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Holden’s coming replacements for the Captiva 5 and Captiva 7 twins are slowly coming into focus, with reports this week that GM’s Chevrolet arm is preparing new mid-sized and large SUVs.

According to industry paper Automotive News, sources within Chevrolet have confirmed plans for a smaller next-generation Equinox – not currently offered in Australia – along with a new large seven-seater that would rival models like the Ford Edge and Toyota Kluger.

In its current form, the Equinox would be defined locally as a large SUV (rather than its ‘medium’ status in the US market), but this latest report suggests the next model will be downsized to create a clearer gap between it and the as-yet unidentified new seven-seat model.

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For Chevrolet, that strategy could see the recently revealed Buick Envision make the leap to Chevrolet as a new-generation Equinox, while Australia could get the five-seater with a Holden Captiva badge.

The new Equinox is expected to be built on the same platform that underpins the new Astra and Cruze models, which again points to the Envision as a clear candidate.

Preparing a seven-seat version of the Envision would likely be no great stretch, with the new SUV already boasting a wheelbase nearly 50mm longer than the 2707mm base that underpins both the Captiva 5 and Captiva 7.

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Re-styling the Buick Envision for life as a Chevrolet would also be nothing new: even in GM’s current SUV range, the company’s Chevrolet/Holden Trax, Opel Mokka and Buick Encore are all versions of the same compact offering.

For its part, Holden has yet to offer any specific details on its new SUVs, confirming only that new Captiva replacements are on the way.

Pictured in this article: the new Buick Envision. 

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