The Evolution of the Chevrolet Equinox

The Chevy Equinox has been part of the American auto market for well over a decade at this point and it continues to be a popular seller with a wide range of auto buyers. That’s not surprising when you consider the poise, range of features, and reliable performance this crossover SUV continues to offer.

First Generation

The Chevy Equinox first debuted in 2004 as a 2005 model. It was a mid-size crossover SUV that shared GM’s Lambda platform with a wide range of other vehicles, including the Saturn Vue and the Pontiac Torrent. Two engine options were offered, including a 3.4-liter V6 and a 3.6-liter V6 engine.

Later in the first generation, Chevy introduced the Sport trim for the Equinox. In addition to the larger engine, this also brought other niceties, including a faster 0 to 60 MPH time, and new optional features, such as in-dash navigation. The LTZ model followed shortly thereafter and brought 17-inch wheels and additional creature comforts in the cabin, such as heated front seats.

Second Generation

The second-generation Chevrolet Equinox debuted in 2010 and ran until 2017. It brought with it new engine options, including two 4-cylinder choices, a smaller 3.0-liter V6, and the larger 3.6-liter V6. All engine options shared the same 6-speed transmission.

The body style evolved considerably in the second generation, becoming sleeker and more refined. Chrome-clad wheels, Wi-Fi hotspots, and other features were added throughout this time, culminating with a mid-cycle refresh in 2016, just a year before the third generation was set to debut.

Third Generation

The third generation debuted in 2017 and remains in production today. It was during this generation that the Equinox became a compact crossover SUV and the body style was changed significantly. Also, the V6 engines were removed from the lineup. Current models offer a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, and a 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine with the choice of either a 6-speed or 9-speed transmission.

The third generation also brought with it some new trim levels. Currently, there are eight trim types offered if you include the various engine configurations. Note that the 2.0- and 1.6-liter engines are not available in all markets. Some of the features offered on current models (although trim dependent), include an updated infotainment system, keyless entry, power windows and door locks, a larger spare tire (16 inches), privacy glass, power-adjustable driver’s seat, HID headlamps, an eight-inch infotainment display, all-wheel drive, and front fog lights. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also offered with the current model.

In Conclusion

While the Equinox might have shrunk in size over the years, it has not lost its comfort, capability, or its road-handling abilities. Fuel-efficient, well-performing, reliable, and available with features designed to fit your needs and busy lifestyle, it’s an SUV to consider. Not sure which trim level to choose? Why not visit us at CMA’s Colonial Chevrolet and test drive an Equinox yourself.

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