2018 Holden Equinox Australian preview
Holden is entering the highly competitive medium SUV sector with the Equinox, taking on heavy hitters such as Mazda’s CX-5, Hyundai’s Tucson and Honda’s CR-V.
SUVs are the biggest fish in the automotive sea at present, prompting manufacturers to get competitive products on the market as fast as possible. Holden has been in the area for some time but the Captiva is long in the tooth, and relying on value to shift units.
The Equinox is a fresh offering, promising to be “a game-changer for Holden and will undoubtedly battle it out at the top of the mid-size SUV segment,” according to executive director of sales, Michael Filazzola.
The range will tout front- and all-wheel-drive versions, using a modified D2XX platform underpinning Astra. Engines are downsized four pots, kicking off a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol unit offering 127kW, while the flagship 2.0-litre petrol delivers 188kW. A 1.6-litre turbodiesel is expected to follow next year.
“We’ve got premium features like a dual-panel panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel and safety alert driver’s seat that gives a small vibration to warn drivers of potential hazards. Not to mention Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a rear-view camera as standard across the range.
“In terms of practicality, Equinox has a huge cargo space of 1798 litres when the fold-flat seats are down, a hands-free power tailgate and the one of the highest towing capacities in the segment,” Filazzola said.
Pricing kicks off at $A27,990 across the ditch. New Zealand specification and pricing are yet to be announced but expect the strong value aspect to continue over here.