Chevrolet Equinox

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Chevrolet Equinox
2005 Chevrolet Equinox LS
Automotive industryCAMI Automotive
Parent companyGeneral Motors
Model year2005–present
PredecessorChevrolet Tracker
Chevrolet Blazer (in Mexico)
Car classificationMid-size Crossover SUV
Wheelbase112.5 in (2857 mm)

The Chevrolet Equinox is a Mid-size Crossover SUV from Chevrolet based on on GM's GM Theta platform Unibody platform, manufactured at CAMI Automotive General Motors/Suzuki Joint venture plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada, and introduced in 2004 for the 2005 model year.

The Equinox's 3.4 L LNJ V6 engine is made in People's Republic of China (by Shanghai GM), while the Aisin AF33 transmission is manufactured in Japan. Starting with the 2008 model year, the Equinox Sport is fitted with a U.S. manufactured 3.6 L V6 engine.

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2004 - 2009


First Generation
2008 Chevrolet Equinox Sport
Production2004–2009
AssemblyIngersoll, Ontario, Canada
Automobile layoutFront-engine design, Front-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Automobile platformGM Theta platform
Internal combustion engine3.4 L LNJ V6
3.6 L LY7 V6
Transmission (mechanics)5-speed Aisin AF33 transmission Automatic transmission
6-speed GM-Ford 6-speed automatic transmission Automatic transmission
Length188.8 in (4796 mm)
Width71.4 in (1814 mm)
Height69.3 in (1760 mm)
RelatedGMC Terrain
Saturn Vue
Pontiac Torrent
Opel Antara
Suzuki XL7

The Equinox is the first crossover SUV from Chevrolet, marketed by GM as a Compact SUV. Riding on GM's GM Theta platform 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 Corporation. 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 General Motors/Suzuki Joint venture plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. The 3.4 L LNJ V6 engine is made in People's Republic of China (by Shanghai GM), while the Aisin AF33 transmission 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.

2008 model changes


Equinox Sport

In 2008, Chevrolet will add 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 will showcase a slightly different exterior styling, 18 inch wheels and a six speed Automatic transmission. It will be available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations[1]. General Motors has 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 has opted to reserve the SS nomenclature for special models worthy of its namesake[2].

Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

Equinox LTZ

In addition to the Equinox Sport, a new Equinox LTZ model joins 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 ’08 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 ’08 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 Anti-lock braking system and tire pressure monitoring system. Head curtain side air bags are available.

Podium Edition

Like the Pontiac Torrent Podium Edition, the Equinox gets the Team Canada Edition trim sold only in Canada for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Sales


Model Year Sales
2004 84,024
2005 130,542
2006 113,888
2007 89,552
2008 67,447

[1] [2]

2010 -

Second Generation
Production2009-
Automobile layoutFront-engine design, Front-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Automobile platformGM Theta platform
Internal combustion engine2.4L direct injection Straight-4
3.0L V6
Transmission (mechanics)6-speed automatic
Length187.8 in (4770 mm)
Width72.5 in (1842 mm)
Height66.3 in (1684 mm)
RelatedGMC Terrain
Opel Antara
Suzuki XL7
Saturn Vue

The 2010 Equinox was revealed by GM on December 21, 2008. The Equinox is expected to be redesigned for the 2010 model year, arriving in dealerships in May 2009. It will get a new 2.4-liter, direct-injection Straight-4 engine, with better fuel economy promised by GM.[3]

The new 2.4-liter engine will produce 182 horsepower (136 kW) and achieve up to 30 miles per gallon (highway,) which is a 25% increase in fuel economy over the outgoing model. Also available is a 3.0-liter V6 engine which produces 255 horsepower (190 kW). The 2010 Chevy Equinox will be built on a stiffened version of the same "Theta" platform used in the previous model.[4]

Fuel Cell version

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 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.

Safety occupants, pedestrians

The Equinox Fuel Cell will come with a range of safety features, including ABS, Traction control, and GM's OnStar telematics service, which will offer drivers advice on operating the cars as well as information on nearby hydrogen filling stations. The car is expected to meet all 2007 federal safety standards. The Equinox Fuel Cell will have a screen on the dashboard which lets the driver know how much gas they have saved relative to the same mileage of a gasoline-powered Equinox. The instrument panel will also feature 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 storing up to a maximum of 9.25 Pound (mass) (4.2 kg) of gaseous hydrogen at 10,000 psi (70 Megapascal) will give the Equinox a range of 200 miles (320 km). The Equinox Fuel Cell is certified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as a zero-emission vehicle (ZEV). GM will build more than 100 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicles and will begin deploying these test fleet vehicles in the fall of 2007 as part of a comprehensive plan dubbed “Project Driveway."


GM custom fitted an Equinox Fuel Cell for Earvin "Magic" Johnson.


References

  1. General Motors January 3, 2008 "GM Reports 323,453 December Deliveries; 3.87 Million Vehicles Sold in 2007"
  2. General Motors January 4, 2006 "GM Reports 392,041 Deliveries in December
  3. GM confirms new products - AutoWeek Magazine
  4. "2010 Chevy Equinox Unveiled". Automoblog.net. http://www.automoblog.net/2008/12/22/2010-chevy-equinox/. Retrieved on 2008-12-23. 

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