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2010 CHEVROLET EQUINOX:

A COMPACT CROSSOVER FOR ALL SEASONS – AND ALL LIFESTYLES

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All-new crossover delivers expected segment-best highway fuel economy

DETROIT – Chevrolet unveiled the all-new 2010 Equinox, a compact crossover that blends distinctive design with outstanding efficiency. A new, 2.4L direct injection engine helps the Equinox deliver expected best-in-segment estimated highway fuel economy of 30 mpg (EPA certification pending) – a 25-percent improvement over the previous model. Chevrolet expects nearly two-thirds of customers will choose the efficient, 2.4L engine.

The new Equinox draws its exterior design inspiration from the Chevrolet Malibu sedan and Traverse crossover; and like those vehicles, the new Equinox complements its styling with attention to detail and unexpected features, according to Ed Peper, GM North America vice president, Chevrolet.

The Equinox makes its world debut at the North American Auto Show in Detroit next month.

"At a time when customers are so concerned about the fuel efficiency of their vehicle, the Equinox delivers," said Peper. "It offers the roominess and capability of a crossover with great fuel economy. Equinox will provide customers a vehicle filled with refinement, comfort and great value."

The 2010 Equinox goes on sale in mid-2009. It is available in LS, LT and LTZ trim, with available all-wheel-drive. Two new engines are offered, each with fuel-saving direct injection and variable valve timing technology. Vehicle highlights include:

-New 2.4L Ecotec direct injected I-4 engine estimated at 182 horsepower (135 kW), which delivers an estimated 30 mpg highway, 21 mpg city (EPA certification pending)

-New 3.0L DOHC direct injected V-6 engine estimated at 255 horsepower (190 kW), which delivers an estimated 25 mpg highway, 18 mpg city (EPA certification pending)

-Driving range of more than 500 miles (800 km) with both engines, for less-frequent fill-ups

-Six standard air bags: dual frontal air bags; head curtain side air bags and pelvic/thorax seat-mounted side air bags

-Standard four-wheel disc brakes with StabiliTrak electronic stability control and traction control

-Standard OnStar and XM Satellite Radio

-"Smart" remote starting system that also activates the HVAC system and optional heated seats depending on the outside temperature

"With the 2010 Equinox, we focused on appealing to the senses – from the overall design to the feel of the interior," said Peper.

Design details

The design features Chevy's signature global face – the two-tier grille and prominent gold Bowtie insignia. Strong fender shapes, a distinctive premium roofline, wraparound headlamps and dual round taillamps are additional elements that define Equinox as a true Chevrolet, Peper said.

"The new Equinox blends function and style into a very sporty, yet upscale compact crossover," said Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design. "Both the exterior and interior surprise and delight with careful attention to detail."

Additional design features include:

A multi-dimensional hood and wraparound rear side glass and a wheels-at-the-corners stance

Improved aerodynamic performance through a number of carefully designed exterior features, including moving the base of the windshield forward approximately three inches (75 mm) for a sleeker profile

Equinox's rocker panels are integrated into the doors to make it easier to get in and out of the vehicle. They narrow the area over which a passenger must step, offering protection for pant legs that could brush against dirty rockers. Also, the select use of chrome trim and flush-fitting "exposed-edge" windshield and rear glass reinforce Equinox's build quality and reduce wind noise.

Dimensionally, the Equinox rides on the same 112.5-inch wheelbase (2,857 mm), but is about one inch (25 mm) shorter in length and an inch wider. It also has a wider front track that enhances the ride and handling.

Interior amenities, storage and flexibility

Inside, the Equinox features attention to detail – including a number of storage bins, such as an oversized glove box; a closed storage bin in the instrument panel above the center stack; and closed storage under the center armrest large enough for a laptop computer.

A "floating" center stack houses a multitude of ergonomic comfort and convenience controls. Contemporary, ice-blue ambient lighting – featured within and surrounding the center stack, encircling the center-console cupholders and within the door pull cups – accentuates the cabin. The front and rear seats, which include cloth and uplevel, perforated leather-trimmed offerings, were developed to help deliver best-in-class comfort.

The new Equinox retains its MultiFlex rear seat capability, which allows the seat to be moved fore or aft nearly eight inches (203 mm), for the best rear legroom in its class. With the 60/40-split-back rear seat moved all the way forward, the cargo area offers 31.4 cubic feet (889 liters) of storage.

The Equinox's cabin is notable for its quietness. Noise-absorbing elements are built into the chassis, engine compartment and interior.

Convenience, infotainment and connectivity

A variety of technologies are integrated in the Equinox, such as an available seven-inch touch-screen navigation system. Additional features also include:

-Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity

-USB audio connectivity

-DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system with two independent screens to enable DVD viewing on one and gaming on the other

-Internal memory/hard drive on uplevel radios for storing audio selections

-Power, programmable rear liftgate

-Rear-vision camera system, with display in the rearview mirror or in the navigation screen

-Range of premium-feature audio systems with up to eight speakers and 250 watts of output

Chassis and suspension

The 2010 Equinox is built on a body-integral structure with single-piece body side stampings and targeted applications of high-strength steel. Those elements form the foundation of a solid, quiet driving experience, according to Peper. The strong structure enabled engineers to tune the four-wheel-independent suspension system for greater control and driver feedback.

Standard and available features include:

-Available all wheel drive

-Family of 17-, 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels

-Fuel-saving electric power steering system

The rack-mounted electric power steering system provides greater fuel efficiency of on 2.4L-equipped models that saves nearly 11 miles per tank of gas, or about 572 miles per year (assuming one fill-up per week). With the Equinox's estimated 30 mpg on the highway, the electric power steering system saves the equivalent of approximately one tank of gas each year.

"With the outstanding interior execution and comfort, the stunning exterior design, numerous chassis improvements, and the connectivity to the outside world, the new Equinox is the favorite ride among our engineers," said Tim Herrick, chief engineer. "I have to pull the keys out of their hands in order to take it for a spin myself."

Chevrolet is one of America's best-known and best-selling automotive brands. With the largest dealer network in the United States, Chevrolet delivers more-than-expected value in every vehicle category, offering cars and trucks priced from $12,120 to $103,300. Chevy delivers expressive design, spirited performance and great value with standard features usually found only on more expensive vehicles.

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I'm impressed, much better looking that the current Equinox. The 2.4L DI engine will be an excellent option for those that want the room/utility and are willing to sacrifice 0-60 for better fuel economy.

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Very tight in all areas. A quantum leap above the current Equinox. I am pleased they didn't try to squeeze a tiny third row seat in there, it would just be in the way. Love the style inside and out, and the powertrains continue GM's industry leadership. Well done. Edited by ocnblu
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I really like the exterior design, and the interior design is quite good as well. However, looking at some of these pictures, it doesn't seem like there was that much attention to detail in terms of the pieces of the dash/center stack all fitting together tightly and cohesively.

http://www.autoblog.com/photos/live-2010-chevrolet-equinox/

All in all, I'm not sure I would pick any other vehicle in class over the new 'Nox, depending on how it drives, of course. Fuel economy for the I4 is quite impressive, the CRV gets 20/27 and is smaller.

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Looks like the SAAB prototype running around. A 9-5 I think?I

I hate the present NOX but I like this one!

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From teh side it reminds me of the Outlook/Acadia, which is no bad thing. Overall it looks much more expensive, with good proportions too. The interior looks really nice, especially the center stack, although it looks a little cheap in Autoblog's photos. However the Chevy officials said it would be better for productions models, so we'll see.

Overall if I were in the market for a "small" to small-medium CUV I would have this near the top of my list along with the Journey. The Journey's exterior styling is still my favorite, and it has lots of useful features. That said the interior design of the Equinox blows the Journey's away...only thing is the Journey actually has soft touch areas on the dash. Of course as long as the armrests, steering wheel, and seats are soft I don't mind at all. Also the Equinox has the Journey beat in the powertrain department.

I think the most impressive aspects of this new CUV are the interior design and powertrains / EPA numbers.

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The interior is very well done. The rear 3/4 makes the new vehicle look like an enhancement to the older version - some indifference there.

I'm impressed, much better looking that the current Equinox. The 2.4L DI engine will be an excellent option for those that want the room/utility and are willing to sacrifice 0-60 for better fuel economy.

How does it compare to the Captiva, which is found on the other side of the pond around you?

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looks- very nice, inside and out. i think the lights are kinda weird though...

questions... is 500miles / 25 mpg highway = 20gallon tank, really needed? i could totally see a ~16-17 gallon tank, but 20?

6 speeds for both engines? that will be good.

the gas saved by ..1 fill up a week, for the electric power steering system...only a "few people" are going to be driving an equivalent of ~20+ hours per week in the "city".

this does seem like it will be class leading.

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looks- very nice, inside and out. i think the lights are kinda weird though...

questions... is 500miles / 25 mpg highway = 20gallon tank, really needed? i could totally see a ~16-17 gallon tank, but 20?

Well, perhaps not, but you don't have to fill it up if you don't want to fill all 20 gallons.

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If this new equinox gets a price bump you are looking at about $35k for a fully loaded model. Where will that leave SAAB and Caddy? 40-45k?

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Pretty slick looking I'd say. I really like the rear end and front. The side view I think is odd, for some reason. GREAT INTERIOR.

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Looks good for the most part....good they finally dumped the old 3400 V-6.....however it has LESS cargo space than not only the current model (63.7 cubic feet seat down), but also the Edge and Journey, etc. WHY DO CROSSOVERS HAVE LESS CARGO ROOM THAN STATION WAGONS OF 15 YEARS AGO?????!!!

Headlights look a little Sebring-like but not nearly as bad, but other than an utter, inexcusable lack of cargo room its a pretty nice update. Now I like the looks of the GMC Terrain so far, but what's the point of that?

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I am not a fan of the C-pillar and rear window design, but I don't really like any SUVs. The plastic on the door panels looks a little cheap, this is a weakness of the Malibu as well. Massive improvement over the current version, but I think the Edge is slightly nicer. 4 and 6 cylinder options should attract a wider range of buyers though. The Saab, Cadillac and GMC versions look like they share some sheet metal, this is going to be the Lambda quadruplets competing with each other part 2.

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Wow, it looks really good. Like the Malibu, it seems more expensive than it really is... I hope they don't overprice it.

It probably doesn't hurt that it looks a lot like the $50K ML.

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I too was just thinking from the side it is really similar to the ML350, so that can't hurt.

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why are you comparing this with the edge and such...? its much more a competitor against the Escape, right?

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I think it falls between the Escape and Edge size wise.

The headlights remind me of the Pacifica's refresh.

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I think it falls between the Escape and Edge size wise.

The headlights remind me of the Pacifica's refresh.

This Equinox is 187.8 inches long, the Edge is about 186, an Escape is only 175. Size-wise the Edge and Equinox are very close. All 3 tow 3500 pounds, but the Escape is body on frame, the other two are crossovers. Most people won't know the crossover vs SUV difference though, to me they are all SUVs and crossover vs suv is splitting hairs.

We'll have to see what the pricing on the Nox is. Escape starts at $20k for a really basic version with manual. Edge starts at $26k.

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the current equinox represents one of the bigger missed attempts at making an upscale family car everyone agrees is good; this is the complete reversal of that. i love the new upscale family pitch; I think it can command a higher price now so long as the refinement in the drive is also much improved and the quality of the interior lives up to these photos. I like the tie-ins to the Trailblazer, which is still really good looking despite dated surface elements, in the profile and D-pillar and the front. my major complaint would be a rear that appears gross in comparison to the rest, minivan-ish and distinctly indistinct and Korean. hold outlook, you stole my headlights...they look way cool here too. i kinda think they didn't go far enough in making it less conservative. I've never been a fan of GM not having brand-specific design language for the interiors, and the trend continues to dominate here, but it's a good looking design and works here.

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It looks gorgeous--I'm going to see these everywhere.

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Most people won't know the crossover vs SUV difference though, to me they are all SUVs and crossover vs suv is splitting hairs.

Try driving an Explorer and an Edge back to back (for example). There's a difference.

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I've never been a fan of GM not having brand-specific design language for the interiors, and the trend continues to dominate here, but it's a good looking design and works here.

How do you figure, the dual cowl design is pretty unique to Chevy and has been their design language since the Malibu.

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