Equinox Becomes First 9-Speed Chevy in China
Chevrolet’s most popular SUV globally, the Equinox will be the just first of 13 General Motors models that are set to adopt the nine-speed transmission technology by 2020, according to GM China.
The new nine-speed is mated to a 2.0-liter twin-turbo engine, which yields a maximum output of 191 kW and peak torque of 353 Nm. It also boasts a best in segment 0 to 100 km/h time of just 7.8 seconds.
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The new nine-speed Equinox also has a wider 7.6:1 overall ratio (the difference between the first gear ratio and the top gear ratio) in comparison to the six-speed model, with both a “deep” first gear for speedier off-the-line acceleration and a “tall” top gear for low-rpm highway driving. The effect is to optimize both acceleration and fuel economy, while also reducing engine noise during highway cruises.
The six-speed Equinox comes standard with a 1.5T engine yielding a maximum output of 132 kW and peak torque of 275 Nm, delivering strong performance and using stop/start technology to help achieve best-in-class fuel efficiency of 6.7 L/100 km.
Chevrolet first launched the Suburban 83 years ago, and in the ensuing decades, has continued to expand its SUV portfolio to fill various niches in the global market. The Equinox marks a milestone for Chevy’s SUVs and Chinese lineup.
Since the nameplate’s debut in 2004, the Equinox has sold more than 2.4 million units worldwide, and is one of the more than 20 new or refreshed products that Chevy has promised to introduce to China through the end of 2020.
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