The Equinox is a compact crossover SUV designed to compete with models that stem from the downsizing trend. It is both fuel efficient and capable, but it also stands out from much of the crowd with luxury and quality rarely found in this class and price range.
A full redesign came in 2018, which also means that the 2019 model is up to date both in terms of styling and features - which now include things like 360 camera, forward collision warning and three downsized engine options, including a diesel.
Design of the Chevrolet Equinox
The design of the Equinox is a mixture of modern SUV directions and modern Chevrolet style. Looking at the front, we can see a sculpted hood with sharp lines and a narrow section with the Chevrolet emblem between the headlights. The hood and front are reminiscent of more aggressive Chevrolet models including the sporty Camaro. The lower front is bulky, with a prominent grille and pronounced chrome surround, which is now common on many small SUVs.
Design of the vehicles profile tries to marry style and practicality. Door creases and chrome window surrounds look modern, and the rearmost side window is angled and sharp. However, that section also adds to the practicality of the Equinox, as its addition gives more headroom and adds an overall airy feeling in what is otherwise a compact cabin.
Interior of the Chevrolet Equinox
The line that surrounds the central console adds a lot of style, and a high-placed touchscreen is very close to the steering wheel and easy to use. Modern climate controls are not hidden behind the gearbox stick as it is in many other cars. Higher trim levels and optional packs bring many more features and better materials which make the Equinox more luxurious than most of its competitors.
We also have to emphasize how practical the Equinox is in busy city conditions. For example, doors are narrow and they open really wide, which is a great advantage in parking spaces. You can open the door wide and access seats with ease even in tight parking spaces.
The Equinox is roomy, especially in the front. Rear seats are also pretty accommodating for this class of vehicle. Cabin storage is also good. There are cup holders, bottle holders, bins, trays and pockets, as well as spaces for mobile phones. The latter are covered in rubber so that your phone does not slide.
The infotainment system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and voice controls work like a charm.
Engines and Drive of the Chevrolet Equinox
There are three engine options for the Chevrolet Equinox – two turbo gasoline and one turbo diesel.
The entry level engine available on all trim levels is a 1.5 l turbo gasoline with VVT and direct injection. It produces 170 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque from 2000 revs. It is paired exclusively with a six-speed automatic, while other engines can be paired with an optional nine-speed auto.
The second option is a 2.0 turbo gasoline with 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. It also features VVT and direct injection, as well as dual-outlet exhausts. Its spike in power compared to the base engine is noticeable and the Equinox with this engine provides a confident push.
The last option is a 1.6 turbo diesel with 137 hp and 240 lb-ft from as low as 2000 revs. It is the perfect choice for anyone who favors fuel efficiency. The low-rev diesel torque makes it interesting to drive as you have a feeling it has more power that it actually does.
Many small SUVs have a problem with bumps on the road. Some of the issues come from a relatively small wheelbase, but in many cases, it is about stiff suspension. Well, not in the Equinox. It soaks up bumps very well. It is remarkable how accurately Chevrolet engineers hit the soft spot between comfort and handling.
Trim Levels of the Chevrolet Equinox
The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox comes in three different trim levels – LS, LT and Premier.The Chevrolet Equinox LS comes only with the 1.5 l gasoline engine and 6-speed automatic. Other standard features include ABS, Duralife brake rotors, brake assist and hill start assist, StabiliTrak electronic stability, traction control, 17” wheels, active aero shutters, power mirrors with black caps, rearview camera, keyless entry and start, remote starter, 3.5” display for the Driver Information Centre, tire pressure monitoring, air conditioning, cruise control, premium cloth seats, heated front seats, 60/40 split rear seats, 7” screen with MyLink, Teen Driver feature, rear seat reminder, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, OnStar Safety and Security Plan for the first month and 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot.
The Chevrolet Equinox LT adds HID headlights, body-coloured mirror caps, leather wrapped gear knob, 8-way power adjustable driver seat with power lumbar adjuster and SiriusXM Radio with 3-month subscription.
The Premier adds LED headlamps and fog lamps, turn signal indicators in power mirrors with chrome caps, 18” wheels, lane change alerts, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear park assist, programmable power rear liftgate, LED tail lamps, dual zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 4.2” driver information screen, leather wrapped steering wheel, perforated leather seats, ambient lighting on instrument panel, 8” touchscreen, additional USB ports, 120-volt AC power outlet and wireless charging.
Many of the features are available on lower trim levels as optional and there are six optional packages – three for the LT and three for the Premier. Some of them add styling features, while others add comfort and safety. For example, the Confidence and Convenience II package is available for the Premier trim and it makes the Equinox a much more advanced vehicle with features such as low speed forward automatic braking, forward collision alert, following distance indicator, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, 360 camera with bird’s-eye view, safety alert driver seat, IntelliBeam automatic headlamps, ventilated front bucket seats, power 8-way front-passenger seat adjuster with power 2-way lumbar adjuster, heated rear outboard seats and heated steering wheel.
Want to learn more about the brand new 2019 Chevrolet Equinox? Come on down to CMP Auto’s Calgary car dealership at 1313 – 36 St. NE, give us a call at (403) 207-1000, or book a test drive online today.