Powerful and efficient engine selection; sharp styling inside and out
Following a thorough redesign in 2010, the Chevrolet Equinox hits 2012 with no real changes, aside from a few trim updates. Cyber Gray Metallic and Cardinal Red Metallic have been dropped from the list of available colors, but new chrome 18-inch wheels are now available. Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system has also been added. New standard features include Bluetooth, rear-view camera, collision warning and lane departure warning.
Starting at under $23,000, the 2012 Chevy Equinox is one of the most affordable crossover vehicles in its class, rivaling Honda’s CR-V and the Toyota RAV4. The interior features a dual-cockpit design, ice-blue ambient lighting and sophisticated, classy appearance touches that makes it look much more expensive than it is.
The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox is an exciting contender in the mid-size crossover segment. It has the same platform as the GMC Terrain and shares a general aesthetic with both the Chevy Traverse and the latest Malibu. The Equinox’s rocker panels are integrated into the doors, narrowing the area over which a passenger must step. The body is stiffened with single-piece side stampings plus high-strength steel in critical areas. The Equinox benefits from two engines that are more efficient than ever, each making use of variable valve timing and direct injection. A standard 2.4L 4-cylinder makes an impressive 182 horsepower yet delivers 32 mpg on the highway. All but the LS offers an optional 3.0L V6 engine. This engine is now FlexFuel-compatible and capable of 264 horsepower and 29 mpg on the highway. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines. Front wheel-drive is the standard drivetrain, but all-wheel drive is available.
Storage areas are everywhere in the cabin, including an oversized glovebox, a closed storage bin in the instrument panel above the center stack and a closed storage bin under the center armrest large enough for a laptop computer. The rear seats feature MultiFlex, which allows the seats to move back and forth a total of eight inches for the best rear legroom in the segment. Standard equipment on all trims includes 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, StabiliTrak stability control, traction control, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, six air bags, an anti-theft system, an XM Satellite Radio-ready system, iPod and MP3 capability, Bluetooth and one year of OnStar service. Power windows, door locks, remote keyless entry, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, as well as power mirrors and automatic headlamps round out the generous standards list. Optional equipment on the LS trim includes deep-tinted glass and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The LT trim features a premium Pioneer 250-watt speaker system, power seats, steering-wheel audio controls, a remote starter system and a power sunroof as optional equipment. The top-of-the-line LTZ trim includes chrome trim, projector headlamps and fog lamps, a power liftgate, deep-tint glass, Pioneer speaker system, an upgraded audio system and heated leather seats. With all this standard equipment, the LTZ can also be outfitted with a navigation system, a power sunroof and 18- or 19-inch chrome wheels.
For 2012, the Avalanche is pretty much the same as in 2011. Twenty-two-inch wheels are available on the LT and LTZ and a new optional stereo is optional on the LT-a satellite radio-capable one that also includes an 80GB hard drive.
The 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche’s design is virtually unique in the market. It attempts to solve both passenger-hauling needs and cargo-hauling needs with a single truck. There’s almost nothing else quite like the Avalanche’s folding mid-gate in the market– it allows the bed to be expanded only when needed and have more interior space the rest of the time. Overall, handling and ride quality are a step above what might be expected in a full-size pickup and the cabin has a refined feel with top-notch materials. Towing capacity is an impressive 8,100 pounds.
The 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models, each with a choice of rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive. Standard on all models is a 320-horsepower, 5.3L V8 engine, hooked up to a responsive 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine has Active Fuel Management, which switches to 4-cylinder operation when possible to help save fuel. Fuel economy ratings of 15 mpg city, 21 mpg highway are quite respectable for a vehicle of this size and capability. The Avalanche’s unusual styling aside, the centerpoint of this truck’s unique setup is its folding mid-gate, which allows items from the truck bed to utilize passenger cabin space when needed. As such, the Avalanche can function as both a 6-passenger SUV and as a truck with an 8-foot bed. With the mid-gate open and the back seat folded fully down, the Avalanche can fit a 4-by-8-foot piece of plywood. The bed also has built-in storage compartments with drains, ideal for being filled with ice and used as coolers. The Avalanche includes some of the same rugged character and ability as GM’s full-size pickup models, including a very respectable tow rating of 8,100 pounds. Those who do plan to take their Avalanche far off the pavement will want to get the Z71 Off-Road package, which brings color-keyed wheel flares, tubular assist steps, a chrome grille insert and leather bucket seats. Z71 also includes a host of tough hardware, including high-pressure gas-charged shocks, on/off-road tires, recovery hooks, skid plates and an automatic-locking differential.
The heavy-duty Trailering Package includes a 2-speed transfer case, which also comes standard on LTZ 4×4 models. The 2012 Avalanche drives like most of GM’s other full-size trucks–which is to say it’s more nimble than you might think, with surprisingly good ride comfort and great interior appointments, including generously sized front seats. In base LS trim, the Avalanche comes with a simple set of features that should be just fine for work-minded buyers. On the standard features list are front bucket seats, air conditioning, cruise control, steering-wheel audio controls and a MP3/CD sound system with USB port and SIRIUS/XM satellite radio. The LT is more comfort-minded and brings a soft-ride suspension plus remote start, remote keyless entry, dual-zone climate control and Bose audio. The LTZ trim gets lots of appearance extras, plus power-adjustable pedals, a garage-door opener, heated-and-cooled front seats, perforated leather upholstery, a rearview camera system, parking assist, DVD entertainment and a navigation system with XM NavTraffic info. Safety features across the Avalanche range include traction control, front and rear airbags and electronic stability control.
Tis better when we give because then you receive. And in this case, it’s more. It’s that time of year, when Chevy begins lifting holiday spirits in a big way.
Why stop into Bob Maguire Chevrolet this holiday season? Because we know you’ve been nice. And since you’ve successfully avoided the naughty list, you’re invited to unwrap some holiday magic during our “Chevy’s Giving More” Event.
So how are we giving more? How about more MPGs from cars like Cruze Eco, with an EPA estimated 42 MPG highway1. Or more value from Malibu, a Consumers Digest “Best Buy” two years running.
There’s also more reliability from trucks like Silverado—the most dependable longest-lasting full-size pickups on the road2 and every Chevy car, truck SUV and crossover comes with a 100,000-mile/5-year Powertrain Limited Warranty3 giving you more confidence and 40,000 more miles than Ford or Toyota.
And of course we’re giving you more savings on our entire Chevy lineup. In fact, the year-end deals are so good that holiday spirits are on the rise at Bob Maguire Chevrolet.
This holiday season enjoy special incentives on special vehicles during the “Chevy’s Giving More” Event, November 15th—Jan 2nd. And while you’re there see how Bob Maguire Chevrolet and their employees are giving more, out of the kindness of their hearts, to communities in need.
Chevy Equinox is the crossover designed with you in mind. From the daily commute to the activity filled weekend, see how this sleek and versatile vehicle makes any trip you take it on more of an adventure.
From the trip to the cider mill or to a weekend filled with hiking and camping, Equinox is the versatile vehicle ideal for lifestyles on the go. This crossover also has the flexibility and functionality that has become synonymous with Chevy.
The available AWD makes this crossover great for long drives to see the fall color change, or traveling to that remote camping location with the assistance of OnStar turn-by-turn navigation. The Chevy Equinox is the traveling companion you’ve waiting for.
With eighteen (18) storage areas, Equinox gives you the space to store your gear in anticipation for that spontaneous after work hike and cargo bins to store your reusable grocery bags. The deep center console is a convenient location to hide your valuables, such as your laptop or purse while you are out experiencing your world.
Equinox has an available roof rack and Hitch Trailering package, giving you all the conveniences for life’s adventures. The Chevy Equinox is truly the crossover “that fits your life.”
The 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1 will run from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 184 mph when equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission. It boasts 580 horsepower, which is more than the Audi R8 GT, the Maserati Gran Turismo and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.
Better yet, Chevy tells us that the new Camaro ZL1 will start at $54,995, including its unique Performance Traction Management system and GM’s superb Magnetic Ride Control suspension.
Since the ZL1 already comes well equipped, there are only six options available on the car. If you want the fastest ZL1, you’ll need to check the box by the six-speed automatic transmission, which will set you back another $1,185. Other options include 20-inch, bright aluminum wheels ($470), a power sunroof ($900), a stripe package ($470) a carbon fiber hood insert ($600) and an interior suede package ($500).
As Chris Perry, vice president of global Chevrolet marketing points out: “There are very few cars at any price that can match the power, features and track-capability of the Camaro ZL-1.” To illustrate that point, Chevy compares its ZL1 to the 2012 Ford Shelby GT500, which isn’t nearly as well equipped for track duty as the Camaro ZL1.
The problem is that a new 650-horsepower 2013 Shelby GT500 was announced today, and it’s got the Camaro ZL1 firmly in its sights. We’ll hold off proclaiming a “king of the pony cars” until we have a chance to drive both, but the Camaro ZL1 is facing a 70 horsepower deficit from a newly track-tuned Shelby GT500 before it even launches.
We suspect that Ford guys will opt for the Shelby, while bowtie fans will gravitate towards the Camaro. Even if Chevy can’t close the horsepower gap prior to the ZL1’s launch, they’ll surely do so within a year or two. It’s all about bragging rights, and Chevy won’t be happy until its high-end Camaro out-performs the Shelby GT500 on paper and on the track.
Whatever you brand allegiance now is a good time to be a fan of horsepower.
(thank you to Motorauthority.com for this article)
Chevrolet’s toughest, most- refined midsize sport utility vehicle, the TrailBlazer, made its global debut today at the opening of the Dubai International Motor Show in the Middle East.
The robust seven-seat show vehicle previews Chevrolet’s latest SUV offering, which will be sold around the world, beginning with Thailand in early 2012.
The new-generation TrailBlazer combines the hauling and towing capability of a body-on-frame SUV with the ride comfort and efficiency of a crossover. Developed in tandem with the all-new Chevrolet Colorado pickup by GM do Brasil, it shares the same architecture as its truck sibling, with a chassis tuned to combine heavy-duty off-road capability with refined city driving.
The show vehicle features an all-wheel-drive system and is powered by GM’s new 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine, which features a variable-geometry turbocharger for an optimal combination of performance and fuel economy.
“It is a reflection of the importance of the Middle East market for General Motors that a vehicle as important as TrailBlazer is making its global debut at this show,” said GM Middle East Operations President and Managing Director John Stadwick. “Without question, the new TrailBlazer will be one of the biggest and toughest members of the Chevrolet family – the perfect vehicle to take on the Middle East’s competitive midsize SUV segment.
“Although this is a show vehicle, the overall design is faithful to the production version that will arrive in Chevrolet showrooms next year. TrailBlazer will be the ideal fit, not only for consumers in the Middle East, but in every place around the world where it will be sold.”
According to Brad Merkel, GM’s global vehicle line executive for midsize trucks and SUVs, TrailBlazer offers the strength, design, capability and refinement needed to compete with the world’s best off-road vehicles.
“The growing markets of the world want flexibility. That means power and capability combined with comfort and efficiency,” Merkel said. “TrailBlazer does it all. You can tow anything, go anywhere, comfortably seat seven people, and do so with the fuel efficiency associated with a smaller, less capable vehicle. It’s the complete package.”
Exterior Design – Sophisticated Muscle
TrailBlazer’s bold road presence was created by the GM South America Design Center in São Caetano do Sul, Brazil, and shares a number of design cues with its sister vehicle, the Chevrolet Colorado.
Exterior highlights include a “body in-wheels out” design that delivers high approach and departure angles. A dramatic power dome in the hood combined with a raised cowl gives the TrailBlazer a strong, purposeful appearance. Higher-mounted dual projector headlamps are positioned beneath the power dome, emphasizing the visual strength in the face of the vehicle.
Also prominent is the contemporary dual-port grille – an unmistakable Chevrolet cue – that carries a three-dimensional grille mesh. It is complemented by polished aluminium decor trims in the fascias, rockers, belt line, tailgate and roof rack. Tri-coat pearlescent white exterior paint and integrated LED front and rear fog lamps provide a premium appearance.
Additional exterior details include:
- Highly detailed sheet metal work in the hood, door panels and rear quarters that blend layers of natural light for a rich, uncluttered, natural surface appearance;
- Front and rear LED Chevrolet signature lighting housed within sculpted aluminum decorative bezels;
- Custom dual-finish, painted and polished 20-inch aluminum wheels fitted with 20-inch Cooper Zeon LTZ tires;
- Exterior mirror-mounted LED turn signals.
“TrailBlazer delivers a great combination of capabilities, from negotiating off-road trails to daily city driving, that we wanted to convey visually,” said Matt Noone, director of design for GM do Brasil. “There’s an obvious sense of muscle in the design, but at the same time a very sophisticated appearance in line with the world’s premium SUVs. From every angle, TrailBlazer looks agile and athletic, with a refined finish that makes it a vehicle our customers will aspire to own.”
Interior – Spacious, Refined and Flexible
Signature Chevrolet cues continue inside, conveying spaciousness, flexibility and an upscale appearance in all control interfaces.
With a flowing instrument panel, integrated center stack, and signature Chevrolet dual cockpit design, the interior of the all-new TrailBlazer combines car-like characteristics with the boldness expected of a true SUV. The seven-passenger interior offers intuitive three-row tumble and/or fold-flat seat versatility and best-in-class spaciousness in the third row.
“We made the seating both flexible and intuitive. There’s no need to pull out the owner’s manual to figure out how to configure the seats,” Noone said. “The third row in this SUV isn’t an afterthought. It’s an authentic third row where people can sit comfortably for long trips. Combine that with luxurious interior appointments and it is easy to see why TrailBlazer really is an all-purpose vehicle.”
Additional interior details include:
- An overhead console that integrates the HVAC system with onboard infotainment;
- Second row 60/40 split seats with single latch forward gravity tumble, fold-flat capability, and six-degree seat-back reclining along with integrated folding armrests with cup holders;
- Third row 50/50 split seats with center console storage and fold-flat capability;
- Flat floor storage from the front row rearward when all seats are folded flat, which is designed to provide extreme load capability;
- Auxiliary power plug with USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
Contrasting trim used with the light-colored leather seating, mat dark wood trim accented with chrome, and dual-grained surfaces used on the upper and lower IP provide a premium feel. A number of storage compartments are located throughout the interior, including a covered center bin for concealment of valuable items, and a large, dual glovebox.
Other features include a dual-zone, digital climate control system and the latest in infotainment technology.
Robert J. Maguire, chairman of Bob Maguire Chevrolet in Bordentown Township, has been reappointed civilian aide to the secretary of the Army for New Jersey in recognition of his abilities and patriotism, announced Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh. During his tenure, Maguire will be working on behalf of the secretary of the Army to enhance the relationship between the Army and civilian community. Maguire lives in Princeton
Robert J. Maguire, a Mercer County resident, has been reappointed a civilian aide to the secretary of the Army for New Jersey in recognition of his abilities and patriotism, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh announced.
Yes, Chevrolet is very proud of the all-new 2012 Sonic. And why not? This is one amazing compact car. From looks to fuel economy to performance, you’ll see that we have reason to get a little excited…
It’s small, packs a big punch and has finally arrived at Bob Maguire Chevrolet. Introducing the all-new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. The Sonic is the only small car assembled in the United States1. Available in Hatchback or Sedan. And is ready for some fun. Are you game?
Both Sonic Sedan and Hatchback achieved 0-to-60 mph in 8.2 seconds on the test track with the available ECOTEC® 1.4L turbocharged engine and its 6-speed manual transmission. Sonic is storming ahead with the only turbocharged engine in its class, which offers the most available torque in its class.
In addition to delivering a crisp, quick steering experience and traction control, Sonic offers an EPA-estimated 40 MPG highway2. It’s also the first and only car in its class3 with 10 standard air bags4 along with the support of OnStar®5 standard for the first six months. No wonder it’s a IIHS 2011 “Top Safety Pick”.
Are we going overboard with hype? Not really. More like over a 100-foot high platform built with shipping containers. Check out the video at http://letsdothis.com/. While you’re there sign up for “The Game of Firsts” for your chance to win a Sonic by competing in cool challenges. Score points, earn badges and you might win one of 8 Sonics given away from December through March.
So stop by Bob Maguire Chevrolet and check out the all-new Sonic. The most fun-to-drive small car, now seeking owners.
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