Holden has a new medium SUV called the Equinox to go in to bat against long-running segment sales-leaders like the Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4.
Stepping in for five-seat versions of the ageing Captiva, the Equinox will continue that model’s value pricing but deliver an appreciable advancement in technology and appeal.
Although entry-level pricing steps-up by $1500 for the Equinox LS compared to the outgoing Captiva LS the new SUV still starts from a competitive $27,990 (plus on-road costs).
The Equinox LS leads a five-variant range that also includes LS+, LT, LTZ, and LTZ-V model grades. The vehicle itself arrives as a rebadged version of the Chevrolet Equinox already on sale across North America.
The LS and LS+ are powered by a 127kW 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol with the base model featuring a six-speed manual and LS+ paired to a Holden-first nine-speed automatic transmission.
The LT, LTZ and LTZ-V get a more powerful 186kW 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine also paired with the nine-speed auto.
Holden will add a diesel option in 2018 on all models, but it will be available exclusively with an automatic transmission.
The LS is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, reversing camera and rear parking sensors, automatic headlights with LED daytime running lights, Active Noise Cancellation (auto only), and Holden’s MyLink infotainment system with 7-inch colour touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and Bluetooth.
Stepping up to the LS+ adds ‘Holden Eye’ a forward facing camera system which brings autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. It also gains automatic high beam assist, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and power folding side mirrors.
In addition to the bigger engine the LT model is equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, Holden MyLink with an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation with live traffic updates, heated front seats, front parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, one-touch release for the 60/40 split-folding rear seats and HID headlights.
On top of that the LTZ gets 19-inch alloy wheels, hands-free power tailgate, advanced park assist (automatic perpendicular and parallel parking), rain sensing wipers, leather-appointed upholstery, wireless phone charging, heated front and rear seats, roof rails, digital radio, LED headlights and tail-lights, Bose premium sound system and LED headlights. It also gets the option of all-wheel drive
Topping the range is the LTZ-V which gets a panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats and all-wheel drive included in the price.
“Equinox is a game-changer for Holden and will undoubtedly battle it out at the top of the mid-size SUV segment,” said Michael Filazzola, Holden’s executive director of sales. “Our customers are demanding more technology and more performance without sacrificing any practicality or value, and with Equinox, Holden is delivering once again.”
As a special launch offer Holden will cover all Equinox variants sold in 2017 with a seven-year/175,000km warranty.
The Equinox will go on sale in December.
2017 Holden Equinox pricing
LS 1.5 manual 2WD - $27,990
LS 1.5 auto 2WD - $29,990
LS+ 1.5 auto 2WD $32,990
LT 2.0 auto 2WD - $36,990
LTZ 2.0 auto 2WD - $39,990
LTZ 2.0 auto AWD - $44,290
LTZ-V 2.0 auto AWD $46,290
Manufactuer's list price excluding on-road costs.
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