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The modern automobiles are littered with innovative features and technology that either increases the level of comfort in the machine or makes its operation more efficient and safer. For most consumers, the level of kit that a vehicle has on offer does factor in quite heavily when deciding on a new purchase, but are there any features that are so troublesome to a consumer that could act as a deal-breaker?
Well, if a lot of Chevrolet enthusiasts are to be believed- they hate nothing more than the Automatic Engine Start Stop implementation that Chevrolet has put in their modern vehicles, especially in the Chevrolet Equinox. For the readers who are not aware of the technology, Automatic Engine Start-Stop is a feature that is primarily designed for increasing the fuel efficiency of a vehicle. It lowers idling times as it shuts off the vehicle’s engine in a suitable environment such as a traffic light or stops sign only to bring it back to life as soon as the driver pulls off their foot from the brake or depresses the clutch(in case of a manual transmission). This sounds like a very ingenious solution to most, but the real-world application has proven to be a little irritating, to say the least for a lot of consumers, and the fact that they can’t turn it off- You get the point!
Many consumers have been continuously agitated at the fact that there has been no way to effectively turn off the undesired feature unless one takes taxing measures like starting up the engine with the hood open, which turns of the start-stop functionality until the next start-up sequence, which isn’t a convenient solution. To the people that have not pulled the trigger on buying an Equinox simply because of the said irritation, I have news that would call for a celebration.
The new 2021 Chevrolet Equinox alongside the GMC Terrain is going to come with a factory-fitted defeat switch for the Automatic Start-Stop, which would enable the driver to disable it if they so desire. This change has been evident in the 2021 Equinox that had recently debuted at the Chicago Auto Show. The brand spanking new Chevy now comes with a pretty distinctly sized button that is sat smack bang in the middle of the dashboard right alongside the hazard lights switch. It has also been made public that the deactivation switch shall be available on both the base turbocharged 1.5L LYX inline four-cylinder engine, as well as the optional turbocharged 2.0L LTG inline four-cylinder.
For many, this news is going to come as a great relief as the consumer feedback for most automatic start-stop features have been somewhat of a mixed bag, it is quite tricky for manufacturers to engineer a sound system that would be more of a help than an intrusion. Up until the time that the automatic start-stop is engineered to perfection, it is better off to leave the decision in the hands of the consumer whether to get used to it or turn it off and never look at it again.
Anuron Deka is a passionate driver whose love for cars can only be matched by his passion for writing. Hence naturally, after obtaining a Master’s degree in Engineering, he migrated to a job that lets him explore both of his passions.
Apart from cars, he is a hardcore soccer lover and an aspiring chef. His club is Manchester United and has been religiously following the club since David Beckham was a Red Devil. He loves exploring foods from all across the world. What he loves more is cooking them.