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    Spying: Return of the ZR2 for Chevrolet


    • ZR2? Is that you?

    A couple of years ago, Chevrolet rolled out the Colorado ZR2 concept. This truck showed what a possible off-road focused model could look like. At the time, Chevrolet said this was only a concept. But some new spy shots show GM is considering putting this model into production.

     

    While the front end is camouflaged very well, we can make out certain details such as a new front bumper, tow hooks, and a skid plate. The bumper is an important change as the current one limits how far you can off-road. The suspension has been lifted (an inch or two we're guessing) and there is a set of meaty off-road tires.

     

    Engines choices are likely to be the 3.6L V6 and 2.8L Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel. In terms of off-road hardware, we wouldn't be surprised if there are new differentials, shocks, and possibly some assist systems such as hill descent control.

     

    No word on we could see this model.

     

    With next Tacoma TRD Pro just around the corner, the midsize truck class is only getting more interesting.

     

    Source: Autoblog, AutoGuide

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    Interesting, I wonder if it will have a factory winch like the concept had?

     

    A ZR2 with the Duramax engine would be a badass offroad truck. :P

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    Well they also need to put  in the new Camaro V6 as not everyone wants the diesel or price. 

     

    As for price it will be interesting to see how they price this with the present ZL1 is close to over $50K for a fully loaded crew. There is a limit on what people will pay before moving to a full size truck. $55K will get you a decent crew with a V8.. 

     

    I would be fine with a SLT GMC but I need a power Sun Roof. 

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    I'll believe GM finally made a truck that's more than a sticker-job when it's finally released.. They've been too good at sticker-jobs for quite awhile now for me to think anything different until it's out.

     

    But if it does come out as a gnarly off-road truck.. AWESOME! 

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    What I would love to see is a full size truck, mid sized truck and Tahoe with a sport package that is called Tuned by Corvette. 

     

    My vision is to take these vehicles and let the Corvette guys put some brakes on them and tune the suspensions and let them be real handlers. This way GM could enjoy the sport tuning of a sports car but not call them Corvettes. It is a good way to leverage the name and you know the Corvette guys would not take long to tune these models. 

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    I bought a 1998 ZR2 extended cab manual in dark blue brand new.  No way I could afford a new one.  It's going to be a tough mother though.

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    Tuned by Corvette

    (handling by Lotus comes to mind)

     

    I like the way that sounds. It would be great to actually have other Chevy or even Buick products to be tuned by Corvette.

     

    I think that is a very marketable strategy.

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    What I would love to see is a full size truck, mid sized truck and Tahoe with a sport package that is called Tuned by Corvette. 

     

    My vision is to take these vehicles and let the Corvette guys put some brakes on them and tune the suspensions and let them be real handlers. This way GM could enjoy the sport tuning of a sports car but not call them Corvettes. It is a good way to leverage the name and you know the Corvette guys would not take long to tune these models. 

     

     

    This would be super cool.

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    I like your posting style BLU.

    Reminds me of somebody that I used to know....

    (Fear not,I wont post Gotye)

     

    I dont think it will dilute.

     

    Imagine a Buick. This Buick

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    With a "Tuning by Corvette"  badge on it.

     

    Hyper mentioned a Tahoe sport truck...

     

     

    For me, it elevates Corvette status if marketed right.

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    Yo skeeterbite... DEFINITELY not on a non-Chevrolet... GM is doing what they can to make the brands unique, that is GM 101, first day of class, first lesson...  :P

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    Yo skeeterbite... DEFINITELY not on a non-Chevrolet... GM is doing what they can to make the brands unique, that is GM 101, first day of class, first lesson...  :P

     

    HA!

     

    The corporate (read Chevy) small block V8 is under the hood of Cadillacs and GMC trucks.....

    And PROUDLY displayed as the Corvette engine...

     

    Chevrolet PROUDLY announces the Camaro's platform as the Alpha platform. While this alone may not cause any alarm bells to go off with the deaf, dumb and blind, to the casual observer however, it might cause an aneurysm as he may recall that the little Cadillac car also utilizes the Alpha Platform...

     

    No. Tuning by Corvette, even on a Buick, perhaps a Buick Avista concept that is actually on the Alpha Platform anyway...and maybe even having the famous corporate V8 engine under its hood, with a Tuning by Corvette badge, will definitely give street cred to the Avista, while boosting the Corvette image further, especially if that Avista is a killer on the strip and street...

     

    Its how one views it...and that is why marketing departments exist:

    To tell us what  should we consider good shyte!

     

    And I think the Corvette name is prestigious enough where it SHOULD be marketed as a top dog performance BRAND!

     

    I think that only Cadillac should distance itself a tiny bit from General Motors.

    I also think that Corvette should start becoming a brand. Sell itself some how to be able to stand alone...not entirely alone, have a strong connection to Chevrolet, but be Corvette...period. Not Corvette (by Chevrolet)

    Maybe Chevrolet Racing should fall under full control to Corvette Racing and go from there.

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    What you're saying has been discussed before and it was decided that it would not behoove them to move forward with such a harebrained scheme.

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    What you're saying has been discussed before and it was decided that it would not behoove them to move forward with such a harebrained scheme.

    Ill be reporter

     

    Who discussed this?

    When did this discussion happen?

     

    And...

    I wanna have this discussion again.

     

    I noticed that people are afraid of change...but change needs to happen in order to advance.

    If the rumors are true, the C8 will be mid-engined.

    Many cry foul at this trying to discredit the spy shots...

    Many say that this rumor has been going on forever and that no way this time is any different.

    Many say that that a Corvette front engine, rear wheel drive with a V8 and nothing more.

    Many point to the Porsche 911 and tell us that because Porsche has never messed with the 911's formula that Corvette should stay the same too...

     

     

    OK...

     

    Porsche has changed the 911's formula.

    From stop being a  VW Beetle chassis to ending air cooled engines.

    From adding turbos and AWD.

     

    The Corvette has made only 1 change. From Chevy's Stove Bolt 6 to being a V8.

    The Corvette even has looked the same since the hatch version of the C3...yes...like the 911.

     

    But...The Corvette needs to  expand...

    Why?

     

    Because 1 model has to do everything. And it cant.  Its a formidable machine. But a Jack Of All Trades approach does not make it the best.

    It has to be a track star, it has to be a muscle car, it has to be an exotic supercar.

    The 911 has a zillion different configurations specializing in each and every category.

    And when the 911  simply cant be the best in 1 area, Porsche makes a brand new supercar that trounces everything.

    And in order to do that, Porsche expanded its models SUCCESFULLY both engineering wise and marketing wise and sells us SUVs to continue to make all kinds of wonderful sports cars.

     

    Corvette needs to be the best.

    Its awfully close now...

    but...

    When a car has a limited reach, it could only go so far. Budget and engineering limits....

    The C7 Z06...

    It had or it may still have heat issues.

    The C7 Z06 has to be like the C6 ZR1 (muscle car) the C6 Z06 (track star) and also be an exotic supercar based on the C7 R race car.

    Porsche 911 has many versions to be all that and more...and Porsche has the budget to do so.

    Corvette C7 Z06 because of heat soak issues, is compromised.

    And...it being front engine RWD, it has reached its peak.

    OK, better than any other front engine RWD car ever built.

    Problem is that other engineering solutions exist and the Corvette is being limited just because we like to have things the way they once were...

     

    24 hours of Lemans.

    We could cry foul at the Ford GT and the sandbagging and rules hampering the Vettes....

    The Ford GT did get a 1-2 finish...from a mid-engine turbo V6 design....

    Sure Vettes DOMINATE this series....but not this time around...

     

    The Vette in 2016 has an image like never before.

    States Side it was always a God.

    Outside this perimeter though, not so much.

    In 2016, the Vette WORLDWIDE is revered. Thanx to Corvette Racing and the 24 hours of Lemans.

    Its time to tap into that.

    Take advantage of that money.

    And maybe spawn many different types of Vettes in the process to specialize to DESTROY the competition once and for all...

     

    Listen, dont look now, but even the Camaro is nudging on the Vettes performance feet.

    You think that is a good thing for the Vette going forward when little brother Camaro is about to over take you?

     

    And maybe that is why the mid-engine Vette thing is real this time around..

    And if that is true..

    This opens up a whole new ball game for the Vette.

    The rumors of how many types of Vettes that could be sold along side a mid-engined one is all over the internet. There is no need for me to go into all that.

     

    (OK....Im awaiting for the -1 vote for this post)

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    Well it was way too long to read it all, sparky.  So no downvote from me.  GM discussed doing something like this years ago, it was posted over the interwebs.  Nothing ever came of it.

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    GM discussed this?

     

    Point me in that direction....

     

    To the downvoter.

    Show yourself...

     

    BLU feels like my post is too long to read.

    Which is fine..and you the downvoter, feels like your opinion should not be shared....

     

    CMON GUYS!!!

     

    THIS IS A DISCUSSION FORUM, AINT IT NOT???!!!

     

    YOUR OPINION IS NOT ANY BETTER THAN MINE!!!

    NOR  MINE IS BETTER THAN YOURS...........

     

    ITS A DISCUSSION....

     

    If you feel like not talking about this....FINE..

    DONT DOWNVOTE!!!

     

    And, if you feel like not reading my post....

    DONT READ IT, BUT DONT BRUSH ME OFF LIKE IM A PEASANT!!!

     

    Intelligence is created by discussing.

    IGNORANCE is maintained by being selective...

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    What you're saying has been discussed before and it was decided that it would not behoove them to move forward with such a harebrained scheme.

    Ill be reporter

     

    Who discussed this?

    When did this discussion happen?

     

    And...

    I wanna have this discussion again.

     

    I noticed that people are afraid of change...but change needs to happen in order to advance.

    If the rumors are true, the C8 will be mid-engined.

    Many cry foul at this trying to discredit the spy shots...

    Many say that this rumor has been going on forever and that no way this time is any different.

    Many say that that a Corvette front engine, rear wheel drive with a V8 and nothing more.

    Many point to the Porsche 911 and tell us that because Porsche has never messed with the 911's formula that Corvette should stay the same too...

     

     

    OK...

     

    Porsche has changed the 911's formula.

    From stop being a  VW Beetle chassis to ending air cooled engines.

    From adding turbos and AWD.

     

    The Corvette has made only 1 change. From Chevy's Stove Bolt 6 to being a V8.

    The Corvette even has looked the same since the hatch version of the C3...yes...like the 911.

     

    But...The Corvette needs to  expand...

    Why?

     

    Because 1 model has to do everything. And it cant.  Its a formidable machine. But a Jack Of All Trades approach does not make it the best.

    It has to be a track star, it has to be a muscle car, it has to be an exotic supercar.

    The 911 has a zillion different configurations specializing in each and every category.

    And when the 911  simply cant be the best in 1 area, Porsche makes a brand new supercar that trounces everything.

    And in order to do that, Porsche expanded its models SUCCESFULLY both engineering wise and marketing wise and sells us SUVs to continue to make all kinds of wonderful sports cars.

     

    Corvette needs to be the best.

    Its awfully close now...

    but...

    When a car has a limited reach, it could only go so far. Budget and engineering limits....

    The C7 Z06...

    It had or it may still have heat issues.

    The C7 Z06 has to be like the C6 ZR1 (muscle car) the C6 Z06 (track star) and also be an exotic supercar based on the C7 R race car.

    Porsche 911 has many versions to be all that and more...and Porsche has the budget to do so.

    Corvette C7 Z06 because of heat soak issues, is compromised.

    And...it being front engine RWD, it has reached its peak.

    OK, better than any other front engine RWD car ever built.

    Problem is that other engineering solutions exist and the Corvette is being limited just because we like to have things the way they once were...

     

    24 hours of Lemans.

    We could cry foul at the Ford GT and the sandbagging and rules hampering the Vettes....

    The Ford GT did get a 1-2 finish...from a mid-engine turbo V6 design....

    Sure Vettes DOMINATE this series....but not this time around...

     

    The Vette in 2016 has an image like never before.

    States Side it was always a God.

    Outside this perimeter though, not so much.

    In 2016, the Vette WORLDWIDE is revered. Thanx to Corvette Racing and the 24 hours of Lemans.

    Its time to tap into that.

    Take advantage of that money.

    And maybe spawn many different types of Vettes in the process to specialize to DESTROY the competition once and for all...

     

    Listen, dont look now, but even the Camaro is nudging on the Vettes performance feet.

    You think that is a good thing for the Vette going forward when little brother Camaro is about to over take you?

     

    And maybe that is why the mid-engine Vette thing is real this time around..

    And if that is true..

    This opens up a whole new ball game for the Vette.

    The rumors of how many types of Vettes that could be sold along side a mid-engined one is all over the internet. There is no need for me to go into all that.

     

    (OK....Im awaiting for the -1 vote for this post)

     

    Excellent read, you make many valid points and I agree with you, there needs to be a diverse group of Corvette products.

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    *brush*brush*  :roflmao:

     

    I will try to find it, but it was several years back.

    That is all cool and all...and I want to know the ins and outs from GM's BUSINESS stand-point.

     

    But more to it than that....

     

    I WANNA KNOW YOUR OPINION ON IT!!!

    YES BLU, YOUR OPINION!

    I HAVE A DIRECT CONNECTION WITH YOU. IM VERY MUCH INTERESTED IN WHAT YOU  HAVE TO SAY.

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    What you're saying has been discussed before and it was decided that it would not behoove them to move forward with such a harebrained scheme.

    Ill be reporter

     

    Who discussed this?

    When did this discussion happen?

     

    And...

    I wanna have this discussion again.

     

    I noticed that people are afraid of change...but change needs to happen in order to advance.

    If the rumors are true, the C8 will be mid-engined.

    Many cry foul at this trying to discredit the spy shots...

    Many say that this rumor has been going on forever and that no way this time is any different.

    Many say that that a Corvette front engine, rear wheel drive with a V8 and nothing more.

    Many point to the Porsche 911 and tell us that because Porsche has never messed with the 911's formula that Corvette should stay the same too...

     

     

    OK...

     

    Porsche has changed the 911's formula.

    From stop being a  VW Beetle chassis to ending air cooled engines.

    From adding turbos and AWD.

     

    The Corvette has made only 1 change. From Chevy's Stove Bolt 6 to being a V8.

    The Corvette even has looked the same since the hatch version of the C3...yes...like the 911.

     

    But...The Corvette needs to  expand...

    Why?

     

    Because 1 model has to do everything. And it cant.  Its a formidable machine. But a Jack Of All Trades approach does not make it the best.

    It has to be a track star, it has to be a muscle car, it has to be an exotic supercar.

    The 911 has a zillion different configurations specializing in each and every category.

    And when the 911  simply cant be the best in 1 area, Porsche makes a brand new supercar that trounces everything.

    And in order to do that, Porsche expanded its models SUCCESFULLY both engineering wise and marketing wise and sells us SUVs to continue to make all kinds of wonderful sports cars.

     

    Corvette needs to be the best.

    Its awfully close now...

    but...

    When a car has a limited reach, it could only go so far. Budget and engineering limits....

    The C7 Z06...

    It had or it may still have heat issues.

    The C7 Z06 has to be like the C6 ZR1 (muscle car) the C6 Z06 (track star) and also be an exotic supercar based on the C7 R race car.

    Porsche 911 has many versions to be all that and more...and Porsche has the budget to do so.

    Corvette C7 Z06 because of heat soak issues, is compromised.

    And...it being front engine RWD, it has reached its peak.

    OK, better than any other front engine RWD car ever built.

    Problem is that other engineering solutions exist and the Corvette is being limited just because we like to have things the way they once were...

     

    24 hours of Lemans.

    We could cry foul at the Ford GT and the sandbagging and rules hampering the Vettes....

    The Ford GT did get a 1-2 finish...from a mid-engine turbo V6 design....

    Sure Vettes DOMINATE this series....but not this time around...

     

    The Vette in 2016 has an image like never before.

    States Side it was always a God.

    Outside this perimeter though, not so much.

    In 2016, the Vette WORLDWIDE is revered. Thanx to Corvette Racing and the 24 hours of Lemans.

    Its time to tap into that.

    Take advantage of that money.

    And maybe spawn many different types of Vettes in the process to specialize to DESTROY the competition once and for all...

     

    Listen, dont look now, but even the Camaro is nudging on the Vettes performance feet.

    You think that is a good thing for the Vette going forward when little brother Camaro is about to over take you?

     

    And maybe that is why the mid-engine Vette thing is real this time around..

    And if that is true..

    This opens up a whole new ball game for the Vette.

    The rumors of how many types of Vettes that could be sold along side a mid-engined one is all over the internet. There is no need for me to go into all that.

     

    (OK....Im awaiting for the -1 vote for this post)

     

     

     

    Such a good post here. So much truth to this.

     

     

    Exclude the exterior design, and the 911 has changed plenty. Not too much, but enough. Enough to still be the most darling sports car on the market, and enjoy immense sales success.

     

     

    The Corvette brand, name, family, whatever you want to call it, needs to expand. Idk how that's even up for debate at this point.

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    I will say the more I think about it, the more I like TUNED by CORVETTE!

     

    The catch is you have to make sure it truly is tuned right and not just a badge job as GM in the Mid 2000's was starting to do with the SS badge on everything.

     

    TUNED by CORVETTE needs to only go on select limited edition auto's.

     

    Example is if GMC brought back the Typhoon and Syclone.

     

    These should be TUNED by CORVETTE.

     

    Trailblazer SS AWD - TUNED by CORVETTE

     

    Get my point?

     

    I think you could properly expand the corvette family and the branding done right.

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    I will say the more I think about it, the more I like TUNED by CORVETTE!

     

    The catch is you have to make sure it truly is tuned right and not just a badge job as GM in the Mid 2000's was starting to do with the SS badge on everything.

     

    TUNED by CORVETTE needs to only go on select limited edition auto's.

     

    Example is if GMC brought back the Typhoon and Syclone.

     

    These should be TUNED by CORVETTE.

     

    Trailblazer SS AWD - TUNED by CORVETTE

     

    Get my point?

     

    I think you could properly expand the corvette family and the branding done right.

     

    EXACTLY!

     

    And with baby steps if need be.

    Start with the "Tuned by Corvette" badging.

     

    Chevy SS badged vehicles could benefit from such "Tuned by Corvette" badging...

     

    And if done right, more praise for Corvette and more exposure for the Corvette brand that expanding a Corvette line-up should not be that off the wall...

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    "Tuning By Corvette" dilutes the icon.  No can do!

    :P

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    No if you make a SUV and call it a Corvette that dilutes. 

    If you cal it a Tahoe and make a limited number with a small badge like the GM Performance Division used that just says tuned by Team Corvette on their cars that enhances. 

     

    Hell Isuzu sold a hell of a lot of Tuned by Lotus cars and it brought the Lotus name more front and center with no damage. 

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    Handling by Lotus...which I already mentioned like, it sees eons ago, in this thread.

     

    HYPER...your TUNING by CORVETTE is a fantastic idea!!!

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    Note when I say Tuned By Corvette I do not mean to whore it out like Cutlass was and how some companies are using the name. 

    First off you can not compare this to Porsche as Porsche is a brand not a model or sub model. GM would have to do this differently. In other words no full on Corvette SUV like a Cayenne. But I would be fine with taking existing Chevy models and using a small badge on the cars to denote the engineering of that said models.

     

    Corvette is a sports car and no other kind of vehicle can carry a name of Corvette as a primary name if it is now a sports car. But you can denote it as tuned by Corvette of Engineered by Team Corvette. Remember the Corvette engineering team is a entity to themselves.  

    Follow the same thing as the GM Performance division did and since it is only going to be on Chevy make it Corvette Engineering. 

     

    I am driving a GM performance vehicle with the GM performance badge under the hood that was only given to the top form of each vehicle they did. Their work is now legendary. Many of their members are now intergrated into the engineering of the cars from the start and not just fixing what others did. That is why even many base cars now handle and ride so well. 

     

    But just to make it clean any car called Corvette has to be a two seat sports car and nothing else. 

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      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
      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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