2016 model year Chevrolet Equinox was revealed to the public on 2015 Chicago Motor Show. New version of the popular mid-size SUV will get an updated exterior design, along with slightly updated interior with new upholstery and new equipment.
The price would be quite similar to the current model, so it would cost about $25,000 for basic trim car. Unlike the current generation of Equinox, the new one will be offered only as a 5-seating version. 7-seat version might be available later. The new Chevrolet Equinox is expected to be on sale this fall. The main rivals of the new Equinox might be Ford Escape and Hyundai Santa Fe.
Release date: 2015 fall
2016 Chevrolet Equinox photos
2016 Chevrolet Equinox interior and exterior changes
Despite certain speculations, 2016 model year Chevrolet Equinox received only slightly updated appearance and almost no changes to the overall interior and exterior design. So, we might say that it is only a facelift of 2011 Chevrolet Equinox model.
From the new design exterior – updated SUV decorates a new front fascia and dual grille with chrome finishing, large fog lamps with integrated LED running lights in the bumper high with plastic cover, new headlights and taillights, and a new rims design with the size of 17 or 18 inches. V6 version features a pair of chrome-covered large rectangular-shaped exhaust system pipes with dark plastic diffuser.
Inside, the crossover undergo less changes. Small revisions have been drawing up the instrument panel and steering wheel, gearshift lever design, there is a shelf for storing small things on the center console, and the 7-inch screen entertainment system with rear view camera included in the standard trim level.
Thanks to a sliding rear seats luggage compartment allows to accommodate cargo with capacity of 31,3 cubic ft (889 liters), and if you fold back the seats it is increased up to 63,6 cubic feet (1803 liters).
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2016 Chevrolet Equinox engine lineup
There are no changes in terms of engine lineup. Only 2 engine variants will be available for 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, just like before. The first option is 2.4L direct injection inline 4 cylinder engine producing 182 hp. It is very fuel efficient – 32 mpg rated by EPA (highway).
First engine is available with 6-speed automatic transmission with front wheel drive layout in basic trim. The second option is 3.6L V6 engine available only in high-level trims, developing 301 horsepower and 272 lb ft of torque. 2016 Chevrolet Equinox towing capacity with V6 engine is up to 3 500 lbs. For V6 models all-wheel drive system is available.
2016 Chevrolet Eqinox trim levels and equipment
The new Chevrolet Equinox is highly equipped. The basic L trim has 6 airbags, power steering, ABS, stability system, traction control, rollover prevention system, power adjustable exterior mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, 7-inch multimedia system, rear view camera and 60/40 split folding back seats.
LT trim adding leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated outside mirrors, roof side rails.
The most expensive LTZ trim including the following: sport re-tuned suspension (V6 version only), leather seats, heated front seats, 8-way power seats for both driver and front passenger with memory function, fog lights, remote starter, automatic climate control, auto dimming interior mirror, chrome decorated door handles, outside mirrors, 18-inch chrome decorated alloy wheels.
4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, like in the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, available as an option, along with Safety Package including forward collision alert system and lane departure warning. The new 2016 Chevrolet Equinox is available in 10 different colors.
Article about the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox has been prepared on the basis of peer reviews and rumors from the Internet. The exact release date and the start of sales is unclear, but there is an actual information.
Chevrolet Equinox brand history
The first generation Chevy Equinox was introduced in 2004, it was the first crossover vehicle marketed by GM as compact SUV. It was available only with V6. Equinox has its twin car – Pontiac Torrent, which has different styling and equipment list. Both cars was produced until 2008, with the discontinuation of Pontiac brand and introduction of the second generation Equinox, which was based on different platform and was a representative of mid-size class SUVs, along with GMC Terrain, sharing the same platform. The production began in 2009, and the crossover was slightly updated 3 times mainly got minor updates regarding equipment.
Prices, specifications, options, features of 2016 Chevrolet Equinox could change without notice.