The sales of the Chevy Equinox seem to do better with each passing year despite the tough competition posed by the formidable Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and the likes. Equinox definitely is a utility crossover SUV with comfy driving dynamics. Let us explore what the 2017 Chevy Equinox has in store for us.
What Has Changed?
Have you been wondering what innovative changes 2017 Chevrolet Equinox has to offer this time? Those amongst you who have been waiting for a 3rd generation Equinox will be disappointed because except for minor changes there aren’t many upgrades. But why should the company try to make amends for what is already perfect, right? If you are really intrigued, then the changes are summarized below:
- A new trim level: The top of the line LTZ model has now transformed to Premiere.
- A fleet-use model: An equipment group known as 2FL has been introduced on a 1LT trim level for fleet models.
- A couple of new appearance packages: Midnight Package and Sport Package have been launched on the 1LT trim level, exclusively.
- A new colors: Two metallic colors, Tungsten and Champagne Silver are not available in 2017 Chevy Equinox. To compensate for the omission, a new metallic exterior color, Nightfall Gray has been introduced.
2017 Chevy Equinox – Interior
The crossover is certainly the most dependable SUV that you can find. It is roomy and technologically advanced. For comfort seekers, the 2017 Chevy Equinox will deliver utmost satisfaction. The spacious interiors appear as if they are circumspectly designed for family use. The rear seat is sliding and it can provide additional legroom or release additional cargo space depending on the situation. 31.4 cubic feet with the rear row positioned and approximately 64 cubic feet with the rear seat flipped over, enhances the utility of the crossover. The seats are comfortable and there are cubbyholes for holding small objects — even a net is provided between the cargo wells at the rear end to hold grocery items in it.
In terms of safety as well, the interior is superb for all the trim levels as a rear-view camera is standard. Previously, shoppers complained about visibility issues at the rear end. The state of the art technology will not just keep you entertained when you intend to journey miles but it will also make you feel connected with the world and facilitate the drivers for better control. The new 2017 Equinox has a built-in 4G-LTE Wi-Fi connection that provides a strong signal. The Wi-fi hotspot is a standard on all the trims with a free trial for a period of three months.
The iPhone users also have an added benefit of hands-free text messages composition through Siri Eyes whilst Chevrolet idiosyncratic MyLink provides top notch navigation and GPS services. MyLink also integrates Bluetooth streaming, online radio streaming, and Pandora Chevrolet also has a smartphone app that also helps you control your 2017 Chevrolet Equinox from remote locations.
2017 Chevy Equinox – Exterior
The chrome-colored grille is eye-catching. From the LED lamps, and sculpted tail lamps to the halogen headlamps, the exterior is simply a sight to behold. The soft curves conceal the size of the crossover SUV really well. The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox Sport Package is just like the storm-troopers from Star Wars — apart from the white body, everything else is black. The Midnight Package gives an “all-black” external appearance to the SUV. The exhaust tip of 2017 Chevy Equinox is chrome which makes the crossover look distinctive.
2017 Chevy Equinox – Under the Hood
The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox shoppers can have two distinctive engine options. The standard engine that is available on every trim level is a 2.4-liter 4 cylinder inline engine with 182 hp at 6700 rpm. However, despite an FWD fuel economy of 32 mpg on the highways, the engine might not seem adequate enough to haul the 3700 pounds of Equinox’s body. Therefore, a more powerful engine comes to the rescue if you want refinement and better acceleration— 3.6-liter V6 with a 301 hp at 6500 rpm.
The 2017 Chevy Equinox V6 engine has an FWD fuel economy of 24 mpg on the highways and 17 mpg in the city. The fuel economy for the V6 is not as good as the 4 cylinders inline engine but it definitely has more torque — 272 pound-feet at 4800 rpm, whereas, it is 172 pound-feet at 4900 rpm for the latter. The power is transmitted through 6-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels or just the forward wheels so the shoppers can go for FWD and AWD for both the engine types, depending upon their preference.
2017 Chevrolet Equinox Performance:
The performance of this two-row crossover is quite respectable. The new 2017 Chevy Equinox can accelerate to a steady 60 mph just in 9 seconds. The direct injection of the engine also makes it a formidable competition. The 4-cylinder models have an “eco button”. It optimizes the shift points, and allow accessory power to be dialed back to help attain better fuel economy. Therefore, if you are looking for a compact SUV that has an incredible hauling power and great performance 3.6-liter V6 2017 Chevy Equinox should be your pick.
This engine category, even though it is more fuel-thirsty, has exceptional performance on steep slopes and mountainous roads. But drivers may discover that the transmission shifts are not as smooth in this crossover as they are in other SUV of similar stature and the passengers may experience on-off throttle conditions. The manual shift for the gears is made with a toggle button. The crossover is easily maneuverable.
2017 Chevy Equinox LT and Premier also have rear cross traffic warning system and blind-spot monitoring system embedded. This trim also has a standard lane departure alert and forward collision warnings available. The best part of 2017 Chevy Equinox is that several safety features are standard now. So, now you can thwart dangerous situations while you drive. The life-saving safety features include the following:
- Pelvic airbags
- Electronic stability control
- Four wheel disc brakes
- Head curtain
2017 Chevy Equinox – Trim Levels and Price
- The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox L is available for a base price of $23,995,
- Trim LS is available for a base price of $26,405,
- Trim LT is available for a base price of $27,645,
- Premier is available for a base price of $30,935.