GM VIN cards confirm what GMI reported over a year ago.
December 21, 2012
By: Nick SaporitoOver a year ago GMI reported that the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain would receive General Motors' eAssist light electrification system for the 2014 model year. Earlier this week GM published their 2014 VIN cards which have confirmed that both crossovers will indeed receive the company's 2.4-liter engine and eAssist system next year.Originally Posted by UPDATE
According to the VIN cards the 2014 Equinox and Terrain will both retain their current engines, the Ecotec 2.4-liter four-cylinder and 3.6-liter V-6. Additionally, the eAssist system will allegedly be optional on both Equinox and Terrain, with the Equinox likely to be named Equinox Eco.
GM's eAssist system is currently found in the Chevrolet Malibu, Buick LaCrosse and Regal. It utilizes a small lithium ion battery in the trunk coupled with a small electric motor to assist in powering the vehicle during light loads or when the vehicle is stopped.
Today the Equinox and Terrain both carry a class-leading 32 miles per-gallon highway rating on the 2.4-liter when equipped with front-wheel drive. GMI has not been told what to expect in the way of fuel economy figures for their eAssist variants, but it is likely safe to say that they will see a sizable bump from today's 32 mpg, otherwise GM would not waste their time adding this system to the crossovers.
Expect the 2014 Equinox and Terrain to arrive later in 2013. No other significant changes are anticipated on either crossover at this time. Production will continue at GM's Ingresol, Ontario plant and eventually begin at the company's revived Spring Hill assembly plant in Tennessee.