The new 2016 Chevrolet Equinox compact SUV has been updated to feature a new style and new wheel designs, as well as a larger color touchscreen radio and a standard rear-vision camera (entry-level models). The new Equinox also comes available with new safety features.
Building on its huge sales success in the compact SUV segment -- with five years of record volume -- the new Equinox is all ready to further reinforce Chevrolet’s already broad sport utility lineup. Up for sale starting fall 2015, the Equinox is expected to continue the brand’s SUV commitment along with the Chevrolet Traverse, Trax small SUV as well as Tahoe and Suburban full-size SUVs.
Alan Batey, president for GM North America, called the Chevrolet Equinox as a pillar of the compact SUV segment, as made possible by its great style, safety, connectivity and efficiency. He added that the enhancements made to the new Equinox make the compact SUV a more appealing proposition while showing Chevrolet's commitment to have the broadest lineup of SUVs in the auto industry.
Chevrolet sold 242,242 units of the Equinox in the United States in 2014, marking fifth straight year of record sales for the second-generation compact SUV. This sales figure is enough for the Equinox to control more than 9 percent of the compact SUV market, posting a 17.4-percent jump in sales in 2014. Interestingly, compact SUVs accounted for around 15.5 percent of the total vehicle market, eclipsing the share of midsize cars and becoming the largest segment in the auto industry.
The enhanced 2016 Equinox is spacious enough to accommodate five occupants and large amount of cargo. Thanks to the GM-exclusive MultiFlex sliding rear seat, the new Equinox could carry up to 31.4 cubic feet (889 liters) of cargo behind the rear seat. When the rear seat is folded, this capacity rises to around 63.7 cubic feet (1,803 liters) with the rear seat folded.
Equinox is also available with the all-wheel drive system (LS, LT and LTZ models) and is powered by an Ecotec 2.4-liter direct-injected engine as standard. On FWD models, this engine could return an EPA-estimated 32 mpg on the highway. Customers could also choose to have their Equinox powered by a direct-injected 3.6L V6 engine (LT and LTZ models) that could deliver a class-leading 301 hp (225 kW) of max output and 272 lb.-ft. (369 Nm) of peak torque. This V6 engine offers a trailering capacity of up to 3,500 lbs. (1,588 kg).