• Apr 2, 2009
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Chevrolet has just announced pricing on its new-for-2010 Equinox crossover, and it will carry an MSRP of $23,185 (including $745 destination), a handy $1,800 less than the outgoing model.

That $23k and change will net you the base front-wheel drive LS model with the 2.4-liter, direct-injection Ecotec four-cylinder. The 182 horsepower engine is pegged to deliver 30 miles-per-gallon on the highway (the same figure quoted for its GMC Terrain sibling) and a further 21 mpg in the city, while the pricier 3.0-liter direct-injected V6 will yield 264 horsepower in exchange for more fuel (18 city/25 highway). All wheel drive is available, although full model and option pricing has not yet been released. Expect to see new Equinox models hitting your local dealership forecourts in June, but for now, check out the press release after the jump and click here for more info from the trucklet's Detroit Auto Show debut.



[Source: General Motors]

PRESS RELEASE:

Chevrolet Announces Pricing For The 2010 Equinox

All-new Equinox base model $1,800 less expensive than 2009 base model

DETROIT - Chevrolet announced the 2010 Equinox crossover will carry a MSRP of $23,185, including a $745 destination charge, for the FWD LS model. It goes on sale this June.

"Offering the fuel economy of a sedan with the functionality of a crossover, the Equinox is a superior value for our customers," said Ed Peper, GM North America vice president, Chevrolet.

Chevy expects its Equinox to have best-in-class fuel economy at 30 MPG with its advanced 4-cylinder, direct injected engine. 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 264 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
* "Advanced" remote starting system that also activates the HVAC system and optional heated seats depending on the outside temperature

Inside, the Equinox features attention to detail, including standard tilt and telescoping steering wheel, standard driver seat power height adjustment and power lumbar, and a number of storage bins: 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.

"Getting best-in-class fuel economy and great storage for less than $24,000 is significant," Peper added. "In fact, the starting price for this all-new model is $1,800 less than the previous generation Equinox."

While the all-new Equinox carries a smaller price than its predecessor, the list of standard content is larger - including more airbags, power lumbar support, and 17" wheels. Combine this added content with the improvements in fuel economy, driving performance and available features, and the value proposition improves even more with the 2010 Equinox.

Chevrolet is one of America's best-known and best-selling automotive brands, and one of the fastest growing brands in the world. With fuel solutions that go from "gas-friendly to gas-free," Chevy has nine models that get 30 miles per gallon or more on the highway, and offers three hybrid models. More than 2.5 million Chevrolets that run on E85 biofuel have been sold. Next year, Chevrolet will offer the Chevy Volt, an extended range electric vehicle that will travel up to 40 miles without using any gas at all. Chevy delivers expressive design, spirited performance and provides the best value in every segment in which it competes. More information on Chevrolet can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, I'm not that impressed with the F/E nor HP numbers of this small crossover specially considering It has Direct Injection

      After seeing how The Ford Escape Manages to get 22 city/28 Highway with the 2.5L I-4 (174 hp) a 6-speed manual trasmission

      And the same engine paired with a 6-speed auto gets 20 city/ 28 Highway.

      Something I really find very interesting is that Ford Managed to get 240 HP out a N/A 3.0L V6 which gets 18 city / 26 Highway while the GM needs direct injections to put out only 264.

      These are EPA numbers, I'm not making this up!

      Go to Fueleconomy.gov and You'll find out

        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, the old Duratec 3.0 from Ford received quite the HP bump. Even the 3.0 from Lexus a bit ago (GS300) only had 245, and it had DI. I dunno. However, I will tell you that I'd choose the GM 3.0 V6 over the Duratec any day. First off, the duratec starts to sound pretty rough after not many miles, and the DI gets better emissions.

        FWIW, the AWD 3.6 in the 2009 Equinox gets 16/24, so this 3.0 getting 18/26 (dunno if thats AWD or FWD) in a heavier vehicle is pretty nice.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So you're saying that like versus like this vehicle does 5-10% better than the Ford? Doesn't sound bad to me.

        The fuel economy difference in the V6s is interesting (although by your standards, it's less than 10%, it's no big deal). 10% more power for DI sounds about right to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is one of their best best current products.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This thing looks amazing in person. Saw it at the auto show, and it really looks like nothing you'd expect from the General - tight body gaps, smooth, sleek, and mechanically and technologically advanced. Hopefully we'll see a lot of these on the roads.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I do have to admit, this is an impressive model. Decent price, decent accoutrements, reasonable price, excellent fuel economy.

      This will certainly help GM move product a bit quicker. I definitely like it better than the RAV-4, Escape and CR-V.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Class-leading fuel economy, relatively attractive... Hopefully the interior will be a bit better than the outgoing model, and you have a pretty attractive small-crossover candidate in my book.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe a silly question, but these all come with automatic transmissions, right? Just making sure that highway mpg number isn't quoted for a manual.

      Assuming this isn't due to crappy tires to pad the mpg numbers, 30mpg is pretty impressive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, 6 speed Automatics to be exact.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a baby Enclave, and there's nothing wrong with that at all.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Similar platform.

        But am I the only one who had no idea a base Equinox was $25k? Are you KIDDING me?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, it's just a Saturn Vue in Chevy flavor.
        • 5 Years Ago
        not quite. they use a related platform, not the same platform
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I think this is going to be a really nice car. You know, for a crossover. Good power (with the V6), good looks, right size, inexpensive. I hope consumers give it a chance.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That new V6 is amazing! It has only one less horsepower than the PFI V6, but is 600cc smaller! Imagine what the next DI 3.6 will make, maybe a VQ37-beating 340hp? Finally, a GM powertrain that one-ups the competition, well, at least until Ford unveils the new DI, twin-turbo four-cylinder.
        • 5 Years Ago
        VQ beating... right up until VQ adds direct injection.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No manual tranny? = NO SALE!!!

      You blew it GM!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        You weren't going to get one anyway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        OMFG, ur so rite! Every sokker mom I talk to wishez there Xover had a cog-swapper! The'd sell tens of these!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Quite an improvement over the old model (especially the engines), and at a lower price. Great things, but too little too late?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a pretty good package. I know it's just a warmed-over VUE, but it's a good warmed-over VUE.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Alex, this is the same platform as the Saturn Vue, Opel Antara. If you're interested, here is a link that explains the GM Theta platforms.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GM_Theta_platform
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