Chevrolet gives the 2018 Equinox sharper styling, a new diesel engine option, and a much-improved interior.
Chevrolet has big updates ready for the 2018 Equinox. The brand’s popular crossover goes on a serious diet that sheds an impressive 400 pounds (181.4 kilograms) that brings the lightest models down to 3,327 pounds (1509 kg). Customers also have three engine options, including a four-cylinder turbodiesel.
In fact, all of the Equinox’s engines are now turbocharged. The specs aren’t final for them yet, but Chevy estimates the 1.5-liter four-cylinder makes 170 horsepower (127 kilowatts) and 203 pound-feet (275 Newton-meters). It comes with a six-speed automatic that could offer 31 miles per gallon highway. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder would manage 252 hp (188 kW) and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm), and the engine’s nine-speed automatic could return 28 mpg. The surprise of the bunch is a 1.6-liter diesel with 136 hp (101 kW) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm), and Chevy thinks it could get 40 mpg with the six-speed automatic. Front- and all-wheel drive are available, but it’s not currently clear whether some layouts are exclusive to specific powertrains.
The latest Equinox takes on a more chiseled look. In front, there are still hints of Chevy’s double-tiered grille from models like the latest Malibu, but the crossover puts a much larger emphasis on the lower portion. More angular headlights with standard LED running lights accentuate the new nose. At the back, rectangular tailights highlight the model’s width, and higher trim versions benefit from LEDs.
The interior appears to be a significant improvement over the current Equinox. The one in these photos shows a two-tone combination of light brown leather and black accents. Chevy also mentions available denim-like upholstery, though. The 2018 Equinox gets either a 7- or 8-inch MyLink infotainment system. Both offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. The flat-folding rear seats allow for plenty of room to carry stuff in the back, too.
Today, a crossover is often the primary family vehicle, so safety is important. Chevy is making sure the Equinox keeps up with the segment by offering tech like Forward Collision Alert, automatic braking, Lane Change Alert, and even a rear seat reminder for keeping kids and pets out of harm’s way.
The 2018 Equinox goes on sale in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2017. We don’t yet know about the new model’s pricing, but check out the video below to get a look at its live reveal.
Gallery: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox
Chevrolet Introduces All-New 2018 Equinox
The perfect balance of design and technology
DETROIT — Call it the right balance. On the autumnal equinox today, Chevrolet introduced the all-new 2018 Equinox, a fresh and modern SUV sized and designed to meet the needs of the compact SUV customer.
“We’ve got the strongest truck business in the industry and we’ve reinvigorated our car lineup with Volt, Cruze and Malibu,” said Alan Batey, Global Chevrolet president. “We’re applying the same customer focus to grow our crossover/SUV business — starting with the Chevrolet Equinox.”
Today’s compact SUV customers want a vehicle that meets all of their needs, from design, connectivity and safety perspectives. The Equinox delivers on all fronts, starting with its fresh new design and all-new propulsion systems.
Fresh, new design
The new Equinox’s expressive exterior has a lean, muscular skin echoing the global Chevrolet design cues and sculpted shapes seen in the Volt, Malibu and Cruze. Extensive aero development in the wind tunnel influenced the sleek shape.
It is a richer, more detailed design featuring chrome trim on all models and Malibu-inspired styling. Projector-beam headlamps are standard, along with LED daytime running lamps. At the rear, horizontal taillamps emphasize the Equinox’s wide stance, while uplevel models feature LED taillamps.
“Customers who previewed the vehicle early on had a strong emotional response to the sleek and sophisticated exterior design,” said John Cafaro, executive director, GM Design. “Those same themes are carried through to the interior, making the space beautifully intuitive.”
The interior takes advantage of the Equinox’s all-new architecture to offer a down-and-away instrument panel, while a low windshield base provides a commanding outward view. New elements such as available denim-style seat fabric blend high style with high durability, while a new “kneeling” rear seat enhances functionality. With it, the bottom cushions tilt forward when the split-folding seatbacks are lowered, allowing a flat floor for easier loading.
The 2018 Equinox offers purposeful technology that helps keep passengers safe, comfortable and connected.
Chevrolet’s latest connectivity technologies are front and center, including 7- and 8-inch-diagonal MyLink infotainment systems designed to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is subject to their terms, privacy statements and data plan rates, as well as a compatible smartphone.)
The Equinox offers a comprehensive suite of available active safety technologies and adaptive crash-avoidance features that provide ease of use and peace of mind on the road.
Teen Driver is also offered, allowing parents to set controls and review an in-vehicle report card in order to encourage safer driving habits, even when they are not in the vehicle.
Available advanced active safety features to enhance driver awareness on the road include radar- and camera-based adaptive technologies that can provide alerts to potential crash threats, allowing the driver to react and make changes to avoid them, including:
• 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
• New Rear Seat Reminder
• Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
• Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Turbocharged engines and more
A range of three turbocharged engines — including the compact SUV segment’s first turbo-diesel in North America — provides customers more choices when it comes to performance, efficiency and capability in the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.
They include a 1.5L turbo, a 2.0L turbo — matched with GM’s new nine-speed automatic transmission — and a 1.6L turbo-diesel.
“With three choices, customers can select an engine that offers more of the attributes that are important to them: efficiency, performance and capability,” said Dan Nicholson, vice president, Global Propulsion Systems. “The advantage for each is the power of a larger engine and the efficiency of a smaller engine.”
The new Equinox is the first Chevrolet model in North America to use an all-turbocharged, multi-engine powertrain lineup. That includes the expected segment-exclusive 1.6L turbo-diesel that will offer customers excellent efficiency and capability.
“It is an all-new SUV from the ground up and one that takes on the industry’s biggest competitors with a stronger architecture, greater efficiency and more technology,” said Rick Spina, executive chief engineer. “And it looks great doing it.”
Additional vehicle highlights:
• Approximately 400 pounds (180 kg) lighter than the current model — a 10 percent weight reduction
• Switchable AWD system that enhances efficiency by disconnecting from the rear axle when not needed
• Unique kneeling rear seat that enables a flat rear load floor and up to 63.5 cubic feet (1,798 liters) of maximum cargo space
Equinox sales have reached more than 2 million since its launch and it is Chevrolet’s second-best retail selling vehicle, after the Silverado.
The 2018 Equinox goes on sale in the first quarter of 2017 in North America. It rolls out to approximately 115 additional global markets later in the year.
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2018 CHEVROLET EQUINOX PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS
Models: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox
Body style / driveline: five-passenger, four-door SUV, front-engine, front- or all-wheel drive
EPA vehicle class: compact SUV
Engine / Type: 1.5L turbo DOHC DI 2.0L turbo DOHC DI 1.6L turbo-diesel
Block material: cast aluminum cast aluminum cast aluminum
Cylinder head material: cast aluminum cast aluminum cast aluminum
Fuel delivery: direct injection direct injection direct injection
Horsepower (hp / kW): 170 / 127 (GM-estimated) 252 / 188 (GM-estimated) 136 / 101 (GM-estimated)
Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm): 203 / 275 (GM-estimated) 260 / 353 (GM-estimated) 236 / 320 (GM-estimated)
GM-est. fuel economy: 31 hwy 28 hwy 40 hwy
Transmission: Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic Hydra-Matic 9T50 nine-speed automatic Hydra-Matic 6T45 six-speed automatic
Chassis / Suspension
Suspension (front): MacPherson strut with side-loaded modules, specifically tuned coil springs, direct-acting stabilizer bar
Suspension (rear): 4 Link Independent Rear Suspension
Steering type: Dual Rack and Pinion Electric Power Steering
Turning circle (ft / m): 37.4 / 11.4 (17-inch wheels)
Brakes & Wheels
Brake type: four-wheel disc with ABS and ESC; Duralife rotors and low-drag calipers (US)
Wheel size and type: 17-, 18- and 19-inch aluminum
Wheelbase (in / mm): 107.3 / 2725
Overall length (in / mm): 183.1 / 4652
Overall width (in / mm): 72.6 / 1843
Overall height (in / mm): 65.4 / 1661
Track (in / mm): front: 62.2 / 1580
rear: 62.2 / 1581
Seating capacity: 2 / 3
Headroom (in / mm): Front - 40.0/1015 (w/o SR), 38.2/970 (w/ Sunroof)
Rear - 38.5/977 (w/o SR), 36.9/936 (w/ Sunroof)
Legroom (in / mm): 40.9 / 1040 (front)
39.7 / 1008 (rear)
Shoulder room (in / mm): 57.2 / 1452 (front)
55.5 / 1410 (rear)
Hip room (in / mm): 54.2 / 1377 (front)
51.7 / 1314 (rear)
Weights & Capacities
Base curb weight (lb / kg): 3327 / 1509 (1.5L w/ FWD)
Fuel capacity (gal / L): 14.7 / 55 (FWD)
15.5 / 58 (1.6L diesel)
Max cargo room (cu ft / L): 29.9 / 846 (behind rear seat)
63.5 / 1798 (rear seat folded)
Max trailering (lb / kg): 3500 / 1585 (2.0L turbo)
Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.