chevrolet equinox

 

This first Chevrolet crossover, sold from 2004 on the Theta platform, soon found its place in the market.After a year, the Pontiac Torrent clone followed.The vehicles were built in Canada, with the 3350cc V6 OHV engine imported from China, as in North America this engine family was abandoned for the other cars.It was a second generation version of the similar-sized engine in the 1993 Camaro/Firebird (in 2837cc form dating back to what was in the fwd X-cars from 1979), but now with alloy heads, and related to the 2986cc found in the first Chinese Buicks of 1999.By 2007, the US-built V6 3564cc DOHC all alloy HF engine was added, and, imported from Japan, also fitted in the Ontario-built Suzuki XL-7 sibling.

Direct injection was added to this engine in the second generation Equinox and more angular GMC Terrain sibling from mid-2009, next to the 4-cylinder 2384cc and V6 2994cc with similar characteristics.By 2012, US Equinox sales passed the 200,000 mark, with another 100,000 for the Terrain.Another, Korean-built GMC Terrain, a rebadged Opel Antara on the shorter Theta platform, preceded the American model from late 2007 till 2010 in the Middle East, where the Pontiac brand was abandoned earlier.

Chevrolet EquinoxChina, North America: April 2017

The downsized 3rd generation Equinox was to be built in Mexico and China, with the GM/SAIC 1.5-litre turbo as basic engine.Exports to USA/Canada and South America, the Middle East, South Korea and, as Holden to Australia/New Zealand all came from Mexico, itself denied the all-wheel-drive models.At this time, in the US, Equinox sales had reached nearly 2 million since its launch and it had become Chevroletís best-selling passenger vehicle.

Sales in America now soon exceeded an annual 300,000, of which about 60% with front-wheel-drive.In China, sales dropped from 70,000 in 2018 to 50,000 in 2019, with about 75% now front-wheel-drive.In 2019, 2,100 units were sold in South Korea (diesels only), 2,400 in Mexico (front-wheel-drive only), 4,600 in Brazil (2-litre models only) and 4,500 in Australia, where also a manual gearbox was offered.

The facelifted Equinox in China still uses the 4-cylinder 1.5 engine and is now available with the LSY 2-litre with cylinder deactivation.

platform:

D2UC

Equinox

rear suspension:

4-link independent, coil springs

Opel/SAIC

GM

GM

GM

wheelbase (cm):

272.5

SGE

L850

CSS

MDE

length from (cm):

462.5

4 cyl.

4 cyl.

4 cyl.

4 cyl.

width (cm):

184.3

DOHC

DOHC

DOHC

DOHC

curb weight from:

1509

kg

1490

1998

1998

1598

cc

dir. inj.

dir. inj.

dir. inj.

dir. inj.

turbo

turbo

turbo

turbo

diesel

market:

USA/CDN

April 2017

17-

17-

17-19

fwd/awd

fwd/awd

fwd/awd

6A

9A

6A

kW

127

188

101

kW

hp

170

252

136

hp

awd -19

Mexico

July 2017

17-

fwd

6A

kW

127

hp

170

Latin America, Mid-East

September 2017

17-

Argentina

September 2018

fwd/awd

6A

kW

127

hp

170

Brazil

October 2017

20-

17-

fwd

fwd/awd

6A

9A

kW

127

193

hp

172

262

China

April 2017

535T

550T

550T RS

17-

17-20

20-

fwd/awd

awd

fwd/awd

6A

9A

9A

kW

119-126

186

169

hp

162-173

253

230

awd -19

South Korea

June 2018

18-

fwd/awd

6A

100

kW

136

hp

AUS/NZ

Holden

December 2017

17-20

17-20

18-19

fwd

fwd/awd

fwd/awd

6M/6A

9A

6A

kW

127

188

100

kW

hp

170

252

136

hp

6M -19

GMC TerrainNorth America: May 2017

Repeatedly more angular and bolder, the 2nd generation GMC Terrain is only sold in North America and the Middle East.Different from the Equinox, the 1.5-litre engine was coupled to a nine-speed automatic.Annual sales in the United States exceeded 100,000.

platform:

D2UG

GMC Terrain

rear suspension:

4-link independent, coil springs

Opel/SAIC

GM

GM

wheelbase (cm):

272.5

SGE

L850

MDE

length from (cm):

463.0

4 cyl.

4 cyl.

4 cyl.

width (cm):

183.9

DOHC

DOHC

DOHC

curb weight from:

1509

kg

1490

1998

1598

cc

dir. inj.

dir. inj.

dir. inj.

turbo

turbo

turbo

diesel

market:

USA

May 2017, 1.5/1.6 September 2017

17-

17-

17-19

fwd/awd

fwd/awd

fwd/awd

9A

9A

6A

kW

127

188

101

kW

hp

170

252

136

hp

Canada

17-

17-

17-19

fwd/awd

awd

fwd/awd

9A

9A

6A

kW

127

188

101

kW

hp

170

252

136

hp

Mexico

July 2017

17-

fwd

9A

kW

188

hp

252

Mid-East

January 2018

18-

18-

fwd

awd

9A

9A

kW

127

188

hp

170

252

 

 

Output data are approximate.

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 ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† with thanks to wikipedia, carsalesbase.com and www.goodcarbadcar.net

 

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Far East Auto Literature

13 October, 2020