The current model of the Equinox has been launched all the way back in 2010 and since then it didn’t really receive too much attention from GM. Finally this is going to change and we could hear that 2016 Chevrolet Equinox is on the way with various upgrades that will significantly refresh it in all departments.
Changes were left out mostly because the car was good just the way it was and it sold better than pretty much any other car Chevrolet had on the market, except for the Silverado. However, because the car was getting outdated in terms of design and interior quality, it received an updated just a few months ago with new Equinox which is basically a subtle yet effective facelift of the older model. Changes include everything from a slightly revised exterior design, an upgraded interior as well as new trim levels.
All of these are there to make the car more appealing to its customers and not just to look good on paper. The car has always been quite subtle, so Chevrolet didn’t feel the need to change that which is fine for us because the model looks like it might be the perfect compact crossover out there. The dealership availability is going to start from June or July 2015 at a base price lower than $24,000 for the base model. This is going to go up to around $35,000 for a fully equipped V6 model with all-wheel drive.
Just as we said, the most notable changes are on its exterior which has been freshened up a bit. Chevy gave the car a new front fascia that includes bulkier headlights, a new design for the fog lamps as well as a slightly larger grille with honeycomb mesh. These are meant to make the car look a bit tougher and they did it just fine. The top of the range model also gets a new design for the fog lamps as well as LED daytime running lights as standard which is a nice touch. At the back 2016 Chevrolet Equinox remained mostly unchanged with the only real difference being a slightly different exhaust system. The wheels have also been changed with the base model receiving optional 17 inch wheels, the mid-range model comes with 17 inch rims as standard while the top of the range car will come with 18 inch unique alloys, all of which make for quite an improvement over the previous vehicle.
The interior of this car didn’t remain untouched so it is now better looking thanks to a new design for the switches inside the cabin as well as slightly better materials such as a soft-touch plastic on the dashboard. There are now new storage spaces both in the center console and also beneath the dashboard as well as a new 7 inch infotainment center with touchscreen that comes as standard even on the base model and dominates the center console. This can be further upgraded with a bigger 8 inch screen that will bring satellite navigation.
The only drawbacks we see with the car are its engines because these have just been carried over from the previous generation, meaning that the new Equinox will be just as fuel inefficient as before which is a shame because all of its competitors are doing quite a bit better than it. The base is still a 2.4 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 which is good for 182 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque while the optional 3.6 liter V6 will provide more at 302 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque. Both of these engines come as standard with a 6 speed automatic and can be had with front or all-wheel drive. However, just as we said, the fuel consumption is even higher than the rated numbers, so the 2.4 liter all-wheel drive model will barely get around 19 MPG on average under normal testing which is quite low for an inline 4 unit.
2016 Chevrolet Equinox Review
One of the things that we hope that the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox or some future models will improve on is the engine lineup. Certainly turbocharged units with smaller displacement could improve fuel economy while preserving similar level of performances as the currently available units. To go further in this segment Chevy can always offer us hybrid model and we know that many drivers would love to see these changes delivered.