Is this a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, a Kia-something or perhaps – something else? Initially, we had no idea what this crossover actually was. The camouflage was well done. Brian, our tech editor (he was shooting the videos as I drove) and I argued about its origin. I felt that the wheels and side profile reminded me of a Nissan product (possibly the Renault/Dacia Duster, which may become a Nissan product for North America) or an update for the Hyundai Santa Fe. The moment Brian saw the front end, he proclaimed it was a Kia.
We have seen several examples of Kia and Nissan crossovers testing at high elevation in the recent past.
It’s not a question of who’s wrong or who’s right. We want to know what this puppy is regardless. Then Roman Mica, “head honcho,” shut us both down with the news that it is (most likely) a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. If that’s the case, this is an all-new vehicle that’s based on GM’s D2XX platform that’s used by the new Chevrolet Cruze. From what we know, this 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will be slightly smaller and a good deal lighter than the precious model.
Take a look at the video above and tell us what you think.
On a side note: whether or not this is a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, I was intrigued by an interesting component on the back. If you look carefully, you’ll see a tow hitch. That means that GM was pushing this little crossover quite a bit. This is a good thing as it’s bound to pull over 1,000 lbs.