- The all-new 2005 Chevrolet Equinox will help redefine
the compact SUV with its fresh styling and spacious, flexible
interior. Equinox will help Chevy continue its truck momentum
by giving it a strong new competitor in the fastest growing
segment of the market, compact utilities, which has reached
more than one million sales a year.
Equinox has unmistakable Chevy Truck DNA," said
Margaret Brooks, Equinox marketing director. "Its
strong stance reflects the new face of Chevrolet, and sets
it apart from the rest of the compact SUV class.
will be the largest vehicle in its class and set new standards
for compact SUV functionality," Brooks said. "Its
crossover-based architecture responds to customer needs
for more refinement, enhanced ride and handling and increased
form, right fit, right function
While most compact utilities are variations on traditional
sport-utility designs, Equinox takes a fresh, memorable
approach to SUV design, one that should appeal to a broad
range of buyers. Its overall size and interior spaciousness
provide enhanced passenger comfort and cargo capability.
The vehicle is the largest in the segment, with the longest
wheelbase (112.5 inches), and a wide stance (61.6 inches.)
Equinox also offers flexibility and versatility not found
in other vehicles, from a sliding rear seat to innovative
the compact utility segment continues its growth, consumers
are demanding more than just traditional SUV functionality,"
Brooks said. "They want more style, more features
and amenities, in a comfortably sized package."
Equinox's functionality is enhanced by a number of thoughtful
features. One of the most distinguishing features is the
Multi-Flex rear seating, which provides flexibility for
passenger comfort and cargo. The rear seat slides nearly
8 inches, which provides extra room for passengers when
moved back, or additional cargo space when moved forward.
A fold-flat front passenger seat, combined with a split-folding
rear seat, allows the Equinox to carry extra-long cargo
inside the vehicle. A height-adjustable cargo shelf, with
plastic on one side and carpet on the other, doubles as
a security cover and a picnic table.
Equinox also comes with abundant storage
locations throughout, including a center front console with
hidden storage compartments and integrated storage bins
in the rear.
The Equinox powertrain provides confident performance, genuine
SUV capability and competitive fuel economy.
A Vortec 185-hp 3400 V-6 engine and five-speed
automatic transaxle transmission are standard on all models.
Equinox will be available in either front-wheel drive or
all-wheel drive. A 3,500-pound towing capability is available
as an option.
The innovative on-demand all-wheel-drive
system delivers power to the front wheels during normal
driving conditions on dry road surfaces, and delivers power
to the rear wheels if front wheel slippage is detected.
Enhanced ride and handling
The foundation of the Equinox is a unitized body made of
high-strength steel, which incorporates full-length frame
rails and a safety cage in a single, welded unit. This approach
results in an extremely strong, stiff body structure with
minimum mass that provides a smooth, quiet ride. It also
gives engineers a solid foundation for engineering the Equinox
to meet current and anticipated safety standards.
The McPherson Strut front suspension is
tuned for enhanced ride and handling characteristics, and
an independent four-link rear suspension with coil springs
provides confident performance on both highways and unpaved
Equinox has vented front disc brakes with dual piston calipers,
and drum brakes in the rear. A Bosch ABS system is optional.
features and available options include:
Roof rail curtain air bags
Pass Lock II - vehicle theft control
Battery run-down protection
Automatic door locks
Keyless entry control
Automatic exterior lighting
Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs)
A premium sound system
An MP3 player
In-dash six-CD changer
XM Satellite Radio
Heated front seats with leather
Six-way power driver seat with manual lumbar
Redundant radio controls
Power moon roof
Equinox will begin production in early 2004 as a 2005 model,
and will be built at the CAMI Automotive plant in Ingersoll,
Ont., GM's joint-venture facility with Suzuki Motor Corp.
Chevy Equinox carries on Chevrolet's tradition of building
great sport utilities," said Chevrolet General
Manager Kurt Ritter. "We expect Equinox to extend
our SUV winning streak into another hotly contested part
of the SUV market."