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Chevrolet to Bring All-New Equinox SUV to China

(Sept. 23, 2016) DETROIT ¨C Call it the right balance. On the autumnal equinox today, Chevrolet introduced the all-new 2018 Equinox in the United States ¨C a fresh and modern SUV sized and designed to meet the needs of the compact SUV customer.

The all-new Equinox goes on sale in the first quarter of 2017 in North America and will come to China later in the year. Eventually, 115 markets will receive the Equinox locally.

¡°We¡¯ve got the strongest truck business in the industry and we¡¯ve reinvigorated our car lineup with vehicles like Cruze and Malibu XL,¡± said Alan Batey, Global Chevrolet president. ¡°We¡¯re applying the same customer focus to grow our crossover/SUV business - starting with the Chevrolet Equinox.¡±

Equinox sales have reached nearly 2 million since its launch and it is Chevrolet¡¯s second-best selling vehicle globally, after the Silverado.

Today¡¯s compact SUV customers make sure a vehicle meets all of their needs, from design, connectivity and safety perspectives. The Equinox delivers on all fronts, starting with its fresh new design and all-new propulsion systems.

 

Fresh, new design

The new Equinox¡¯s expressive exterior has a lean, muscular skin echoing the global Chevrolet design cues and sculpted shapes seen on vehicles such as the all-new Cruze and Malibu XL. Extensive aero development in the wind tunnel influenced the sleek shape.

It is a richer, more detailed design features chrome trim on all models and Malibu-inspired styling. Projector-beam headlamps are standard, along with LED daytime running lamps. At the rear, horizontal taillamps emphasize the Equinox¡¯s wide stance, while uplevel models feature LED taillamps. 

¡°Customers who previewed the vehicle early on had a strong emotional response to the sleek and sophisticated exterior design,¡± said John Cafaro, executive director, GM Design. ¡°Those same themes are carried through to the interior, making the space beautifully intuitive.¡±

 

Technology

The Equinox offers purposeful technology, helping to keep passengers safe, comfortable and connected.

It offers a comprehensive suite of available active safety technologies and adaptive crash-avoidance features that provide ease of use and peace of mind on the road.

 

Turbocharged engines and more 

A range of three turbocharged engines provides customers more choices when it comes to performance, efficiency and capability in the all-new Chevrolet Equinox in North America.

They include a 1.5L turbo, a 2.0L turbo ¨C matched with GM¡¯s first nine-speed automatic transmission ¨C and a 1.6L turbo-diesel. Powertrain options for China will be announced at a later time.

¡°With three choices, customers can select an engine that offers more of the attributes that are important to them: efficiency, performance and capability,¡± said Dan Nicholson, vice-president, Global Propulsion Systems. ¡°The advantage for each is power of a larger engine and the efficiency of a smaller engine.¡±

¡°It is an all-new SUV from the ground up and one that takes on the industry¡¯s biggest competitors with a stronger architecture, greater efficiency and more technology,¡± said Rick Spina, executive chief engineer. ¡°And it looks great doing it.¡±

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Starting with two models in 2005, Chevrolet has expanded its portfolio in China to 12 model lines with 53 variants. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at Chevrolet Media Online.

 

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CONTACTS:

Chad Lyons

Product and Technology Communications

GM China

(+86-21) 2898-7183

chad.lyons@gm.com

 

Ivy Jin

Product and Technology Communications

GM China

(+86-21) 2899-6573

ivy.jin@gm.com


 

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