers (US)
      Wheel size and type:
      17-, 18- and 19-inch aluminum
      Exterior Dimensions

      Wheelbase (in / mm): 107.3 / 2725
      Overall length (in / mm):
      183.1 / 4652
      Overall width (in / mm):
      72.6 / 1843
      Overall height (in / mm):
      65.4 / 1661
      Track (in / mm):
      front: 62.2 / 1580
      rear: 62.2 / 1581
      Interior Dimensions

      Seating capacity: 2 / 3
      Headroom (in / mm):
      Front - 40.0/1015 (w/o SR), 38.2/970 (w/ Sunroof)
      Rear - 38.5/977 (w/o SR), 36.9/936 (w/ Sunroof)
      Legroom (in / mm):
      40.9 / 1040 (front)
      39.7 / 1008 (rear)
      Shoulder room (in / mm):
      57.2 / 1452 (front)
      55.5 / 1410 (rear)
      Hip room (in / mm):
      54.2 / 1377 (front)
      51.7 / 1314 (rear)
      Weights & Capacities

      Base curb weight (lb / kg): 3327 / 1509 (1.5L w/ FWD)
      Fuel capacity (gal / L):
      14.7 / 55 (FWD)
      TBD (AWD)
      15.5 / 58 (1.6L diesel)
      Max cargo room (cu ft / L):
      29.9 / 846 (behind rear seat)
      63.5 / 1798 (rear seat folded)
      Max trailering (lb / kg):
      3500 / 1585 (2.0L turbo)
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