Chevrolet Equinox Origins
A Sport model, with a more powerful--264 horsepower--V-6 engine and a lowered ride height, was added to the Equinox lineup in 2008. Later, Chevrolet also introduced an LTZ trim, which included upgrades such as chrome details, heated seats, and a larger audio system. A second generation of the Equinox debuted at the 2009 North American International Auto Show. Released as a 2010 model in summer 2009, the latest incarnation is built on a stiffer version of the same platform and employs a direct fuel-injection engine to achieve better fuel economy.About the Chevrolet Equinox
With an estimated 32 mpg highway and the ability to seat five people comfortably, the Chevrolet Equinox is also known as a very fuel-efficient family vehicle.
According to Chevrolet, the Equinox has a highway driving range of up to 600 miles and offers more rear-seat leg room than competing compact crossover SUVs such as the Honda CR–V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape Hybrid. In addition to standard sliding front seats, the 2012 Equinox features Multi-Flex sliding rear seats to provide up to 39.9 inches of leg room for back-seat passengers. It also includes a multitude of cargo compartments, e.g. a center console deep enough to store a laptop or large bag, and two bins in the rear cargo area.Chevrolet EquinoxFeatures
The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and a four-wheel, anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution. Standard features of the LS base model include Bluetooth wireless, outside temperature display, and a stereo with CD player and MP3 playback. Three additional trim levels are available: the 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ.
With the 1LT, buyers receive roof rack side rails, a rearview camera to assist with backing up and parking, heated mirrors, a color touch radio, and deep tinted glass. The 2LT adds heated front seats, remote control start, projector beam fog lamps, a premium sound system, and automatic climate control.
The most luxurious trim, the LTZ, comes with leather-appointed heated front seats, memory settings for seats, premium interior lighting, a power-programmable liftgate, and chrome detailing. LT and LTZ buyers are able to upgrade to the more powerful 3.0-liter, 264-horsepower V-6 engine. The LS has a towing capacity of 1500 pounds, while the LT and LTZ models are rated for up to 3500 pounds. Chevrolet has announced that for the 2013 model year, the V-6 engine will be replaced with a 3.6-liter V-6 with a 301-horsepower output.
Chevrolet offers the 2012 Equinox in eight standard colors and four premium extra-cost colors.Chevrolet EquinoxEvolution
The Chevrolet Equinox debuted as Chevrolet’s first crossover SUV as a 2005 model in late 2004. It was manufactured by the GM/Suzuki venture CAMI Automotive in Canada. Early vehicles are fitted with a Chinese-made 3.4-liter V-6 engine and a Japanese-made Aisin AF33 automatic transmission. Vehicles came in the LS and LT trims.
Chevrolet made some small changes in 2008, introducing three new colors (Black Granite Metallic, Navy Blue Metallic, and Golden Teal Metallic) and moving the compass readout from the rearview mirror to the driver information center. In terms of ride, 2008 models boast firmer shocks, a tire pressure monitoring system, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking, and electronic trailer sway control to detect and help correct an unbalanced tow load.
Also, in 2008, Chevrolet released the Equinox Sport model. The Sport features a lowered ride height and a more powerful 3.6-liter, 264 horsepower engine capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in less than seven seconds. Other differences in the Sport include 18-inch wheels and a six-speed automatic transmission.
Chevrolet introduced yet another trim level in 2008: the LTZ. The Equinox LTZ shares the same powertrain as the LS and LT but comes with distinguishable details such as chrome door handles, chrome-clad wheels, and chrome luggage rack rails. Interior differences include leather seating, heated front seats, a six-disc CD player, MP3 playback, and a seven-speaker audio system. Head curtain side airbags, which are optional in other Equinox models, come standard in the LTZ.
In Canada, a 2009 Team Canada Edition Equinox was released prior to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. It came with a sunroof, unique badging, chrome-clad wheels, and an upgraded sound system.
Chevrolet released the second generation of the Equinox in summer 2009 as an early 2010 model. 2010 models boast improvements that include an American-made, 2.4-liter inline-4 gasoline direct-injection engine; a stiffened platform; and a better EPA fuel economy rating of up to 22/32 mpg city/highway. A more powerful 3.0-liter, 264-horsepower V-6 engine is optional. Both engines come standard with six-speed automatic transmissions and two-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive is available as an upgrade. A more powerful 3.6-liter V-6 will replace the 3.0-liter engine for the 2013 model year and is expected to achieve identical EPA fuel economy numbers as the outgoing engine.