The announcements have been made about the latest 2017 Chevrolet Equinox model. The vehicle is getting its newest update that will ultimately make it a better and contemporary vehicle. This is yet another one in the line of updates that were made available by Chevy recently and they are preparing its latest line for a more modern period.
The first time we have seen the Equinox in action was in 2005 when Chevy released its first model. The first generation change came five years afterwards in 2010 when the vehicle was changed for the most part. We are still not quite there for the third-gen car but we are getting a light refresh for the second-gen model which is going to add certain updates and is going to be released next year. The announcement was made last year and the car made its official showcasing at the an auto show this February.
We can best describe this update as being an evolutionary model that builds up from the current version. What the target was for the latest Equinox is to add a little bit more flair and youthfulness to it. The Equinox sales are already good, particularly with the younger crowds, so it can be peculiar why they are still concentrating on that type of market. But the segment that the car is situated in is a brutal one so they need to keep up with all the latest updates the competition is coming up with, thus it might make sense why the people form Chevy decided to go for this type of a change.
As you can see from the pictures that were released from the Chicago Auto show when the car made its official showcasing, we are going to get a plush new model which is going to be a great substitute for the current one. We see the car making achieving great length for the future and you can read our opinion here in the review.
2017 Chevrolet Equinox exterior design changes
We can immediately notice that the changes made to the exterior of the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox are not great but they are noticeable. The front side of the vehicle has changed the most, it adds new projector lights and LED lighting and daytime running. These changes are available for the LT and LTZ models, while the LTZ also add the new fog lights as well. The grille is larger for all models compared to the previous one while the exclusive models add a chrome finish.
The side view of the car is for the most part the same and does not change very much. The largest update are the newly refurbished 17-inch wheels which are also available as 18-inch size as well. They come standard for the LT and LTZ models but the bigger ones can also be used for the LS trims.
The back side has a much lighter update which is still obvious enough when we take a look at the car from the back side. The dual-element taillights make for a nice look and combine well with a new lower positioned bumper. a new license plate applique and revised exhaust pipes for the V6 engine have also been added and the LTZ trim gets a chrome strip added to the lower bumper.
The 2017 Chevy Equinox is a fairly familiar vehicle for the fans for the model as it will still carry much of its current design. It makes for a great SUV and will be a good option until the next-gen model gets to be released.
The inside changes for the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox are not that noticeable as the ones that are made on the outside. For the most part everything looks the same with just a few things added which can only be noticed upon closer inspection. The added storage shelf gives the center stack a somewhat different look and it also updates the control graphics. The Electronic Range Selector buttons are placed on the top of the gearshifter while the added chrome trim to the gearshift also makes for a great showcasing. The L and LS trims also add some updated fabrics to its looks.
The standard parts of equipment are going to be the 7-inch Color Touch radio which also adds a rearview camera that is available for the L and LS trim models. The LT and the LTZ ones actually get an optional blind zone alert and rear cross-traffic options. As for the size, everything is the same as before with 31.4 cubic feet of cargo and 63.7 cubes with the seats folded down.
As for the engine is concerned there are not going to be any changes for the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox new lineup. The model is sticking with what it’s got and will be using a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with the output that remains at the same level as before, 82 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 172 pound-feet of torque at 4,900 rpm. This is of course the same base option, but we also have the same optional choice as before. The 3.6-liter V-6 is able to crack up to 301 horses and 272 pound-feet and will combine with a six-speed auto transmission which delivers power to the front wheels.
EPA ratings have also been released and will result in 22 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, and 26 mpg for the base engine with FWD and 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined for the optional engine with FWD. The AWD specs for the SUV come at 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined for the base engine and 16 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined for the secondary one.
Price and release date
The price range is going to add a few bucks to the final pricing compared to the previous models. Thus the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox is going to amount to $24,520. The release date is going to be in the beginning of 2017, so expect it around January.