Two of GM’s most popular crossovers have been slated to become electrified. The Chevrolet Equinox and GM Terrain models are going to be equipped with GM’s eAssist. This simple technology has generated promising fuel gains without the steep cost.
“The logic behind the move is less about fuel economy and more about manufacturing. Because the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is launching exclusively with the eAssist system, GM knows that the eAssist variant (dubbed Malibu Eco) will see a sizable decline in demand once the car’s all-new 2.5-liter engine is made available later in 2012 as a cheaper alternative. In an attempt to ward off sharp spikes and declines in eAssist production, GM has decided to just go ahead and expand the technology to the Equinox and Terrain.