Starting next year, diesel-loving compact crossover buyers will have two fewer choices if they want AWD.
CarsDirect has confirmed that, starting next year, the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain will no longer be offered with the diesel engine with all-wheel drive. CarsDirect noticed the change in the 2020 order guide, and they reached out to GM, who confirmed the change.
Citing a low take rate for the diesel/all-wheel drive combination, GM will no longer offer the option to buyers. Those who desire a diesel will have to be content with front wheel drive, while those who want all-wheel drive will have to order their new crossover with a gasoline engine.
Those who want both are advised to act fast, as many dealers still have all-wheel drive diesel Equinox and Terrain models in stock. Heavy discounts and incentives could mean a great deal for crossover buyers that prefer to use the green-handled pump at the far end of the filling station.
Conversely, CarsDirect brings up the fact that Mazda still offers the excellent, dynamically engaging CX-5 with both all-wheel drive and a diesel engine in its top-of-the-range Signature trim, which starts at around $42,000. That's considerably more money than the starting prices for the 2019 Equinox and Terrain with a similar drivetrain. The diesel, all-wheel drive Equinox starts at $32,495, while the Terrain version starts at $34,795.
In addition, the diesel CX-5 is also less thrifty than its GM competitors, recording four fewer miles per gallon than either the Equinox or the Terrain. The trade-off, though, is an additional 50 lb/ft of torque compared to the GM diesels.
It seems that the discontinuation of low-priced, all-wheel drive diesel compact crossovers will leave a hole in the marketplace. However, given GM's comment about a low take rate, it's probable that few will notice.