Chevrolet is making plans to bring in a newly redesigned five seat 2016 Chevrolet Equinox which shall become a representation of the new generation models. General Motors has previously stated that Chevrolet Equinox has been doing pretty well by recording increased sales annually since its 2009 year launch. However, GM is not resting on this success and it wants to give Equinox mild refreshment for the 2016 year model. The automaker aims at making Chevrolet Equinox a more competitive SUV against its rivals like Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5. This move is necessary since some of its rivals have been through some facelifts while others are quite new in the auto world.
2016 Chevrolet Equinox: Redesign Exterior and Interior
The automaker has remained very secretive in terms of its interior and exterior features. However, this model has been spotted a number of times on a road test and one observation is that it will be made out of light weight materials. The refreshed exterior will acquire a new grille more wide grille. It is said to be based on a D2XX architecture which is the same platform used in building Buick Envision offered in China. The new 2016 Chevrolet Equinox will be smaller with reduced weight and better fuel economy.
Given the reduced size of the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, its automakers will have to be cautious enough to ensure it continues to be spacious. As for its interior, people might have to wait a little bit longer to get the exact information. Its aerodynamics shall be improved greatly owing to the upgraded design.
2016 Chevrolet Equinox: Engine Options
Apart from the improved design and use of modern materials, this redesigned model, 2016 Chevrolet Equinox will run on new engines. All the eight engines offered in the outgoing model will be carried over to this model. The first engine option will be a 2.4 liter four cylinder DOHC engine which will be available in a six speed automatic transmission and four wheel or all wheel drive systems. In order to raise this auto’s standard levels and to enable it to meet the customer’s expectations, its manufacturer will offer a new stronger engine which shall e a 3.6 liter V6 combined with a six speed automatic transmission. This powerful unit generates 310 horsepower and 272 pounds-feet of torque. With this powertrain, the new 2016 Chevrolet Equinox will be able to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in about 6.7 seconds. Besides the above engines, this redesigned model will be equipped with a modern four cylinder power units. The first one will be 2.0 liter turbocharged while the second one will be a 2.5 liter engine generating 196 horses and 253 pounds-feet of torque. Given these engine offers and the expected plug-in hybrid propulsion system, it is evident that the new 2016 Chevrolet Equinox shall be a serious competitor among other SUV models in the market.
2016 Chevrolet Equinox: Price, Release Date and Competitors
As earlier mentioned, 2016 Chevrolet Equinox will be offered in eight trims and each trim will come with its own price tag. These different prices include $ 24 400 for the LS FWD version, $ 26 190 for the LS AWD version, $ 26 085 for the 1LT FWD model, $ 27 835 for the 1LT AWD model, $ 27 955 for the 2LTFWD, $ 29 705 for the 2LT AWD, 31 600 Dollars for LTZ FWD and $ 33 500 for LTZ AWD version. The model is likely to be unveiled in summer of 2015. It will compete with models like Buick Anthem and GMC Terrain.