2008 Chevrolet Equinox Sport: Finally, Some Power!
- December 14, 2006
- Chevrolet, New Model Introductions
- Posted by George Peterson
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During the third quarter of 2007, Chevrolet dealers will get an Equinox with some power-oriented bragging rights, none too late with the base 185HP V6 Equinox has been suffering with so far. The Equinox Sport will be among the vehicles GM shows off to the public at the Detroit auto show next month. Most of Equinox’s competition can boast output in the 240 to 265HP range, in top-end versions if not base models. While the base V6 is adequate, enthusiastic drivers are sure to appreciate the extra oomph. Chevy’s ad guys will likely also appreciate being able to advertise a competitive number, even if it’s not the best in segment.
The 2008MY Equinox Sport model brings GM’s 263HP 3.6L DOHC 24v V6 with a six-speed automatic to the line. This V6 is quickly going being added across the GM landscape, and is the only engine the related Suzuki XL7 offers (though Suzuki gets the 250HP version). The Sport also gets a lowered and revised suspension with eighteen-inch wheels and tires, but drops the roof rack in standard form. Visual cues to its more aggressive nature include body color in the grille and in the rear accent above the license plate; these are both chrome on the standard Equinox (view image). The lower front and rear fascias add brushed metal trapezoidal air inlets (front) and exhaust outlets (rear).
Inside, there will be new seats with more supportive side bolsters, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a J-gate shifter to better operate the self-shift tap-up, tap-down feature. Ordering the Sport moves the Multi-Flex seating system, remote start, and XM radio from optional to standard compared with the regular Equinox. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.