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.