Auto users have become more meticulous as the yeas pass by. Vehicles produced nowadays are more advanced in terms of styling, performance and convenient features in order to match motorists' and drivers' more complex driving needs and caprices. To further cater to the varying demands of auto users, automakers likewise, introduced new types of vehicles that practically combine qualities of different kinds of autos, such as the XUVs or crossover Sport Utility Vehicles.
One crossover SUV from Chevrolet is the Chevrolet Equinox. It was introduced in 2004 as replacement for the Chevrolet Tracker, GM's small-sized SUV. It mechanical components were almost similar to another GM vehicle, the Saturn Vue. The two however, have very different body styling that makes one recognizable from the other model. Both the Saturn Vue and the Chevrolet Equinox use unibody Theta auto platform, which was co-produced by GM with Suzuki Motors. This platform features four-wheel independent suspension.
As an XUV, the Chevrolet Equinox sports an athletic SUV look and boasts a car-like handling. Compared to truck-based SUVs, car-based XUVs such as the Chevrolet Equinox are easier to drive because they avoid abrupt and elusive maneuvers of trucks. Since trucks are used mostly for carrying heavy cargoes and for off-roading, they are designed with tall tire sidewalls and long travel suspensions that make them unstable and less resistant to rollovers. Another advantage of Chevrolet Equinox is its fuel economy and lower price since it is lighter and is equipped with light-duty components that reduce driving costs.
Chevrolet Equinox is a unique vehicle with American, Chinese, Japanese and Canadian influences. The design is highly American, but its mechanical components are made in cooperation with a Japanese company, Suzuki. It was assembled in Canada and its 3.4L V-6 210 ft-lb 185-hp engine was made in China. The Equinox is said to be Chevy's biggest compact crossover SUV, with a wheelbase of 112 inches. There are two models offered: the base LS and the up-scale version LT.