The weather appears to be cooling off. Okay. Maybe not everywhere just yet. But the Pumpkin Spice Lattes help out with the Autumn mood. So, too, does the all-new Equinox, which Chevy fittingly unveiled on the fall equinox.
The 2018 Equinox takes the popular compact SUV and gives it a fresh take. The big change comes from the engine offerings. It will offer diesel. Yes. Diesel in the form of a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. It creates 136-horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Chevy gives it an estimated 40 miles on the highway.
No worries if diesel isn’t your thing. It will offer two other gasoline engines. You can choose between a 1.5-liter or 2.0-liter turbo. Both pair with GM’s new nine-speed automatic transmission.
No matter what engine you get, expect fuel economy to improve. The Equinox drops 400 pounds. That cuts weight 10 percent from the current model. The available AWD even seeks fuel economy. It tracks conditions and disconnects the rear axle when not needed.
The new design lines mirror the ones seen on the new Volt, Malibu, and Cruze. They’re lean and sculpted. A complex flowing feel reflecting plenty of time in the wind tunnel. The lines pair with chrome accents on all trim levels. LED daytime running lights come standard.
The inside lowers the instrument panel for better viewing. It offers either a 7- or 8-inch MyLink infotainment system. Both have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The rear seats use a special “kneeling” design. It allows for a flat rear load floor. Cargo space maxes at 63.5 cubic-feet. Plenty of room for a trip and nice for the groceries.
Available safety tech includes Teen Driver, Safety Alert Seat, Surround Vision, Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator, Rear Seat Reminder, Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The Equinox stands as Chevrolet’s second best selling vehicle. Silverado takes the number one slot. Customers have bought over 2 million models since its launch. The new 2018 model will take over in the first quarter of 2017.