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2003 Chevrolet Equinox Concept

The 2003 Chevrolet Equinox Concept made its debut at the Detroit auto show, signaling Chevrolet's entry into the compact SUV market in North America. This new offering, built on the same platform as the Saturn Vue, represents the growing trend of SUVs that blur the lines between family sedans and off-road vehicles.

The Equinox is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. Notably, in all-wheel drive mode, power primarily goes to the front wheels, with a transfer to the rear wheels only when needed, highlighting its more urban-focused design. The exterior design of the Equinox is cohesive with Chevrolet's SUV styling, featuring a bold front end and sleek body lines.

Inside, the Equinox prioritizes versatility with its Multi-Flex system, allowing rear seats to slide back and forth or be removed entirely for increased cargo space. Powering the Equinox is a 3.4-liter V6 engine producing 185 horsepower, paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. Notably, the rear brakes are drum brakes, while the front features disc brakes.

This 2003 concept is a precursor to the production model of the Chevrolet Equinox, slated for release in 2004. The production version, positioned as an affordable option, will initially lack certain features like an anti-lock brake system in the base model but will offer various optional upgrades, including an MP3-capable audio system. The Equinox Concept underscores Chevrolet's commitment to delivering a practical and adaptable compact SUV tailored to the needs of American consumers.

Source & Images: General Motors Corp.

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