Only the 1.5-liter engine will be available at first, with a 2.0-liter and a diesel to arrive later on.
It won’t be going on sale until next spring, but Chevrolet is eager to reveal the starting price of its brand new 2018 Equinox. The cheapest version money will buy is going to set you back $24,475 (including destination charges) for the entry-level L trim with the base 1.5-liter engine. Chevy rates the four-cylinder unit at around 170 horsepower (127 kilowatts) and 203 pound-feet (275 Newton-meters) delivered to the front axle via a six-speed automatic transmission enabling the overhauled crossover to return 31 miles per gallon on the highway.
Should the power of the 1.5-liter not be enough, a beefier 2.0-liter is going to be introduced in the second quarter of the year. That one will produce 252 hp (188 kW) and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) and is going to be linked to GM’s brand new nine-speed automatic transmission.
If fuel economy is what you’re after, the 1.6-liter diesel will be the engine to get also from Q2 2017 as it will enable the Equinox return an estimated 40 mpg highway. The motor churns 136 hp (101 kW) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) and will be available with a six-speed automatic. Chevy says FWD and AWD versions are going to be available, but it’s unclear at this point whether all four trims (L, LS, LT, Premier) will be available in both traction flavors.
We will have to wait for a while to find out full pricing information and all the technical details. At the moment of writing, we do know from Chevy the new Equinox has shaved off 400 pounds (181 kilograms) and it now tips the scales at 3,327 pounds (1,509 kg) in the lightest version. A plethora of safety and assistance systems like automatic braking, lane keep assist, and side blind zone alert will be offered, as will be a seven- or eight-inch MyLink infotainment with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and support for OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
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NEXT-GEN 2018 CHEVROLET EQUINOX STARTS AT $24,475
Crossover offers customers the perfect blend of design, technology and value
DETROIT — Chevrolet announced today that pricing for the next-generation 2018 Equinox will start at $24,475 when it goes on sale this spring. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price includes the destination charge but excludes tax, title and additional dealer fees.
Equinox offers a fresh, new design and technologies to help keep passengers comfortable and connected on the road.
“In a word, crossover customers want one thing: everything. From comfort and connectivity to efficient performance and safety, the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox delivers on all counts,” said Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers.
The 2018 Equinox will offer three turbocharged engines — including the segment’s first turbo-diesel — providing customers more choices when it comes to performance, efficiency and capability.
The standard 1.5L engine will be available at launch, with the 2.0L Turbo and diesel options available in the second quarter of 2017. The 2.0L engine will be coupled to GM’s new nine-speed automatic transmission, offering an exciting driving experience with more horsepower and torque.
The 2018 Equinox will be available in L, LS, LT and Premier trim levels, in FWD or AWD combinations.
Chevrolet’s connectivity technologies include a standard 7- and an available 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen with MyLink infotainment designed to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.*
The new Equinox offers an expanded range of active safety features:
- 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
- Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Rear Seat Reminder and Teen Driver are also offered. Rear Seat Reminder can provide an alert when the rear doors are used during or just before a trip, prompting you to double-check for valuables left in the back seat when you exit the vehicle. Teen Driver allows parents to monitor driving habits and facilitates discussions to help encourage better driving habits, even when parents are not in the vehicle.
*Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are products of Apple and Google and their terms and privacy statements apply. Requires a compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. 4G LTE service available in select markets. Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Data plans provided by AT&T.