2014 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain Not Receiving eAssist

2014 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain Not Receiving eAssist

Contrary to previous reports that the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain will be offered with eAssist hybrid variants, General Motors has confirmed that neither model will receive the mild hybrid technology for the 2014 model year.

Earlier, reports had both SUVs receiving the American automaker’s light electrification system and 2014 VIN cards that were leaked confirmed those rumors. However, GMC communications manager Joe LaMuraglia has confirmed that the Equinox and Terrain will not be benefiting from eAssist.

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Speaking with GMInsideNews, LaMuraglia also stated that the 2014 VIN cards were a placeholder and not intended to be seen by the general public. It’s unknown if it’s a recent change of plans by the automaker, but it appears that eAssist won’t be heading to the Equinox or Terrain, at least not for the 2014 model year.

General Motors’ eAssist utilizes a small, lithium-ion battery in the truck paired with a small electric motor to assist in powering the vehicle under light load or when the vehicle is stopped.

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  • Kanner

    I was thinking of getting one too, too bad, I guess they just want to go bust again. How about a turbo diesel? Or would that be asking too much from them? Go broke!!!

  • Justfixit

    Once again GM has the opportunity to take a lead in the market where no one else has done very much and desides to back off. I too would have bought one. Don’t they get it? People like the smaller cross-over, but they don’t like the mileage they get. C’mon GM … you have some the best and brightest in the world…..just FIX IT! 🙂

  • Bummer. I read about this and was all excited but just now found out they are NOT in fact receiving E-Assist. Before I bought my Prius this past September, I test drove the 2012 Equinox…could have gotten it for a song and dance at the year-end clearances but the mpg’s sucked. Was a life long GM vehicle owner. If they would come out with an E-Assist in the Equinox, I’d seriously consider one.

  • Bagman

    Really, G.M. has a great 1.6 Turbo (Gas) & 1.6 Turbo-Diesel in Europe, but here in America, we’re not good enough to get these great engines. I would also buy a new Chevy Equinox with either one of these motors! I think I’ll just keep our 2008 Saturn Vue till G.M. finally figures out that we want utility with excellent fuel economy! Bags,