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Tackling Winter solstice in a Holden Equinox

Holden Equinox review Driven


It’s coming up the shortest day as I point the Holden Equinox at the alpine spine of the South Island, and ponder the model name.

Surely it’d be more appropriate to do this road trip in the now-defunct Pontiac Solstice, give the opportunity of matching the model nomenclature to the time of year?

However, GM’s Mazda MX-5-competitor of the mid-2000s never made it into right-hand-drive markets and now resides in the discard bin along with the whole Pontiac division. The Equinox, meanwhile, comes from Chevrolet, albeit via Mexico, and now fills the medium-SUV gap left by the Captiva in Holden New Zealand’s lineup.

Say what you like about the Korean-sourced Captiva, give into the temptation of adding an ‘r’ behind the ‘C’ in the model name if you have to, the facts are that it found favour with a lot of New Zealand families, and garnering similar popularity is the biggest challenge facing the new Equinox.

It probably doesn’t help that the rebadged Chevy range (with no less than nine variants) is best viewed via the luxurious prism of the $52,990 LT-Z model that I’m driving. For the LT-Z is absolutely packed with stuff to the point where the mysterious omission of radar-enhanced cruise control becomes more of a glaring oversight than it should be.

Review: Holden Equinox LTZ-V diesel


Back when Holden New Zealand renewed its medium SUV and large-car ranges in 2017-18, it took a couple of interesting turns with diesel.

Most of the Equinox SUV lineup (late-2017) powered up with a grunty 188kW/353Nm turbo-petrol engine, but for those wanting diesel it went the other way with a small-capacity 1.6-litre model.

That diesel Equinox became available about the same time as the ZB Commodore (early-2018) – which gained a compression-ignition engine option for the first time in the history of the Holden Commodore nameplate. But a larger 2.0-litre unit.

For the record, diesel share for each model for the last 12 months has been 11 per cent for the Equinox and three per cent for Commodore.

I drove the Commodore diesel last year, but after spending some time in the flagship Equinox LTZ-V diesel I can’t help but wonder if GM got the engines backwards.

I’m not suggesting that Holden had complete say in which engines went where. The Equinox diesel was really created to try and take American diesel market share away from Volkswagen in the wake of the emissions scandal, so a small, thrifty unit made sense.

There might have been a more choice with Commodore, as the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia is indeed available with the 1.6-litre turbo-diesel in Europe.

2018 Equinox to improve Holden’s fortunes?


If you aren’t a player in the medium suv space, it’s unlikely your register will be ringing too often. It would seem that if people aren’t buying a ute, they’ll be into one of these instead, and their popularity shows no signs of abating.

We recently attended the launch of Holden’s new Equinox, a five-seater SUV priced from $35,990 which effectively replaces the aeons-old Captiva. Holden reckons it hasn’t been in this market space for over two years since its Captiva5 departed, though its slightly larger Captiva7 has been available in the same price bracket representing the Lion.

Holden cites the Sportage, CX-5, RAV4 and Outlander as its competitors here, all big sellers and competent vehicles too. Equinox comes from the Chevrolet stable and is built in Mexico. It’s now in its third generation, this latest version developed as a global product and based on the same platform as Astra.

It’s said to be GM’s most popular SUV and is sold in 116 different markets. Holden says its engineers were in on the Equinox’s development at an early stage and part of their input saw the inclusion of the 2.0-litre engine to ensure it had the power to stand out in the crowded market segment.

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