When it was launched back in 2011, the Equinox was one of the best selling crossovers on the market but because it started to age, the sales fell to the middle of the pack. GM is looking to change all that with the release of the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox which is not only a small facelift but quite a big upgrade over the previous generation in terms of technology and looks. The car was announced back in 2014 and it was launched back in January 2015.
2016 Chevrolet Equinox Review
However, the car will only be available for sale at the end of 2015 at a base price of 23.000 dollars, meaning it will be as affordable as ever. However, the top end model will now cost quite a bit more than before thanks to a much higher equipment level which is now similar to cars that are at least one class higher than it.
Besides the visual upgrade and the interior changes, the Equinox will remain mostly unchanged over the 2013 model. The engines are going to be the same and the running gear will be identical to that car.
Engine of Chevrolet Equinox
Engine wise there are two offerings for the new Equinox. The base car has a 2.4 liter aspirated inline 4 which is good for 182 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque which in theory should offer a nice fuel consumption.
However, due to the fact that the car is really heavy, older tests shown that it can barely top 20 MPG on average. The better choice would be the 3.6 liter V6 which is good for as much as 301 horsepower. This uses just as much fuel as the smaller engine but it offers much better performance.
Just like before, there is only a single 6 speed automatic which can send the power either to the front wheels or to an all wheel drive system.
Chevrolet Equinox 2016 Interior
The interior of the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox has been completely reworked. It now offers a lot more technology as well as more comfortable seats. 4G connectivity is now standard on the LTZ model and so is the new Wi-Fi system, a piece of tech unique in its class. Upgrades to the infotainment system can be had for a small sum of money while the rear view camera is standard on the LTZ model.
Exterior of Chevrolet Equinox
Its exterior went through a small facelift, so the front end of the car borrowed a lot from the Camaro concept with the round headlights and the two piece grille which offers a really aggressive look.
From the side, the Equinox looks almost identical to the older car while from the back we can see subtle changes to the tail lights as well as a new dual-pipe exhaust system.