Based on GM's Theta platform, the current-generation Chevy Equinox is probably too bulky to meet tougher upcoming fuel economy regulations, so General Motors plans to downsize its best-selling SUV in its next generation.
The new Equinox will be built on the Delta platform, currently used in the 2012 Buick Verano and 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. Due to the much lighter platform, the new crossover can drop from 300 to 400 lbs compared to the current Equinox.
The current model is about 188 inches long and weights 4,000 pounds with AWD and about 4,200 pounds with the V6 engine. While the Equinox is usually reckoned among the likes of the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, it's actually a lot more heavier and larger on the outside than the aforesaid vehicles. In fact, the Equinox has more in common with the Kia Sorento and Toyota Highlander.
The more compact Chevrolet Equinox is due out around 2016. The vehicle, however, is unlikely to decrease in size too much as GM is reportedly working on a new lineup of sub-compact crossovers, including the rumored Buick Encore.