Chevrolet Equinox 2011Posted: October 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: 2011 New Car Models, Chevrolet | Leave a comment »
The Chevrolet Equinox is a mid-size crossover utility vehicle – CUV. With a five-seat cabin, a spacious interior with good cargo space, the 2011 Equinox competes with many similarly sized crossovers including the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Nissan Murano, Hyundai Santa-Fe, Kia Sorento, Toyota RAV4 and Suzuki XL7. The Chevrolet Equinox was introduced in 2005 as a part of GM’s ”Theta” family of vehicle.
For 2011, the Chevrolet Equinox’s optional V6 engine now has E85 capability. Enhancements include heated cloth seats on 2LT models and a compass on LS models. A USB port, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and Bluetooth connectivity are now standard on 1LT models.
The new 2011 Chevrolet Equinox is available in LS (starting at $22.995 MSRP), 1LT (starting at $ 24.160), 2LT ($26.220), and LTZ (starting at $28.570) trim levels.
Standard equipment for the LS models of 2011 Chevrolet Equinox includes 17-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, power front seats height adjustment and a six-speaker sound system with CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. The 1LT adds tinted rear windows, roof rails, Bluetooth and an iPod/USB audio interface. 18-inch wheels are added when the 1LT is powered by optional V6 engine. The 2011 Equinox 2LT adds remote ignition, automatic climate control, foglamps, heated fron seats, auto-dimming mirror, a rearview camera and an eight-speaker Pioneer stereo. The Equinox LTZ 2011 adds automatic headlamps, rear parking sensors, a power tailgate, driver memory functions and leather upholstery.
Every 2011 Chevrolet Equinox comes standard with a 2.4 liter four-cylinder in-line engine producing 182 horsepower at 6700 rpm and 172 pound-feet of torque at 4800 rpm. Optional on all Equinox (except LS) is a 3.0 liter V6 engine that produces 264 hp and 222 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are standard paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional on all models of 2011 Chevrolet Equinox. For 2011, the 3.0 liter V6 engine is update to FlexFuel capability that allows the Equinox to operate on gasoline, E85 bioethanol or a combination of both. E85 comprises 85 percent bioethanol and 15 percent gasoline.
The Equinox features Chevy’s signature global face: a two-tier grille and proeminent gold bowtie insignia. Strong fender shapes, a distinctive premium roofline, wraparound headlamps and dual round taillamps are additional elemnts that define 2011 Equinox as a true Chevrolet. Two new colors are disponible to the 2011 Equinox: Twilight Blue and a new shade of Summit White.
Additional design features include a multi-dimensional hood and wraparound rear side glass and a wheels-at-the-corner stance. Equinox’s rocker panels are integrated into the doors to make it easier to get in and out of the vehicle. They narrow the area over which a passenger must step, offering protection for pant legs that could brush against dirty rockers.
The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox interior features thoughtful attention to detail that makes it an ideal family vehicle including a number of storage bins, an oversized glove box, a closed storage bin in the instrument panel above center stack and closed storage under the center armrest large enough for a laptop. The Equinox’s MultiFlex rear seat capability allows the seat to be moved for or aft nearly eight inches, for the best rear legroom in its class. With the 60/40 – split-back rear seat moved all the way forward, the cargo area of 2011 Chevy Equinox offers 31.4 cubic feet of storage.
The Edmunds says about 2011 Equinox :
The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox boasts character and refinement two traits that were missing in previous-generation models, and indeed many small crossovers in general. With a rear seat that slides back to create an expanse worthy of a prom-night limousine, the Equinox easily counts rear legroom among its strengths