The next-gen Equinox is here and it can be had with a diesel in North America

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The second-generation Chevy Equinox hit showrooms for the 2010 model year and went through a refresh for the 2016 model year. Despite the refresh, the second-gen model is due to be replaced for 2018 and GM has finally spilled the beans. The next-gen model sports a revised exterior to go with a new engine line-up that also includes the only diesel engine available in the in compact SUV segment in North America. On top of this, it’s the first member of the Chevy family to get an all-turbocharged, multi-engine lineup. A handful of safety features are available, there’s a new surround camera to talk about, and interior cargo space has increased to 63.5 cubic-feet with the rear seats folded down. It should also be noted that through 2016, the Equinox was a midsize SUV, but for 2017 it has been classified as a compact.

With the Equinox being Chevy’s second best seller, only beat by the Chevy Silverado, it’s not too surprising that Chevy is ushering in a new generation just one year after the face-lifted model made its debut. Of course, because of this, there aren’t as many exterior changes as we’re used to seeing with generational shifts. And, while GM is calling this a 2018 model, it will go on sale in the first few months of 2017. With that said, let’s hurry up and take a good look at this model before Chevy announces a 2019 model.

Updated 09/23/2016: Chevrolet dropped the official details on the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Equinox.


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Let me start out by saying that it looks like the Equinox has been hitting the gym lately. The hood is more muscular now as is the front fascia. But, while it’s biceps and abs are looking good, the fenders are nowhere near as wide as they once were, so it’s pretty clear that the Equinox has been skipping leg day for quite some time. As I said before, the hood is more muscular but, it doesn’t wrap around the front quite as much making more room for an upper grille of sorts. Instead of having that stand alone vent and the grille with a bowtie in between, the emblem is now mounted to that upper grille while is now chromed out.

Overall, the body has a more modernized look and is a massive improvement over the current model.

That upper grille makes direct contact with the radiator grille that now features a wider frame and large rectangular mesh. The lower part of the fascia still has that weird cladding, but the air dam is now butted up directly to the bottom of the fascia. The fog lamps are about half as wide as they were before which gives them a more recessed look and adds a little more character to the front end. The headlights are now thinner and sleeker, coming to a sharp point at the radiator grille and a sharp point at the fender. It’s a more modern look and a massive improvement over the current model.

Moving over to the sides, I’m a little saddened by the lack of character around the wheel wells. What was once a muscular commanding appearance is now boring and flat. There is a small contour line follows that of the wheel arches, but it’s rather lame, to be honest. The same body line that runs parallel to the axis of the door handles and the contour line just above that cladding carries over from the current model. The cladding on the bottom has also been toned down quite a bit. The side view mirrors are a bit thinner than on the current model while the stationary glass in the rear door gets a new, more defined look.

Walking around to the rear of the new Equinox, we can spot a number of changes. The most noticeable being that the roof is now sloped downward in the rear by a couple of degrees. This gives the rear end more of a crossover look as opposed to the commanding SUV look of the current model. Next up, there is no pillar separating the rear quarter glass and the glass of the hatch. Instead, the two glass panels almost meet up with the hatch having sides integrated into the rear overhang. It is a much cleaner look and gives the rear end a sense of depth. Still, it takes away from that SUV look. Down below, the rear hatch takes on a new look with a redesigned plate recess that is stylish and sleek. The headlights are much smaller now and are two piece units. The cladding on the rear fascia, like the rest of the cladding, has been toned down some, leveling out the aggressive nature that we’ve been used to. The car you see in the images here is sporting the same wheels found on the current model, so nothing new to report in that department.

Side-by-side comparison

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The Competition

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The compact SUV segment is excessively competitive with more options to choose from than you can count on two hands. One could argue that some of the stiffest competition comes from models like the Ford Escape (left,) the Toyota RAV4 (right,) and even the Mitsubishi Outlander (center.)

The Ford Escape recently went through a minor facelift for 2017 that gave it a much better and more modern look compared to the 2016 model. Compared to the new Equinox, the Escape is quite similar. It has a large radiator grille up front with Chrome trim, and a wide mouth air dam down below. The fog lights are even recessed into the corners of the fascia, with the recesses featuring a similar display of body lines. As far as the side profile goes, the Escape is a little more sculpted, featuring dominate body lines and well-pronounced wheel arches. The rear quarter glass is more forward sitting than that of the Equinox, giving the Escape a sportier appearance overall. In the rear, both models have a hatch that reminds of a minivan, but the Equinox has that wraparound-looking rear quarter glass that makes it look wider from the rear end.

Moving over to the Toyota Rav 4 gets you a more modern look with short, wide openings for radiator air flow. The fog lights on the Rav4 are also recessed dramatically into the fascia but are flanked by the wildly sculpted body lines of the front fascia. The side profile of the Rav4 provides a somewhat boxy appearance thanks to the sharp upper body line and the flat-topped wrap-around taillights. Of particular note here is that the body of the Rav4 is actually wider below the waistline. Around back, the Rav4 is quite sporty. It doesn’t remind so much of a minivan back here, and the taillights are unique compared to other models in this segment. A long overhang at the top of the hatch adds just a little extra character to an interesting design.

Then you’ve got the Mitsubishi Outlander. It recently went through a facelift for the 2016 model year and is expected to see a generational shift in the next couple of years. For now, however, the Outlander has a pretty unique design compared to the other models in this segment. The radiator grille and air dam are kind of mishmashed together and separated by a gloss black insert, while the lower edges of the headlights and the outside edges of the grille are outlined in a thick chrome strip. Like the Equinox, the side profile is pretty mundane with light body lines and little flaring around the wheel arches. In the rear, you’ll find massive taillight units that are divided between the rear quarter panels and the rear hatch. There is no overhang above the rear hatch, but the lower fascia sports a big piece of black cladding with recessed reverse lights and reflectors. A small body-colored insert resides at the very body to provide a bit of contrast.

Mitsubishi Outlander Ford Escape Toyota RAV4 Chevrolet Equinox
Wheelbase (Inches) 105.1 105.9 104.7 107.3
Length (Inches) 184.8 178.1 183.5 183.1
Width (Inches) 71.3 72.4 72.6 72.6
Height (Inches) 67.3 66.3 67.1 65.4


While the outside sports some welcome changes, the inside isn’t exactly anything to write home about. There are some good changes, but there are some bad changes as well. The first thing I noticed is that the dash isn’t as stylish anymore. It sports the same overall look, but it’s now exaggerated and bigger than before. This takes away from the wraparound look that worked so well in the 2016 model. The center stack has been revised and is now shorter than before now that the dash is more upright. A seven- or eight-inch MyLink infotainment system is available on all models and now protrudes from the center stack just a bit instead of being recessed. The bezel around the infotainment system has been dumbed down quite a bit with silver surrounding just the center vents which have also been slightly redesigned.

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A seven- or eight-inch MyLink infotainment system is available on all models and now protrudes from the center stack just a bit instead of being recessed.

Down below, the center console has a familiar look. You’ve got the gear shifter on the left and a pair of cup holders positioned on the right. The storage area ahead of the shifter is still in place, however, it’s not as tall before and is a little bit wider. The armrest that doubles as a lid to the rear console area is now stitched in the middle. I don’t know what Chevy was thinking here, as this isn’t very appealing at all compared to the armrest on the current model.

Ahead of the driver’s seat, the steering wheel took on some updates. The center up has been reshaped and is no longer square while the buttons on the left and right spokes have also been revised. The trim around the buttons is now thinner and shinier than before. The bottom spoke isn’t quite as wide and is no longer hollow in the middle. Head of the steering wheel is a revised instrument cluster. It still features the same two small gauges in the top, middle, and two larger, outside gauges for engine and vehicle speed. The driver information center in the middle is now wider and is now rectangular. Because of this, all of the gauges are spread farther apart. It makes the area in front of the driver seem a little more open despite the fact that the dash is now larger than before.

As far as features go, the interior is available in various upholstery options, including a denim-style seat fabric. The rear has a “kneeling” rear seat, which means that the seats fold flat into the floor. Apparently, Chevy decided to catch up with everyone else in that regard. Apple CarPlay and Android auto are included with both MyLink systems, while an OnStar 4G LTE hotspot is available at a premium. Cargo room for the rear is rated at 63.5 cubic-feet with the seats folded down. In comparison, the Honda CR-V offers 70.9 cubic-feet and the CX-5 offers 64.8 with the seats folded.

Side-by-side comparison

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Competing Designs

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The inside of the Ford Escape is actually a pretty pleasing place to be. The dash features sharp, sculpted designs that scream uniqueness while also transitioning into the door trim panels almost seamlessly. The infotainment system is recessed into the center stack, but the controls are located just below on a little plateau that is somewhat difficult to use when driving. As is the usual case, the rear seats fold down for extra cargo room, and upholstery can be had in leather on higher trim levels. Ford’s Sync3 infotainment system comes standard, and can be equipped with Sync Connect – a feature that allows you to track your vehicle from a mobile device and control certain features like locking/unlocking and starting the engine. Sirius XM and Navigation with Sirius Traffic is also available as an option.

Moving over to the Toyota Rav4 you get a completely different monster as far as the interior goes. The dash is flat on top but features a contrasting insert on the edge that also houses a clock and the hazard button. The infotainment display is built into the center stack and is flanked by a rectangular vent on each side. Like the Escape, the controls for the infotainment system are located just below the screen, but they are angled downward a bit, ultimately making it easier to access them. A 6.1-inch screen is standard while a seven-inch screen can be had if you’re willing to pay for it. Navigation can be had on any trim, but on lower trim levels, it’s offered via the use of Scout GPS Link – a mobile app that will send navigation information from your phone to the system. All told, it’s not a bad setup, but you have to go with the higher trim levels if you want something worth writing home about.

The Mitsubishi Outlander has an inviting cabin, but it’s a little dated compared to models like the Chevy Equinox and Ford Escape. The Outlander comes standard with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display that has an integrated rear-view camera. Hands-free Link System with Bluetooth connectivity is also standard. Moving up from the entry-level model gets you a seven-inch display, push-button start, heated front seats, and connectivity via Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Moving up to the SEL trim will get you leather upholstery and 8-way adjustable front seats, and there’s also a 710-Watt Rockford-Fosgate audio system with a total of nine speakers, one of which is a subwoofer. As usual, the rear seats fold down for extra cargo room. All told, most of the models in this segment offer similar amenities, so it really comes down to what interior you really like the best and your preference in audio systems.

Mitsubishi Outlander Ford Escape Toyota RAV4 Chevrolet Equinox
Headroom front/rear (Inches) 40.6/38.4 39.9/39 39.8/38.9 40.0/38.5
Legroom front/rear (Inches) 40.9/37.3 43.1/37.3 42.6/37.2 40.9/39.7
Shoulder room front/rear (Inches) 56.6/56.1 55.9/55.2 57.3/55.4 57.2/55.5
Hip room front/rear (Inches) 52.6/51.7 54.5/52.4 54.3/48.9 54.2/51.7
Cargo volume (Cubic feet) 63.3 68 73.4 63.5


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The drivetrain department is actually pretty big news for the Equinox. Not only is it the first Chevy model to feature a fully turbocharged multi-engine lineup, but it’s also the first time a turbodiesel has been offered in the compact SUV segment here in North America. Starting the engine lineup is a 1.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder. The engine comes from Chevy’s Ecotec family, uses direct injection and GM estimates that it delivers 170 horsepower. Word has it that it can achieve 31 mpg on the highway in FWD form, however, that has yet to be verified by the EPA. The other gasoline drinker is an optional 2.0-liter four-banger that, according to GM, comes with 252 horsepower on tap – not bad for a compact SUV. Torque figures have yet to be released, but 90 percent of the engine’s torque is said to be available from 2,000 to 5,600 rpm while maximum torque comes in between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm.

And, on the diesel front – boy that feels weird to say for a Chevy SUV – there is a 1.6-liter turbodiesel that pumps out 136 horsepower between 3,500 and 4,000 rpm and 236 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm. This engine features a variable-geometry turbo and stop/start technology that helps it achieve up to 40 mpg on the highway. That 2.0-liter gasoline engine is said to only push 28 mpg on the highway, so this diesel promises to be the most fuel efficient of them all.

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With a wide range of power output and fuel economy from these engine options, there's a choice for everybody

With all of this said, there are a few other things to talk about here. First, when equipped with that 2.0-liter, the new Equinox can pull up to 3,500 pounds, which requires a V-6 in the current model. Power delivery is handled by GM’s new nine-speed automatic transmission and all models can be had with “Switchable AWD.” Remember how I said the Equinox had been going to the gym? Well, I wasn’t lying. The new model has lost nearly 400 pounds, which is a sizeable decrease of 10 percent over the current model. In comparison, the CR-V offers a maximum towing capacity of just 1,500 pounds, while the CX-5 can pull 2,000 pounds.

Compared to the competition, the Equinox has at least a little bit going for it. Neither the Mazda CX-5 or the Honda CR-V are available with a diesel engine here in the U.S. The CR-V brings just 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque to the party. Fuel economy can be as good as 29 mpg in the Honda with a CVT Transmission. The CX-5 comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-banger that offers up 184 horsepower. While that’s a little underpowered compared to GM’s smaller 2.0-liter, the CX-5 is able to obtain an EPA-estimated 35 mpg on the highway which is quite a bit better than that of the that of the gasoline-powered Equinox, but is beat out by the underpowered diesel with its expected 40 mpg.

Chevrolet Equinox 1.5 Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 Chevrolet Equinox 1.6 Diesel
Engine 1.5-liter turbo DOHC DI 2.0-liter turbo DOHC DI 1.6-liter turbo-diesel
Horsepower 170 HP 252 HP 136 HP
Torque 203 LB-FT 260 LB-FT 236 LB-FT
Transmission Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic Hydra-Matic 9T50 nine-speed automatic Hydra-Matic 6T45 six-speed automatic
Weight 3,327 Lbs TBA TBA
Towing Capacity TBA TBA TBA
Fuel economy highway 31 28 40

The Competition

The Ford Escape can be had with one of three engines. The entry-level model comes with a 2.5-liter that delivers 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. It achieves 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway but is only available with a front-wheel-drive layout. Moving up the trim line, the next option is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost unit with auto start/stop functionality. It produces 179 horsepower and 177 pond-feet of torque and can be had in front-wheel drive or with Ford’s Intelligent 4WD system. Finally, there’s the 2.0-liter Twin-Scroll EcoBoost with the same start/stop functionality but even better power output with 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque on tap. All three engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Moving over to the Toyota Rav4 means you don’t really get a choice of what engine lies under the hood. The standard unit across all trim levels is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that delivers 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. There is an XLE Hybrid trim level that combines the same engine and has a net system rating of 194 horsepower (Toyota really went out of their way with that electric motor, huh?) Typical fuel economy is rated at 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, but the HLE Hybrid can manage 34 mpg in the city (its highway rating remains unchanged at 30 mpg.) Non-hybrid models can pull a near-pointless 1,500 pounds while the XLE hybrid can do an extra 250 pounds. For the record, the range-topping Rav4 SE isn’t set up for towing, so you better look elsewhere if you want to pull anything at all.

If you’re considering the Mitsubishi Outlander, you’ll probably find a large number of them on the lot with a 2.4-liter four-banger that delivers 166 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. This engine manages to pull 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway for all three lower trim levels. All three lower trim levels also come standard with front-wheel drive but can be had with Mitsubishi’s all-wheel-control system. On a side note, the Outlander can also be had in GT 3.0 S-AWC form, which comes with a 3.0-liter V-6 that has 224 horsepower and 215 pound-feet on tap and all-wheel drive as standard equipment. Fuel economy is rated at 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

Mitsubishi Outlander Mitsubishi Outlander GT Ford Escape Ford Escape Ford Escape Toyota RAV4
Engine 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder 3.0-liter V-6 2.5L iVCT 1.5L EcoBoost® with Auto Start-Stop 2.0L Twin-Scroll EcoBoost 2.5-liter, four-cylinder
Horsepower 16 HP @ 6,000 RPM 224 HP @ 6,250 RPM 168 HP @ 6,000 RPM 179 HP @ 6,000 RPM 245 HP @ 5,500 RPM 176 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 162 LB-FT @ 4,200 RPM 215 LB-FT @ 3,750 RPM 170 LB-FT @ 4,500 RPM 177 LB-FT @ 2,500 RPM 275 LB-FT @ 3,000 RPM 172 LB-FT @ 4,100 RPM
Transmission CVT CVT 6-speed SelectShift® Automatic 6-speed SelectShift® Automatic 6-speed SelectShift® Automatic 6-speed ECT-i automatic
Weight 3,351 Lbs 3,626 Lbs 3,552 Lbs 3,526 Lbs 3,613 Lbs 3,455 Lbs
Towing Capacity 1,500 Lbs 3,500 Lbs 1,500 Lbs 2,000 LBs 3,500 Lbs 1,500 Lbs
Fuel economy city/highway/combined 25/30/27 20/27/23 21/29/24 23/30/26 22/29/25 23/30/26


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While safety is a big topic these days, and it should be, GM doesn’t like to include safety features as optional equipment. This is why there is such a long list of safety equipment that is “available.” These features include GM’s new Surround Vision camera which allows the driver to view the entire perimeter of the vehicle by looking at the infotainment screen. There’s also a new Safety Alert Seat, Forward Collision Alert with Distance Indicator, Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure, Lane Change Alert with Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

While these features may not come as standard, when properly equipped, they’ll beat out safety options available from Mazda in the CX-5, which at the time of this writing, doesn’t offer any autonomous features or alerts. If you go with a Honda CR-V, you can get a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera on all models, while a Collision Mitigation Braking system, Forward Collision Warning system, and Lane Departure Warning System is only available as standard on the CR-V Touring, but can he had with the Honda Sensing Package on some of the other trim levels.


The 2018 Equinox has officially been given an MSRP of $24,475 in its entry-level form. That’s a price increase of $1,375 over the 2017 model. That price includes the destination charge but doesn’t include things like tax, title, and whatever fees the dealership wants to add onto the total cost of the car. In comparison, the Mitsubishi Outlander starts out at $23,495 while you can get into a Toyota Rav4 for as little as $24,910 or the Ford Escape for $23,600. Competition is tight in this segment, so if pricing is really what motivates you, the Outlander or Escape will be the cheaper options. But, you might find yourself willing to pay a little more for the amenities available in the new Equinox or the Rav4.


Honda CR-V

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The Honda CR-V was refreshed for the 2015 model year, which means we should be seeing the next-gen model around the same time we see the new Equinox makes its debut. The CR-V, like the Equinox, is available in front-wheel or all-wheel-drive form, features seating for up to five passengers, and offers similar cargo room. On the outside, the CR-V has a sportier look compared to the current Equinox and features an upscale interior comparable to that of more expensive SUVs on the market.

Here in the U.S, the CR-V is available with just one engine: a 2.4-liter, i-VTEC that delivers 185 horsepower, 181 pound-feet of torque, and a combined fuel economy of 29 mpg in front-wheel drive with a CVT transmission. As of the time of this writing, the CR-V starts out at $23,745 for the entry-level, two-wheel-drive LX trim and can cost as much as $33,395 for the range-topping Touring trim with all-wheel drive and a CVT transmission with sport mode.

Read our full review on the Honda CR-V here.

Mazda CX-5

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The Mazda CX-5 is a baby in the SUV market, being introduced as a brand new model for the 2013 model year. It went through its mid-cycle refresh for the 2016 model year, so we should be seeing the second-gen CX-5 around the same time we see the next-gen CR-V and Equinox as well. Until that happens, the current CX-5 features a sporty and pleasing exterior with a sleek profile and gentle body language. Inside, the current model isn’t quite as upscale as the CR-V or the Equinox, and the infotainment screen just sticks out like a sore thumb. With that said, the CX-5 is still in its first generation, so the next-gen model should bring some significant improvements.

Under the hood, the current CX-5 is available with a 2.0-liter, SKYACTIV-G, four-cylinder or a 2.5-liter, SKYACTIV-G, six-cylinder. Power for the four-banger sits at 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque, while its larger counterpart delivers 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet. As of the time of this writing, the CX-5 starts out at $21,795 for the entry-level Sport trim, climbs to $25,215 for the mid-level Touring trim, and commands $28,570 for the range-topping Grand Touring trim.

Read our full review on the Mazda CX-5 here.


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And there you have it. You now know all about the new Equinox as well as some of its primary competitors. Choosing which one is best for you might be tough, but it will really come down to what you want to do with it. If you’re going to be hauling a lot of cargo, your best bet is the CR-V as it offers quite a bit more room. If you want something really stylish, the Mazda really wins the battle at this point. On the towing front, you really want to go with the Equinox as it beats out the competition by as much as 1,500 pounds when equipped with that 2.0-liter. Then again, if you just want a family hauler, you could go with any of the models we’ve discussed here. Pricing wise, it’s really so close, it’s probably best to look at the available technologies and capabilities to get the best model for your lifestyle.

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Press Release

Photo Credit: Chevrolet

Call it the right balance. On the autumnal equinox today, Chevrolet introduced the all-new 2018 Equinox, a fresh and modern SUV sized and designed to meet the needs of the compact SUV customer.

“We’ve got the strongest truck business in the industry and we’ve reinvigorated our car lineup with Volt, Cruze and Malibu,” said Alan Batey, Global Chevrolet president. “We’re applying the same customer focus to grow our crossover/SUV business — starting with the Chevrolet Equinox.”

Today’s compact SUV customers want a vehicle that meets all of their needs, from design, connectivity and safety perspectives. The Equinox delivers on all fronts, starting with its fresh new design and all-new propulsion systems.

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Fresh, new design
The new Equinox’s expressive exterior has a lean, muscular skin echoing the global Chevrolet design cues and sculpted shapes seen in the Volt, Malibu and Cruze. Extensive aero development in the wind tunnel influenced the sleek shape.

It is a richer, more detailed design featuring chrome trim on all models and Malibu-inspired styling. Projector-beam headlamps are standard, along with LED daytime running lamps. At the rear, horizontal taillamps emphasize the Equinox’s wide stance, while uplevel models feature LED taillamps.

“Customers who previewed the vehicle early on had a strong emotional response to the sleek and sophisticated exterior design,” said John Cafaro, executive director, GM Design. “Those same themes are carried through to the interior, making the space beautifully intuitive.”

The interior takes advantage of the Equinox’s all-new architecture to offer a down-and-away instrument panel, while a low windshield base provides a commanding outward view. New elements such as available denim-style seat fabric blend high style with high durability, while a new “kneeling” rear seat enhances functionality. With it, the bottom cushions tilt forward when the split-folding seatbacks are lowered, allowing a flat floor for easier loading.

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The 2018 Equinox offers purposeful technology that helps keep passengers safe, comfortable and connected.

Chevrolet’s latest connectivity technologies are front and center, including 7- and 8-inch-diagonal MyLink infotainment systems designed to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is subject to their terms, privacy statements and data plan rates, as well as a compatible smartphone.)

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The Equinox offers a comprehensive suite of available active safety technologies and adaptive crash-avoidance features that provide ease of use and peace of mind on the road.

Teen Driver is also offered, allowing parents to set controls and review an in-vehicle report card in order to encourage safer driving habits, even when they are not in the vehicle.

Available advanced active safety features to enhance driver awareness on the road include radar- and camera-based adaptive technologies that can provide alerts to potential crash threats, allowing the driver to react and make changes to avoid them, including:

New Safety Alert Seat
New Surround Vision
New Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator
New Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
New Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
New Rear Seat Reminder
Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
Rear Cross Traffic Alert

Turbocharged engines and more
A range of three turbocharged engines — including the compact SUV segment’s first turbo-diesel in North America — provides customers more choices when it comes to performance, efficiency and capability in the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.

They include a 1.5L turbo, a 2.0L turbo — matched with GM’s new nine-speed automatic transmission — and a 1.6L turbo-diesel.

“With three choices, customers can select an engine that offers more of the attributes that are important to them: efficiency, performance and capability,” said Dan Nicholson, vice president, Global Propulsion Systems. “The advantage for each is the power of a larger engine and the efficiency of a smaller engine.”

The new Equinox is the first Chevrolet model in North America to use an all-turbocharged, multi-engine powertrain lineup. That includes the expected segment-exclusive 1.6L turbo-diesel that will offer customers excellent efficiency and capability.

“It is an all-new SUV from the ground up and one that takes on the industry’s biggest competitors with a stronger architecture, greater efficiency and more technology,” said Rick Spina, executive chief engineer. “And it looks great doing it.”

Additional vehicle highlights:

Approximately 400 pounds (180 kg) lighter than the current model — a 10 percent weight reduction
Switchable AWD system that enhances efficiency by disconnecting from the rear axle when not needed
Unique kneeling rear seat that enables a flat rear load floor and up to 63.5 cubic feet (1,798 liters) of maximum cargo space

Equinox sales have reached more than 2 million since its launch and it is Chevrolet’s second-best retail selling vehicle, after the Silverado.

The 2018 Equinox goes on sale in the first quarter of 2017 in North America. It rolls out to approximately 115 additional global markets later in the year.

A range of three turbocharged engines — including the segment’s first turbo-diesel — provides customers more choices when it comes to performance, efficiency and capability in the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.

The engines include a 1.5L turbo, an available 2.0L turbo — matched with GM’s new nine-speed automatic transmission — and an available 1.6L turbo-diesel.

“With three choices, customers can select an engine that offers more of the attributes that are important to them: efficiency, performance and capability,” said Dan Nicholson, vice president, Global Propulsion Systems. “The advantage for each is the power of a larger engine and the fuel economy of a smaller engine.”

The new Equinox is the first Chevrolet model in North America to offer an all-turbocharged, multi-engine propulsion lineup.

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1.5L turbo offers excellent fuel economy

The 2018 Equinox’s 1.5L turbo offers a GM-estimated 31 mpg highway (FWD). It is GM estimated at 170 hp (127 kW) and is part of GM’s family of Ecotec small-displacement engines, featuring direct injection.

2.0L turbo raises the performance bar

An available 2.0L turbo offers a higher degree of performance, GM-estimated 252 hp (188 kw) and a wide torque band for strong pulling power and acceleration. It also offers a GM-estimated 28 mpg on the highway (FWD).

Ninety percent of the engine’s peak torque is available from 2,000 to 5,600 rpm, along with maximum torque from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. That strong, sustained torque production helps the new Equinox offer a 3,500-pound (1,585 kg) max trailering capacity that is equal to the current model’s capacity with the available V-6 engine.

1.6L turbo-diesel: max efficiency and capability

The 2018 Equinox is slated to be the only competitor in the North American compact SUV segment with a diesel choice for customers seeking the ultimate in fuel economy and SUV capability. It is expected to offer a GM-estimated 40 mpg highway.

The 1.6L turbo-diesel is an all-new design, with output estimated at 136 hp (101 kW) at 3,500 to 4,000 rpm and 236 lb.-ft. of torque (320 Nm) at 2,000 rpm. A variable-geometry turbocharger helps generate a broad torque band that makes the engine very responsive at low rpm. It also features stop/start technology and is one of the industry’s most refined diesels.

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Turbocharging and Chevrolet

Turbocharging uses the force of exhaust gases exiting the engine to drive an air compressor that packs more air into the engine than it would draw naturally, for a more potent combustion that generates greater power.

The system generates little or no boost in light-load conditions, for small-engine efficiency. More power is only a press of the gas pedal away, as the turbo generates boost under heavier loads to provide larger-engine performance on demand.

In addition to the new Equinox, Chevrolet in North America offers turbocharged gas engines on Camaro, Cruze, Malibu, Sonic and Trax, while Duramax turbo-diesel engines are available on Colorado and Silverado HD.

New nine-speed automatic

The 2.0L turbo is paired with GM’s all-new 9T50 nine-speed automatic transmission, which features a higher 7.6:1 overall ratio to enhance efficiency. Smaller steps between the gears (compared to six-speed designs) enhance refinement.

An on-axis design, where all the gears are in line with the crankshaft, and GM’s first application of a selectable one-way clutch help reduce the package size of the 9T50, making it roughly the same size as a six-speed transmission.

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox goes on sale spring 2017, with the 2.0L turbo and 1.6L turbo-diesel offered starting in summer 2017.

Crossover customers want a vehicle that can manage everything from comfort and connectivity to efficient performance and safety. The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox delivers on all counts — especially when it comes to protecting its passengers.

The Equinox offers a suite of active safety technologies and adaptive crash-avoidance features that help provide peace of mind on the road for adults as well as new teen drivers.

Teen Driver technology allows parents to set certain vehicle controls and review an in-vehicle report card with their teens, helping to encourage safe driving habits.

“The Chevrolet Equinox ramps up its awareness and protection capability with an even broader range of available technologies designed to assist drivers in everyday situations,” said Ray Kiefer, General Motors Active Safety technical fellow. “From daily driving to parking and crash avoidance, it can help the occupants avoid trouble altogether.”

Available advanced active safety features to enhance driver awareness on the road include radar- and camera-based adaptive technologies that can provide alerts or warnings about potential threats, allowing the driver to react and make changes to possibly avoid them, including:

New Safety Alert Seat
New Surround Vision
New Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator
New Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
New Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
New Rear Seat Reminder
Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
Rear Cross Traffic Alert

The all-new Equinox’s expanded safety features are rooted in a stronger body structure and a range of available advanced driver safety assistance features. New for 2018 is Surround Vision, a technology that provides a literal look at the 2018 Equinox’s perimeter. This available system uses strategically located cameras on all sides of the vehicle to provide a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the vehicle, helping drivers quickly view the surrounding area at a glance for more confident maneuvering when reversing, parking or trailering.

Equinox models without Surround Vision offer a standard rear-vision camera system.

IntelliBeam headlamps are also new, offering automatic high-beam control.

When it comes to traditional passive safety features, there are six standard air bags, including frontal driver and passenger air bags; roof rail-mounted head curtain side air bags that help protect the front and outboard rear seating positions; and front-seat-mounted side-impact air bags.

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Additional safety features include:

Front passenger seat occupant sensing system; rollover sensing and protection system
Collapsible pedal assembly to help protect against lower-extremity injuries
Three-point safety belts in all five seating positions, safety belt retractor pretensioners and lap pretensioners in the driver- and front-passenger positions, and front safety belt load limiters
LATCH child seat latching system in the rear seat
Tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lamps

All of the Equinox’s crash-avoiding and passenger-protecting technologies are built into a stronger body structure that incorporates high-strength steel in key areas to help prevent intrusion into the passenger compartment.

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