2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ. (source: ©GM Corp.)
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The all-new 2010 Equinox blends distinctive design with outstanding efficiency. A new, 2.4L direct injection engine helps this great-looking compact crossover deliver expected best-in-segment EPA estimated highway fuel economy of 32 mpg – a 33-percent improvement over the previous model. Chevrolet expects nearly three-quarters of customers will choose the efficient, 2.4L engine.
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. It is available in LS, LT and LTZ trim, with available all-wheel drive.
Both the new, 2.4L engine and an available 3.0L V-6 feature fuel-saving direct injection and variable valve timing technology. Vehicle highlights include:
• New, standard 2.4L Ecotec direct injected I-4 engine rated at 182 horsepower (136 kW), which delivers an EPA-estimated 32 mpg highway, 22 mpg city (EPA certification pending ). AWD models are estimated at 20 city/29 highway.
• New, available 3.0L DOHC direct injected V-6 engine rated at 264 horsepower (197 kW), which delivers an EPA-estimated 25 mpg highway, 17 mpg city.
• All models have a six-speed automatic transmission; an “eco” mode on models with the 2.4L engine alters shift points to improve fuel economy.
• Highway driving range of up to 600 miles (800 km) with the 2.4L engine and more than 500 miles with the 3.0L engine mean 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, with complimentary service intervals.
• “Smart” remote starting system that also activates the HVAC system and optional heated seats depending on the outside temperature.
The new Equinox features Chevy’s signature global face – a 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.
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.
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, 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) as its predecessor, 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 many 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, are designed for best-in-class comfort.
Front-seat fore-aft travel of 10 inches (25 mm), combined with the tilt/telescoping steering wheel and standard power-adjustable seat height, offer exceptional driver comfort. 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 for personal music devices.
• 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.
• Programmable power-operated 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.
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. 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 on 2.4L-equipped models, saving nearly 11 miles per tank of gas, or about 572 miles per year (assuming one fill-up per week). With the Equinox’s estimated 32 mpg on the highway, the electric power steering system saves the equivalent of approximately one tank of gas each year.
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