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2007 Equinox changes

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EQUINOXCENTRAL.COM 2007 Equinox Information

Chassis / Powertrain

1. New 4 wheel disc brakes & chrome wheels

2. Suspension tuning and the addition of standard "Stabilitrack" have improved the ride and handling

3. Larger fuel tank on Front Wheel Drive vehicles has improved their range.

4. New tire pressure monitoring system provides information to the driver's display panel.

Interior

1. New rear seat centre armrest

2. Roof rail airbag deploys further providing additional protection in the event of a roll over. (note- roof rail is a term we use in Welding..it is a interior part running alongside the sides of the passenger compartment.)

3. "Smart" front passenger airbag system now senses the weight of the occupant and deploys the airbag accordingly.

4. New steering wheel, centre console trim, switches, shifter and seat fabric have improved the appearence of the interior.

5. The instrument panel now includes a "Driver Information Center" display which provides information on engine performance, tire pressure etc...

Structures, Exterior & Electrical

1. Strengthened side body components have improved the overall vehicle performance and exceed 2008 MY (model year) Government requirement.

2. New lift gate "touch pad" electronic release replaces the tradtional release handle system

3. New lift gate spolier & fascia shapes provide improved aerodynamics for a "real world" fuel economy savings of 1 mpg.

4. Improvements made to reduce wind noise by 3db

5. New remote start option

6. New "navigation" radio

EQUINOXCENTRAL.COM 2007 Equinox Information

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Those are all excellent improvements (especially getting rid of the rear drums). Now it needs a real engine.

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That's awesome! Who would have thought a little spoiler shape change would give a whole 1 mpg added to real world fuel economy!

I'm glad the interior is getting a face-lift... it was nice, but cheap looking.

I'd like to see the 3.5L in there standard. Are the Equinox/Torrent the only vehicles still using the 3.4L?

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So is it safe to assume that the Pontiac Torrent will also receive these updates for 2007? I clicked on the link but you need to be a member to go to the site. :nono:

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So is it safe to assume that the Pontiac Torrent will also receive these updates for 2007?  I clicked on the link but you need to be a member to go to the site.  :nono:

I hope so, as I like the look of the Torrent over the Equinox.

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yeah, needs to updrage the engine to the 3.5L, may have to for emissions standards, wouldn't it be cheaper to stop producing the 3.4L? if the 5speed can handle it, ~220hp prolly be much better than the ~180hp

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well thats good news for me... i hope they adjusted the electric steering so people dont over steer and fish tail around corners any more...

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yeah, needs to updrage the engine to the 3.5L, may have to for emissions standards, wouldn't it be cheaper to stop producing the 3.4L?  if the 5speed can handle it, ~220hp prolly be much better than the ~180hp

it needs better fuel ecconmy as well... it should be a little worse then the HHR, not a little better then a tahoe...

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That's awesome!  Who would have thought a little spoiler shape change would give a whole 1 mpg added to real world fuel economy!

I'm glad the interior is getting a face-lift... it was nice, but cheap looking.

I'd like to see the 3.5L in there standard.  Are the Equinox/Torrent the only vehicles still using the 3.4L?

The 3.4L isn't the old 3.4L from the Grand Am. They're sourced from China.

But I do agree that it should get the 3.5L from the Aura.

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Without knowing the additional improvements that "cannot" be released yet, it appears to be a marginal refresh that raises a barely adequate SUV up to a mediocre one. The Equinox really needs a complete overhaul, especially the interior, to become competitive.

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Some very good improvements it seems, but it really needs an engine to that would appeal to import-minded buyers.

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These sound like good upgrades. I dont think the current engine is as terrible as people make it out to be. Only thing I notice is that it starts to lose it above about 50-55. What I am saying is it could use a little better higher end performance. Maybe the 3.5 liter could fix this little issue. The low end performance however is very good. My fuel mileage is about 16-17 in town and 20-24 on the highway.

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When are we going to hear of the "other changes"?

I was surprised when I looked on the Pontiac website, to see they had an image of the Torrent with a purple interior. I didn't know they had interiors like that.

The Equinox is an awesome little SUV, and I think it has the potential to be a powerful player in the market with some changes. Now with the Rav4 stepping up the game, the Nox/Torrent are going to have to follow suit to not be totally overlooked. I realize they are still better than the CRV, but Toyota should be a target as well.

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When are we going to hear of the "other changes"?

I was surprised when I looked on the Pontiac website, to see they had an image of the Torrent with a purple interior. I didn't know they had interiors like that.

The Equinox is an awesome little SUV, and I think it has the potential to be a powerful player in the market with some changes.  Now with the Rav4 stepping up the game, the Nox/Torrent are going to have to follow suit to not be totally overlooked.  I realize they are still better than the CRV, but Toyota should be a target as well.

I'd hate to admit it, but the Rav4 blows GM's Thetas away.

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I'd hate to admit it, but the Rav4 blows GM's Thetas away.

Style-wise, I don't agree. Features, performance, and everything else, F yeah.

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Style-wise, I don't agree.  Features, performance, and everything else, F yeah.

Style is subjective, and I haven't taken a good look at the 2 so I'm undecided on that. But everything else, no competetion. GM is 6 years behind.

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The Torrent needs to be dropped - the Nox should get the 3.5L from the Aura as the base engine with a new higher quality interior. The SS should offer the 3.9L.

It is really a shame that their cousin over at Suzuki will get a 3.6L, the Vue will get the Honda V6 while the Nox/Torrent are left with an ancient 3.4L engine from China that is crap.

And you wonder why GM still has huge issues to deal with?

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Good upgrades plus I hope they close the wheel gap with the change in the suspension or bigger tires. If they do that with those upgrades then i think it will be a nice little product. Remember from what has been said above they are addressing interior materials and adding navigation so I am holding out hope.

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Style is subjective, and I haven't taken a good look at the 2 so I'm undecided on that. But everything else, no competetion. GM is 6 years behind.

The VUE is very competitive to the RAV4... in packaging, pricing, and performance. And yes... Styling is subjective.

2006 VUE

Posted ImagePosted Image

(4-Cyl VUEs have a 4-Speed automatic)

4-Cyl (143hp) FWD - $17,390

4-Cyl (170hp) Hybrid - less than $23,000

(6-Cyl VUEs have a 5-Speed automatic)

6-Cyl (250hp) FWD - $21,390

6-Cyl (250hp) AWD - $23,050

2006 RAV4

Posted ImagePosted Image

(4-Cyl RAV4's have a 4-speed Automatic)

4-Cyl (166hp) FWD - $20,300

4-Cyl (166hp) AWD - $21,700

4-Cyl (166hp) FWD Sport - $21,875

4-Cyl (166hp) AWD Sport - $23,275

4-Cyl (166hp) FWD Limited - $22,555

4-Cyl (166hp) AWD Limited - $23,955

(6-Cyl RAV4's have a 5-Speed Automatic)

6-Cyl (269hp) FWD - $22,335

6-Cyl (269hp) AWD - $23,735

6-Cyl (269hp) FWD Sport - $23,790

6-Cyl (269hp) AWD Sport - $25,190

6-Cyl (269hp) FWD Limited - $24,470

6-Cyl (269hp) AWD Limited - $25,870

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VUE has the better-looking interior based on those pictures. That said, I want to touch and feel the surfaces of it because GM interiors photograph notoriously better than they actually are in person. GM just needs to dump money on interior materials.

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The VUE is very competitive to the RAV4... in packaging, pricing, and performance. And yes... Styling is subjective.

2006 VUE

Posted ImagePosted Image

(4-Cyl VUEs have a 4-Speed automatic)

4-Cyl (143hp) FWD - $17,390

4-Cyl (170hp) Hybrid - less than $23,000

(6-Cyl VUEs have a 5-Speed automatic)

6-Cyl (250hp) FWD - $21,390

6-Cyl (250hp) AWD - $23,050

2006 RAV4

Posted ImagePosted Image

(4-Cyl RAV4's have a 4-speed Automatic)

4-Cyl (166hp) FWD - $20,300

4-Cyl (166hp) AWD - $21,700

4-Cyl (166hp) FWD Sport - $21,875

4-Cyl (166hp) AWD Sport - $23,275

4-Cyl (166hp) FWD Limited - $22,555

4-Cyl (166hp) AWD Limited - $23,955

(6-Cyl RAV4's have a 5-Speed Automatic)

6-Cyl (269hp) FWD - $22,335

6-Cyl (269hp) AWD - $23,735

6-Cyl (269hp) FWD Sport - $23,790

6-Cyl (269hp) AWD Sport - $25,190

6-Cyl (269hp) FWD Limited - $24,470

6-Cyl (269hp) AWD Limited - $25,870

Not quite... the RAV has a much larger interior and available third-row.

The $17,390 VUE comes with a manual transmission, btw. To get it close to the $20,300 RAV4's spec, you'll need to add ABS ($600) and automatic ($1,355).

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Toyota is stupid why put a third row in when your Highlander and your 4Runner have third rows and then the Sequia wud if ppl dont want third rows.

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The Torrent needs to be dropped - the Nox should get the 3.5L from the Aura as the base engine with a new higher quality interior.  The SS should offer the 3.9L.

It is really a shame that their cousin over at Suzuki will get a 3.6L, the Vue will get the Honda V6 while the Nox/Torrent are left with an ancient 3.4L engine from China that is crap.

And you wonder why GM still has huge issues to deal with?

Jeesh...drop the Torrent? Do you hate poor Pontiac? :scratchchin:

I think the Torrent--like all of Pontiac's rebadges--needs to be differentiated from the Nox...after all, doesn't BMW have a sporty trucklet in the x3/5s?

It is staggering how GM has managed to get so many different--and competing--engines into so few compact SUVs.

Good post by you.

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