October 21, 2016
By Mario Cywinski
DIESEL DEBUT FOR 2018 CHEVROLET EQUINOX
“The All-New, Canadian-built 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is a game changer in the compact SUV segment. With standard heated seats and remote-start on all models, and three all-new available powertrains, including an available turbo diesel engine, Equinox has the right features for our market in what has quickly become the largest segment in the country,” said Shane Peever, Brand Manager – Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers - Canada. “Delivering outstanding comfort, convenience, cargo versatility, and innovative new safety features, Equinox will continue to be a great choice for fleet and commercial drivers. With an estimated fuel efficiency of up to 5.9L / 100 kms on the highway, Equinox’s operating costs will also deliver for fleet and commercial customers. Equinox will be on sale in Q1 of 2017.”
Two gasoline engines are also available on the 2018 model. A 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 170 hp and 203 ft/lbs of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission comes standard. It offers fuel economy of 7.6L/100km on the highway with a FWD. An optional 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine is available and offers 252 hp and 260 ft/lbs of torque and is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Fuel consumption is 8.4L/100km on the highway with a FWD. Equinox can tow 1,585 kilograms, the same as the outgoing models V-6 engine, with the optional 2.0L engine.
The diesel option isn’t the only news for Equinox, as the 2018 model demonstrates GM’s dedication to safety with a variety of features added for that purpose. Among those is Surround Vision, which allows the driver to see a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the vehicle, which helps the driver to know where the vehicle is in relation to other objects. Those vehicles that do not have Surround Vision will come with standard rearview camera.
Rounding out the new safety technologies on Equinox are: forward collision alert with following distance indicator, low-speed forward automatic braking, and lane keep assist with lane departure warning. Lane change alert with side blind zone alert and rear cross traffic alert are also included on the Equinox.
The Equinox has a redesigned interior and exterior, with design cues taken from other recently designed Chevrolet products. The new Equinox has shed some weight and comes in at 10 percent lighter than its predecessor . Heated seats and a remote start are now standard on all trims in Canada.