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Now that General Motors will be getting a cash infusion to stay in business at least through January, the automaker plans to unveil some new products at next month's Detroit Auto Show. The first one we can show you is the second-generation 2010 Chevy Equinox. You might recognize the greenhouse from spy photos we published earlier this year in which which the CUV was misidentified as the Cadillac BRX. While the Equinox gets a complete re-skin for 2010, the new CUV's dimensions are within an inch of the current model in all directions.

The Equinox remains a unibody crossover with either front- or all-wheel drive and the same basic suspension layout as before. The platform is an evolution of the current Theta architecture shared with the Saturn Vue. The Equinox's new styling looks more contemporary with prominent wheel arches and the obligatory Chevy twin-port grille. Inside, a new dual cockpit setup looks very similar to the one in the larger Traverse. As expected of any new model these days, the full array of USB audio, Bluetooth and DVD entertainment systems are also now available. Read about the new engines powering the Equinox after the jump.

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The center console bin in the new 2010 Equinox is exceptionally deep, being able to swallow a 15-inch laptop with ease. While the new cockpit layout is attractive with fewer visible seams than the larger Traverse, the pre-production model was saw in person had cheap-looking hard plastics covering the dash. Chevrolet officials promised that production models coming in May would look much better, although hard plastic will apparently still be the order of the day.

A more robust body structure along with a number of other enhancements should make the cabin a quieter place. Triple-sealed doors, laminated acoustical glass and a drag coefficient reduced from 0.42 to 0.36 should make wind noise significantly lower than before. The doors now extend down into the rocker panels (just like the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKS) making step-in easier. The kids in back can also slide their seat fore and aft up to eight inches and recline their seatbacks, as well. An optional DVD entertainment system incorporates two screens that flip up from the seatbacks. In addition, these can be individually controlled so one kid can watch DVDs and the other can play video games.

The current Equinox had an all V6 engine lineup including a pushrod 3.4L that traces its lineage back to the original 1980 Chevy Citation. Existing Equinox Sport models use the 3.6L twin-cam "high-feature" V6 that appears in so many GM products today. Both of these engines have been replaced with new engines that have similar power but are considerably more fuel efficient.

The entry engine for the 2010 Equinox is a 2.4L Ecotec four-cylinder now offered for the first time in normally aspirated and direct-injected form. With 182 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque running through a new 6-speed automatic transaxle, this model will be the fuel efficiency champ of the lineup.The front-drive four-banger should get 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. That's a huge increase over the 17/24 mpg values of the old engine. Unfortunately, while the new base engine's power output virtually matches the old 3.4L, torque is down significantly so towing capacity has dropped from 3,500 lbs to just 1,500 lbs.

Those who need the full 3,500 lbs of towing grunt will opt for the new 3.0L V6. Like the four-cylinder, this one is direct-injected to the tune of 255 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque. Those figures are down a bit from the 264/250 of the old 3.6L, but again the payoff is improved fuel efficiency. Also helping efficiency on both models the four cylinder model is an electric power steering that no longer saps engine power.

No word yet from GM on whether or when either a mild or two-mode hybrid system might be stuffed in the new Equinox to improve mileage further. The new DI four and six-speed automatic combined with the second-generation lithium battery mild hybrid system might even approach the mileage of the Ford Escape hybrid, but hybrids were the one subject no one at GM wanted to officially comment on.

The Equinox shares its platform with the Saturn Vue. With the distinct possibility that Saturn could be euthanized, the two-mode hybrid system from that model would need a new home. Judging by the "no comment on future products" responses that were accompanied by smiles, it seems likely that a hybrid (either next-gen mild or two-mode) will join the Equinox lineup sooner rather than later.



All-new crossover delivers expected segment-best highway fuel economy

DETROIT Chevrolet unveiled the all-new 2010 Equinox, a compact crossover that blends distinctive design with outstanding efficiency. A new, 2.4L direct injection engine helps the Equinox deliver expected best-in-segment estimated highway fuel economy of 30 mpg (EPA certification pending) – a 25-percent improvement over the previous model. Chevrolet expects nearly two-thirds 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, according to Ed Peper, GM North America vice president, Chevrolet.

The Equinox makes its world debut at the North American Auto Show in Detroit next month.

"At a time when customers are so concerned about the fuel efficiency of their vehicle, the Equinox delivers," said Peper. "It offers the roominess and capability of a crossover with great fuel economy. Equinox will provide customers a vehicle filled with refinement, comfort and great value."

The 2010 Equinox goes on sale in mid-2009. It is available in LS, LT and LTZ trim, with available all-wheel-drive. Two new engines are offered, each with fuel-saving direct injection and variable valve timing technology. Vehicle highlights include:

  • New 2.4L Ecotec direct injected I-4 engine estimated at 182 horsepower (135 kW), which delivers an estimated 30 mpg highway, 21 mpg city (EPA certification pending)
  • New 3.0L DOHC direct injected V-6 engine estimated at 255 horsepower (190 kW), which delivers an estimated 25 mpg highway, 18 mpg city (EPA certification pending)
  • Driving range of more than 500 miles (800 km) with both engines, for 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
  • "Smart" remote starting system that also activates the HVAC system and optional heated seats depending on the outside temperature

"With the 2010 Equinox, we focused on appealing to the senses – from the overall design to the feel of the interior," said Peper.

Design details

The design features Chevy's signature global face – the 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, Peper said.

"The new Equinox blends function and style into a very sporty, yet upscale compact crossover," said Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design. "Both the exterior and interior surprise and delight with careful attention to detail."

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, the select use of 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), 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 a multitude of 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, were developed to help deliver best-in-class 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
  • 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
  • Power, programmable 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, according to Peper. 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 of on 2.4L-equipped models that saves nearly 11 miles per tank of gas, or about 572 miles per year (assuming one fill-up per week). With the Equinox's estimated 30 mpg on the highway, the electric power steering system saves the equivalent of approximately one tank of gas each year.

"With the outstanding interior execution and comfort, the stunning exterior design, numerous chassis improvements, and the connectivity to the outside world, the new Equinox is the favorite ride among our engineers," said Tim Herrick, chief engineer. "I have to pull the keys out of their hands in order to take it for a spin myself."

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Chevrolet Equinox LS, LT and LTZ; FWD and AWD

Body style / driveline:

five-passenger, four-door SUV , front-engine, front- or all-wheel drive


welded galvanized steel (except for hood and roof) monocoque

EPA vehicle class:

compact sport utility vehicle

Manufacturing location:

Ingersoll , Ontario, Canada

Key competitors:

Ford Escape, Jeep Liberty, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota RAV4



2.4L DOHC I-4 DI

3.0L DOHC V-6 DI

Displacement (cu in / cc):

145 / 2384

182 / 2994

Bore & stroke (in / mm):

3.46 x 3.85 / 88 x 98

3.50 x 3.15 / 89 x 80.2

Block material:

cast aluminum

sand-cast aluminum with cast-in bore liners

Cylinder head material:

cast aluminum

cast aluminum


DOHC, four valves per cylinder; variable valve timing

DOHC, four valves per cylinder; variable valve timing

Fuel delivery:

electronic direct sequential fuel injection with electronic throttle control

electronic direct sequential fuel injection with electronic throttle control

Compression ratio:



(hp / kW @ rpm):

182 / 135 @ 6700

255 / 190 @ 6500

Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):

174 / 235 @ 4800

214 / 290 @ 5600

Recommended fuel:

regular unleaded

regular unleaded

Emissions controls:

close-coupled catalytic converters; Quick-Sync 24x ignition system; returnless fuel rail; fast-response O2 sensor

close-coupled catalytic converters; Quick-Sync 24x ignition system; returnless fuel rail; fast-response O2 sensor

Estimated fuel economy
(city / hwy):

21 / 30 (FWD)
20 / 27 (AWD)

18 / 25 (FWD)
17 / 24 (AWD)



Hydra-matic 6T45 six-speed automatic electronically controlled

Hydra-matic 6T70 six-speed automatic electronically controlled with manual shift mode

Gear ratios: (:1):






















Final drive ratio:

3.23 (FWD)
3.53 (AWD)




independent strut-type with tuned coil springs; direct-acting stabilizer bar; hydraulic ride bushings


independent four-link with coil springs and trailing arm; stabilizer bar; hydraulic link bushings

Steering type:

rack-mounted electric power steering with 2.4L; hydraulic power rack-and-pinion with 3.0L

Steering ratio:

18.1:1 (2.4L)
17.4:1 (3.0L)

Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock:

3.46 (2.4L)
2.90 (3.0L with 18-inch wheels)
2.80 (3.0L with 19-inch wheels)

Turning circle, curb-to-curb
(ft / m):

40 / 12.2 (with 17- and 18-inch wheels)
42.6 / 13 (with 19-inch wheels



power front and rear vented discs, standard anti-lock brakes

Rotor diameter x thickness
(in / mm):

front: 12.6 x 1.18 / 321 x 30
rear: 11.9 x 0.78 / 303 x 20

Total swept area (cu in / mm):

front: 20.7 / 526
rear: 15.3 / 390


Wheel size and type:

17-inch aluminum (std. with 2.4L)
18-inch aluminum (std. with 3.0L)
19-inch aluminum (opt. with 3.0L)


P225/65R17 all-season steel-belted radial blackwall tires
P235/55R18 all-season steel-belted radial blackwall tires
P235/55R19 all-season steel-belted radial blackwall tires


Wheelbase (in / mm):

112.5 / 2857

Overall length (in / mm):

187.8 / 4771

Overall width (in / mm):

72.5 / 1842

Overall height (in / mm):

66.3 / 1684

Track (in / mm):

front: 62.5 / 1587
rear: 61.8 / 1570

Approach angle (deg):


Departure angle (deg):


Breakover ramp angle (deg):


Minimum ground clearance
(in / mm):

7.8 / 198.5

Ground to rear load floor
(in / mm):

28.8 / 731.2

Curb weight, base (lb / kg):

3770 / 1710

Weight distribution (front / rear):

58 / 42


Seating capacity:


Headroom (in / mm):

front: 39.8 / 1012
rear: 39.2 / 995

Legroom (in / mm):

front: 41.2 / 1046
rear: 37.2 / 946

Shoulder room (in / mm):

front: 55.8 / 1418
rear: 55.3 / 1405

Hip room (in / mm):

front: 55.1 / 1399
rear: 51.3 / 1304


EPA interior volume (cu ft / L):

130.5 / 3695

Passenger volume (cu ft / L):

99.7 / 2822

Cargo volume (cu ft / L):
Maximum behind rear seat:
Maximum behind front seat:

31.4 / 889
63.7 / 1803

GVWR, standard (lb / kg):

4960 / 2250

Payload, base (lb / kg):

1190 / 540

Trailer towing maximum (lb / kg):

1500 / 680 (2.4L)
3500 / 1588 (3.0L)

Fuel tank (gal / L):

18.8 / 71.1 (2.4L)
20.9 / 79.1 (3.0L)

Engine oil (qt / L):

5 / 4.7 (2.4L)
6 / 5.7 (3.0L)

Cooling system (qt / L):

8.9 / 8.5 (2.4L)
10 / 9.5 (3.0L)

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm really not liking the front of the car, the interior is fantastically modern.

      I'll be sure to rent one when GM floods the fleets with them dragging resale into the trash.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And this thing looks happier than the Mazda3, but no one seems to care.
        • 6 Years Ago
        that comment sucked.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Torrent: x2
      • 6 Years Ago
      Tha front is very looks similar with a Hyundai Veracruz.

      I know Chevy and GM is more old-lined company than Japan or Korean car company.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My wife and I bought the first generation Equinox when it first came out, but we got a lemon. We just happened to get a bad one that had some electrical gremlins. It happens.

      Nonetheless, past experience wouldn't stop me from at least considering this new Equinox. The Equinox had a lot of nice features, such as great rear legroom. I think Chevy has done a great job with this, and if the mileage numbers hold up this could be a great car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really like this car, and the interior looks nice. But I'm worried that the high-res photos of the interior shows that the materials aren't as high quality as they might seem, just kind of seems like typical GM.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It definitely has a feminine quality to it, but it works. Chevy is really stepping it up in the design department.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm surprised how close to the concept this remained. This is a very handsome vehicle.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I do agree however, upon further inspection, the dash leaves a lot to be desired. The scuff on the console makes the entire thing look as if it's covered in a really cheap plastic like an airline food tray or PlaySkool big wheel. Other than that, I dig everything else.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it. The interior looks like something from the future as seen from the 60's.

      My only complaint are the chrome rims, the weird antenna sticking out on top, and the side view where it looks like an MB M-Class. Other than that, sweet job, GEE EM!
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's a bit like the last-gen Sequoia from some angles too. I wish the exterior could have been a bit more flowing, but nevertheless, it's definitely an improvement.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i like this new chevy. first the bu got deuglied and now the equniox. whos up next?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Until their current issues are resolved, the Chapter 11 train will arrive right on schedule - no matter how great the new GM vehicles are.

      • 6 Years Ago


        • 6 Years Ago
        Have you not noticed how rental feeling some new Camrys feel? In fact, the only one worth having IMHO is the SE V-6. The SE I-4 is tepid and the other ones feel like you're in a mini Town Car. The interiors aren't that great on sub- SE/XLE models either.

        I drove a RAV4 Sport V-6 before I leased a 2008 Vue Redline as my slippery conditions vehicle. They wanted to rob me almost 33 grand for a loaded one. The Vue I lease stickered for about the same, but the deals were much nicer. Not only that, I have a nicer interior and it drives better. The only thing I liked about the Toyota was the percieved reliability (I've not had a singly niggle with the Saturn) and that it's faster (I'll be taking delivery of a black on black C63 soon, so that matters little).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Putting 30 on the highway sticker for a vehicle this size is impressive. A 3800 lb wagon with 174 high revving ft-lbs of torque and electric steering will probably be a pretty miserable driving experience even by CUV standards, but not too many moms care about that.

      The V6 is awfully high revving as well but with the six speed it may get away with it - if they don't program it to refuse to downshift for mileage.

      That 21 gallon tank in the V6 is long overdue. Entirely too many heavy crossovers that kept the same tank as the sedan platform they came from, stopping for gas every 4 hours is a major drag.

      Looks to me like a winner - or at least about as much of a winner as possible in next year's market. Where was this 2 years ago?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The gearing puts the V6 in an awkward position.
        Lets say you are puttering (in D, not M) at 60mph at 1500rpm (in 6th)
        you put the hammer down, the transmission isn't going to downshift to 2nd gear, 3rd at best.
        That should be about 3750rpm.
        That isn't particularly high revving, and how can you attest to the refinement, or lack thereof.
        If [only] the V6 had the 6t45 & the same axle ratios as the 2.4 I4, 4th gear would be 60mph-3750rpm & 60mph-5200rpm in 3rd gear. That is about 40% more power in this scenario!
        • 6 Years Ago
        High revving in that 215 ft-lbs at the crank - at 5600 rpm, probably more like 200 ft-lbs in the reasonable part of the tach - is pretty weak for a two plus ton AWD vehicle.

        Needing two kickdowns and 4K to merge where a torquier engine (like the also ~250HP non-DI 3.6) can do it in one kickdown and 3200 is giving up refinement.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The V6 has hydraulic power steering.

        What does 'awfully' high revving mean? If the rev limiter is 7000rpm (give or take) on both of these engine, compare that to the 6000rpm rev limiter of the 3800. Except the 3800's power nose dived after 5200, where these engines make power where you need it, finishing a pass.

        The lack of differentiated axle ratios for the V6 looks bad. 2nd gear to 65mph, 3rd gear is going to be about 7000rpm @ 110mph. Fine for V6 front drive, but what about the heavier model with greater traction? (unless GM is going to 'fix' this for the 2011 Sport version of the Equinox. I am so sick of problem, reaction, solution)
        The 9.28% difference in gearing of the 2.4 I4 models looks smart.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree the electric steering will likely remove some of the feel. But the weight distribution is 58/42. It's not going to be a hoot to drive no matter what (although miserable seems like an exaggeration). So I think using electric steering to simplify packaging and add efficiency is quite appropriate here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This Toyota Honda fan is Impressed with the look of that Equinox.

      The present models engine is from CHINA, If this one is American Id
      be very interested, This could help turn GM around, I sure hope they
      have some nice velour on the cloth seats, I HATE today's fabrics, they
      are cheap, rough, and very difficult to clean. I hate the Hard
      interior plastics too, we had better quality in the 90's...

      Come on GM make it feel nice.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Apparently you haven't been in an 07+ G35/G37 have you?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hard interior plastics last longer. And they sell quite well in an Infiniti G35 or a Mazda 3. Why is Chevy held to a different standard?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The switch to metal was actually made long before '07. But the car managed to win car of the year before the switch was made, so I stand behind my argument.

        If a near luxury car can win car of the year at $38K with a hard plastic interior, then hard plastic should be okay in crossover at $25K-$30K.
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