Chevrolet’s new generation of the Equinox SUV made its official debut in Los Angeles.
Based on GM’s Delta platform, the new Chevrolet Equinox weighs around 400 pounds or about 180kg less than its predecessor, making it more fuel efficient and nimble on the road.
Chevrolet will offer the new Equinox with two turbo petrol units and one diesel: entry-level models will be powered by a new 170hp 1.5-litre paired to a six-speed automatic while range-topping models are getting a 252hp 2.0-litre unit coupled to a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
As for the diesel version, this will get a 136hp 1.6-litre direct-injection four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic, allowing the Equinox to return an estimated 40mpg on the highway.
All models will come with FWD as standard, with Chevrolet to offer an AWD system as an option. A number of adaptive safety systems will be offered too, including Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, a haptic-feedback seat and a surround-view camera system.
Other features include GM’s latest MyLink infotainment systems offered with seven- and eight-inch touchscreen displays. The Equinox will also arrive in Europe as a successor to the Opel Antara.
Chevrolet will bring the new Equinox in US showrooms sometime in the first quarter of 2017, hoping to steal plenty of customers from the likes of the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V.