Built in Canada, the rebadged Chevrolet Equinox and comes with a choice of powertrains including a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that produces 188kW of power and 353Nm of torque and nine-speed automatic gearbox. It will be joined by a diesel powertrain some time in 2018.
Holden says the Equinox will be well-equipped to take on the likes of the Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Tucson with plenty of available equipment including autonomous emergency braking and other active safety features standard on all but the entry level LS model.
The Equinox LS is powered by a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine with a choice of six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Standard features include MyLink infotainment with 7-inch touchscreen, Apple Carplay/Android Auto smartphone pairing, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, dusk sensing headlights, LED daytime running lights and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Buyers wanting active safety can opt for the similarly specced LS+, which comes with the automatic transmission as standard. It costs an extra $4000 than the LS auto and gains ‘Holden Eye’ forward facing camera system featuring auto braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision alert and following distance indicator. Other active safety features include blind sport alert, rear cross traffic alert and auto high beam assist. Power folding door mirrors and a leather steering wheel are also chucked in.
The Equinox LT features the 2.0-litre turbo petrol powertrain and a host of features over the LS+ including satellite navigation, heated front seats, front parking sensors and more powerful HID headlights.
Further up the chain the LTZ adds 19-inch alloys, hands-free power tailgate, advanced (auto) park assist, rain sensing wipers, leather-appointed seating, wireless phone charging, heated front and rear seats, roof rails, digital radio, LED head- and tail-lights, Bose® premium audio system, power driver’s seat with memory and optional all-wheel drive system.
The range topping LTZ-V (pictured) comes with additional creature comforts including panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats and powered front passenger seat with memory.
The Holden Equinox will arrive in showrooms in December with a launch offer of a seven-year or 175.000km warranty. Expressions of interest can now be made at the Holden website.
2018 Holden Equinox pricing
- Equinox LS manual - $27,990
- Equinox LS auto - $29,990
- LS+ auto - $32,990
- LT auto - $36,990
- LTZ auto - $39,990
- LTZ auto AWD - $44,290
- LTZ-V auto - $46,290
- LTZ-V auto AWD – $50,590