Marhaba Motoring Reviews 2018 Chevrolet Equinox
The compact SUV category is the most active in the automobile market with all manufacturers competing with good products. The sculpted, all-new Equinox, available with two different engines, is Chevrolet’s very attractive contender, especially with the Premier model, in this dynamic and fast-growing arena.
The all-new Equinox is packed with class-leading active technology to help keep you and your family safe, such as automatic braking, lane departure warning, park assist, and traffic alert. Some of these alerts even come to you via vibrations in your seat cushion! Chevrolet is now world-class when it comes to the new technologies being developed to improve on human behaviour while driving.
The Equinox high-riding, sleek and tough exterior design is complemented by an absolutely wonderful and comfortable cabin. The black and tan trim is stunning, the materials are of top quality and the craftsmanship looks excellent. But that is not all, because new technology in the cabin also helps make your time even more pleasant and more productive. You can easily handle calls, play music and access contacts simply by touching the eight-inch colour touchscreen or through voice commands, plus lots of useful information is available right in front of you on the multi-colour Driver Information Center.
Chevrolet is certainly ahead of the curve in both the hard engineering of modern safety systems and in creating the softer more user-friendly technology, and ambience, which enrich our driving experience. In addition to the wonderful Bose premium audio system, there’s lots of USB connectivity for plugging in your phone. Equinox also works hard for you. When you have your hands full, the hands-free power liftgate opens with the simple motion of your foot. Additionally, a programmable memory height can be set for easy reach or to accommodate areas with low ceilings. Inside Equinox, you’ll have all the room you need. The 60/40 split-folding rear seats fold flat to create a generous 1,798 litres of cargo space. It’s amazing the features and technology packed into this compact SUV, providing excellent value for the money you pay.
The available 1.5 litre turbo engine offers a great balance between power and fuel efficiency, but the extra performance from the turbocharged two-litre engine is great for those who crave a more exhilarating drive, and the nine-speed automatic gearbox makes changing gears silky smooth, almost unnoticeable. Light steering and a quiet cabin make the Equinox a delight to drive in the city or on the highway, a joy only increased by the wonderful, friendly cabin and the amount of safety technology employed on your behalf.
ENGINE 2.0 litre, turbocharged DOHC direct injection with VVT (available on PREMIER models)
MAX POWER 252 hp (188 kW) @ 5,500 rpm
MAX TORQUE 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) @ 2,000 rpm
TRANSMISSION Nine-speed shiftable automatic, all-wheel drive
EXTERIOR The all-new Equinox is an assertive balance of sportiness and sophistication; the sculpted form makes a statement from any angle and looks modern, dynamic, imposing and tough; eye-catching signature LED daytime running lights at front and rear evoke the new Chevrolet Malibu and Cruze
INTERIOR Wonderfully spacious and refined cabin, beautifully appointed; touch-friendly luxury materials make you happy to drive or just ride; the bonus is the best and most practical contemporary technology to make your drive and your life more enjoyable, safer and stress-free; colourful dashboard and instrument cluster; clear, bright and smoothly responsive eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay support lets you easily handle your calls, play music and access contacts; keyless entry and push-button start
SAFETY New active safety technologies available include Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert; Side Blind Zone Alert, Forward Collision Alert, and more; plus a unique use of vibration pulses in the seat cushion – check it out!
For the full briefing, call in at the Chevrolet showroom at Jaidah Square on Airport Street. Friendly staff will arrange a test drive of the new Equinox or any of the Chevrolet range of stylish SUVs and sedans. Call 8000 100 and check out jaidahautomotive.com
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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