Background and Identification
The Chevrolet Equinox is a series of mid-size and compact crossover SUVs produced by Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, an American automobile manufacturing conglomerate. The first Equinox was produced in 2004 for the 2005 model year. The Chevrolet Equinox is very similar to the Pontiac Torrent, which was released in 2005 for the 2006 model year.
The Torrent shares its basic body structure and mechanics with the Equinox but features different front and rear styling. The Torrent includes suspension and electronic power steering that were designed to feel sportier and firmer. The Torrent was discontinued in 2009 with the discontinuation of the Pontiac brand, so the Torrent was replaced with the GMC Terrain, which shares the Buick Theta platform with the second-generation Chevrolet Equinox.
The Equinox and Torrent are mechanically similar to the Saturn Vue and Suzuki XL7, but the Equinox and Torrent ride on a 112.5-inch wheelbase, which is 5.9-inches longer than the Vue. Front-wheel drive is standard for these cars, with optional all-wheel drive. The Equinox and Torrent are not marketed or designed as serious off-road vehicles like the truck-based Chevrolet Tahoe or TrailBlazer.
For the 2006 model year, General Motors added GM badges on the front doors and recolored the dashboard panel from grey to black. For the 2008 and 2009 model years, the Equinox and Torrent were offered with Sport/SS and GXP sport trims that included a larger and more powerful engine and a six-speed automatic transmission.
Chevrolet Equinox cars include the Chevrolet emblem, which is called a “bowtie” logo, has the shape of a cross with elongated arms and a shorter body. Some Equinox models include the name “Equinox” in capital letters on the sides or back of the vehicle.
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