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2015 Chevrolet Equinox news, pictures, specifications, and information

2015 CHEVROLET EQUINOX CONNECTIVITY ENHANCED WITH ONSTAR 4G LTE

A popular crossover vehicle lauded for its spacious interior, efficiency and convenience, Chevrolet Equinox rolls into 2015 wîth new connectivity features that help drivers maintain their active lifestyles, including OnStar wîth 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotpot. It provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the car is on and comes wîth a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial.

Advanced safety features, including forward collision alert and lane departure warning, are available and contribute to Equinox's comprehensive passenger protection features. In fact, they helped Equinox earn a coveted Top Safety Pick+ recommendation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, receiving a Good rating in the Institute's small overlap front crash test (2014 model wîth forward collision alert tested and recommended).

The 2015 Equinox seats five, and is offered in LS, LT (1LT and 2LT trims) and LTZ models, wîth available all-wheel drive. Its roomy interior offers more headroom than competitors and cargo space of 31.4 cubic feet (889 liters) behind the rear seat and 63.7 cubic feet (1,803 liters) wîth the rear seat folded.

Equinox delivers connectivity and entertainment options wîth Chevrolet MyLink (standard on LT and LTZ), as well as an available rear-seat, dual-player DVD entertainment system wîth dual displays in the front seatbacks.

With the standard Ecotec 2.4L direct-injected engine, the FWD Equinox achieves an EPA-estimated 32 mpg on the highway. A direct-injected 3.6L V-6 is available on LT and LTZ models and delivers best-in-class 301 horsepower (225 kW) and 272 lb-ft of torque (369 Nm).

Vital Stats
Engine : 2.4 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 182 hp
Torque: 172 ft-lbs

Engine : 3.6 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 301 hp
Torque: 272 ft-lbs

6-speed Automatic, 6-speed Automatic
Chevrolet supports Equinox owners wîth two years/24,000 miles (whichever comes first) of scheduled maintenance, which covers four services of an oil change, tire rotation and 27-point inspection. It complements the three-year/36,000-mile (whichever comes first) bumper-to-bumper limited vehicle warranty and five-year/100,000-mile (whichever comes first) powertrain limited warranty for peace of mind.


Equinox exterior
Equinox wears Chevrolet's signature global face – a two-tier grille and prominent gold bowtie insignia – that combines wîth strong fender shapes, distinctive premium roofline, wraparound headlamps and dual round taillamps. Projector-style headlamps are standard on LTZ.

Equinox also stands out wîth a multi-dimensional hood, wraparound rear side glass and wheels-at-the-corners stance. The fascias on all models are body colors, wîth charcoal lower sections on LS and LT models and bright lowers on LTZ.

Chrome packages are available on LT models. They include chrome door handles, heated and power-adjustable outside mirrors, and 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels.

Additional exterior features include:

◾Integrated rocker panels make getting in and out of the Equinox easier
◾Chrome trim and flush-fitting, 'exposed edge' windshield and rear glass provide an upscale appearance and reduce wind noise
◾Range of 17-, 18- and 19-inch wheels – including standard chrome-clad wheels on LTZ
◾Programmable power liftgate is standard on LTZ and available on 2LT (included wîth available Power Convenience Package).

Exterior colors include: Blue Velvet Metallic, Sea Grass Metallic, Silver Topaz Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Black Granite Metallic, Summit White, Black, Crystal Red Tintcoat, White Diamond Tintcoat, Champagne Silver Metallic and Tungsten Metallic.

Flexible space for passengers and cargo

Equinox's interior is designed for comfort, convenience and versatility. The standard MultiFlex sliding rear seat can offer passengers the most rear legroom in its class. It travels nearly eight inches fore and aft, providing up to 39.9 inches (1,015 mm) of real legroom. 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.

Family-friendly features include several storage bins, an oversized glove box, a closed storage bin under the center armrest big enough to accommodate a laptop computer, four 12-volt power outlets and eight cup and bottle holders.

Equinox is also a quiet and refined vehicle. Noise-absorbing elements in the chassis, engine compartment, interior and windshield glass make the cabin one of the quietest in the §egmènt. 2.4L models feature Active Noise Cancellation that contributes to exceptional quietness and efficiency.

Additional interior features include:
◾Available Chevrolet MyLink radio wîth navigation
◾Air conditioning is standard on all models, wîth automatic climate control standard on 2LT and LTZ
◾Leather-appointed seating is standard on LTZ and available on 2LT
◾Úniversal home remote is standard on LTZ and available on 2LT wîth the power convenience package
◾Eight-way power front passenger seat is standard on LTZ and available on 2LT wîth the power convenience package
◾Heated front seats are standard on LTZ
◾Rear-vision camera is standard on LT and LTZ
◾Adaptive remote start that also activates the front and rear defrosters, heated seats and outside heated mirrors when the temperature is 45 degrees F (7 C) or colder
◾Ice-blue ambient lighting accentuates key areas of the cabin and provides an upscale look and feel
◾Audio system wîth SiriusXM (with trial period), CD and MP3/WMA capability is standard on LS
◾Color touch-screen radio wîth SiriusXM (with trial period), wîth MP3 capability, ÚSB port and iPod support, is standard on LT and LTZ
◾Available Pioneer Premium System wîth eight speakers and 250 watts of output.

Interior color and trim choices:
◾Cloth seating wîth Light Titanium/Jet Black or Jet Black interior colors (LS)
◾Premium cloth seating wîth Light Titanium/Jet Black or Jet Black interior colors (1LT and 2LT)
◾Perforated leather-appointed seating wîth Light Titanium/Jet Black, Jet Black or Brownstone/Jet Black interior colors (standard on LTZ and available on 2LT).

MyLink and OnStar 4G LTE
Chevrolet MyLink is standard on LT and LTZ models, wîth navigation available on LTZ and 2LT. Each is integrated wîth Equinox's advanced audio system.

Enhanced connectivity and convenience wîth MyLink includes text message support and Siri Eyes Free. With text message support, the driver can be alerted to new messages and can have them read aloud, view and respond to them (functionality depends on the smartphone). Siri Eyes Free enables iPhone4S and iPhone 5 users to access Siri via the §teering wheel controls and check calendar entries, have text messages read and respond to them, place calls or call up music.

Android phone users can also use the §teering wheel controls to access their phone's voice recognition features.

Additional MyLink features include:
◾Hands-free voice control system powered by Nuance®, which allows simple voice commands to initiate phone calls and select radio stations or media from portable MP3 players and smart phones
◾Pandora Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio allow users to create personalized radio stations based on favorite artists or genres. MyLink integrates control of both of these apps for a driver-directed listening experience
◾Gracenote® identifies the music collection on the driver's ÚSB device, MP3 player or smart phone and presents information such as artist name, genres and album cover art on the MyLink screen
◾ÚSB connectivity adds the ability to play music files directly from flash memory devices, and gives the customer the ability to update MyLink wîth future enhancements.

Complementing MyLink to enhance Equinox's connectivity is new OnStar wîth 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. It provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on and comes wîth a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial.

4G LTE is the most current and fastest mobile data network – 10 times faster than 3G and 100 times faster than the previous generation of OnStar hardware. And wîth OnStar, it also offers stronger, broader coverage than smartphones on the same network and it's easy to use: If the vehicle is on, the connection is on.

At the time of purchase, six months OnStar Directions and Connections includes all of OnStar's advisor-based safety and security features, including Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Assistance, as well as Turn-by-Turn navigation. (posted on conceptcarz.com)

Five years of OnStar Basic Plan includes RemoteLink Key Fob Services, allowing owners to remotely start and lock/unlock a car (if properly equipped), and activate the horn and lights from anywhere wîth a data connection. It also includes OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, which runs monthly checks of a vehicle's engine, transmission, anti-lock brakes and more, and Dealer Maintenance Notification, which sends a diagnostic report directly to a preferred dealer to simplify service scheduling.

Chassis and suspension
Equinox is built on a body-integral structure wîth single-piece body side stampings and targeted applications of high-strength steel. These elements create a solid, quiet driving experience. Additional features include:
◾Strong structure wîth four-wheel independent suspension system for greater control and driver feedback
◾Rack-mounted electronic power §teering on 2.4L-equipped models; hydraulic power rack-and-pinion §teering on 3.6L V-6-equipped models
◾Available all-wheel drive
◾Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control and rollover mitigation technology help keep the vehicle in its intended path in the event of an emergency maneuver
◾Trailering anti-sway control and hill hold assist feature
◾Standard four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes wîth traction control, hill-start assist and electronic brake force distribution to help maximize braking performance.

Powertrain details
Both the standard Ecotec 2.4L engine and available 3.6L V-6 in the Equinox feature fuel-saving direct injection and continuously variable valve timing technology. The 2.4L delivers 182 horsepower (136 kW) wîth an EPA-estimated highway fuel economy rating of 32 mpg (FWD models).

The 3.6L is rated at 301 horsepower (225 kW) and 272 lb-ft of torque (369 Nm). This engine uses lightweight components that contribute to the Equinox's fuel efficiency while boosting its horsepower. An integrated cylinder head/exhaust manifold design saves about 13 pounds compared to a non-integrated design, while a composite intake manifold saves about 5.5 pounds vs. an aluminum intake. Additionally, a lightweight structural front cover and high-strength connecting rods save additional weight.

An efficient six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models and an 'Eco' transmission mode on 2.4L-equipped models alters shift points to improve fuel economy.

Safety and crash-avoidance features
Equinox is built on a solid structure that includes strategic applications of high-strength steel to protect occupants in the event of a crash. And it is equipped wîth safety features designed to avoid crashes or protect occupants in the event of one, including:
◾Six standard air bags including dual frontal air bags, head curtain side air bags and pelvic/thorax seat-mounted side air bags
◾Standard four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes wîth Electronic Brake Force Distribution, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, traction control and rollover mitigation.
◾Rear-vision camera that helps drivers identify objects behind the vehicle is standard on LTZ and 2LT and available on 1LT
◾Standard tire pressure monitoring system
◾Daytime running lamps make the Equinox more visible to other drivers and to pedestrians
◾Forward collision alert, lane departure warning and rear park assist are standard on LTZ and available on 2LT.

Source - Chevrolet
A mid-size crossover SUV, the Equinox was produced by Chevrolet and based on GM's Theta unibody platform. Well known for its exceptional ride quality, safe and secure handling, the Equinox features a remarkably roomy second-row seat that slides on a track to increase passenger foot room or improves cargo space in the back. Introduced in 2004 for the 2005 model year, the SUV was manufactured at CAMI Automotive plant in Intersoll, Ontario, Canada. Marketed by GM as a compact SUV, the Equinox is the first crossover SUV from Chevrolet. Mechanically, the Equinox is similar to the Saturn Vue, Pontiac Torrent, the GMC Terrain and the 2007 Suzuki XL7. The Torrent and the Equinox though are bigger than the Vue and rode on a 112.5-inch wheelbase, 5.9 inch longer than the Saturn. One of the four then-new crossover vehicles with the same underpinnings, only the Equinox survives. The 2005 Equinox was considered just the right size, a bit larger than compact crossovers like the Escape, yet smaller than three-row mid-size models like the Highlander. The Equinox replaced the Chevy Tracker and became the ideal bridge between full-size SUV and passenger sedan.

With all-wheel drive optional, front wheel drive on the Equinox was standard. Unlike truck-based Chevy Tahoe and Trailblazer, the Equinox wasn't built for serious off-roading. The Equinox was updated for the first time in 2006 as GM added badges to the front doors. With a broad array of standard comfort and convenience features, the Equinox is considered a bargain with its modest price tag and luxury features.

Shanghai GM produced the 3.4 L LNJ V6 engine, while Japan made the Aisin AF33 automatic transmission. During 2009 the Equinox wasn't sold in Mexico. Late in November of 2009 though the marketing of the Chevy Equinox resumed for the 2010 model year. Once again during the 2011 model year the Equinox was no longer sold in Mexico.

A Sport model of the Equinox was added to the lineup in 2008. It featured the new 3.6 DOHC V6 engine and had a lowered ride height. With 40% increase in the engine, it allowed acceleration from 0-60mph in just less than 7 seconds. The outside of the Sport model was modified slightly from the regular model. It received a six-speed automatic transmission and had 18-inch wheels. The Sport was available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations. GM chose to reserve the SS nomenclature for models more worthy of the title rather than it had in the past using the Super Sport badge on higher performance vehicles. So the Sport was the first vehicle to reflect GM's new more cautious naming standards.

The LTZ model was added to the lineup and was differentiated by its 17-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, bright chrome luggage rack side rail inserts and bright chrome door handles. On the inside, standard featured included leather seating inserts, heated front seats, head curtain side impact air back, MP3 CD playback capability, AM/FM stereo with six-disc in-dash CD changer, and a Pioneer premium seven-speaker audio system. The LTZ model featured an identical ride and handling package as LS and LT models.

2008 Equinox models received three new exterior colors: Black Granit Metallic, Golden Teal Metallic and Navy Blue Metallic. The compass readout was moved from the inside rearview mirror the driver information center for this year. The 2008 Equinox received OnStar as a standard feature. This system was the first factory-installed, fully integrated GPS navigation system from OnStar and included Turn-by-Turn Navigation. Standard this year were four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and tire pressure monitoring system. New this year was an improved ride and handling package with stiffer shocks, tuned spring rates and bushings. Optional to the Equinox were head curtain side air bags.

Integrated into the standard StabiliTrak system was an Electronic Trailer Sway Control. This function could sense the occurrence of trailer sway that could be caused by improper trailer weight balance or excessive motor speed. If the trailer starts to sway, StabiliTrack will apply the brakes individually, to help stabilize the vehicle, independent of the driver controlling the brake pedal. A light will flash to tell the driver to reduce vehicle speed under these conditions. The system will reduce engine torque to reduce the speed of the car if the trailer continues to sway.

Sold exclusively for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, a Team Canada Edition trim 2009 Equinox was available. Similar to the Pontiac Torrent Podium Edition, this trim package added a sunroof, chrome-clad wheels, special badging and a premium sound system.

GM announced the Equinox's second generation on December 21, 2009.
It continued to be assembled in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. It was introduced at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and was available for purchase in June of 2009. Constructed on a stiffened version of the same 'Theta' platform as the previous model, the new Equinox featured better fuel economy due to a pair of new gasoline direct injection engines. Though earlier '10 model featured the GM badges, they were eventually removed.

This generation featured a new 2.4-liter straight-4 engine produced in the US that produced 182 hp and 172 lb/ft of torque. It could achieve up to 22 mpg city, and 32 mpg highway. The 3.0-liter V6 engine was optional and could produce 264 hp and 214 lb/ft of torque with fuel economy at 17-mpg city and 25-mpg highway. Both powertrains featured six-speed automatics and all-wheel-drive systems that were optional with front-wheel-drive being standard.

For 2013 the Equinox underwent an update. The LS and LTZ models now feature fog lights resumed on LTZ and LT. The LT and LTZ trim levels now feature the High Feature LFX engine. The backup camera will now be updated to feature full-capacity directions for safety. These updates will only affect models that were branded beginning in the 2014 models, so these models will reach the market late in 2013.

GM sales for the Chevrolet Equinox in 2004 reached 84,024 units sold. For 2005 they soared to 130,542 before dipping to 130,542 in 2006. For 2007 they went down to 89,552, and 67,447 units sold in 2008. They rose in 2009 to 86, 148 and continued to rise in 2010 to 149,979 and up to 193,274 in 2011 and even higher at 218,621 in 2012.

Using hydrogen for fuel with water as its only exhaust, the Chevrolet Equinox Fuel cell utilizes the fourth-generation hydrogen technology found in the Chevy Sequel concept that was debuted in September of 2009. Designed for only 50,000 miles of driving, the fuel cell is engineered to be operable in subfreezing temperatures during its lifetime. The Equinox Fuel Cell makes the Equinox about 500 pounds heavier than the original model and takes away about one inch less of ground clearance. To help combat this loss the car features aluminum doors and a carbon fiber hood. It takes it headlights from the Pontiac Torrent.

Calculating the fuel savings in comparison to that of a gasoline-powered Equinox is a dashboard mounted screen. It also features a kilowatt meter and a fuel cell energy display. Replacing the exhaust pipe is four vapor outlets. Giving the Equinox a range of 200 miles, three carbon-fiber fuel tanks store up to a maximum of 9.25 pounds of gaseous hydrogen at 10,000 psi. The Equinox Fuel Cell is certified by the EPA as a ZEV, or zero-emission vehicle. A total of 115 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell cars were constructed by GM and used in numerous target areas in 2007 to 2008 as part of a comprehensive plan called 'Project Driveway'.

Meeting all of 2007 federal safety standard, the Equinox Fuel Cell includes safety features like traction control system and ABS. It also included GM's OnStar telematics service, which gave drivers advice on operating the car, along with information on nearby hydrogen filling stations.

An all-electric converted battery electric vehicle version of the Chevrolet Equinox was produced by Amp Electric Vehicles. Already they have sold their initial electric Equinox to Dayton Power & Light. They also have a five-year 1,000 SUV order from Northern Lights Energy in Iceland.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Equinox
http://www.thecarconnection.com/cars/chevrolet_equinox#mainReview
http://www.rogersautogroup.net/Chicago/Chevrolet/Dealer/Equinox.htm

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