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.

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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.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox
2018 Chevrolet Equinox
2018 Chevrolet Equinox
2018 Chevrolet Equinox


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.

 

Source: Chevrolet

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