By on February 12, 2015

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Before arriving in showrooms this spring, the refreshed 2016 Chevrolet Equinox paid a visit to the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

The crossover gains not only revised styling and a fresh set of wheels for the occasion, but also a larger touchscreen to better navigate its 4G LTE WiFi system, a standard rear-view camera for all trims, and improved cloth upholstery. Power remains unchanged, derived from the base 2.4-liter four or 3.6-liter V6.

A bigger change for this year’s model is the elimination of the 1LT and 2LT trim levels, leaving just four from which to choose: L — which is now the new base model — LS, LT and LTZ. All trims gain projector beam headlights, LT and LTZ add daytime running lights with chrome accents, and LTZ brings new fog lamps to the party.

No pricing was announced as of this writing, though it may likely begin around $25,395 with delivery, the starting price for the outgoing base LS trim.

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67 Comments on “Chicago 2015: Refreshed 2016 Chevrolet Equinox Revealed...”


  • avatar
    Drzhivago138

    Obligatory “about time” comment.

    Followed closely by the obligatory “Hey, that’s just a new front end and taillights!” comment.

    • 0 avatar
      kingbernie06511

      I bet you a buck that they kept the same old 6-speed slushbox… I would cross that vehicle out of my shopping list just because of that.

      What a nicely designed SUV. Different than all the other boxy GM trucks.

    • 0 avatar
      tuffjuff

      No kidding.

      Glad to see Chevy still plans to use that “peels right off after the first cold winter week in the midwest” plastic chrome around the front seat cupholders. Also, the fact that a vehicle that’s been “refreshed” in the year 2015 and yet offers no proximity entry or push-button start on ANY trim level is just proof of how GM has to have *some* things to give the SRX to make it look at all appealing compared to a loaded Terrain or Equinox.

  • avatar
    davefromcalgary

    Too bad they couldnt add some lightness, which is arguably the biggest issue with the Equinox/Terrain.

    All they’ve done stylistically is make it a different kind of homely. Seriously, the Torrent GXP is a beauty queen compared to its successors.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      I can barely tell the difference. It reminds me of regular feature in “Highlights”, a children’s magazine, where two pictures are identical besides eight or ten things. The 2015 and 2016 Equinox should be next months feature.

  • avatar
    Secret Hi5

    Black paint, black stage . . . What is GM trying to hide? That the Equinox is ancient?

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      This is an all new platform, the updated Delta II – Theta is dead. Allegedly will have better interior dynamics and be lighter, but there is nothing from the platform standpoint carried over unless you want to get pedantic.

      • 0 avatar
        bball40dtw

        I thought this was just a refresh.

        Autoblog says it’s styling tweeks and not much else.

        http://www.autoblog.com/2015/02/12/2016-chevrolet-equinox-chicago-official/

        So does Yahoo/Consumer Reports:

        https://autos.yahoo.com/news/2016-chevrolet-equinox-gets-life-freshening-050000872.html

        • 0 avatar
          APaGttH

          You are correct, I stand corrected. This is a refresh – the new Delta II version is coming in 2017 as a 2018 model according to Automotive News.

          There was rampant speculation that the new midsize CUV Buick would be on Delta II, and everything I read previously said the new Equinox would also be on the new platform – no word on the Buick Envision for the US, but this seems to indicate Delta II CUVs for whatever reason aren’t ready for NA yet.

      • 0 avatar
        Drzhivago138

        Looking at the fourth picture compared to a side view of the 2015 version (http://images.newcars.com/images/car-pictures/original/2015-Chevrolet-Equinox-SUV-L-Front-wheel-Drive-Exterior-1.png) pretty much confirms this is a refresh, not a new model.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      Perhaps they could have brightened things up by using only blacklights.

      • 0 avatar
        Secret Hi5

        “Perhaps they could have brightened things up by using only blacklights.”
        -Yah, no – I absolutely do not want to blacklight the upholstery in my rental Equinox.

    • 0 avatar
      James2

      @Secret

      I am guessing that’s a really dark blue, but you’re right. Someone at Chevy wasn’t thinking about the presentation.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        Dark blue? I haven’t seen a new dark blue car in years

        • 0 avatar
          APaGttH

          I’ve owned one dark blue vehicle in my life. NEVER again. Worse than black.

          • 0 avatar
            CJinSD

            How recently was your blue car built? I’ve had two. One was a metallic blue ’71 Plymouth. The paint was toast shortly after it was built. The other was a dark blue non-metallic paint ’76 FIAT. It was old when I got it, and the paint looked okay where there was still sheetmetal for it to adhere to. I like the idea of a dark blue car. Is it possible that the technology now exists to make one with a finish that lasts over a decade using today’s regulated paints?

        • 0 avatar
          billfrac

          2015 Equinoxes have “Blue Velvet” like the old Bobby Vinton song….It really is nice in person, under a cloudless sky!

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          I see new dark blue:

          Jags
          Infinitis
          Ram trucks
          Highlanders
          !

    • 0 avatar
      tuffjuff

      @Secret Hi5

      The Equinox truly is ancient, especially with how they’ve basically changed NOTHING with this refresh. The only thing selling these things is the fact they’re in a rare class of genuinely mid-sized (think Grand Cherokee sized) in a sea of compact crossovers.

      As the owner of a 2013 LT, I nearly cried when I saw they’re STILL using that SAME DASHBOARD. Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Not bad.

  • avatar
    Discoman

    When I grow up I wanna be a Fiat 500. Now I just need to work on my butt.

  • avatar
    Volt 230

    GM needs to invest a little more $$ and really makeover this vehicle, whey it came out 6 yrs ago, it was numero uno, now it’s lagging behind the much newer and improved competition, GM is famous for doing that to their successful cars, until they’re no longer desirable.

    • 0 avatar

      Indeed, in recent memory they did this with:
      – Malibu (pre-facelift)
      – Impala (last-gen)
      – Cavalier/Sunfire
      – Cobalt/G5
      – Trailblazer/Envoy
      – Acadia/Traverse/Enclave
      – Equinox/Terrain
      – Cruze

      All of these vehicles were fairly well received at their release. Then immediately left to rot for years and years to such an extent that they become a joke and, in many cases, had to be replaced by completely new models with new names (see the Trailblazer, Cavalier, Cobalt). Now, in retrospect, we remember them as terrible vehicles because we remember how uncompetitive they were by the end.

      “New GM” my fanny, at least not in that sense.

      • 0 avatar
        Volt 230

        Seems like only Corvette and the Silverado and its derivatives did not suffer from this malady. I miss the old days when you actually looked forward to the changes made year to year in the new models coming out, now we get basically the same Equinox for 6 yrs and no one raises an eyebrow.

        • 0 avatar

          The only company that does do semi-annual updates is actually Volvo. People joke about the XC60/S60 being out for years, but then don’t recognize that they have made a lot of changes in the meantime and it’s *almost* a completely different vehicle.

      • 0 avatar
        Volt 230

        You forgot the HHR

        • 0 avatar

          Everyone has forgotten about the HHR.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Somebody’s mom around here still drives one. Or did. Maybe it was bball, and he sold her on a C-Max.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            My parents still have their HHR. They got it for CHEEEEAAAAAPPPPP.

            My dad drives it now as he is retired. My mom drives an MKZ AWD she purchased by using “The Official 28-Cars Later 2010-2012 MKZ mathmatical proof.”

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Hey I got your family car story almost right.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Pretty close. I wish I could forget the HHR. Yuck. It still roaches on though.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Bball there’s actually a royalty for use of those proofs :)

            My ex has an HHR, I hated the thing. Changing out a headlight bulb is so, ugh. She’s gonna have so much fun when its time to trade because nobody wants Delta I. I was trying to talk her into a late model Volvo because I cared. Mistake.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Dude. Changing a headlight bulb on an HHR is ridiculous. I was able to upgrade my GTI fogs to the euro projector fogs, and do the 40K mile maintinance in less time than it took to change the HHR bulb.

            Their HHR is just going to go to the crusher when they are done because no one wants it. My grandma’s 1990 Camry is worth more than the HHR, automatic seatbelts and all. I could drive that Camry down to Tampa and Flybrian could move it quick.

        • 0 avatar
          KixStart

          Nuts. I *had* forgotten about the HHR. Then you had to go and remind me of it.

          • 0 avatar
            kokomokid

            Wow, a of hate here on the HHR. I know two owners who seem to like them just fine. It sounds like that could change, though, if they need to change a headlight bulb.

      • 0 avatar
        billfrac

        Equinox just had its best January ever, and sold over a quarter million last CY, making it the best selling Chevrolet behind the 1500 Silverado. Other sites express their surprise about how well the sales are holding up despite the age of the restyle (6 years) This phenomenon is also seen with the Enclave, which is not tailing off into the sunset, either, like a typical product cycle. So these two do not belong on your list, but the others do.
        By the way, some of the vehicles you mentioned had delayed restyles due to the recession, bankruptcy, and re-organization or would have been rebooted long before the times they were.

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    It was pretty funny reading all the negative comments about the new Pilot and then having this splash into the punchbowl.

  • avatar
    "scarey"

    Nice Ford / Aston Martin wannabe grille for a touch of pretend class…

  • avatar
    mikey

    Oh yeah…! GM announced today that The new Equinox will be built right here in Ontario !!!! So what about GM pulling out of Canada?

    They must be still sleeping down in Oz.

  • avatar
    pdl2dmtl

    Again GM gives an answer to a question nobody asked. It will probably sell well though. To each its own.

  • avatar
    mikey

    Oshawa metal, runs a lot of Equinox panels. The over flow Equinox bodys are shipped to Oshawa consolidated, and they run them with the old W Impala.

  • avatar
    mikey

    Cami operates under a different labour contract than the Pattern deal with Ford and Chryco. Look to see GM put that on the table, with UNIFOR 222 Oshawa.

    Oshawa has a contiguous stamping plant, hooked on to one of the most modern Flexible plants in the world.

    No way is GM going to pump 260 million, into the old Suzuki plant, and close the doors on Oshawa flex.

    • 0 avatar
      scwmcan

      I think you are right about that. In our meeting with the Union ( local 199) here in St. Catharines, they have stated they are looking at what GM did in Cami and using that as the basis to get us hired on as full time ( currently all new hires are SWEs though no one at the plant besides upper management likes to call us that). it would be good for us if GM offered the CAMI contract, so I am hoping that is what happens ( unless you know something bad about it that no one has mentioned).

  • avatar
    Zackman

    Hope you can get chrome door handles as an option.

  • avatar
    bnolt

    Can’t say I’ve noticed before, but you’d need the chrome door handles to distract from that slice-n-dice greenhouse. It’s busier than a short order cook from the B pillar back.

  • avatar
    gasser

    Too bad none of the refresh for the Equinox/Terrain got to the 4 cylinder engine. For the price the leases are going for here in S. Calif. its a reasonable deal. I will have to drive one to see if it can at least get along up a freeway ramp with the A/C on. I am just looking for a few year long lease on a freeway commuter vehicle. I really couldn’t care about the long term quality or resale.

  • avatar

    Leave it to GM to eff up the exterior more than it already was—that bowtie at the front looks positively wimpy—yet do nothing to address the lack of features and Fisher-Price-grade plastic that covers the interior, or the sloppy grid of buttons in the center stack. And yes, the four-cylinder version is dreadful. The Equinox and Terrain are overpriced, unsightly, unimpressive, and are the absolute last two products I would buy in this segment.

    • 0 avatar
      kokomokid

      The four cylinder Equinox is “dreadful,” but it only a little slower, and a little thirstier than the Escape with its godawful complex “ecoboost” 1.6. If the two vehicles were the same weight, the performance and mpg would be equal.

      Yes, they need to add lightness to the Equinox and Terrain. They are 300-400 pounds heavier than nearly all of the competition.

  • avatar
    VW16v

    At this price point and still not offering duel climate control, sad stuff.

  • avatar
    gtemnykh

    Pretty blatant penny pinching for them not to put the Malibu 2.5 in there. What other GM vehicle still uses the old corporate 2.4?

  • avatar
    kokomokid

    There is nothing wrong with the current Equinox/Terrain, except that they are porky for their size. They are selling reasonably well, and should continue to do so with the refresh. This vehicle certainly needs a lighter, and generally updated replacement soon, and there will be on for the 2017 model year.

  • avatar
    AnotherMillenial

    These half-baked refreshes do GM no favors. This is GM saying, it’s different ok, leave us alone. Definitely time for a full redesign and if you’re going to make us wait two years longer than you should’ve, at least put real effort into the refresh. As it is, this MCU should’ve been out in 2013 as a 2014 MY. Chevy’s bread and butter have these very homely, boring designs and I’m not sure why.


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