Ex­tra SUV for Holden line-up

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Holden is adding an­other SUV to its line-up – and it will be an ad­di­tional model, says Holden NZ MD Kris­tian Aquilina. Dubbed Equinox, it will ini­tially de­but with a range of petrol pow­ered de­riv­a­tives, fol­lowed by diesel vari­ants in the first half of 2018. How­ever, the big news is that the Equinox will get free sched­uled ser­vices for three years/100,000km from pur­chase, trans­fer­able with the car no mat­ter who owns it. What’s more, this freeser­vice of­fer­ing is ex­tended to all Holden prod­ucts, in­clud­ing Colorado utes. Avail­able en­gines on the Equinox in­clude a 1.6-litre diesel and a 1.5-litre petrol, topped off with a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylin­der petrol en­gine which gen­er­ates 186kW of power and 350Nm of torque – more than 60kW more pow­er­ful than its near­est com­peti­tor. The three en­try mod­els to the range fea­ture two-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is stan­dard on the two LTZ and the two higher spec­i­fi­ca­tion LTZ-V mod­els. Sys­tems in­clude a touch­screen with Ap­ple CarPlay / An­droid Auto, rear park as­sist and cam­era while higher spec­i­fi­ca­tion mod­els ben­e­fit from 19-inch al­loys, LED head­lamps and tail lamps, hands-free power tail­gate, rain­sens­ing wipers, wire­less phone charg­ing, front and rear seat heat­ing topped off with a Bose premium au­dio sys­tem and a two-panel panoramic sun­roof. In ad­di­tion to tra­di­tional park­ing sensors, a vi­brat­ing “hap­tic seat” alerts the driver when com­ing into close prox­im­ity of haz­ards when re­vers­ing. Prices will be an­nounced closer to launch.

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