Earlier this week, the 2016 Chevy Equinox made an appearance at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The refresh presented the first-ever refresh to the popular compact crossover since its launch in 2010. And though opinions on the updated CUV differ, it’s hard to argue the importance of the vehicle to Chevrolet. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the top ten facts about the Equinox. So, take a deep breath, and read on:
- Chevy was quite late to the compact crossover game: the two segment stalwarts — the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V — were launched in 1994 and 1995, respectively.
- The first-generation Equinox debuted in 2004 as a 2005 model. It enjoyed limited popularity since the general opinion about the vehicle was that it didn’t measure up to direct rivals from Japanese automakers.
- The second-generation Equinox was introduced as a 2010 model; the vehicle was received to much critical acclaim, with many considering the model to be significantly superior to its rivals.
- The Equinox sold 242,242 units in 2014, marking the fifth-consecutive year of record sales for the model since the launch of the second-generation vehicle.
- Sales of the second-generation Equinox totaled more than 1 million through the end of 2014 in the U.S. and Canada.
- In 2014, the Equinox was Chevrolet’s second-best selling vehicle in North America, right after Silverado.
- Equinox claimed 9.3 percent of the U.S. compact SUV market in 2014.
- Over 1.4 million Equinox vehicles (of both generations) are on the road as of this writing.
- Though Chevy considers the Equinox a compact crossover, the exterior footprint of the model is slightly larger than other compact crossovers in the segment, which will likely change with the next-generation D2XX-based model.
- The first- and second-generation Equinox models are based on GM’s Theta platform shared with the Chevy Captiva, Captiva Sport, GMC Terrain, Saturn Vue, Opel Antara, and others.
By the time the 2016 Equinox launches, it will be on the market for just a year before it’s replaced by an all-new 2017 Equinox that will be based on GM’s new D2XX platform. The second-generation model is expected to remain in production as the Equinox Classic to satisfy fleet and commercial orders for at least a year or two, at which point it will be phased out completely.
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