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Refreshed 2016 Chevrolet Equinox Debuts in Chicago

New look, more safety equipment.

Six years after it was introduced, the second-generation Chevrolet Equinox crossover receives a visual refresh at the 2015 Chicago auto show. The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox wears new interior and exterior designs, as well as an assortment of new safety options.

As a teaser photo revealed, the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox has a redesigned front fascia with a new grille and reshaped, and LED running lights on LT and LTZ models. Out back, new taillights, a restyled rear fascia, and additional chrome trim adorns the rear of the 2016 Equinox. Models with the optional V-6 engine receive dual exhausts, and Chevrolet has redesigned the available 17- and 18-inch wheel options.

Interior updates to the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox begin with the addition of a seven-inch touchscreen radio interface as standard, along with a new center stack that has a different storage compartment, higher-quality fabric upholstery, and a new shift lever for the six-speed automatic transmission with shift buttons on the top.

For the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, the trim level structure changes slightly to L, LS, LT, and LTZ -- eliminating the previous LT1 and LT2 trims, and adding the L model below the base LS. On LT and LTZ models, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems become optional, joining the forward collision and lane-departure warnings already available as options on the current Equinox.

As is the case with many vehicle refreshes, there are essentially no mechanical changes under the sheetmetal. The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox will continue to offer buyers a choice between a 182-hp, 2.4-liter inline-four and a 301-hp, 3.6-liter V-6. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional on both engines.

Keeping the Equinox is extremely important for Chevrolet, and adding more safety features will help the crossover remain competitive in its sixth year on the market. Within the General Motors family, the Equinox is currently the third best-selling car, behind only the Chevrolet Cruze sedan and Silverado pickup. Nationwide, the Chevrolet Equinox was the fourth best-selling crossover in all of 2014, closely trailing the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape.

Pricing for the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox will be announced later this year. Expect a slight increase over the $25,395 (including destination) base price of the 2015 model.