Chevrolet’s Equinox SUV for 2012 has received updates so that it could be more appealing to the market. The highlights include MyLink wireless connectivity, personalized infotainment options and fresh safety-boosting features. Russ Clark, director of Chevrolet marketing, said that since the current generation started selling in the middle of 2009, it had sold each Equinox that has rolled out.
However, Clark clarifies that the company isn’t relying on this momentum. He added that the automaker is offering the vehicle, with its technologies, at “very attractive prices.” The MyLink infotainment package consists of Pandora internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio that are integrated with hands-free voice and touch-screen controls with the use of Bluetooth-enabled phones.
In addition, it comes with wireless control of smartphones, improving on the voice-activated Bluetooth hands-free calling capability. These are all seen on a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color touch screen display. Buyers can also opt for the 2012 Equinox to be equipped with the $295 crash-avoidance system on the LTZ trim level, which comes with a single camera to assist drivers in avoiding front-end and unsignalled lane departure crashes.
The warning display of the new Equinox has green “vehicle ahead” and “lanes detected” icons. It also has a flashing red “forward collision alert” and “amber“ lane departure warning icons.
Aside from locating the other vehicles, this image processor is on the lookout for lane markings to present lane departure alerts. The lane departure warning icon, which works at speeds faster than 35 mph, glows green when the lane markings are recognized to show that the system is active. When the vehicle drifts out of the lane without making a turn signal, the lamp switches to flashing amber. Making this easier to sense are some warning beeps.