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    Chicago Auto Show: 2016 Chevrolet Equinox


    • The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox - ITS A CROSSOVER


    The current Chevrolet Equinox has been on sale for around 5 to 6 years. Usually, an automaker would give a model this old a redesign. But General Motors is going with the 'if ain't broke, why fix it' mantra with the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox.

    The only real note of change for 2016 Equinox is the exterior. The front end features a larger lower grille and a slim body-color bar. New headlights, reshaped taillights, and new 17- and 18-inch wheels. As for the interior, all Equinox models get a 7-inch touchscreen as standard.

    Powertrains carry over from last year. The base is the 2.4L four-cylinder with 182 horsepower, while a 3.6L V6 with 301 horsepower is optional.

    The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox arrives at dealers later this fall.

    Source: Chevrolet

    Press Release is on Page 2


    Fresh Face: Chevrolet Introduces Restyled 2016 Equinox

    • Premium cues, new safety features enhance Chevy’s record-selling compact SUV

    CHICAGO – Chevrolet today introduced the 2016 Equinox – a contemporized version of the popular compact SUV. Updates include new styling with premium accents, new wheel designs and new available safety features, as well as a larger color touchscreen radio and a standard rear-vision camera for entry-level models.

    The enhanced Equinox goes on sale this fall, building on five years of record sales in the highly competitive compact SUV segment and strengthening Chevrolet’s broad sport utility lineup, which includes the Traverse, the all-new Trax small SUV and the redesigned 2015 Tahoe and Suburban full-size SUVs.

    “Chevrolet Equinox is a pillar of the compact SUV segment, thanks to a value rooted in great style, efficiency, safety and connectivity,” said Alan Batey, president, GM North America. “The enhancements to the 2016 Equinox make a versatile vehicle an even better choice, and demonstrate Chevrolet’s commitment to delivering the broadest lineup of SUVs in the industry.”

    Equinox sales in the U.S. increased to 242,242 in 2014 – the fifth consecutive year of record sales since the second-generation launched as a 2010 model.

    It also held more than 9 percent of the compact SUV market, which surged 17.4 percent in 2014 and accounted for 15.5 percent of the total vehicle market – eclipsing midsize cars for the first time to become the auto industry’s largest segment.

    The roster of new and updated features available on the 2016 Equinox includes:

    • New trim lineup: L, LS, LT and LTZ, a streamlining of the model lineup that eliminates the 1LT and 2LT trims.
    • New front fascia and chrome-accented dual-port grille design – including specific chrome trim on LT and LTZ grilles
    • New, premium projector-beam headlamps on all models helps make the Equinox more visible at night
    • New daytime running lamps on LT and LTZ, with reflector-style lamps on L and LS, and light-emitting diode, (LED) lamps on LT and LTZ that create a distinctive, upscale lighting signature
    • New fog lamps on LTZ
    • New, Chevy-signature dual-element taillamps, revised license plate applique and revised lower rear fascia on all models, with chrome trim on LTZ lower fascia
    • New 17-inch aluminum wheels on LT and new 18-inch aluminum wheels on LTZ
    • New available 17-inch wheel optional on LS model
    • New chrome exhaust outlets on V-6 models
    • Available Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert safety features on LT and LTZ
    • Standard seven-inch-diagonal Color Touch radio (including Bluetooth phone connectivity) and rear-vision camera on L and LS models
    • Revised instrument panel “center stack” with new storage shelf and updated control graphics
    • New, chrome-trimmed transmission shifter with Electronic Range Selector mode buttons relocated to the top of the shifter handle
    • Enhanced interior fabrics in L and LS designed for a premium look and feel
    • New Saddle Up interior color
    • New universal tablet holders available through dealers from Chevrolet Accessories. They mount on the rear of the front seats to provide convenient access for rear-seat passengers.

    “The new face of the Equinox is highlighted by a more expressive execution of chrome accents and premium lighting,” said John Cafaro, executive director of design, global Chevrolet cars. “The result is a modern exterior that’s matched inside with premium features on all trim levels, complementing the Equinox’s enhanced technology and functionality.”

    A compact SUV with big features

    The 2016 Equinox seats five, with all-wheel drive offered on LS, LT and LTZ models. Its roomy interior – with the GM-exclusive MultiFlex sliding rear seat – offers 31.4 cubic feet (889 liters) of cargo space behind the rear seat and 63.7 cubic feet (1,803 liters) with the rear seat folded.

    The standard Ecotec 2.4L direct-injected engine delivers an EPA-estimated 32 mpg on the highway (FWD models). A direct-injected 3.6L V-6 is available with LT and LTZ models and delivers best-in-class 301 horsepower (225 kW) and 272 lb-ft of torque (369 Nm). The V-6 engine also enables a trailering capacity of up to 3,500 pounds (1,588 kg) – capability unmatched by four-cylinder-only competitors.

    Chevrolet MyLink is standard on LT and LTZ models, while OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and built-in Wi-Fi hotpot is offered on all trim levels. Equinox was the first in the segment to offer 4G LTE and it provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the car is on and comes with a three-month/3GB data trial (whichever comes first).

    In addition to available Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert safety features, Equinox also offers Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning as part of comprehensive safety packages.

    Equinox fast facts

    • Chevrolet’s second-best selling vehicle in North America, after Silverado
    • Equinox claimed 9.3 percent of the U.S. compact SUV market in 2014
    • First generation debuted as a 2005 model
    • Second generation introduced as a 2010 model
    • Second generation sales in the U.S. and Canada totaled more than 1 million through the end of 2014
    • More than 1.4 million Equinox vehicles of both generations are on the road.

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    Good to Hear Drew, my worst fear is GM sits back after hitting a home run and not properly refreshing and updating the product line.

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    I was hoping that the MCE'ed GMC Terrain was going to show up with the Equinox reveal, but I guess I need to wait another ~50 days until the NYIAS starts.  I can't say I'm overly impressed with the Equinox update in the front, reminds me of a Traverse Lite model.  But then I'm not a big fan of the current Equinox anyway (Terrain, yes).

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    Looks like tweaks that could have been done 2-3 years ago, with a new model arriving at dealers this year.

     

    This is the re-visitation of typical complacency mentality of GM of the past. It is working, it is selling - let us churn some more oil from it by giving some more band aids. If Drew is correct, it will be an 8-9 year old design by the time it has a full redesign.

     

    I am not a fan of these minor tweaks both physically and principally.

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    Chevy is really getting lazy with these refreshes. First the Cruze, now this. For as long as these have been on the market, they needed to do more than this...

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    let's keep perspective on this.  first, the new cruze is about a year away.  Even if just for one year to refresh the beak (which is basically brand advertising) is worth it sometimes.  People see LED's on other cars and so now the Cruze has them so its in the mix as far as fashion.  Let the 2016 wow them.

     

    Second, the Equinox.  I wonder if people really get how much of a success this vehicle and the Terrain are for GM.  

     

    For the second Equinox to be such a success after the first one was so horrible and cheap is amazing.  GM put a great interior in a vehicle for once, gave the vehicle nice styling, and a roomy package for its size (which GM seldom does) and clearly this vehicle is worthy of the being in the bigger sellers in what is emerging as one of the premier car segments in the US.

     

    Crossovers this size may be overtaking midsize sedans as the main market in the US.  For Chevy to be a player with a 5 year old model is amazing.  The bigger deal is they do not eff up the next one.  Keep it roomy, keep it attractive, keep the nice interior.  

     

    I've never thought the recent Equinox was much of a drive, but that goes to show so many other things matter in crossovers.  In family sedans the drive maybe means more.

     

    We really should be more concerned Chevy does not screw up the next one rather than how long they keep this out there.

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    They still sell very well, Chevy is just buying time to spend more on the next one.  This will be a 2 year only model. 

     

    After checking it out up close, there is only one word I can use to describe this refresh: Insufficient

     

    I didn't need to see it up close to say that.  The interior could have been tweaked easily.  Oooh, a new color!  C'mon, throw in a little accent lighting, a new center stack and maybe a tiny bit more tech, and voila, a worthy two more years on an aging vehicle.  The exterior I would have hoped would have gotten treated the same... a little more done to it would have been nice.  I will say though that the new headlights/taillights give the car a slightly manlier/slightly more muscular look.

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    They still sell very well, Chevy is just buying time to spend more on the next one.  This will be a 2 year only model. 

     

    After checking it out up close, there is only one word I can use to describe this refresh: Insufficient

     

    I didn't need to see it up close to say that.  The interior could have been tweaked easily.  Oooh, a new color!  C'mon, throw in a little accent lighting, a new center stack and maybe a tiny bit more tech, and voila, a worthy two more years on an aging vehicle.  The exterior I would have hoped would have gotten treated the same... a little more done to it would have been nice.  I will say though that the new headlights/taillights give the car a slightly manlier/slightly more muscular look.

     

     

    I hadn't seen any of the press photography or story.  The first I saw the new 'Nox was when they took the sheet off, so I had no idea what the interior looked like until I got up to it.

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    Not bad for an update, but it should have happened in year 4 of the current Equinox, or model year 2013.  I'll give GM the benefit of the doubt for getting their house in order after the bankruptcy, but this update couldn't have cost much.

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    What a shame. I don't want to wait for the all new smaller one for several more years. I want one now. But GM's idiotic move on keeping the noisy underpowered 2.4 that doesn't get it's rated MPG is keeping me from buying one. And I have heard many folks with timing chain issues, oil consumption and spark knock problems with this motor. Making the 200 HP 2.5 from the Colorado/Canyon would have solved most of those issues and even improved mileage some which is what GM should be doing to help get closer to that 35.5 figure as there average.

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    What a shame. I don't want to wait for the all new smaller one for several more years. I want one now. But GM's idiotic move on keeping the noisy underpowered 2.4 that doesn't get it's rated MPG is keeping me from buying one. And I have heard many folks with timing chain issues, oil consumption and spark knock problems with this motor. Making the 200 HP 2.5 from the Colorado/Canyon would have solved most of those issues and even improved mileage some which is what GM should be doing to help get closer to that 35.5 figure as there average.

     

    I'd rather the 2.0T, but otherwise mimic your sentiments. 

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      For 2018, choose between two inline-four-cylinder engines in the Elantra GT. The efficient yet robust, direct injection 2.0-liter makes an estimated 162 peak horsepower. It mates to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Opt for the GT Sport and get the 1.6-liter turbo engine found in the Elantra Sport and enjoy an estimated 201 peak horsepower along with a broad band torque peak of 195 pound feet. The six-speed manual is available here too, or an athletic, seven-speed dual-clutch gear box.
      RIDE AND HANDLING
      Taking advantage of the stiff and strong new structure, Hyundai tested and developed the Elantra GT on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. Running hundreds of laps, the engineers tested for ride, handling, and durability. This resulted in a suspension tune that feels taut yet comfortable, minimizing unwanted body roll yet maximizing wheel impact absorption. Opt for the GT Sport and the rear torsion beam suspension is switched for a fully-independent multilink setup, standard 18” alloy wheels and larger front and rear brake rotors for even more fun when the going gets twisty. All-in-all, whether it’s a spirited drive through a canyon road, or carrying your mountain bike to the trailhead up the canyon, the Elantra GT is ready.
      ILLUSTRIOUS INSIDES
      Aside from great available appointments inside the Elantra GT, like leather seats, alloy pedals, and dual-zone climate control, Hyundai added several new items to keep you comfortable and safe. The Elantra GT is available with conveniences like Infinity Premium Audio with Clari-Fi™, Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and wireless smartphone charging. That’s on top of great standard features such as 8-inch display audio and 17-inch alloy wheels. For safety, the GT is available with several systems usually found in expensive luxury vehicles, such as Smart Cruise Control with stop/start capability, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Attention Assist, High-Beam Assist, and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert.
      Vastly improved structure, Nürburgring refined driving-dynamics, and top-notch features in the new Elantra GT redefine what it means to be a “compact” hatchback.
      ENHANCED HYUNDAI BLUE LINK REMOTE START AND THE BLUE LINK® SKILL FOR AMAZON ALEXA
      Hyundai Blue Link customers have performed more than 25 million remote starts since its debut in 2011. Although remote start is a great feature for hot weather, most take place in cold climates during January, February and March. In fact, Blue Link Remote Start with Climate Control is three times more popular in the winter. With this in mind, Hyundai engineers have enhanced the Remote Start with Climate Control feature to include control of the rear defroster and heated side mirrors into the Blue Link mobile app. These new enhancements debut with the launch of the 2018 Elantra GT and will be available on other models in the future.
      For the ultimate level of convenience when it comes to remote starting a car on a bitterly cold winter morning, Hyundai has its new Blue Link skill for Amazon Alexa. The skill works by a customer simply asking an Alexa-enabled device, like an Amazon Echo or Dot, to start their car. The interaction actually sounds like this “Alexa, tell Blue Link to start my car at 80 degrees.” To send commands to Hyundai vehicles via Alexa, users must enable the Blue Link skill in their Alexa app available on: iOS, Android and Fire devices; and then link their existing Blue Link account within the Alexa app. Voice commands will only be sent to Hyundai vehicles after Alexa prompts owners for their Blue Link Personal Identification Number (PIN).
      NEXT GENERATION INFOTAINMENT: AUDIO/VIDEO/NAVIGATION (AVN) 5.0 WITH HD TRAFFIC
      The 2018 Elantra GT also debuts Hyundai next generation AVN 5.0 infotainment system. This system features an upgraded processor for greater responsiveness, as well as an eight-inch screen vs. the seven-inch screen in last generation Elantra GT. Using presets with AVN 5.0 is a snap because AM, FM and SiriusXM channels are now combined on one screen. A bird’s eye view has also been added to Navigation maps and drivers can now get traffic flow and incident data without ever paying for a subscription via HD Radio.
    • By William Maley
      About two years ago at the SEMA show, Chevrolet showed off a collection of vehicles with a concept trim package known as Red Line. The vehicles featured a number of trim pieces finished in black and red to give off a sinister look. The reaction to these concepts was positive, causing Chevrolet to investigate whether or not to bring this into production.
      This morning, Chevrolet revealed the Redline special edition. This brings a set of black wheels with red hash marks, blacked-out grilles, black Bowtie badges, and black nameplates with red outlines. Chevrolet mentions that each model in the Redline lineup will have their own exclusive touches. For example, the Silverado and Colorado will get red tow hooks.
      Chevrolet will offer eight Redline special edition models. Aside from the Silverado and Colorado, Redline will be available on,
      Cruze LT (sedan and hatchback) Malibu LT Camaro LT/SS (coupe and convertible) Trax LT Equinox LT Traverse Premier Chevrolet says you can order the Silverado Redline right now. Other models will be available later this year.
      Source: Chevrolet
      Press Release is on Page 2
      REDLINE TAKES CHEVROLET DESIGN TO THE NEXT LEVEL
      Broadest cross-portfolio special edition offers customized vehicles right from the factory CHICAGO – Today, Chevrolet announced the introduction of the Redline special edition series at the Chicago Auto Show. Available on nine Chevrolet cars, trucks and crossovers, Redline is the broadest cross-portfolio special edition ever offered by the brand.
      Redline made its debut in concept form at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Inspired by a strong positive reception from customers and the success of special editions across the portfolio, Chevrolet expanded Redline across nine vehicles in the car, truck and crossover segments:
      Cruze LT (sedan and hatchback) Malibu LT Camaro LT/SS (coupe and convertible) Trax LT Equinox LT Traverse Premier Colorado LT Silverado Double Cab LT Z71, Crew Cab LTZ Z71 “Redline is another example of Chevrolet bringing SEMA concepts to showrooms,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “The SEMA show has proven to be a great way to identify customization trends in the industry, and quickly apply those trends to our most popular Chevrolet models. Based on the strong interest Redline attracted at the show, we believe they will be very popular with customers looking for standout cars, trucks, and crossovers.” 
      All Redline vehicles are equipped with black wheels featuring distinct red hash marks, black nameplates with a red outline, blacked-out grilles and black Chevrolet bowtie logos.
      From there, vehicles feature design elements tailored to the preferences of those specific customers. For example, the Silverado and Colorado Redlines feature red tow hooks, while Camaro Redline features unique black hash marks above the wheels, a design cue taken from Chevy’s long heritage in motorsports.
      “Our special edition lineup has been popular with customers and dealers, alike” said Sweeney. “Since the introduction of special editions on vehicles the like Silverado and Camaro, vehicle average transaction prices have increased, time to turn has decreased, and conquest rates have risen, which has contributed to making Chevrolet the fastest-growing brand in the industry two years in a row.”
      Silverado Redlines are the first available for purchase; orders can be placed at Chevrolet dealerships now. Availability will be cadenced, and all Redline vehicles will be available for purchase by the end of 2017 calendar year.

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