Equinox adds a turbo-diesel

South Western Times - - Wheels - Ewan Kennedy

Holden has in­tro­duced a new 1.6-litre turbo-diesel en­gine to the Equinox SUV range, on2e0t1h3a­t’s rated with fuel con­sump­tion from just 5.6 litres per hun­dred kilo­me­tres.

The third en­gine in the Equinox range, the 1.6-litre turbo-diesel en­gine has power and torque of 100 kW and 320 m re­spec­tively. It's mated to a six-speed au­to­matic and avail­able in front-wheel-drive or all-wheel drive.

The diesel joins the 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre turbo-petrol en­gines that have been of­fered20s1i­4nce Holden Equinox was launched in Novem­ber 2017.

Equinox is sim­ply a mod­ern ve­hi­cle in style, tech­nol­ogy and safety. A five-seat ve­hi­cle, the Equinox will be com­ple­mented by a20b1i5g­ger SUV, the Holden Aca­dia, that’s of­fered with seven seats and is com­ing later this year.

The frontal look uses the global GM dou­ble-deck theme and it’s big, bold and cer­tainly makes a state­ment. We like the clever way the shut lines of the bon­net are shapely swages that al­most dis­guise there's an open­ing there.

The C-pil­lar has a clever slope that takes the vis­ual box­i­ness out of the Equinox, yet the D-pil­lar is ac­tu­ally not far off ver­ti­cal. This gives the best of both worlds – a vo­lu­mi­nous load area in a ve­hi­cle that doesn't look like a van at the back.

Even the lost cost model, the Equinox LS, com­mu­ni­cates through Holden’s com­pre­hen­sive MyLink sys­tem with a 7.0-inch colour touch­screen with Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto.

The LS+ adds a leather steer­ing wheel, Holden Eye with au­tonomous emer­gency brak­ing and other safety sys­tems that alert driv­ers they aren’t pay­ing at­ten­tion.

Equinox LT has an 8.0-inch screen and adds satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion. Mov­ing up to Equinox LTZ gets you DAB+.

Aside from the re­cently in­tro­duced turbo-diesel, power for the Equinox comes from one of two turbo-petrol en­gines,.

The smaller petrol unit is a 1.5litre that pro­duces 127 kW of power and 275 Nm of torque. The 2.0-litre turbo-petrol is vir­tu­ally the same unit we will see in the ZB Com­modore. With 188 kW and 353 Nm it has plenty of use­ful grunt.

The 1.5-litre en­gine is the only one of­fered with a man­ual gear­box, a six-speed unit. We feel most buy­ers will opt to pay the added $2000 for a six-speed au­to­matic.

The 2.0-litre Equinox ben­e­fits from a nine-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

All mod­els have a five star ANCAP safety rat­ing.

Holden Eye, not fit­ted till you get an Equinox LS+ (the sec­ond lowset-cost model) and above has a mul­ti­tude of fea­tures: Au­tonomous emer­gency brak­ing, lane keep as­sist, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, fol­low­ing dis­tance in­di­ca­tor, for­ward col­li­sion alert, rear cross­ing alert and au­to­matic head­lights with auto high-low beam.

Driv­ers who aren’t pay­ing at­ten­tion – a scar­ily com­mon sit­u­a­tion these days – are alerted to their stu­pid­ity by vi­bra­tions in the driver’s seat. We don't par­tic­u­larly like the feel of this – which is prob­a­bly a good thing as driv­ers can avoid the Holden wrig­gling their bums by watch­ing where they're go­ing.

Get­ting in and out is sim­ple due to the height of the seats from the ground. The front seats are big but we didn't find them es­pe­cially com­fort­able, feel­ing them too firm and not par­tic­u­larly well shaped. Ob­vi­ously we are all dif­fer­ent in shape and likes/dis­likes, but may we sug­gest you try for your­self early in your pre-pur­chase stage.

The rear area can carry tall two adults in com­fort even if the pair in front have their seats well back. A third adult in the back won't be too squeezed. Three kids in the back is sim­ple.

Aus­tralian en­gi­neers worked on the Equinox in this coun­try and the United States from the ear­li­est de­sign stages. Much of this con­cen­trated on the steer­ing, sus­pen­sion and gen­eral road feel of the SUV to give it what keen Aussie driv­ers de­mand.

The re­sult is a ve­hi­cle that han­dles al­most like a sedan, though the steer­ing feel is rather light in the straight ahead por­tion for our tastes. And ob­vi­ously the higher cen­tre of grav­ity means it can­not cor­ner as hard.

Fuel con­sump­tion dur­ing our test pe­riod was in the seven to eight litres per 100 kilo­me­tres range on high­ways and easy­go­ing coun­try trips. It rose to nine to 12 litres around town. Both fig­ures are ac­cept­able for a petrol SUV in this class.

Holden Equinox is a bold look­ing SUV that should take plenty of sales in this crowded mar­ket seg­ment.

Wheels is free in your South West­ern Times, Bus­sel­ton Duns­bor­ough Times, Au­gusta Mar­garet River Times, Man­jimup-Bridgetown Times, Har­vey-Wa­roona Re­porter and Bun­bury Her­ald

The frontal look of the Equinox uses the global GM dou­ble-deck theme.

All Equinox mod­els have a five star ANCAP safety rat­ing.

Equinox LT has an 8.0-inch screen and adds satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion.

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