Chevy showed off two 2018 model prototypes at this year’s LA Auto Show. The gray model with standard projector-beam headlamps, LED daytime running lamps and horizontal taillights is the model closest to production.
All in all, from our first up close look, the SUV has a bit more personality and look more modern than its predecessor. The cabin is roomier, too, with a new denim-style fabric along with a new flat-folding rear seat. From our look inside the pre-production model the windshield is lower which offers a better view from the driver’s seat.
The big news with the powertrain is the 1.6-liter turbo diesel, the first diesel offering in its segment. Chevrolet hopes the diesel will deliver 40-mpgs. There is also an available 1.5-liter or 2.0-liter turbo engine. All three engines are mated to a new 9-speed transmission.
Structurally, Chevy notes the Equinox is lighter than the older model, shedding about 400 pounds.
As far as infotainment goes, the SUV gets Chevy’s MyLink system with either a 7- or 8-inch screen. It’s compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can also spring for a 4G LTE modem with Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity.
Added safety features include lane keep assist, forward collision alert, low sped forward automatic braking and rear park assist. The SUV will also be equipped with GM’s new rear-seat safety reminder. It’s an effort to help parents remember to check for their kids in the back seat.
The new Equinox will go on sale in early 2017.