...High-profile SUVs are going through dramatic transformations. The Ford Explorer arguably touched off the SUV boom when it was first launched nearly two decades ago. But the next-generation model will drop its heavy truck-based platform in favor of a lighter, nimbler and more fuel-efficient passenger car-based “architecture.” Several other models have traveled this route, including the Mercedes-Benz M-Class.
So-called crossover-utility vehicles, or CUVs, have gained significant momentum in the last couple years. While they sacrifice some off-road capabilities, explained Hall, that doesn’t matter to the typical buyer, who is more likely to want all-wheel drive to navigate snowy suburban streets rather than California's Rubicon Trail. On the whole, crossovers deliver better handling and, in many cases, far better fuel economy than their “two-box” shapes might suggest.
Upcoming advertising for the completely redesigned 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, for example, will heavily promote its 32 mpg highway rating — with the base inline, four-cylinder engine. “We’ll be in the sweet spot if fuel prices keep rising,” said program chief Bob Reuter.
The last Chevy Equinox I checked out gave a highway mileage rating of 25 MPG... not bad considering the vehicle's shape and size. To hear of 32 MPG on that type of rig is something to get excited about.
G.M., you're moving in the right direction!
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