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    Next Chevrolet Malibu To Become Competitive


    • GM Works Hard On The Next Malibu

    What can you say about the Chevrolet Malibu? Not much that is very positive to it. The model feels rushed and despite an emergency refresh, sales have been declining during the year. General Motors is hoping to change their fortunes by "hustling" a new Malibu to come out in a year.

    GM's head of global product development, Mark Reuss said at a investor presentation that the next Malibu will have "groundbreaking design but also groundbreaking technology."

    "When is the last time you saw a [midsize] car this distinctive and this dramatic from General Motors?" Reuss said to investors when showing a picture of the next Malibu.

    Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    "When is the last time you saw a [midsize] car this distinctive and this dramatic from General Motors?" Reuss said to investors when showing a picture of the next Malibu.

    1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue

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    "When is the last time you saw a [midsize] car this distinctive and this dramatic from General Motors?" Reuss said to investors when showing a picture of the next Malibu.

    1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue

     

     

    Why the Intrigue? Genuinely wondering here..

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    "When is the last time you saw a [midsize] car this distinctive and this dramatic from General Motors?" Reuss said to investors when showing a picture of the next Malibu.

    1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue

     

     

    Why the Intrigue? Genuinely wondering here..

     

     

    compared to it's rather stodgy contemporaries and predecessors it had a more revolutionary look.   A 98 Impala looked like a Malibu with smoked headlights. The Century and Regal both looked really "old people". The Grand Prix looked like a rounder version of the prior model.  GM's other midsizers were the Malibu/Cutlibu, the N-Body Alero and Grand Am were brand new, but even though the Alero shared the same theme with it's bigger brothers, it didn't wear it as well..... if you think about it, "the most dramatic midsize from GM" really isn't a very high bar to cross.  

     

    Honda/Nissan/Toyota were still (are still?) suffering from G.A.S. Over at Ford, they still had the bug-eyed Taurus and Sable. Chrysler was fairing better with the attractive new LH cars, but those don't meet Mark's qualifier of "from GM".

     

    The Intrigue was the rather revolutionary 1994 Aurora look applied to a mid-size car that most people could afford.  Nearly all of the commercials showed the car in black (it's best color IMHO) and made vague references to the idea of stealth and tied it in with X-files which was popular at the time. 

     

    I'd say that the newest Impala would rank up there as better, but I believe that is considered a full size car now, nothing else since the Intrigue from GM would even qualify and meet the criteria that Mark set.

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    The last sedan at GM that really changed things was the 08 Malibu. Compared to the previous cars it was a major step forward and is still seen as a solid good car. It looked good and more expensive than it was. It offered good engines and the ride and room was great.

     

    What hurt this gen Malibu was it never saw a real update and got old in a fast moving segment.

    GM had the present Malibu set around 2008 and was going to put it into play much sooner than they did but ran out of money. By the time they got it out they had to rush things to beat the Fusion. GM knew the car needed help and that is why the fixes they did offer cam the following year. They were planned before the car came out but it was too late to wait for them.

    The new model was well on the way and will not suffer the issues of the present car. They have had the time and money to do this one right as the have done with the C7. This is the car they would have liked to had in 2012 but it was just not ready. 

    the present car was just a gap filler for an aging 08 BU and the new 2016 model. The fact Is GM knew they had  hand that was lacking aces but sometimes you just have to bluff to buy time till the next hand and that is what is going on.

     

    The 2012-13 model was old before it even appeared and they knew it. But when it is all you have you just have to buy time. The previous model was a good car but it would have never held up till 2016 in this segment. 

     

    I own one and I know first hand. Good car but far from state of the art today.

     

    I wish GM could relate many of these back stories publically that leak out. It make a lot of sense of many senseless acts.

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    The last sedan at GM that really changed things was the 08 Malibu. Compared to the previous cars it was a major step forward and is still seen as a solid good car. It looked good and more expensive than it was. It offered good engines and the ride and room was great.

     

    What hurt this gen Malibu was it never saw a real update and got old in a fast moving segment.

    GM had the present Malibu set around 2008 and was going to put it into play much sooner than they did but ran out of money. By the time they got it out they had to rush things to beat the Fusion. GM knew the car needed help and that is why the fixes they did offer cam the following year. They were planned before the car came out but it was too late to wait for them.

    The new model was well on the way and will not suffer the issues of the present car. They have had the time and money to do this one right as the have done with the C7. This is the car they would have liked to had in 2012 but it was just not ready. 

    the present car was just a gap filler for an aging 08 BU and the new 2016 model. The fact Is GM knew they had  hand that was lacking aces but sometimes you just have to bluff to buy time till the next hand and that is what is going on.

     

    The 2012-13 model was old before it even appeared and they knew it. But when it is all you have you just have to buy time. The previous model was a good car but it would have never held up till 2016 in this segment. 

     

    I own one and I know first hand. Good car but far from state of the art today.

     

    I wish GM could relate many of these back stories publically that leak out. It make a lot of sense of many senseless acts.

     

    The '08 Malibu could have and should have been just refreshed rather than do the car we have today. Update the front/rear facias. Update the engines. Freshen the dash.  It would have been far better than what they've got now if only for passenger room concerns.   They may not have beaten the Camry, but they wouldn't be taking a negative 7% hit in sales growth. 

     

    Buickman is in the comments of that article talking about how the car just isn't marketed properly... but that's bull.  It is a severely compromised car when compared to the competition.  I don't even like the Fusion, but I'll still pick one over the Malibu.  Which is sad because I really liked the '08.

     

    Yes, I've driven them all. 

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    Sorry I own the last gen and a refresh would not have worked well either. This class is just too competitive and fast changing.

     

    The goal here was to increase the MPG and lose a little weight and that is what they did. The car really needed a new platform and that is what we will get in the new car. The weight will drop and we will get more rear leg room.

    Marketing is not good and I do agree with that. But even marketing can not fix all that was wrong.

    GM's marketing sucks on nearly all their products but yet it the product is class leading it still sells in great numbers in spite of there failures.

     

    This was just a tough time in a tough segment. They needed a new car and a new platform and only had one of the two. They made due the best they could till the platform was ready. In business you just can't always get what you want and this was one of those times.

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    Stopped by the dealership I ordered my truck from on Sunday (their site was showing a Trax, it was not there) and ran across a couple in their 60s riding in an Altima that was a couple years old.  He was looking around like I was, and then he spoke up:  they are advertising '14 Malibus at big savings... but all we could find were 15s.

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    The Alero and Intrigue were both good cars, especially the Intrigue.  You got a lot for the money, good looks, DOHC V6, better interior thatn what the CamCord or Chevy's had and not much more money and it had a sporty but comfy and class persona too.  Sort of what today's Mazda 6 is like, a bit unique looking, nice driving car that gives good value.

     

    The Malibu has sucked for years, the late 90s one was old school GM rubbish, in 2004 they brought out the new one that was supposed to grown in size and be competitive with the Camry, and it wasn't.   Then in 2008 they said the same thing, another fail.  2013 same result.

     

    I don't see what Chevy is going to do this time to fix the problem.  The Cruze has crept up in size and price, the Impala isn't that much more expensive, the Malibu gets squeezed in its own showroom, and there are probably 8 other mid size sedans that are better.  I think this is another example of Ruess over selling and under delivering.  What "groundbreaking technology" is going to be in a Malibu that wasn't in a Cadillac last year.  Unless they make the Malibu a Transformer than turn into a giant robot or turn into a cool car, I don't think people will want one.

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    The Alero and Intrigue were both good cars, especially the Intrigue.  You got a lot for the money, good looks, DOHC V6, better interior thatn what the CamCord or Chevy's had and not much more money and it had a sporty but comfy and class persona too.  Sort of what today's Mazda 6 is like, a bit unique looking, nice driving car that gives good value.

     

    The Malibu has sucked for years, the late 90s one was old school GM rubbish, in 2004 they brought out the new one that was supposed to grown in size and be competitive with the Camry, and it wasn't.   Then in 2008 they said the same thing, another fail.  2013 same result.

     

    I don't see what Chevy is going to do this time to fix the problem.  The Cruze has crept up in size and price, the Impala isn't that much more expensive, the Malibu gets squeezed in its own showroom, and there are probably 8 other mid size sedans that are better.  I think this is another example of Ruess over selling and under delivering.  What "groundbreaking technology" is going to be in a Malibu that wasn't in a Cadillac last year.  Unless they make the Malibu a Transformer than turn into a giant robot or turn into a cool car, I don't think people will want one.

     

    ground breaking for a midsize no-lux brand

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    We've heard this before on practically every Malibu since it was reintroduced for 1997.  Even the 1988 Beretta/Corsica was supposed to wow us with their quality and sleek designs.  The current Malibu was supposed to blow our socks off with its supposedly sporty, Camaro-inspired styling, but it's been a dud.  The front seat is a decent place to be, but just about everything else about the car is a little off.  That being said, I have a little more confidence in GM this time because their recent new vehicle introductions have almost all have been competitive, if not best in class.

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    bobo that is just it this is no longer the underfunded GM.

     

    This time I expect they will follow through as they now have the money to do it right and this time they had the time to get the new platform they needed.

     

    In the past GM was just buying time and trying to make due with what they had. I have had several program managers tell me that this is what we wanted to do but ran out of money before we got there. This is why the Camaro always had a solid driveline and always sucked once you got inside the car. Scott said by the time they got inside the money was gone. This no longer applies.

     

    As for the packaging yes that has long been an issue. Often the platforms were carried over so long that the hard points would get in the way and they could only do what the could to make a new or better car.

    Lutz was limited on the W body as the hard points were in place. The Camaro was limited as the Zeta hard points were in place. The Nox has a lot of wasted space for its size but the older Theta hard points limited what they could do with packaging.

     

    In the case of the Malibu I feel they were trying to cut mass and the only way they could with that car was to shorten it up. They wanted a few more MPG and tried to get it with the rear leg room. It was a risk that did not pay off. It really hurt because the previous car had so much room.

    Also I feel they had room to give because the Impala was coming and they wanted to move the Malibu down in size.

     

    Either way the new platform will be lighter and will have much better packaging because of the expandability of the new platform.

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    E2XX platform which from my understanding is not the same as the Epsilon II. We do not know the details yet but it is not a full carry over. This is much like the D2XX where it is not a Delta II and is going for more weight reduction and flexibility.

    The long and short of it the platform will not just be a straight carry over platform from the present car and will underpin future mid and full size FWD and AWD cars and SUVs.

     

    Little has been leaked but the E2XX is all new.

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    E2XX platform which from my understanding is not the same as the Epsilon II. We do not know the details yet but it is not a full carry over. This is much like the D2XX where it is not a Delta II and is going for more weight reduction and flexibility.

    The long and short of it the platform will not just be a straight carry over platform from the present car and will underpin future mid and full size FWD and AWD cars and SUVs.

     

    Little has been leaked but the E2XX is all new.

     

    My reading of GM platform conventions was (Platform)(Version)(Bodystyle)(Brand)... which to me means that if the Malibu is going to be on a new platform, it would need to be E3XX rather than E2.   E2SC would be the current car. 

     

    ... and yes, I know Delta platform Fs it up... our current Delta cars are actually version 1.5 rather than 2... the Cruze is called a Delta-II car, but it's really a D1SC.

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    E2XX platform which from my understanding is not the same as the Epsilon II. We do not know the details yet but it is not a full carry over. This is much like the D2XX where it is not a Delta II and is going for more weight reduction and flexibility.

    The long and short of it the platform will not just be a straight carry over platform from the present car and will underpin future mid and full size FWD and AWD cars and SUVs.

     

    Little has been leaked but the E2XX is all new.

     

    Isn't LaCrosse the first one to get on E2XX, followed by Regal/Insignia?

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    A midsize family sedan does not become competitive by being particularly fast, luxurious or beautiful. Those things may not hurt, but they are not that important. It does so by being practical and dependable. That is why Camry and Accord buyers buy those cars. That takes several generations of building cars that stay on the road for 20 years with minimal upkeep.

     

    Here are a few thing GM can do that few others can emulate.

     

    (1) Make it quiet. GM already knows how to do that with laminated glass, acoustic sandwich steel, etc. They should further the effort not dial it back (like they did with the current generation).

     

    (2) Bring back increased displacement, 2-valves per cylinders and single overhead camshafts. Why? Because that is the best way to get the most MPGs not high specific output engines. A 2.8 or 3.1 liter four with 8-valves and running an Atkinson cycle cam will get you about 170~180 hp and better mileage than a turbo 2.0 or DOHC 2.5L of a similar output. How about getting rid of all belts and relying on the chain drive for the water pump and having an electric HVAC. This can allow for no scheduled maintenance for 200,000 miles except for 20,000 mile oil change intervals.

     

    (3) Hubcaps are fine. Yellowish Halogen head lights are fine. Hey, even drum brakes are fine. Put the money in the cabin where the driver spends his time look and feel premium. Give the car a tall trunk and seat backs that fold flat for cargo. A smart phone shelf and cradle system over the HVAC console for cars without Navigation. How about a GM branded child seat which snaps in place in 5 seconds over either of the rear seats or between them without the need to thread seat belts through awkward hoops. Practical minded buyers care about these things.

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    People love LED lights though and disc brakes and DOHC engines.   These people have been groomed on the 2.4 liter inline fours of Camrys and Accords, and even small Kias and Corollas are putting LED lights up front because they want it to look like an Audi and look expensive.  I think a problem GM has is they think bold styling will win in this segment, when they need build quality, reliability and fuel economy.

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    People don't have a clue what DO

     

    People love LED lights though and disc brakes and DOHC engines.   These people have been groomed on the 2.4 liter inline fours of Camrys and Accords, and even small Kias and Corollas are putting LED lights up front because they want it to look like an Audi and look expensive.  I think a problem GM has is they think bold styling will win in this segment, when they need build quality, reliability and fuel economy.

     

    The Accord inline-4 was SOHC for years... people have no idea what DOHC or SOHC means. 

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    People love LED lights though and disc brakes and DOHC engines.   These people have been groomed on the 2.4 liter inline fours of Camrys and Accords, and even small Kias and Corollas are putting LED lights up front because they want it to look like an Audi and look expensive.  I think a problem GM has is they think bold styling will win in this segment, when they need build quality, reliability and fuel economy.

    I could agree with the LED Lights as visual is a big piece to the marketing, but I would have to say BS on the 2.4L DOHC inline Four. 99.999% of people could care less about what is under the hood. As long as it is quiet and reliable with minimal maintenance needed you could have what Dwight has stated with a 3.1L  2Valve single overhead cam engine as long as it is powerful enough with great gas mileage and 100,000 mile tune ups and 7500 mile oil changes at least.

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    Drew based on what I just read in the last 6 days the E2XX is termed the all new platform for the Malibu.

     

    Z you are correct the Insignia will be the second version globally. I was only speaking on the NA market. The mules for the Lacrosse and Malibu are out and it could be the Lacrosse model may really be the Regal?  It would make more sense.

    I have never seen E3XX used anywhere.

     

    Now some also claim this platform will replace the Lambda at some point too. I have seen little info on this but it matches up with GM wanting to cut the number of platforms. The Theta is going to the D2XX as it is.

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      Brakes & Wheels

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      Wheel size and type:
      17-, 18- and 19-inch aluminum
      Exterior Dimensions

      Wheelbase (in / mm): 107.3 / 2725
      Overall length (in / mm):
      183.1 / 4652
      Overall width (in / mm):
      72.6 / 1843
      Overall height (in / mm):
      65.4 / 1661
      Track (in / mm):
      front: 62.2 / 1580
      rear: 62.2 / 1581
      Interior Dimensions

      Seating capacity: 2 / 3
      Headroom (in / mm):
      Front - 40.0/1015 (w/o SR), 38.2/970 (w/ Sunroof)
      Rear - 38.5/977 (w/o SR), 36.9/936 (w/ Sunroof)
      Legroom (in / mm):
      40.9 / 1040 (front)
      39.7 / 1008 (rear)
      Shoulder room (in / mm):
      57.2 / 1452 (front)
      55.5 / 1410 (rear)
      Hip room (in / mm):
      54.2 / 1377 (front)
      51.7 / 1314 (rear)
      Weights & Capacities

      Base curb weight (lb / kg): 3327 / 1509 (1.5L w/ FWD)
      Fuel capacity (gal / L):
      14.7 / 55 (FWD)
      TBD (AWD)
      15.5 / 58 (1.6L diesel)
      Max cargo room (cu ft / L):
      29.9 / 846 (behind rear seat)
      63.5 / 1798 (rear seat folded)
      Max trailering (lb / kg):
      3500 / 1585 (2.0L turbo)
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    • By William Maley
      Previous Page Next Page We weren't expecting this, but Chevrolet has revealed the all-new 2018 Equinox tonight in Chicago. 
      The exterior borrows heavily from the Cruze and Malibu designs. Up front is a revised grille (similar to the one seen on the Cruze) with new headlights and LED daytime running lights. Around the side is a character line that swoops down and 'Equinox' name on the front doors. The back features a restyled tailgate, blacked-out pillars to give the impression of wrap-around glass, and horizontal taillights. The interior matches up with newer Chevrolet models with a floating screen (either seven or eight-inches) and either cloth or leather covering bits of the dash. One key item Chevrolet is quick to point is the dashboard is lower to provide better visibility.
      There will be three turbocharged four-cylinders on offer; a 1.5L, 2.0L, and a 1.6L diesel. The 2.0L turbo will come paired with GM's new nine-speed automatic. We're guessing the 1.5 and 1.6 will get a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive will come standard and an all-wheel drive system with a disconnecting rear axle when not in use will be optional. One item we're glad to see is Chevrolet dropping 400 pounds out of the Equinox.
      On the safety front, the Equinox will feature the options of surround-view camera system, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert. Two new features will be Teen Driver (can set limits on speed and volume for your young driver) and Rear Seat Reminder (reminds you to check the back seat to prevent kids from overheating on a hot day).
      No word on pricing, but Chevrolet says the 2018 Equinox will arrive at dealers in the first quarter of 2017.
      Source: Chevrolet
      Press Release is on Page 2
      CHEVROLET INTRODUCES ALL-NEW 2018 EQUINOX
      The perfect balance of design and technology DETROIT — Call it the right balance. On the autumnal equinox today, Chevrolet introduced the all-new 2018 Equinox, a fresh and modern SUV sized and designed to meet the needs of the compact SUV customer.
      “We’ve got the strongest truck business in the industry and we’ve reinvigorated our car lineup with Volt, Cruze and Malibu,” said Alan Batey, Global Chevrolet president. “We’re applying the same customer focus to grow our crossover/SUV business — starting with the Chevrolet Equinox.”
      Today’s compact SUV customers want a vehicle that meets all of their needs, from design, connectivity and safety perspectives. The Equinox delivers on all fronts, starting with its fresh new design and all-new propulsion systems.
      Fresh, new design
      The new Equinox’s expressive exterior has a lean, muscular skin echoing the global Chevrolet design cues and sculpted shapes seen in the Volt, Malibu and Cruze. Extensive aero development in the wind tunnel influenced the sleek shape.
      It is a richer, more detailed design featuring chrome trim on all models and Malibu-inspired styling. Projector-beam headlamps are standard, along with LED daytime running lamps. At the rear, horizontal taillamps emphasize the Equinox’s wide stance, while uplevel models feature LED taillamps. 
      “Customers who previewed the vehicle early on had a strong emotional response to the sleek and sophisticated exterior design,” said John Cafaro, executive director, GM Design. “Those same themes are carried through to the interior, making the space beautifully intuitive.”
      The interior takes advantage of the Equinox’s all-new architecture to offer a down-and-away instrument panel, while a low windshield base provides a commanding outward view. New elements such as available denim-style seat fabric blend high style with high durability, while a new “kneeling” rear seat enhances functionality. With it, the bottom cushions tilt forward when the split-folding seatbacks are lowered, allowing a flat floor for easier loading.
      Connectivity
      The 2018 Equinox offers purposeful technology that helps keep passengers safe, comfortable and connected.
      Chevrolet’s latest connectivity technologies are front and center, including 7- and 8-inch-diagonal MyLink infotainment systems designed to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is subject to their terms, privacy statements and data plan rates, as well as a compatible smartphone.)
      Safety
      The Equinox offers a comprehensive suite of available active safety technologies and adaptive crash-avoidance features that provide ease of use and peace of mind on the road.
      Teen Driver is also offered, allowing parents to set controls and review an in-vehicle report card in order to encourage safer driving habits, even when they are not in the vehicle.  
      Available advanced active safety features to enhance driver awareness on the road include radar- and camera-based adaptive technologies that can provide alerts to potential crash threats, allowing the driver to react and make changes to avoid them, including:
      New Safety Alert Seat New Surround Vision New Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator New Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking New Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning New Rear Seat Reminder Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert  Rear Cross Traffic Alert Turbocharged engines and more 
      A range of three turbocharged engines — including the compact SUV segment’s first turbo-diesel in North America — provides customers more choices when it comes to performance, efficiency and capability in the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.
      They include a 1.5L turbo, a 2.0L turbo — matched with GM’s new nine-speed automatic transmission — and a 1.6L turbo-diesel.
      “With three choices, customers can select an engine that offers more of the attributes that are important to them: efficiency, performance and capability,” said Dan Nicholson, vice president, Global Propulsion Systems. “The advantage for each is the power of a larger engine and the efficiency of a smaller engine.”
      The new Equinox is the first Chevrolet model in North America to use an all-turbocharged, multi-engine powertrain lineup. That includes the expected segment-exclusive 1.6L turbo-diesel that will offer customers excellent efficiency and capability.
      “It is an all-new SUV from the ground up and one that takes on the industry’s biggest competitors with a stronger architecture, greater efficiency and more technology,” said Rick Spina, executive chief engineer. “And it looks great doing it.”
      Additional vehicle highlights:
      Approximately 400 pounds (180 kg) lighter than the current model — a 10 percent weight reduction Switchable AWD system that enhances efficiency by disconnecting from the rear axle when not needed  Unique kneeling rear seat that enables a flat rear load floor and up to 63.5 cubic feet (1,798 liters) of maximum cargo space Equinox sales have reached more than 2 million since its launch and it is Chevrolet’s second-best retail selling vehicle, after the Silverado.
      The 2018 Equinox goes on sale in the first quarter of 2017 in North America. It rolls out to approximately 115 additional global markets later in the year.
      2018 CHEVROLET EQUINOX PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS 
      (NORTH AMERICA)
      Overview

      Models: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox
      Body style / driveline:
      five-passenger, four-door SUV, front-engine, front- or all-wheel drive
      EPA vehicle class:
      compact SUV
      Powertrains

      Engine / Type: 1.5L turbo DOHC DI
      2.0L turbo DOHC DI
      1.6L turbo-diesel
      Block material:
      cast aluminum
      cast aluminum
      cast aluminum
      Cylinder head material:
      cast aluminum
      cast aluminum
      cast aluminum
      Fuel delivery:
      direct injection
      direct injection
      direct injection
      Horsepower (hp / kW):
      170 / 127 (GM-estimated)
      252 / 188 (GM-estimated)
      136 / 101 (GM-estimated)
      Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm):
      203 / 275 (GM-estimated)
      260 / 353 (GM-estimated)
      236 / 320 (GM-estimated)
      GM-est. fuel economy:
      31 hwy
      28 hwy
      40 hwy
      Transmission:
      Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic
      Hydra-Matic 9T50 nine-speed automatic
      Hydra-Matic 6T45 six-speed automatic
      Chassis / Suspension

      Suspension (front): MacPherson strut with side-loaded modules, specifically tuned coil springs, direct-acting stabilizer bar
      Suspension (rear): 
      4 Link Independent Rear Suspension
      Steering type:
      Dual Rack and Pinion Electric Power Steering
      Turning circle (ft / m):
      37.4 / 11.4 (17-inch wheels)
      Brakes & Wheels

      Brake type: four-wheel disc with ABS and ESC; Duralife rotors and low-drag calipers (US)
      Wheel size and type:
      17-, 18- and 19-inch aluminum
      Exterior Dimensions

      Wheelbase (in / mm): 107.3 / 2725
      Overall length (in / mm):
      183.1 / 4652
      Overall width (in / mm):
      72.6 / 1843
      Overall height (in / mm):
      65.4 / 1661
      Track (in / mm):
      front: 62.2 / 1580
      rear: 62.2 / 1581
      Interior Dimensions

      Seating capacity: 2 / 3
      Headroom (in / mm):
      Front - 40.0/1015 (w/o SR), 38.2/970 (w/ Sunroof)
      Rear - 38.5/977 (w/o SR), 36.9/936 (w/ Sunroof)
      Legroom (in / mm):
      40.9 / 1040 (front)
      39.7 / 1008 (rear)
      Shoulder room (in / mm):
      57.2 / 1452 (front)
      55.5 / 1410 (rear)
      Hip room (in / mm):
      54.2 / 1377 (front)
      51.7 / 1314 (rear)
      Weights & Capacities

      Base curb weight (lb / kg): 3327 / 1509 (1.5L w/ FWD)
      Fuel capacity (gal / L):
      14.7 / 55 (FWD)
      TBD (AWD)
      15.5 / 58 (1.6L diesel)
      Max cargo room (cu ft / L):
      29.9 / 846 (behind rear seat)
      63.5 / 1798 (rear seat folded)
      Max trailering (lb / kg):
      3500 / 1585 (2.0L turbo)
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    • By William Maley
      When Chevrolet announced the 2017 Bolt's range last week, they hinted that the model would have a price tag of under $37,500 and would qualify for the maximum $7,500 tax credit. Today, Chevrolet announced the starting price for the Bolt will be $37,495 when it arrives at dealers later this year. The company is quick to point out that the price drops to $29,995 once you add in the $7,500 federal tax credit. But we need to stress that this tax credit cannot be used during the purchase of the Bolt, so you're still paying the $37,495.

      The base Bolt LT will come equipped with a regen-on-demand steering wheel paddle, 10.2-inch touchscreen, backup camera, and more. Premier models feature leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, surround view camera, and the rear camera mirror. Chevrolet hasn't announced pricing for Premier at this time.
      Source: Chevrolet
      Press Release is on Page 2


      DETROIT – The Chevrolet Bolt EV set the range benchmark for an affordable EV capable of going the distance by offering an EPA-rated 238 miles on a full charge. Now, Chevrolet is keeping its promise to offer the Bolt EV at an affordable price by confirming a base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $37,495 including destination charge. Depending on individual tax situations, customers may receive an available federal tax credit of up to $7,500 for a net value of $29,995.
      “Value is a hallmark for Chevrolet and the pricing of the Bolt EV proves we’re serious about delivering the first affordable EV with plenty of range for our customers,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and leader of Global Chevrolet. “We have kept our promise yet again, first on range and now on price.”
      Bolt EV buyers will find range, cargo space, technology and safety features standard in a great vehicle with crossover proportions. The thrill of driving an EV, along with the sales and service support of a nationwide network of Bolt EV certified Chevrolet dealers, makes the Bolt EV a smart buy for any customer.
      The well-equipped LT trim starts at $37,495 and comes with standard features that include, among others, Regen on Demand™ steering wheel paddle, rear vision camera, 10.2-inch diagonal color touch screen and MICHELIN™ Self-sealing tires (in certain circumstances). The top trim Premier includes all LT equipment plus additional standard features such as leather-appointed seats, front and rear heated seats, surround camera and rear camera mirror. Pricing includes destination and freight charges and excludes tax, title, license and dealer fees. The Bolt EV will be available at select dealerships in late 2016.

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