Holden Brings The Equinox To Australia

Holden, in case you haven’t noticed, doesn’t manufacture automobiles anymore. It just brings in other GM products from elsewhere and sells them in Australia with lion badges on the nose. And the latest is the Equinox.

Sold as a Chevrolet in America, the Equinox has now arrived Down Under as a Holden, offered in an array of trims and specifications ranging from $27,990 all the way up to $46,290 (in Australian dollars).

That’s a big range,  spread across a staggering escalation of six trim levels, separated by equipment levels and powertrain options. The base model comes with a 1.5-liter turbo four mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The larger 2.0-liter turbo engine pairs with a nine-speed automatic, and there’ll be a 1.6-liter diesel arriving next year (following the gasoline models that roll out next month).

Adaptive all-wheel drive is available on the penultimate LTZ model, and comes standard on the top LTZ-V. US pricing, in case you’re wondering, similarly starts at $26,505 (USD), but tops out at $38,225 for the top-of-the-line Premier model in America – where the Chevrolet division has to be careful not to encroach on upscale Buick and Cadillac territory.

Though classified as a compact SUV in the US, Holden terms the Equinox as a mid-size in Australia. Either way, you’re looking at essentially the same vehicle, with as much as 1798 liters (63.5 cubic feet) of cargo space inside (with the rear seats folded flat).

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  • Bash

    Good looking car that initially is a Daewoo.

    • Craig

      Are you sure about that? I can’t find anything online to back up the Daewoo connection.

      • Bash

        Actually, What I know is that GM Asian arm (GM Korea, which it self formerly known as Daewoo motor company). So basically its all former Daewoo infrastructure they are using including the designs, engineering and manufacturing.

        • Craig

          Here’s what I discovered. Both the Equinox and the Cruze [among others?] are based on GM’s new D2XX platform. And I quote… “While the Mk1 [1st generation Cruze] was developed by GM Daewoo in South Korea, the Mk2 [Present day Cruze and Equinox] has most of its engineering work led by its European operation, i.e. Opel, in Germany. GM never said so openly (the official tag line is always “developed by GM’s global R&D team”), but in an engineering seminar taken place in Germany 2 years ago, the engineering details of the new car was revealed, and it was known the high-strength steel chassis was developed in Germany. No wonder the car was caught testing many times at Nurburgring.” So there’s something to chew over.

          • Bash

            Great, thanks for the info!

  • Michael_66589

    where is 3.6 V6 ?

    • Benjamin B.

      Not offered. 2.0T makes more power anyway.

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        The 2.0 makes far less power than the outgoing, 300+HP V6, but it is more efficient.

  • Craig

    So where did all of those Holden employees go?

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    I don’t care what badge you put on that vehicle, the design is lame and the last generation model continues to look better than this redesign even with age.


    previous equinox looks better

  • mikelike

    whats a Holden and why ? GM needs to sort out its messy brand , why not a chev equinox ?

    • Steve-O

      Because the Chev brand is a nothing in Aus

  • Benjamin B.

    RIP Holden

  • Benjamin B.

    At least the Aussies have the option of a 6 speed manual.

    • Steve-O

      Which no one will buy

  • KareKakk

    So GM can actually be bothered to build an RHD version of the Equinox in their Canada factory and ship them down under. But they would’nt keep the aussie factories going. Not sure if that was the best choice for the upside downers themselves.