If the rumors are right, General Motors is about to significantly shake up the crossover segments with the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain. According to a story that recently broke on GMInsideNews.com, the two very successful vehicles will soon be available with GM’s eAssist “light electrification” system—and much higher fuel-economy ratings.
Coincidentally, the timing of this news couldn’t be better for the General as there is a surprising lack of green technology available for crossover shoppers. Things actually had taken a turn for the worse a few days ago, too, as it became clear that the Blue Oval would not produce a hybrid version of the all-new Ford Escape. That would have created a rather startling scenario in which no automaker would have been offering a mainstream hybrid crossover for the foreseeable future.
Yes, the Toyota RAV4 will have an electric variant in the near-term future, and that automaker also is trying to position the Toyota Prius v as a crossover alternative. Ford is doing something similar with the coming Ford C-MAX, but the limited range of the former and the softer, “multi activity vehicle” styling of the latter two will greatly minimize their appeal to traditional crossover buyers. Meanwhile, GM will be showcasing two vehicles that are already hot sellers and could soon be boasting better EPA lines than the Honda Fit.