Chevrolet recently announced updates to its midsize Equinox crossover for the 2012 model year. According to the automaker, the Equniox receives several equipment changes for 2012, including more standard features, additional options and other minor revisions designed to help the SUV remain competitive against a growing pack of rival crossovers.

The biggest changes to the 2012 Equinox come from improved multimedia systems. Most notably, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ trim levels now come standard with a full-color touch-screen infotainment system mounted above the climate controls in the crossover's center console. According to Chevrolet, the system also integrates the display for the Equniox's available backup camera, which was previously located in the rearview mirror. Also newly available is GM's MyLink system, which is only offered in the upscale Equinox LTZ. MyLink, which debuted earlier this year, is a voice-activated infotainment system that can integrate with a driver's smartphone to deliver web-based content like Pandora Internet Radio.

Chevrolet also updated the Equinox's navigation system. While last year's system used a 40-gigabyte hard drive and could only be ordered with the $2,145 navigation package, the new system uses an SD card and is offered on 2LT and LTZ models for just $795 extra. The new system also appears in several other 2012 Chevrolet, GMC and Buick models, and is expected to replace the hard drive-based unit throughout GM's lineup in the near future.

Other changes to the 2012 Equinox are subtler. According to Chevrolet, all versions of the crossover now feature standard Bluetooth, integrated blind spot mirrors and steering wheel-mounted audio controls, while top-of-the-line LTZ models add optional lane departure warning and forward collision alert safety features. Additionally, four-cylinder models sold in most states are now E85 capable.

According to Chevrolet, the 2012 Equinox is already arriving at dealers with a base price of $24,260 including destination - around $500 more than last year's model.
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Jeffrey Archer is fortunate to have turned a passion for cars into a career. His wide-ranging automotive experience includes work for automakers and dealers in addition to covering the news. When not writing, he spends his time searching for unique cars on AutoTrader.com.

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