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2010 Chevrolet Equinox


For those of you with a big family, but who want in the same time a sporty, compact crossover, GM has brought the Equinox. The crossover is offered with standard features like 6 speed automatic transmission, direct injected gasoline engines, XM satellite radio, an iPod input jack, power everything and OnStar roadside assistance.

The new Equinox draws its exterior design inspiration from the Chevrolet Malibu sedan and Traverse crossover. The 2010 Equinox goes on sale in mid-2009 with prices ranging from $22,615 to $29,970.

The Equinox is powered by a choice of two engines: a 2.4L Ecotec direct injected I-4 engine estimated at 182 hp and 30 mpg highway, 21 mpg city and a 3.0L DOHC direct injected V-6 engine estimated at 255 hp and 25 mpg highway, 18 mpg city.

The 2010 Equinox is available in LS, LT and LTZ trim, with available all-wheel-drive.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Chevrolet unveiled the all-new 2010 Equinox, a compact crossover that blends distinctive design with outstanding efficiency. A new, 2.4L direct injection engine helps the Equinox deliver expected best-in-segment estimated highway fuel economy of 30 mpg (EPA certification pending) – a 25-percent improvement over the previous model. Chevrolet expects nearly two-thirds of customers will choose the efficient, 2.4L engine.

Chevrolet Equinox

The new Equinox draws its exterior design inspiration from the Chevrolet Malibu sedan and Traverse crossover; and like those vehicles, the new Equinox complements its styling with attention to detail and unexpected features, according to Ed Peper, GM North America vice president, Chevrolet.

The Equinox makes its world debut at the North American Auto Show in Detroit next month.

“At a time when customers are so concerned about the fuel efficiency of their vehicle, the Equinox delivers,” said Peper. “It offers the roominess and capability of a crossover with great fuel economy. Equinox will provide customers a vehicle filled with refinement, comfort and great value.”

2.4L Ecotec direct injected I-4 engine with 182 hp and 3.0L DOHC direct injected V-6 engine with 255 hp

The 2010 Equinox goes on sale in mid-2009. It is available in LS, LT and LTZ trim, with available all-wheel-drive. Two new engines are offered, each with fuel-saving direct injection and variable valve timing technology. Vehicle highlights include:

  • New 2.4L Ecotec direct injected I-4 engine estimated at 182 horsepower (135 kW), which delivers an estimated 30 mpg highway, 21 mpg city (EPA certification pending)
  • New 3.0L DOHC direct injected V-6 engine estimated at 255 horsepower (190 kW), which delivers an estimated 25 mpg highway, 18 mpg city (EPA certification pending)
  • Driving range of more than 500 miles (800 km) with both engines, for less-frequent fill-ups
  • Six standard air bags: dual frontal air bags; head curtain side air bags and pelvic/thorax seat-mounted side air bags
  • Standard four-wheel disc brakes with StabiliTrak electronic stability control and traction control
  • Standard OnStar and XM Satellite Radio
  • “Smart” remote starting system that also activates the HVAC system and optional heated seats depending on the outside temperature
Chevrolet Equinox

“With the 2010 Equinox, we focused on appealing to the senses – from the overall design to the feel of the interior,” said Peper.

Design details

The design features Chevy’s signature global face – the two-tier grille and prominent gold Bowtie insignia. Strong fender shapes, a distinctive premium roofline, wraparound headlamps and dual round taillamps are additional elements that define Equinox as a true Chevrolet, Peper said.

“The new Equinox blends function and style into a very sporty, yet upscale compact crossover,” said Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design. “Both the exterior and interior surprise and delight with careful attention to detail.”

Additional design features include:

A multi-dimensional hood and wraparound rear side glass and a wheels-at-the-corners stance
Improved aerodynamic performance through a number of carefully designed exterior features, including moving the base of the windshield forward approximately three inches (75 mm) for a sleeker profile

Chevrolet Equinox

Equinox’s rocker panels are integrated into the doors to make it easier to get in and out of the vehicle. They narrow the area over which a passenger must step, offering protection for pant legs that could brush against dirty rockers. Also, the select use of chrome trim and flush-fitting ”exposed-edge” windshield and rear glass reinforce Equinox’s build quality and reduce wind noise.

Dimensionally, the Equinox rides on the same 112.5-inch wheelbase (2,857 mm), but is about one inch (25 mm) shorter in length and an inch wider. It also has a wider front track that enhances the ride and handling.

Interior amenities, storage and flexibility

Inside, the Equinox features attention to detail – including a number of storage bins, such as an oversized glove box; a closed storage bin in the instrument panel above the center stack; and closed storage under the center armrest large enough for a laptop computer.

A “floating” center stack houses a multitude of ergonomic comfort and convenience controls. Contemporary, ice-blue ambient lighting – featured within and surrounding the center stack, encircling the center-console cupholders and within the door pull cups – accentuates the cabin. The front and rear seats, which include cloth and uplevel, perforated leather-trimmed offerings, were developed to help deliver best-in-class comfort.

Chevrolet Equinox

The new Equinox retains its MultiFlex rear seat capability, which allows the seat to be moved fore or aft nearly eight inches (203 mm), for the best rear legroom in its class. With the 60/40-split-back rear seat moved all the way forward, the cargo area offers 31.4 cubic feet (889 liters) of storage.

The Equinox’s cabin is notable for its quietness. Noise-absorbing elements are built into the chassis, engine compartment and interior.

Convenience, infotainment and connectivity

A variety of technologies are integrated in the Equinox, such as an available seven-inch touch-screen navigation system. Additional features also include:

  • Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity
  • USB audio connectivity
  • DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system with two independent screens to enable DVD viewing on one and gaming on the other
  • Internal memory/hard drive on uplevel radios for storing audio selections
  • Power, programmable rear liftgate
  • Rear-vision camera system, with display in the rearview mirror or in the navigation screen
  • Range of premium-feature audio systems with up to eight speakers and 250 watts of output
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Chassis and suspension

The 2010 Equinox is built on a body-integral structure with single-piece body side stampings and targeted applications of high-strength steel. Those elements form the foundation of a solid, quiet driving experience, according to Peper. The strong structure enabled engineers to tune the four-wheel-independent suspension system for greater control and driver feedback.

Standard and available features include:

  • Available all wheel drive
  • Family of 17-, 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Fuel-saving electric power steering system

The rack-mounted electric power steering system provides greater fuel efficiency of on 2.4L-equipped models that saves nearly 11 miles per tank of gas, or about 572 miles per year (assuming one fill-up per week). With the Equinox’s estimated 30 mpg on the highway, the electric power steering system saves the equivalent of approximately one tank of gas each year.

Chevrolet Equinox

“With the outstanding interior execution and comfort, the stunning exterior design, numerous chassis improvements, and the connectivity to the outside world, the new Equinox is the favorite ride among our engineers,” said Tim Herrick, chief engineer. “I have to pull the keys out of their hands in order to take it for a spin myself.”


Specifications

Engines

Type:2.4L DOHC I-4 DI3.0L DOHC V-6 DI
Application:std on LS, LT, LTZopt on LT, LTZ
Displacement (cu in / cc):145 / 2384183 / 2994
Bore & stroke (in / mm):3.46 x 3.85 / 88 x 983.50 x 3.15 / 89 x 80.2
Block material:cast aluminumsand-cast aluminum with cast-in bore liners
Cylinder head material:cast aluminumcast aluminum
Valvetrain:DOHC, four valves per cylinder; variable valve timingDOHC, four valves per cylinder; variable valve timing
Fuel delivery:direct sequential fuel injection with electronic throttle controldirect sequential fuel injection with electronic throttle control
Compression ratio:11.2:111.7:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):182 / 136 @ 6700264 / 197 @ 6950
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):172 / 233 @ 4900222 / 301 @ 5100
Recommended fuel:regular unleadedregular unleaded
Emissions controls:close-coupled catalytic converters; Quick-Sync 24x ignition system; returnless fuel rail; fast-response O2 sensorclose-coupled catalytic converters; Quick-Sync 24x ignition system; returnless fuel rail; fast-response O2 sensor
EPA-estimated fuel economy (city / hwy):22 / 32 (FWD)
20 / 29 (AWD)
17 / 25 (FWD)
17 / 24 (AWD – pending EPA certification)
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Transmission

Type:Hydra-Matic 6T45 six-speed automatic electronically controlled with electronic range selectHydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic electronically controlled with electronic range select
Application:stdopt w/ V-6
Gear ratios: (:1):
First:4.584.48
Second:2.962.87
Third:1.911.84
Fourth:1.441.41
Fifth:1.001.00
Sixth:0.740.74
Reverse:2.942.88
Final drive ratio:3.23 (FWD)
3.53 (AWD)
2.77

Chassis/Suspension

Front:independent strut-type with tuned coil springs; direct-acting stabilizer bar; hydraulic ride bushings
Rear:independent four-link with coil springs and trailing arm; stabilizer bar; hydraulic link bushings
Steering type:rack-mounted electric power steering with 2.4L; hydraulic power rack-and-pinion with 3.0L
Steering ratio:18.1:1 (2.4L)
17.4:1 (3.0L)
Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock:3.46 (2.4L)
2.90 (3.0L with 18-in wheels)
2.80 (3.0L with 19-in wheels)
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / m):40.0 / 12.2 (with 17- and 18-in wheels)
42.6 / 13 (with 19-in wheels
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Wheels

Wheel size and type:17-in painted aluminum (std. on all models)

18-in machine-face aluminum (avail. on LT and LTZ)

19-in chrome-clad aluminum (avail. on LTZ)

Tires:P225/65R17 all-season steel-belted radial blackwall tires

P235/55R18 all-season steel-belted radial blackwall tires

P235/55R19 all-season steel-belted radial blackwall tires


Prices

TrimDescriptionPrice
Equinox LS FWD6-speed automatic
6 standard air bags
17" aluminum wheels
$22,615
Equinox LS AWD6-speed automatic
6 standard air bags
17" aluminum wheels
$24,365
Equinox 1LT FWDDeep-tinted windows
Roof rack side rails
Body-color heated mirrors
$23,535
Equinox 1LT AWDDeep-tinted windows
Roof rack side rails
Body-color heated mirrors
$25,285
Equinox 2LT FWDRearview camera system
8-way power driver seat
Bluetooth wireless technology5 for select compatible phones
$25,620
Equinox 2LT AWDRearview camera system
8-way power driver seat
Bluetooth wireless technology5 for select compatible phones
$27,370
Equinox LTZLeather-appointed seats
Power-programmable liftgate
Rear parking assist
$28,220
Equinox LTZLeather-appointed seats
Power-programmable liftgate
Rear parking assist
$29,970
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Packages

Cargo Management Package$245
Vehicle Interface Package$495

Powertrain

3.0L DOHC V6 SIDI Engine with VVT$1,500

Accessories

Splash Guards - FrontSplash Guards - Front$49
Wheel Package$2,137
Splash Guards - Front and RearSplash Guards - Front and Rear$89
Floor Mats - RearFloor Mats - Rear$69
Cargo Security ShadeCargo Security Shade$89
Cargo NetCargo Net$50
Molded Hood ProtectorMolded Hood Protector$79
Personal Device Interface Module (PDIM)Personal Device Interface Module (PDIM)$250
Hitch Trailering PackageHitch Trailering Package$250
19 inch Wheels$856
Side Window Weather DeflectorSide Window Weather Deflector$89
Splash Guards - RearSplash Guards - Rear$49
Highway Emergency KitHighway Emergency Kit$75
Wheel Lock and Nut Package$136
Hitch Ball Mount AssemblyHitch Ball Mount Assembly$50
Fuel Door$140
Heated Seat KitHeated Seat Kit$549
RSE - Headphones - Noise CancelingRSE - Headphones - Noise Canceling$50
Cargo OrganizerCargo Organizer$125
Floor Mats - Front$69
Door HandlesDoor Handles$139
Tire Pressure Monitor$143
Center Cap$45
Rear Bumper Fascia ProtectorRear Bumper Fascia Protector$89
Hitch Ball AssemblyHitch Ball Assembly$20
Carpeted Floor Mats$80
8-Way Power Driver Seat Adjuster$425
Rearview Camera System$320
18" Machined Aluminum Wheels$250
Power Sunroof$795
Audio System with Rear Entertainment$1,295
Audio System with Navigation/Infotainment$2,145
Audio System with Navigation/Infotainment and Rear Entertainment$3,440
Power Programmable Liftgate$495
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Competitors and press reviews

"There are all sorts of features available, ranging from DVD entertainment systems to a power tailgate that can be programmed to open to a particular height. But where it shines is in interior room. The Equinox rear-seat legroom simply dwarfs that of similarly priced competitors like the Toyota Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V. The Equinox’s long-wheelbase, larger overall size (while retaining good fuel economy) will make it a compelling choice for the practical-minded small families who buy small crossover vehicles. The Equinox simply brings more utility and comfort to this class than has been available before." (Popular Mechanics)

Chevrolet Equinox

"Sharp handling isn’t a priority for most shoppers in this segment, and Chevy’s engineers have clearly taken this fact to heart. The Equinox is quite simply out of its element when the road turns twisty, unlike the rival CR-V. Even under ordinary conditions, the Equinox’s high beltline and cowl rob it of the commanding perch that SUV drivers value so, making it feel more like an elevated wagon. The absence of that "king of the road" driving position could stick in some shoppers’ craws." (Edmunds)

"The drive is what’s important to us and here the Theta-platformed Equinox delivers like its Japanese competitors don’t. Despite the Michelin low rolling resistance tires, road feel is actually not too bad, body control is excellent for the segment, pushing the vehicle further into the territory of car-like feel than its predecessor. Understeer comes on a bit abruptly, but let’s be honest here, this rig ain’t going to see an autocross course any time soon. Shifting isn’t exactly a drama-filled experience, but it’s not hunting for gears and getting in the way. As with most recent GM autoboxes, you can manually control it with a shifter-mounted rocker switch. If you’re in a sporting (but not too sporting, this is a compact SUV) mood, running up to the 7,000 RPM rev limiter is pretty fun and far more exciting than mashing the gas and waiting for a downshift. Steering is electronically boosted, but not overly light." (Jalopnik)

Chevrolet Equinox

"One of the nicest features is that when you double click the key fob to unlock the doors, the Equinox will automatically lower all four windows, allowing fresh air to flow throughout the cabin, once you climb inside and turn the key you will see that the Equinox is a great car to drive around town with its elevated seating position and comfortable suspension setup while the power of the V6 makes long highway drives absolutely no problem at all." (TopSpeed )

Competitors

Honda CR-V

The 2010 Honda CR-V is priced at $21,545. It gets a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with 180 hp and 161 lb-ft.City/highway EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings increase to 21/28 miles per gallon1 (mpg) on 2WD models and 21/27 mpg1 on models equipped with Real Time™ 4WD - an increase of 1 mpg in both city and highway driving on all models.

Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe has just made its debut. It is powered by either a 2.4 Liter DOHC Theta II four cylinder rated at 175 HP and 169 lb-ft of torque as well as a 3.5 Liter DOHC Lambda II V6 engine making 276 HP and 248 lb-ft. Prices are to be announced.

Toyota RAV4

Chevrolet Equinox

The 2010 RAV4 is offered in three distinct grades – Base, Sport and top-of-the-line Limited – and with a choice between the 2.5-liter four-cylinder or the V6 engine. The 2.5-liter engine produces 179 hp at 6,000 RPM, along with 172 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 RPM. The 3.5-liter V6 develops 269 hp at 6,200 RPM and 246 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,700 RPM. Prices for the 2010 Toyota RAv-$ start at $21,675.

Conclusion

The Chevrolet Equinox is the perfect new car to consider if you have a growing family and have to trade in your sports car for something more practical. If you are looking for something with more cargo capacity, room for the kids and all their soccer equipment without having to upgrade to a full size SUV then the Equinox is a good bet for you.

However, the Equinox won’t set any performance records, and if you are a stickler for fine finishes then Chevrolet Chevrolet ’s attempt to distract your eyes with a few nice touches like the two tone seats and red stitching in the steering wheel, but in the end, the Equinox’s design team’s choice of materials left a bit more to be desired.



17 comments:

What a lovely vehicle! Oh my, this one is perfect. More cargo capacity, more space for the kids, more space for everything! Its interior features was great. its perfect for a family car.

The interior seems so luxurious, this one is a very entertaining car for it have an impressive technologies. I’d love to have a car like this.

I found that the interior features of this Equinox are so luxurious, I’m so impressed either with the stunning platform design of this car. Chevrolet Equinox is already looks great with its color.

I love this Chevrolet equinox simplicity! The interior feature of this car is really amazing; I bet everyone would love to have a family car like on this one.

It is really awesome; I’m so amazed and in love with the interior design and amenities of this Equinox. It is truly great to have a car like this.

The interior seems so luxurious, this one is a very entertaining car for it have an impressive technologies. I’d love to have a car like this.

Equinox is one of those car who are so convenient and entertaining, with its technologies I bet no one will get bored on it though it had a very common styling it’s still have an appeal.

I found that the interior features of this Equinox are so luxurious, I’m so impressed either with the stunning platform design of this car. Chevrolet Equinox is already looks great with its color.

I love this Chevrolet equinox simplicity! The interior features of this car is really amazing, I bet everyone would love to have a family car like on this one.

It is really awesome, I’m so amazed and in love with the interior design and amenities of this Equinox. It is really great to have a car like this.

Well a good range of price for a SUV and also they’ve listed the addon price which the retailer will have a guide on how much it will cost of their choice. Of course the prices were very competitive and eventhough a lot of cars were on sale right now especially Japanese car brand, I must say this Chevy Equinox is one of the best lineup of SUV this 2K10.

Nice car, and it is sold in an affordable price. And after reading the features, it seems that it can endure heavy weight of passengers without changing its capability to speed up.

Well IMPO, equinox is a good choice to, yes the CR-V can reach up to 180mph Tried and tested by me, and the rav4 can also run that fast but the engine is to noisy and vibrates a lot unlike the CR-V, what i like about equinox is it’s pit it really does amaze me.

Mike100 is right on that. If we are to compare the CR-V and Equinox, there’s not much difference on it. Though Equinox is equipped with really nice accessories, including all these wireless technology, anyone can also add these accessories to a CR-V. I think that if you are planning to buy an Equinox, it would be best to buy their 3.0L DOHC V-6 DI version.

I’m a little biased with Japanese cars so I proudly say that I am still going for Honda CR-V. It’s not that hard to choose between the two of them since they can reach 180hp for their 2.4liter four cylinder version. Besides, the Japanese car looks better than the Chevy. I wonder why the Mitsubishi Monterosport is not included in the list of competitors.

One of the best thing about the Chevy Equinox is the variety of wireless technology that this beauty have. It would surely make anyone enjoy a long ride.

The Traverse crossover and the Malibu sedan are both good looking. But I never realized that by joining both of them would look even better. Judging by the reviews of Topspeed, I think Chevy was able to live up to the name of producing a family car yet at the same time sporty.

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