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Chevrolet Equinox

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A midsize or small SUV produced by Chevrolet beginning in 2004.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Chevrolet Equinox page on 25 September 2017, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

First generation (2005–2009)

The Chevrolet Equinox was introduced in 2004 for the 2005 model year. Originally, the Equinox was shown at the 2003 Detroit Auto Show.

The Pontiac Torrent was introduced in 2005 for the 2006 model year. The Pontiac Torrent was originally shown at the 2005 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Riding on the GM Theta platform, the unibody is mechanically similar to the Saturn Vue and the Suzuki XL7. However, the Equinox and the Torrent are larger than the Vue, riding on a 112.5 in (2,858 mm) wheelbase, 5.9 in (150 mm) longer than the Vue. Front-wheel drive is standard, with optional all-wheel drive. They are not designed for serious off-roading like the truck-based Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet TrailBlazer.

For the 2006 model year, GM updated the Equinox for the first time, as GM badges were added on the front doors.

The first generation Equinox and Torrent were produced exclusively at the CAMI Automotive GM/Suzuki joint venture plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. The 3.4 L LNJ V6 engine is made in China (by Shanghai GM), while the Aisin AF33 transmission is made in Japan. Starting with the 2008 model year, the Equinox Sport and Pontiac GXP were available with a 3.6 L V6 engine that was made in the United States. Production ended in May 2009.

The Chevrolet Equinox was not sold in Mexico during the 2009 model year.

For the 2008 model year, in tribute to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the Equinox and Torrent each received a special edition; the Team Canada Edition and the Podium Edition, respectively. This package added chrome-clad wheels, sunroof, premium sound system, and special badging. These trims were sold only in Canada.

Second generation (2010–2017)

The second generation Equinox was announced by GM on December 21, 2008, and debuted at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2010 Equinox went on sale in June 2009. It is built on a stiffened version of the same "Theta" platform used in the previous model. The second generation Equinox was built with a pair of upgraded gasoline direct injection engines, with better fuel economy claimed by GM. Earlier 2010 models had the GM badges on the front doors, but were later deleted. Marketing of Chevrolet Equinox resumed in Mexico during late November 2009, for the 2010 model year after a year of absence. Sales of the Chevrolet Equinox to Mexico were stopped after the 2011 model year. However, in October 2015 the Equinox was reintroduced in Mexico to replace the Captiva Sport for the 2016 model year.

The second generation Equinox is available standard with a 2.4-liter straight-4 engine produced in Tonawanda, New York and Spring Hill, Tennessee, with a 3.0-liter V6 engine is available as an option. Both powertrains contain six-speed automatics and optional all-wheel-drive systems, with front-wheel-drive being standard.

The second generation Equinox is Chevrolet's third best-selling vehicle in North America, after the Silverado and Cruze, respectively.

Third generation (2018–present)

Chevrolet unveiled the third-generation Equinox, fittingly, on the Autumnal Equinox on September 22, 2016. Depending on market the third-generation Equinox will be available with up to three engine choices, gas engines are from the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu: a 1.5L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) engine that produces 170 horsepower (12 less horsepower than the 2.4L Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) engine in the previous-generation Equinox but with more torque), a 2.0L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) engine that produces 252 horsepower (48 less horsepower than the 3.6L V6 engine in the previous-generation Equinox but also with more torque), or a 1.6L Turbocharged Diesel Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) engine that produces 136 horsepower (the latter will also be available in future Chevrolet Cruze models as well). The 3.6L V6 engine option did not carry on to the third generation. The 2.0L unit will also be paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Gasoline-powered variants of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will go on sale in early 2017, while diesel-powered variants will arrive by summer 2017.

New safety features introduced in the third-generation Equinox include a surround-view camera, forward collision warning, low-speed automatic braking, a Safety Alert Seat that uses vibration pulses to help alert the driver and avoid crashes, as well as a Rear Seat Alert system that alerts drivers who had opened the back door at the start of a trip to check the back seat once they get to their destination, a feature first introduced on the 2017 GMC Acadia.


Photographs

Chevrolet Equinox Photo ©2003 Heidi Walczak
2003 Chicago Auto Show View photo of Chevrolet Equinox - 828KB


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
12 November 2004Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 135: Passenger Car Brake Systems
2005 Chevrolet Equinox FWD LT, 4-Door Liftback MPV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 41.6MB - 74 pages
19 November 2004Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact, Upper Interior Head Impact Protection
2005 Chevrolet Equinox
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 3.8MB - 159 pages
6 July 2005Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201: Rigid Pole Side Impact Test
2005 Chevrolet Equinox
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 6.3MB - 143 pages
9 May 2006FMVSS No. 202a - Head Restraints: Indicant Test
2005 Chevrolet Equinox, MPV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2.1MB - 39 pages
June 2007Calspan On-Site Child Safety Seat Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2007 Chevrolet Equinox
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 298KB - 18 pages
August 2009On-Site Certified Advanced 208-Compliant Investigation
2007 Chevrolet Equinox
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 3,275KB - 23 pages
December 2010On-Site Rollover Investigation
Vehicle - 2009 Chevrolet Equinox LS
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,095KB - 45 pages
13 April 2010Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact, Upper Interior Head Impact Protection
2010 Chevrolet Equinox MPV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 6.8MB - 167 pages
2012Representative Letter
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 21KB - 2 pages
2012Representative Letter
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 21KB - 2 pages
19 September 2012NHTSA Recall 12V459000
2007-2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2007 Chevrolet Equinox, 2007-2009 Pontiac G5, 2007 Pontiac Torrent, 2007 Saturn Ion
Fuel System, Gasoline:Delivery:Fuel Pump
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
18 September 2012To: Nancy Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
From: Carmen Benavides, General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 113KB - 3 pages
28 September 2012Fuel Pump Module May Crack
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To: Carmen Benavides, General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 97KB - 2 pages
November 2012Representative Letter
Letter for Chevrolet Equinox and Pontiac Torrent customers
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 152KB - 2 pages
November 2012Recall Bulletin
Fuel Odor or Spotting on Ground – Inspect Fuel Pump Module
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 223KB - 9 pages
12 November 201212190 – Safety Recall - Fuel Odor or Spotting on Ground - Inspect Fuel Pump Module
GM Customer Care and Aftersales
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 70KB - 1 page
13 December 2012Response to - Fuel pump recall 12V-459: loose ends
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 999KB - 2 pages
23 January 2013Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 123KB - 3 pages
February 2013Recall Bulletin
Special Coverage Adjustment – Fuel Odor or Spotting on Ground – Replace Fuel Pump Module
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 204KB - 6 pages
March 2013Representative Letter
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 131KB - 2 pages
March 2013Representative Letter
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 130KB - 2 pages
25 April 2013Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 54KB - 3 pages
June 2013Recall Bulletin
Fuel Odor or Spotting on Ground – Inspect Fuel Pump Module
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 233KB - 8 pages
June 2013Recall Bulletin
Fuel Odor or Spotting on Ground – Inspect Fuel Pump Module
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 232KB - 8 pages
June 2013Representative Letter
Parts Available Letter for Chevrolet Equinox and Pontiac Torrent customers
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 157KB - 2 pages
June 2013Representative Letter
Parts Available Letter for Chevrolet Equinox and Pontiac Torrent customers
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 156KB - 2 pages
23 July 2013Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 76KB - 4 pages
22 October 2013Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 153KB - 4 pages
24 January 2014Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 75KB - 4 pages
25 April 2014Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 161KB - 4 pages
25 July 2014Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 85KB - 4 pages
December 2014Representative Letter
IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 179KB - 3 pages
10 December 2014Recall Quarterly Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 28KB - 1 page
4 February 2015Recall Quarterly Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 28KB - 1 page
July 2015Recall Bulletin
Fuel Odor or Spotting on Ground – Inspect Fuel Pump Module
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 284KB - 9 pages
8 July 201512190B – Safety Recall
Fuel Odor or Spotting on Ground – Inspect Fuel Pump Module
Revised Part Information, Service Procedure, and Warranty, Transaction Information Sections
GM Customer Care and Aftersales
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 70KB - 1 page


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
17 March 20102010 Chevrolet Equinox: Test Drive ReviewGary Witzenburg
9 August 2012General Motors, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Claude H. Harris)
22 July 2013Dream Cars: Chicago Blackhawks ChevroletsBill Crittenden
1 November 2013General Motors, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Claude H. Harris)
28 April 2014General Motors, LLC, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey M. Giuseppe)
25 September 20172018 Chevrolet Equinox LS AWD: Heartland Crossover Bill Crittenden
30 November 2018Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming Model Year 2016 Chevrolet Equinox Multipurpose Passenger Vehicles Are Eligible for ImportationFederal Register: NHTSA (Michael A. Cole)


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