Detroit, Michigan – General Motors has announced that the redesigned 2010 Chevrolet Equinox will be offered with a choice of two new direct-injected (DI) engines that will make more power, yet use less fuel than the engines they replace.

The Equinox will be available with a 2.4-litre four-cylinder or 3.0-litre V6. GM said that the 2.4-litre will deliver the estimated equivalent of 7.8 L/100 km in highway driving, placing it at the top of its segment for that figure.

The Equinox will join a growing roster of direct-injected vehicles from GM, including the all-new 2010 Cadillac SRX crossover and 2010 Buick Allure/LaCrosse sedan. All three will debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The company said that for the 2010 model year, it will offer more DI models in North America than any other manufacturer. In the 2009 model year, it will have six engines in 18 models in global markets with DI.

“We first introduced direct injection in North America in the 2007 Saturn Sky Red Line and the Pontiac Solstice GXP,” said Tom Stephens, executive vice-president, GM Global Powertrain and Global Quality. “We’ve been rolling out the technology across our portfolio as quickly as we can, so that our customers will have additional fuel savings options. Direct injection is a state-of-the-art engineering solution, because it enables improved fuel economy and lower emissions without sacrificing power.”

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