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by Sam Rawlings

The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox, which could come here as the 2017 Holden Captiva, has once again been spied testing in heavy camouflage.

The Equinox, previously spied last month, was this time caught testing alongside the Opel Meriva and Opel Insignia this week. This strengthens suspicions that the Equinox will make the jump to join the Opel family, taking on the Antara badge.

Currently, the 10-year-old first-generation Opel Antara shares the same architecture and styling as the five-seat Holden Captiva 5, recently retired from the Australian market.

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That means that if this spied development mule takes on the Captiva name, it should then make its way to Australia replacing the Holden Captiva. Holden has confirmed that it will completely overhaul its SUV range by 2020.

This new Equinox prototype makes use of the D2XX platform that also underpins the incoming new Cruze and Astra models, though in this application it will again be tweaked to suit the needs of a higher-riding SUV, including the flexibility of all-wheel drive.

As far as powertrain offerings go, the Equinox is expected to debut with a range of petrol and diesel engines along with both manual and automatic gearbox options.

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Should the Equinox offer a preview of the Holden Captiva, the new SUV would feature a number a features as standard, such as Apple Carplay and Android Auto, which are currently offered as standard across the local Captiva range.

A host of driver-assist technologies like blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning and rear cross-traffic alert would also likely feature.

For more on the new Captiva, see our links below.

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