Extra SUV for Holden line-up
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.