The Chevy Equinox has quickly established itself as one of the standouts of the compact SUV segment. Sleek crossover styling, available all-wheel drive, innovative interior storage and generous rear-seat legroom comfort contributed to Equinox’s rookie-of-the-year status.
For 2007, Chevy makes numerous safety, ride and convenience enhancements to the Equinox.
In the area of safety, for example, the Equinox performance package includes GM’s innovative StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, standard four-wheel disc brakes, and tire pressure monitoring (TPM) system. These features are standard on all Equinox models for ’07.
StabiliTrak helps drivers maintain control during sudden maneuvers or in low traction conditions by using a comprehensive series of sensors to measure acceleration, deceleration, steering angle and yaw rate. By monitoring these inputs, the system automatically controls the vehicle to help maintain the driver’s intended path when a measurable deviation from the intended course is detected. The system maintains control by regulating vehicle acceleration or applying the brakes at any wheel.
The TPM alerts the driver when a significant reduction in pressure occurs in one or more of the vehicle’s tires by illuminating a warning light on the instrument panel. The low tire pressure warning remains on until the tire pressure is corrected.
Equinox also provides enhanced occupant protection in the event of a crash, including new roof crush standards for ’07. Additionally, Equinox has rollover detection sensors for the head curtain side-impact air bags and Passenger Sensing System for the dual-stage frontal driver and right front passenger air bags. The passenger sensors, located in the seat cushion, adjust the air bag deployment speed based on the occupant’s weight. The improvements augment Equinox’s numerous standard safety features, including three-point safety belts for all seating positions and the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) child safety seat retention system, which can accommodate up to three child seats.
The technology upgrades are not limited to handling and safety features, however. Also new for ’07 is a Driver Information Center . Located in the instrument panel cluster, the DIC includes more than 20 personalization and vehicle information features, such as trip odometer, fuel range, outside temperature display and door locking/unlocking features – all standard.
Customers also have a choice of improved audio systems, all with a standard six-speaker system and an auxiliary input jack for MP3/iPOD playback, including:
- AM/FM stereo with CD player
- AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 CD playback
- AM/FM stereo with six-disc in-dash CD changer and MP3 CD playback
- AM/FM stereo with CD player with DVD and MP3 CD playback capability
- AM/FM stereo with CD player with MP3 CD playback plus full-feature navigation with touch screen and voice control
These ’07 additions complement an already impressive list of standard features: five-passenger seating, power door locks with remote keyless entry, power windows, air conditioning, tilt steering, rear liftgate with defogger and washer/wiper, flat-folding front passenger seat for longer cargo items, and electric power steering assist.
Other enhancements include the addition of an uplevel Multiflex sliding rear seat with new center armrest with two additional cupholders, new shifter and knob for improved feel, lighted window switches and new steering wheel and stalks for improved ergonomics.
Equinox is significantly larger, more versatile and efficient than most competitive vehicles, while delivering a confident driving experience infused with sophistication not typically found in the segment.
Interior innovation and convenience
Equinox’s standard Multiflex sliding rear seat can be moved nearly eight inches (203 mm) fore or aft, as well as reclined. In the aft position, this seat provides generous legroom for three full-size adults and a split seatback with two recline positions. With the seat all the way forward, Equinox offers 67.1 cubic feet (1,900 L) of cargo space. Because the rear seatback has a 60/40 split, Equinox can transport up to two rear passengers along with long cargo items. The front passenger seat folds flat, further extending cargo room length. When folded, the hard front seatback can be used as a table or desktop.
Equinox has a comprehensive list of standard comfort and convenience features, including a ir conditioning, 16-inch aluminum wheels, flat folding front passenger seat, manual height adjuster on the driver seat, daytime running lamps, f olding outside rearview mirrors, p ower door locks, mirror and windows, remote keyless entry, dual front map lights, cruise control and AM/FM stereo with CD player with six-speaker audio system.
Available features include l eather insert seating, h eated front seats with either leather insert or cloth trim, leather steering wheel with redundant audio controls , six-way power driver seat with manual lumbar adjustment, self-dimming inside rearview mirror with temperature and compass, redundant radio controls on the steering wheel, power sunroof with shade, three different 17-inch aluminum wheels, OnStar, six-disc CD changer, single-CD with MP3 CD player; and XM Satellite Radio (continental U.S. only).
New exterior colors for 2007 include Granite Gray Metallic, Deep Ruby Metallic, Silverstone Metallic, and inside, a new d ark gray cloth interior and uplevel LT fabric debuts.
For 2007, OnStar-equipped Equinox models will feature a new service called OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation, the first factory-installed, fully integrated GPS navigation system from OnStar. Turn-by-Turn allows consumers to talk to a live advisor, who in turn sends complete step-by-step directions to customers’ vehicles through their OnStar system. These audio directions automatically play through the vehicle’s stereo as needed, triggered by the OnStar system’s GPS capabilities. This enables drivers to be led to their destination while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. For more information about OnStar, see the OnStar Overview in the Product Information Guide corporate book.
The five-passenger Equinox is one of the few compact SUVs equipped with a standard V-6 engine. It is powered by GM’s 3.4L V-6, rated at 185 horsepower (138 kW) and 210 lb.-ft. (285 Nm) of torque. This durable overhead valve engine is coupled to an electronically controlled five-speed automatic transmission. It’s a powertrain combination that delivers smooth, strong acceleration along with reduced highway cruising engine speeds for excellent fuel economy. EPA fuel economy estimates for FWD models are 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway; and for AWD models, 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
Customers can also opt for an on-demand all-wheel drive system, which delivers power to the front wheels during normal driving conditions but seamlessly transfers power to the rear wheels if front wheel slippage is detected. While primarily intended for on-road use, this AWD system also provides excellent traction and mobility for off-road use.
Smooth and solid
Equinox has the longest wheelbase in its class and is built on a solid body architecture that helps provide a confident driving experience. The structure is complemented by an independent MacPherson strut front suspension and a four-link coil spring layout in the rear, for a smooth, comfortable ride typically associated with larger SUVs. The rear suspension has a trailing arm as well as three additional locating links to facilitate a low, wide load floor and to maximize rear passenger space.
Electric power steering is standard on all models and helps provide precise steering control and performance, as well as enabling improved fuel economy because there is no engine-driven power steering pump. An electronic control unit, calibrated for a variety of desired performance characteristics, controls an electric motor mounted adjacent to the steering column to provide the precise amount of assist needed for any given driving situation. Its variable-ratio steering delivers a responsive feel during highway driving and low effort for easier parking.
All Equinox models also are equipped with vented front disc brakes with dual piston calipers and rear disc brakes. Anti-lock brakes and traction control are now standard.
Dual-stage frontal air bags and safety belt pretensioners complement the strong safety cage construction of Equinox. Dual-stage frontal air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of air bag-induced injury. Pretensioners in the outboard front safety belt system deploy at the same time as the frontal air bags to take up slack in the safety belt webbing. Pretensioners also help reduce the amount of occupant movement in the event of a crash to help reduce the risk of injury.
Optional head curtain side air bags act like a protective curtain when deployed, unfolding from the roof rail between the A-pillar and side window header. When the bag deploys in a moderate to severe side impact, it is angled somewhat toward the window to help provide protection for front- and rear-seat outboard passengers.
Rear seats are equipped with the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system anchors for child safety seats. This system provides two lower anchors and a top tether anchor in all three rear seat positions to be used to secure a child seat to the vehicle seat structure. These anchorages are designed to make it easier to properly install compatible child safety seats.