By Colin Bird on November 21, 2011
For the 2012 model year, the Chevrolet Equinox gets the same new safety and multimedia options first seen in the 2012 GMC Terrain, including a new lane mitigation system with all models now getting Bluetooth and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls as standard.
The majority of models, including the 1LT, 2LT and LTZ, now come with a standard touch-screen multimedia system. GM's new MyLink system, a voice-activated multimedia interface that can integrate with the driver’s smartphone, is available as an option on the LTZ trim only. You can learn more about MyLink here.
There’s a new more-affordable touch-screen navigation system, too, that comes with an SD card over the former DVD and 40-gigabyte hard-drive-based system found on the 2011 model. The system is a $795 option on the 2LT and LTZ trim. On the 2011 model, navigation was bundled into a $2,145 option package. A more frugal nav system has found its way on the 2012 Chevy Cruze, too.With a touch-screen available on most trims, Chevy has gotten rid of the integrated rearview mirror backup camera option. The backup camera view now comes through the touch-screen and is standard on all trims starting with 1LT.
GM has not released images of the new system in a 2012 model.
The new lane departure warning and forward collision system is available only on the top-of-the-line LTZ, with a V-6.
Four-cylinder models are now E85 capable when sold where the federal emission standards are the norm — meaning states like California, Maryland and New York won’t have the option.
Integrated blind spot mirrors are new and standard on all models, too.
The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox is already on sale, and it starts at $23,450, excluding an $810 destination fee. That's $455 more than the 2011.