According to Jalopnik, "The all-new 2010 Chevrolet Equinox builds on the previous model with more of what segment buyers are looking for across pretty much every aspect. Better interior, better styling, better engines, better transmissions and smarter features." Kicking Tires adds, "With improved fuel efficiency and an attractive look inside and out, it should win over shoppers in this segment."
The redesigned Equinox shares a platform with the Saturn VUE and is available in both front- and all-wheel drive. Though its suspension remains largely the same as that of the 2009 model, Chevy has introduced new engine options. USA Today explains: "The 2010 Equinox offers direct-injection engines. GM said the 2.4-liter, four-cylinder model is expected to get 30 miles per gallon on the highway and 21 mpg in the city -- a 25% improvement over the previous model. A 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine increases horsepower from 182 to 255 and gets an estimated 25 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg in the city."
While it's unknown if Chevy plans on releasing a hybrid version of the Equinox, Autoblog Green notes that the VUE's two-mode hybrid system is compatible with the new SUV, and comments: "Odds are we will see either a next generation mild hybrid or two-mode hybrid in the Equinox sooner rather than later."
In addition to its performance modifications, the 2010 Equinox also receives a complete exterior makeover. "The new Equinox takes styling inspiration mainly from the Chevy Malibu, but there are hints of other cars in the lineup as well," writes Jalopnik. "Outside we see the Equinox gets the new Chevy face, first seen on the Malibu, with a bit more curvaceousness in the headlights and a bit of extra chrome around the fog lamps. The sides get a heaping helping of styling with big fender flares over your choice of 16, 17 or 18 inch wheels, and a strong shoulder line runs front to back to link everything together." While Kicking Tires describes it as "a handsome package," Autoblog says that it "looks more contemporary with prominent wheel arches and the obligatory Chevy twin-port grille."
What's more, the 2010 Equinox's interior also receives significant upgrades that leave auto writers pleased. The New York Times comments, "The interior has moved considerably upscale, offering leather seats with contrasting stitching, available headrest-mounted rear DVD screens and an armrest cubby large enough to hold a laptop." Jalopnik adds: "What is bell-ringing are the seats, the gadgets the storage and the legroom."
The 2010 Equinox is slated to hit dealer lots in the summer of '09 and will compete with such vehicles as the Nissan Murano, Ford Edge, and Hyundai Santa Fe. Can't wait? Read up on the 2009 Chevy Equinox and other affordable compact SUVs with US News' Rankings and Reviews.