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Wednesday, December 20, 2006
2008 Chevrolet Equinox Sport photos and pre-launch news

The Chevy Equinox gets more powerful engine and better styling for 2008

GM’s new sport version of the 2008 Chevrolet Equinox is all set to hit the tarmac. Automajor General Motors Corp this week lifted the wraps off its compact Equinox sport utility vehicle and said that it would roll out the beauty by next summer.

Equipped with a more powerful engine and six-speed automatic transmission, larger wheels and some cosmetic features, the 2008 Chevrolet Equinox has been designed to give itself a more aggressive look. Auto enthusiasts may recall that the original Chevrolet Equinox had hit the showrooms in mid-2004 with not much hype. However, GM had earned much goodwill due to the vehicle. For 2008, the ride height has been lowered, stabilizer bars added and it gets a 140 mph top speed.

The 2008 Chevy Equinox is seen as competing with the Honda RAV4 and Mazda CX7 compact SUVs. It will also face the challenges posed by BMW's X3, Ford Escape and Jeep Liberty.

Analysts believe that though the SUV features may not bring in much cash inflow, GM might gain in terms of an image boost through the Equinox. The company has said that the version will deliver 263-horsepower performance, compared with the 185-horsepower of the traditional Equinox, and hit the 0-60 mph benchmark in seven seconds.

Price is still a secret with Chevrolet; but the vehicle will be available for the public in Q3 2007.

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