Chevrolet Equinox receives some important updates for the 2012MY

Article by Christian A., on November 19, 2011

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.

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Chevrolet Equinox Raises Content Bar for 2012

The 2012 Equinox isn’t resting on its laurels despite a 52 percent increase in retail sales for the first 10 months of the year. New equipment available for 2012 includes Chevrolet MyLink in-vehicle wireless connectivity, customized infotainment options and new safety-enhancing features.

“Since this generation went on sale in mid-2009 we have sold every Equinox we can build, but we aren’t counting on that momentum to carry us,” said Russ Clark, director, Chevrolet marketing. “We have carefully selected technologies that our customers will find valuable and are able to offer them at very attractive prices.”

Chevrolet MyLink is an in-car infotainment package that builds on the safety and security of OnStar. It seamlessly integrates online services such as Pandora® internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio® using hands-free voice and touch-screen controls via Bluetooth-enabled phones.

MyLink adds stereo audio streaming and wireless control of smartphones, building on the voice-activated Bluetooth hands-free calling capability already offered in most Chevy vehicles. MyLink also includes a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color touch screen display that makes media selection easy to navigate.

MyLink also retains all the capabilities of today’s entertainment functions, including AM/FM/Sirius XM tuners, CD player with MP3 playback, auxiliary and USB inputs.

The 2012 Equinox features a General Motors’ exclusive crash- avoidance system that uses a single camera to help drivers avoid front-end and unsignalled lane departure crashes. The $295 option on LTZ trim levels is much less than systems that offer the same functions for more money.

This new active safety system uses a high-resolution digital camera mounted on the windshield ahead of the rearview mirror that looks for shapes of vehicles and lane markings. The system uses audible warnings and a high-mounted visual display to warn the driver if he or she is following another vehicle too closely, when a collision is imminent, or when departing a lane without signaling first.

Equinox’s warning display contains green “vehicle ahead” and “lanes detected” icons, as well as flashing red “forward collision alert” and amber “lane departure warning” icons that are accompanied by warning chimes. Forward collision alert operates at speeds above 25 mph and warns a driver if he or she is following too closely or in imminent danger of a front-end crash. When a collision is predicted to be imminent, vehicle brakes are pre-charged to help drivers quickly reach maximum braking.

In addition to searching for other vehicles, the image processor also looks for lane markings to provide lane departure alerts. Available at speeds above 35 mph, the lane departure warning icon shines green when lane markings are detected to indicate the system is active. If the vehicle drifts out of the lane without a turn signal, the lamp switches to flashing amber and is augmented by warning beeps.

The 2012 Equinox is a Top Safety Pick based on testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and was a Consumer Guide Best Buy for 2011 and 2010.

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