Changes and Updates Coming to the 2016 Chevy Equinox

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The Chevy Equinox is going to be celebrating its seventh birthday this year, but the nameplate hasn’t seen many significant changes since its debut. Now, we’re certainly not complaining, as we’ve been perfectly content with the midsize crossover’s combination of luxury, style, and capabilities.

Of course, the engineers are still going to tweak their vehicle for each model year, even if the changes aren’t particularly flashy. We’ve compiled the changes and updates coming to the 2016 Chevy Equinox, which should serve as a guide as you choose between the company’s selection of capable vehicles…

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The Equinox won’t see any drastic changes for the 2016 model year, but the vehicle’s engineers still slightly revamped the design. The exterior now features more accentuated curves and accents, solidifying the vehicle’s classification as a “sport” utility vehicle. The grille has been redesigned, with the brand adding several touches of chrome. Even the wheels have been revised, with 17-inch aluminum wheels available on the LT and 18-inch aluminum wheels included on the LTZ.

Plus, the new premium projector-beam headlamps won’t only provide better lighting… they’ll also make the vehicle stand out from the crowd. New daytime running lamps are available on the LT and LTZ, while reflector-style lamps are included on the L and LS. Fog lamps are also included in the LTZ trim.

“The new face of the Equinox is highlighted by a more expressive execution of chrome accents and premium lighting,” said John Cafaro, the executive director of design for global Chevrolet cars. “The result is a modern exterior that’s matched inside with premium features on all trim levels, complementing the Equinox’s enhanced technology and functionality.”

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When it comes to the interior, the main change is the inclusion of the seven-inch-diagonal color touch radio, which now offers Bluetooth connectivity. The instrument panel has also been revised, featuring a new “storage shelf” and updated graphics.

The interior changes aren’t solely technological. The interior fabrics have been “enhanced” in both the L and LS, while a new chrome-trimmed transmission shifter is featured in each of the model’s trims. There’s even a new tablet holder (available via the brand’s optional accessory selection), which will provide the driver or passengers with even more convenience.

The most significant inclusion may be the introduction of a pair of safety features to the LT and LTZ trims: the Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Both of these technologies will assist the driver as they’re looking to switch lanes, reducing the chances that they hit a fellow driver.

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None of these changes or revisions are anything to write home about, but they’re still significant in their own way. The assortment of new exterior lights will certainly improve the driver’s vision, and the inclusion of the touch radio will provide some much-needed entertainment. Even the addition of new fabric options will contribute to the vehicle’s overall comfort. Regardless, the slight changes certainly prove that the engineers are dedicated to producing one of the most capable crossovers on the market.