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Chevrolet Equinox
1st-gen Chevrolet Equinox LS
Manufacturer CAMI Automotive
Parent company General Motors
Production 2004–present
Model year(s) 2005–present
Predecessor Chevrolet Tracker
Chevrolet Blazer
Class Mid-size crossover SUV
Wheelbase 112.5 in (2857 mm)
First generation
2008 Chevrolet Equinox Sport
Production 2004-2009
Assembly Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada
Body style(s) 4-Door Crossover
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform GM Theta platform
Engine(s) 3.4 L LNJ V6
3.6 L LY7 V6
Transmission(s) 5-speed Aisin AF33 automatic
6-speed GM 6T70 automatic
Wheelbase 2-Door: 100.5 in (2553 mm)
4-Door: 107.0 in (2718 mm)
Length 188.8 in (4796 mm)
Width 71.4 in (1814 mm)
Height 69.3 in (1760 mm)
Related Saturn Vue
Pontiac Torrent
Opel Antara
Suzuki XL7
Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

The Chevrolet Equinox is a mid-size crossover SUV from Chevrolet based on GM's Theta unibody platform, manufactured at CAMI Automotive GM/Suzuki joint venture plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada, and introduced in 2004 for the 2005 model year.

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First generation (2005-2009)

The Equinox is the first crossover SUV from Chevrolet, marketed by GM as a compact SUV. Riding on GM's Theta platform, the unibody Equinox is mechanically similar to the GMC Terrain, Saturn Vue, Pontiac Torrent, and the 2007 Suzuki XL7. However, the Equinox and the Torrent are larger than the Vue, riding on a 112.5 in (2857 mm) wheelbase, 5.9 in (150 mm) longer than the Saturn. It comes standard with a front-wheel drive layout, with optional all-wheel drive. Being a unibody architecture, the Equinox is not designed for serious off-roading like the truck-based Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet TrailBlazer. The Equinox is produced at the CAMI Automotive GM/Suzuki joint venture plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. The 3.4 L LNJ V6 engine is made in China (by Shanghai GM), while the Aisin AF33 automatic transmission is made in Japan. Starting with the 2008 model year, the Equinox Sport is fitted with a 3.6 L V6 engine that is made in the U.S.

As of the 2009 model year, no Chevrolet Equinoxes are sold in Mexico.

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Equinox Sport

In 2008, Chevrolet added a Sport model of the Equinox that features lowered ride height and the new 3.6 DOHC V6. The larger, more powerful engine allows the Equinox to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in under seven seconds and increases horsepower over 40% (raising it to 264). The Sport model showcases a slightly different exterior styling, 18 inch wheels and a six speed automatic transmission. It is available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations.[1] GM stated the Equinox Sport was the first vehicle to reflect its more cautious naming standards. Instead of using the Super Sport badge as it had in the past on higher performance vehicles (such as this one), GM opted to reserve the SS nomenclature for special models worthy of its namesake.[2]

Equinox LTZ

In addition to the Equinox Sport, a new Equinox LTZ model joined the lineup. The LTZ model is differentiated from other Equinox models by its 17-inch (430 mm) bright chrome-clad aluminum wheels, bright chrome door handles and bright chrome luggage rack side rail inserts. Standard interior features include heated front seats, leather seating inserts, head curtain side impact air bags, AM/FM stereo with six-disc in-dash CD changer and MP3 CD playback capability and a Pioneer premium seven-speaker audio system. Equinox LTZ also features the same enhanced ride and handling package as LS and LT models.

2008 model features

Changes made to 2008 Equinox models include the relocation of the compass readout from the inside rearview mirror to the driver information center (on models so-equipped), and three new exterior colors: Navy Blue Metallic, Black Granite Metallic and Golden Teal Metallic.

OnStar is standard on 2008 Equinox models. OnStar-equipped Equinox models are equipped for Turn-by-Turn Navigation, the first factory-installed, fully integrated GPS navigation system from OnStar. Equinox features an enhanced ride and handling package for 2008 that includes stiffer shocks, hydraulic bushings and tuned spring rates.

Also new for 2008 is Electronic Trailer Sway Control – a feature that is integrated into the standard StabiliTrak system and detects the occurrence of trailer sway that may be caused by improper trailer weight balance or excessive vehicle speed. Upon detection of trailer sway, StabiliTrak will begin to apply brakes individually, independent of the driver applying the brake pedal, to assist the driver in stabilizing the vehicle, and the StabiliTrak activation telltale will flash to signal the driver to reduce vehicle speed. If trailer sway continues, StabiliTrak will reduce engine torque to reduce the speed of the vehicle.

Standard safety features include StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, standard four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and tire pressure monitoring system. Head curtain side air bags are available.

Team Canada Edition

Like the Pontiac Torrent Podium Edition, the 2009 Equinox is available with the Team Canada Edition trim sold only in Canada for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. It adds chrome-clad wheels, sunroof, premium sound system, and special badging. [3]

Second generation (2010-)

Second generation
2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS
Production 2009-present
Assembly Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada
Body style(s) 4-Door Crossover
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform GM Theta platform
Engine(s) 2.4L direct injection LAF I4
3.0L direct injection LF1 V6
Transmission(s) 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 112.5 in (2858 mm)
Length 187.8 in (4770 mm)
Width 72.5 in (1842 mm)
Height 66.3 in (1684 mm)
Related GMC Terrain
Opel Antara
Cadillac SRX

The second generation Equinox was announced by GM on December 21, 2008, and debuted at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.[4] [5] The 2010 Equinox went on sale in June 2009. It is built on a stiffened version of the same "Theta" platform used in the previous model. The new Equinox has a pair of new direct-injection engines, with better fuel economy claimed by GM.

The new 2.4-liter I4 engine produces 182 hp (136 kW) and 172 lb·ft (233 N·m) torque, and achieves up to 22 mpg-US (11 L/100 km; 26 mpg-imp) (city), 32 mpg-US (7.4 L/100 km; 38 mpg-imp) (highway), an increase in fuel economy over the outgoing model.[6]

Also available is a 3.0-liter V6 engine which produces 264 hp (197 kW) and 214 lb·ft (290 N·m) torque, with fuel economy at 17 mpg-US (14 L/100 km; 20 mpg-imp) (city), 25 mpg-US (9.4 L/100 km; 30 mpg-imp) (highway).

Both powertrains are backed by six-speed automatics and optional all-wheel-drive systems (front-wheel-drive is standard).[7]

The Chevrolet Equinox returned to Mexico for the 2010 model year with this second generation after a year of absence, arriving in late November.

Skepticism of EPA fuel economy ratings

Several road tests have led to skepticism about the front-drive four-cylinder Equinox's EPA fuel economy ratings. After achieving 18.8 mpg-US (12.5 L/100 km; 22.6 mpg-imp) in a road test, Edmunds InsideLine stated, "...our testing didn't come close to achieving [the EPA's numbers], even though we're usually within 1 mpg of the EPA combined number."[8] Car and Driver recorded another 18 mpg-US (13 L/100 km; 22 mpg-imp) figure and noted its "...fuel economy that won’t live up to the 22 city/32 highway mpg EPA ratings in real-world use..." [9]. Green Car Reports recorded as much as 25.8 mpg-US (9.12 L/100 km; 31.0 mpg-imp) on a road trip, driving almost exclusively highway miles in "Eco" mode[10]. This is about 20% below the published highway EPA rating.

Sales

Calendar Year Sales
2004 84,024
2005[11] 130,542
2006 113,888
2007[12] 89,552
2008 67,447
2009[13] 86,148

Fuel Cell

Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell

The Chevrolet Equinox Fuel cell vehicle uses hydrogen for fuel and its only emission is water. The Equinox Fuel Cell will use the same fourth-generation hydrogen technology found in the Chevrolet Sequel concept, which was unveiled earlier in September. The Equinox Fuel Cell is designed for only 50,000 miles (80,000 km) of driving, but is engineered to be operable in subfreezing temperatures throughout its life. GM states that the Equinox Fuel Cell is about 500 pounds (230 kg) heavier than the original Equinox and has one inch less ground clearance. To reduce weight, the Equinox Fuel Cell has aluminum doors and a carbon fiber hood. As a fun fact, the Equinox fuel cell has Pontiac Torrent headlights.

The Equinox Fuel Cell has a screen on the dashboard which lets the driver know how much fuel they have saved relative to the same mileage of a gasoline-powered Equinox. The instrument panel features a kilowatt meter and a fuel cell energy display. The fuel cell has four vapor outlets which replace the exhaust pipe. Three carbon-fiber fuel tanks store up to a maximum of 9.25 pounds (4.2 kg) of gaseous hydrogen at 10,000 psi (70 MPa), and give the Equinox a range of 200 miles (320 km). The Equinox Fuel Cell is certified by the EPA as a zero-emission vehicle (ZEV). GM built 115 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicles and deployed them in through 2007-2008 in several target areas including New York and California as part of a comprehensive plan dubbed "Project Driveway".[14]

Safety occupants, pedestrians

The Equinox Fuel Cell has a range of safety features, including ABS, traction control system, and GM's OnStar telematics service, which offers drivers advice on operating the cars as well as information on nearby hydrogen filling stations. The car meets all 2007 federal safety standards.

Performance

In a Motortrend "Test Drive" article, the magazine assessed the vehicle's performance as nearly the same as the 3.6 litre gasoline powered equivalent, while bemoaning the dearth of high pressure hydrogen filling stations near Riverside, California in 2008.[15]

References

  1. ^ "2008 Chevrolet Equinox Sport". Leftlanenews.com. 2006-12-14. http://www.leftlanenews.com/2008-chevrolet-equinox-sport-revealed.html. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  2. ^ "GM: Overusing SS label a mistake". Leftlanenews.com. 2006-12-15. http://www.leftlanenews.com/gm-overusing-ss-label-a-mistake.html. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  3. ^ "2009 Chevrolet Equinox Overview Page". GM Canada. http://www.gm.ca/gm/english/vehicles/chevrolet/equinox/overview. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  4. ^ "2010 Chevy Equinox Unveiled". Automoblog.net. http://www.automoblog.net/2008/12/22/2010-chevy-equinox/. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  5. ^ "2010_chevrolet_equinox_auto_shows". http://www.caranddriver.com/news/auto_shows/2009_detroit_auto_show_naias_auto_shows/production_debuts/2010_chevrolet_equinox_auto_shows. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  6. ^ "2010 2010 Chevrolet Equinox Gets 32 MPG Highway in Early Tests; Awaits EPA Validation". MotorTrend.com. http://wot.motortrend.com/6509317/auto-news/2010-chevrolet-equinox-gets-32-mpg-highway-in-early-tests-awaits-epa-validation/index.html. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  7. ^ "2010 Chevy Equinox Review". Automoblog.net. http://www.automoblog.net/2009/09/19/2010-chevy-equinox-review/. 
  8. ^ "2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT2 Full Test and Video". Edmunds InsideLine. 2009-09-29. http://www.insideline.com/chevrolet/equinox/2010/2010-chevrolet-equinox-lt2-full-test-and-video.html. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  9. ^ Jared Gall (August 2009). "2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT - Short Take Road Test". Car and Driver. http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/car/09q3/2010_chevrolet_equinox_lt-short_take_road_test. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  10. ^ John Voelcker (2009-10-27). "Drive Report: 26 MPG in 2010 Chevrolet Equinox Four-Cylinder". GreenCarReports.com. http://www.greencarreports.com/blog/1037186_drive-report-26-mpg-in-2010-chevrolet-equinox-four-cylinder. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  11. ^ General Motors January 4, 2006 "GM Reports 392,041 Deliveries in December
  12. ^ General Motors January 3, 2008 "GM Reports 323,453 December Deliveries; 3.87 Million Vehicles Sold in 2007"
  13. ^ http://media.gm.com/content/Pages/news/us/en/2010/Jan/0105_Dec_Sales/_jcr_content/iconrow/textfile/file.res/Deliveries%20December%2009.xls
  14. ^ "The Best Emissions Strategy Is A Zero-Emissions Strategy". Chevrolet.com. http://www.chevrolet.com/experience/fuel-solutions/fuel-cell/. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  15. ^ Kim Reynolds (October 2008), First Test: 2008 Chevrolet Equinox FCV - Waterworks: Fourteen Days In The Hydrogen Economy, Motor Trend Magazine, http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/suvs/112_0812_2008_chevrolet_equinox_fcv_first_test/index.html 

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