2016 Chevrolet Equinox Set for Mild Tweaks

SAN DIEGO — The popular Chevrolet Equinox, part of a growing segment of "plus-size" crossovers, will receive a mild freshening for the 2016 model year, Edmunds has learned.

The changes are designed to make the Equinox more competitive against a growing list of rivals, including the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4.

The updated Equinox is expected to arrive in Chevrolet showrooms sometime next year.

The crossover's exterior and interior have been untouched since the current-generation Equinox debuted for the 2010 model year.

Chevrolet Car and Crossover Marketing Manager Steve Majoros told Edmunds the 2016 Equinox will be unveiled "within a couple of months. It is an important product for us."

He did not reveal the changes that are planned for the crossover.

However, other Chevrolet sources who did not want to be identified, said the Equinox will get several tweaks. The most notable exterior change will be a deeper, wider grille with horizontal chrome inserts, adopting styling cues seen on the grilles of the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze and Chevrolet Traverse.

The Equinox's front fascia will be restyled and the interior will get an update, possibly with new seating materials. A full redesign is slated for 2017, at the earliest, sources said.

The Equinox is one of Chevrolet's success stories. Chevrolet sold a little over 238,000 Equinox models last year. Through November, Chevrolet sold nearly 221,000 Equinoxes.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers in this ultra-crowded segment should be aware that some modest changes are on tap for the 2016 Equinox.

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