Thursday, January 27, 2011

2011 Chevrolet Equinox A Major Hit in Wilmington

The response by Chevrolet drivers for the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox has been nothing less than ecstatic at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet lately — and its new features can tell you why.

Available in LS, LT and LTZ trim, with available all-wheel drive, the Equinox complements its styling and fuel efficiency with attention to detail and unexpected features.

Both the standard Ecotec 2.4L engine and available 3.0 L V-6 in the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox feature fuel-saving direct injection and variable valve timing technology. The standard 2.4L Ecotec direct injected I-4 engine is rated at 182 horsepower (136 kW), which delivers segment-best EPA-estimated fuel economy of 32 mpg highway, 22 mpg city and AWD models rated at 20 city/29 highway. The 3.0L V-6 is rated at 264 horsepower (197 kW), which delivers an EPA-estimated 25 mpg highway, 17 mpg city.

Other Chevrolet Equinox features that Jeff Gordon Chevy drivers love include:
• Six-speed automatic transmission and an “eco” mode on the 2.4L-equipped model that alters shift points to improve fuel economy
• Highway-only driving range of up to 600 miles (800 km) with the Ecotec 2.4L engine and more than 500 miles with the 3.0L engine mean less-frequent fill-ups
• Safety-enhancing features such as six standard air bags that include dual frontal air bags, head curtain side air bags and pelvic/thorax seat-mounted side air bags
• Standard four-wheel disc brakes with StabiliTrak electronic stability control and traction control
• Standard OnStar with Directions and Connections service and XM Satellite Radio, with complimentary service intervals
• “Smart” remote starting system that also activates the HVAC system and optional heated seats depending on the outside temperature.
• Segment-exclusive programmable power liftgate and dual-screen rear entertainment system.

Design features that are sure to please Chevrolet drivers include:
• A multi-dimensional hood and wraparound rear side glass and a wheels-at-the-corners stance
• Improved aerodynamic performance through a number of carefully designed exterior features, including moving the base of the windshield forward approximately three inches (75 mm) for a sleeker profile.
• Rocker panels are integrated into the doors to make it easier to get in and out of the vehicle. They narrow the area over which a passenger must step, offering protection for pant legs that could brush against dirty rockers. Also, chrome trim and flush-fitting “exposed-edge” windshield and rear glass reinforce Equinox’s build quality and reduce bothersome wind noise

The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox interior features thoughtful attention to detail that makes it an ideal family vehicle when driving in the Carolina's – including a number of storage bins, an oversized glove box; a closed storage bin in the instrument panel above the center stack; and closed storage under the center armrest large enough for a laptop computer.

A “floating” center stack houses many ergonomic comfort and convenience controls. Contemporary, ice-blue ambient lighting – featured within and surrounding the center stack, encircling the center-console cupholders and within the door pull cups – accentuates the cabin and provides an upscale-looking environment. The front and rear seats, which include cloth and uplevel, perforated leather-trimmed offerings, are designed for best-in-class comfort. For 2011, the 2LT model includes standard heated cloth seats and a compass is added to the LS model.

Front-seat fore-aft travel of 10 inches (25 mm), combined with the tilt/telescoping steering wheel and standard power-adjustable seat height, offer exceptional driver comfort. The Equinox’s MultiFlex rear seat capability allows the seat to be moved fore or aft nearly eight inches (203 mm), for the best rear legroom in its class. With the 60/40-split-back rear seat moved all the way forward, the cargo area offers 31.4 cubic feet (889 liters) of storage.

Noise-absorbing elements are built into the chassis, engine compartment and interior, making the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox cabin noticeably quiet. Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology on 2.4L-equipped models uses microphones to detect booming sounds inside the vehicle and sends counteracting sound waves through the audio system’s speakers, providing a quiet driving experience at almost all vehicle speeds.

A variety of technologies are integrated in the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox that drivers are eager to test out, such as an available seven-inch touch-screen navigation system. Additional features also include:
• Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity
• USB audio connectivity for personal music devices
• DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system with two independent screens to enable DVD viewing on one and gaming on the other
• Internal memory/hard drive on uplevel radios for storing audio selections
• Programmable power-operated rear liftgate
• Rear-vision camera system, with display in the rearview mirror or in the navigation screen
• Range of premium-feature audio systems with up to eight speakers and 250 watts of output. • Electric power steering — saves fuel, too!

The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox is built on a body-integral structure with single-piece body side stampings and targeted applications of high-strength steel: elements that form the foundation of a solid, quiet driving experience.

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