Chevrolet Equinox Update: Holden Equinox To Replace Captiva? Photo:

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Mike Stevens | Feb, 12 2015 | 10 Comments

Chevrolet has tonight unveiled its updated Equinox, breathing new life into the now six year-old SUV.

This update, which sees the SUV gifted with new headlights and a grille similar to the Cruze’s recent facelift, could be the first sign of a new ‘Holden Equinox’ for Australia.

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Interestingly, an unconfirmed entry on the Chevrolet Equinox’s Wikipedia page claims that the SUV will come to Australia in mid-2015, priced at “around” $53,000.

The authenticity of that entry is questionable, however, and a $53,000 price point would make the Equinox nearly $12,000 dearer than even the most expensive model in the Holden Captiva range.

A replacement for the Captiva was confirmed by GM Asia Pacific boss Stefan Jacoby last week, although it is not expected to arrive until sometime next year.

It is possible that this facelifted Equinox, driven by carryover 2.4 and 3.6 litre petrol engines, will be that replacement - but it would be one of the oldest offerings in the Australian market.

GM has also recently revealed its all-new Buick Envision SUV, which has so far only been confirmed for China.

An Australian launch could also be on the cards, though, if GM looks to the Envision as a replacement for Europe’s Opel Antara (our Captiva 5).

The Equinox is noteably larger than the Envision, which could - at a stretch - see the former replace the Captiva 7 while the latter steps in for the Captiva 5.

The current Equinox only seats five, however, which would rule it out as a Captiva 7 replacement.

Above: the new Envision imagined as the Holden Captiva.
Above: the new Envision imagined as the Holden Captiva.

So, while we can look to the Envision as a Captiva 5 replacement, any chance of the Equinox coming to Australia could be held off until the next all-new model appears - likely sometime in 2017 or 2018.

Envision Equinox Captiva 5 Captiva 7
Wheelbase 2750mm 2857mm 2707mm 2707mm
Overall Length 4667mm 4770mm 4575mm 4637mm

MORE: Buick Envision Revealed, Next Holden Captiva?

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