The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox will be released early next year as a 2016 model. The new crossover will bring only mild updates, as the full-scale redesign is scheduled for 2018 model year. However, the 2016 Equinox will not be dull or unchanged. Even though this model will be a carryover, it will still come with some interesting changes. Firstly, the new model will have a new, fresh and modern exterior. The appearance will resemble the current model, but it will also be very modern and fresh. Secondly, the 2016 Equinox will probably offer some interior changes, such as the latest generation of its infotainment system and new color schemes. In addition, the new model will keep the current powertrain and no changes were announced regarding this. However, nowadays most companies offer slightly improved powertrains with their carryover models in order to keep the audience interested long enough for them to launch the redesigned model. This might just be the case with the 2016 Chevy Equinox, but even if it isn’t, the crossover will be powerful enough as it is.
2016 Chevy Equinox Appearance
The 2016 Chevy Equinox will bring a fresh, new appearance. Its looks will heavily rely on the current design, naturally, but the new crossover will also bring novelties of its own. The front end will suffer most changes. The new grille will be more dominant, and it will be paired with new edgy headlights. Also, the front bumper will be slightly redesigned, so the whole front end will look more menacing and attractive. As for the rear end, the taillights will be restyled to follow this trend, and the rear bumper might be a bit tweaked. The overall dimensions, shape and side look will, however, remain unchanged. These new details are not only important because they will keep the customers interested, but they also partially reveal in which direction the 2018 Equinox design will head to. As for the interior, it will most likely also be changed, offering updated gadgets, new colors etc, though these improvements have yet to be confirmed. As for the underpinning, the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox will not bring any changes about that. However, the 2018 model will have a new platform, and its weight, performance and handling will be significantly improved due to this change.
Powertrain Specs: Engine Options, Drive, Transmission & EPA Fuel Economy
The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox will use the current model’s powertrain. The base engine will be the 2.4-liter four-cylinder mill that can produce 182 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. A more powerful option will be the 3.6-liter V6 engine, capable of generating 301 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque. Although this unit provides more power, speed and therefore, fun, its fuel economy is quite worse than the one of the base engine, which is something to keep in mind when choosing the power setup. As for the transmission, the 2016 Chevy Equinox will offer a six-speed automatic only, while the 2018 model will probably come with a new gearbox. As for the drive modes, the crossover will use the front-wheel drive as standard; while the all-wheel drive will be offered as an option. Depending on how you combine the engines and drive modes, the fuel efficiency varies. The base engine with FWD returns fuel economy at 22 mpg/city and 32 mpg/highway, while the same unit’s with AWD results are 20 mpg/city and 29 mpg/highway. As for the V6 unit, its results are: 17 mpg/city and 24 mpg/highway with FWD and 16 mpg/city and 23 mpg/highway with AWD.
2016 Chevrolet Equinox Price & Release
The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox will be released at the beginning of 2015. As for the price, the new crossover should cost more or less the same as the current model, since its changes are not drastic. This means that the entry level should come at a cost of around $26,500, while the more advanced trims will be more expensive.