General Motors Canada invited members of the media to tour Niagara wine country in the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox crossover. Now in its third generation, Equinox has been redesigned inside and out, while still maintaining a familiar feel.
The Canadian-built Equinox was a popular fleet choice in 2016 and was GM's best selling CUV in that market.
While the 2018 Equinox is approximately 400 pounds lighter than its predecessor and has a smaller footprint, its cargo volume has increased from 99.7 cubic-feet to 103.2 cu/ft.
“Think of it as core strength training,” said Jill Dennis, Lead Development Engineer. “The new Equinox’s structure is leaner yet stronger, resulting in efficient performance that inspires confidence while also creating a more fun, safe and comfortable driving experience.”
Three new turbo charged engine options are available on the Equinox, a 1.5 litre outputting 170 horsepower and 203 foot/pounds of torque, a 1.6L diesel with 136hp and 236 ft/lbs of torque, and a 2.0L offering 252hp and 260 ft/lbs of torque. The 1.5L and the diesel engine employ a six speed automatic transmission while the the 2.0L comes with a new nine-speed version. All three-engine choices are available in front or all wheel drive, and are standard with start/stop technology.
“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 power of a larger engine and the efficiency of a smaller engine.”
Fuel economy for the 1.5L (the version featured on the media drive) is 9.2/7.3L/100 kilometres (city/highway) with FWD and 9.8/7.9 L/100km with AWD. Estimated numbers for the 2.0L engine are: 9.8/7.8 (FWD) and 10.2/8.4 (AWD) L/100km, while the diesel's fuel economy comes in at 7.4/5.7 (FWD) and 7.6/6.4 (AWD) L/100km. All three engines offer improved fuel economy over the outgoing model’s 2.4L four-cylinder engine.
Moving on to safety the Equinox now offers standard:
- Rearview camera
- Rear seat reminder - which lets the driver know with a screen and sound notification to look in the back seat. It is activated when either rear door is opened and closed with vehicle is ON or up to 10 minutes after starting.
- Teen driver - which includes speed warning, audio volume limit, radio mute when seatbest unfastened, and in-vehicle report card.
- Tire pressure monitoring system
- OnStar - which offers the following services: collision assistance, emergency SOS, security, navigation, connections, and five years of diagnostics.
Optional safety features include surround vision camera, intellibeam headlights and safety alert seat vibration.
Canadian buyers will get unique features on their Equinox, as heated front seats, heated rearview mirrors and remote starter are standard on models sold here. Also standard are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, seven-inch touchscreen with MyLink, remote keyless entry, and push button start. Available features are OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi, and hands-free power lift gate.
For 2018, the Equinox will offer 14 different build combinations for the 1.5L engine models. Trims are LS, LT, and Premier, with the latter two offering two package choice and all three offering either FWD or AWD. Chevrolet will also introduce a special edition RedLine model in Fall 2017.
A lot of attention has been paid to make the Equinox more refined and is reflected in a quieter riding vehicle than its predecessor. With all the improvements and enhancements evident in the new Equinox, it's well on its way to continuing the tradition of being a fleet favourite.