Chevrolet Equinox 2023 bets on technology to find its place among SUVs in Brazil

Chevrolet Equinox 2023 bets on technology to find its place among SUVs in Brazil


The Chevrolet Equinox is General Motors’ best-selling passenger car in the United States. But, since it arrived in Brazil, in 2017, it has never established itself among the indicators in the mid-size SUV segment due to the low volume of copies.

Now, the American brand has a new utility in its national lineup to launch a good (and more modern) rival to more “popular” names like the Jeep Compass and Toyota Corolla Cross.

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Earlier this week, GM presented the car to some Brazilian journalists at an event in the interior of São Paulo and Digital Appearance you can check in the area details of the new SUV. Here, as the brand had already informed, it will be sold in two versions: RS, which will cost around R$220,000, and Premier, which will be available for around R$290,000. Equinox 2023 goes on sale nationally in June.

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Alexa and Spotify are connected

One of Chevrolet’s major investments in the revised version of the Equinox for Brazil was in connectivity. That is because the American company is the first in the country to come with Amazon Alexa and Spotify natively, that is, without the need to pair the multimedia center with mobile phone wifi platforms or Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

O Digital Appearance tested and, in fact, integration with Spotify can be a very practical tool in everyday life, since you no longer need to use your mobile data plan to listen to music and operate a series of Bluetooth paraphernalia and so on. The app is also easy to access: just click on the app icon that appears in the Apps tab and now you can listen to music, even without a pre-existing account.

The customization of the experience with Alexa, however, was somewhat confusing: sometimes the virtual assistant responded to simple voice commands such as a request about the weather forecast with bilingual or archaic responses. We don’t know if the flaws were in the software’s electronic design or were environmental in design, but when in doubt, it might be best for the reader not to fully trust it during a long trip.

Chevrolet Equinox 2023
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On the other hand, the original Wi-Fi system – despite the problem of connecting to Alexa – has proven to be quite stable, ensuring a good network in the car, as well as the MyChevrolet application, which allows you to remotely control the functions of the car, do. technical questions and schedule service at an authorized General Motors network. It is also possible to know the modern diagnosis about the autonomy of the vehicle and the life cycle of the fuel and the remote locking and unlocking of the doors.

Another highlight in the field of connectivity is OnStar, one of the first telematics services in Brazil. According to the American automaker, there are currently more than 265,000 vehicles connected to the program. An important addition is that all this integration is present in the two versions of the Equinox that will be sold here.

Chevrolet Equinox 2023
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Refined appearance and cabin and good clearance

Regarding the appearance, Chevrolet bet in Brazil especially on the evolution of the front of the Equinox, where the organization won a double-sided grille with blade-shaped daytime running lights in the upper part and LED lights in the lower part. There is also a difference in the finish in these two configurations: while the RS comes in a honeycomb shape, the Premier comes with a chrome finish.

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Equinox Premier Edition | Photo: Lucas Berredo/Olhar Digital

At the bottom, the new Equinox comes with 19-inch diamond alloy wheels and new bumper details (black on the RS and chrome on the Premier). The rear remains almost unchanged compared to the previous versions, with a slight difference in the design of the lights.

Chevrolet Equinox 2023
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Inside, the car is very spacious and comfortable, with electric seat controls for the driver and good clearance for two people (and reasonable for three) in the back seat. The materials used in the composition of the cabin have a little plastic, which shows some improvement in construction, while the instrument panel is very complete, although it is still analog.

In the Premier version, the car has a panoramic sunroof and electric height adjustment on the trunk lid – the parameters are controlled from the driver’s seat. The trunk capacity (468 liters) is greater than the competitor Compass (420 liters in the most basic version), in all utility configurations.

Chevrolet Equinox 2023
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A simple but effective engine

The Chevrolet Equinox arriving in Brazil has a 1.5-liter gasoline engine with a capacity of 172 hp at 5,600 rpm and an automatic transmission. In the Prime configuration, the car has all wheels, but it is possible to choose a mode in which only the front wheels move. Performance is good, and the SUV accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 9s2.

Regarding consumption, the car does 11.5 km / l on the road and 9.3 km / l in the city, according to information from Inmetro (National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology). It also comes with a number of safety features as standard, including dual, side and curtain airbags, rear cross-traffic alert and forward collision alert with pedestrian detection, blind spot alert with a sensor proximity, lane assist and stability controls. and gravity, among others.

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