Equinox arrives in country
Spotted outside Holden New Zealand’s HQ: the next SUV the brand will be launching in this country.
It’s the Equinox, which is scheduled to enter the crucial medium-sized SUV market during the fourth quarter of this year, replacing the Captiva.
One of the Mexican-built Equinox has been imported for technical review by Holden NZ staff. We were allowed to grab some photographs of the vehicle as it sat outside in the Holden carpark - but only of the exterior; no pictures of the interior were allowed.
Few details of the Equinox were forthcoming. Holden NZ spokesman Ed Finn said it was far too early to provide information on powertrains and levels of specification - all that will be made available closer to launch date.
Finn did confirm though that the vehicle will be a five-seater, leaving it up to the current Trailblazer and another Holden SUV due to arrive next year, the Acadia, to meet customer needs for seven seats.
While the Equinox will be a new Holden nameplate in New Zealand, it has been a mid-sized SUV in North America for the past 13 years. The vehicle parked at HNZ was a third-generation model released by General Motors earlier this year, and the plan is for it to be a ‘‘global’’ vehicle that will go on sale in at least 115 markets.
According to information from overseas, the Equinox is being built with a choice of 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engines, and with a 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel.
All three engines are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The vehicle is slightly larger than the current Captiva, and with a longer wheelbase. But it is around 180kg lighter than the Equinox it replaces, with a kerb weight of around 1500kg.
With all five seats in use the rear load space is a very impressive 846 litres, growing to 1798 litres when the back seats are folded down.
When Equinox is launched in New Zealand, it will continue a big SUV year for Holden. Late last year the brand introduced the Trailblazer which replaced the Colorado7.
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