2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel gets a 39 mpg highway rating

Article by Christian A., on August 16, 2017

In the United States, not many automakers offer crossovers with a diesel engine option, but Chevrolet does, with their 2018 Equinox. Those who opt for this engine will get some a boost in fuel economy as the car had been recently rated to have a highway fuel economy of 39 miles per gallon. Whereas the 1.5 liter turbo four-cylinder gasoline engine was rated with 32 miles per gallon while the 2.0 liter has 29 mpg. When the diesel tank is filled to its maximum, it can reach 577 miles (929 kilometers).

Though the company has not said anything else regarding the Equinox Diesel’s fuel economy figures, we noticed on the company’s presentation that it has a 32 mpg combined mileage. If the company confirms EPA’s numbers, then the said model will be the most fuel-efficient crossover in the country, a great feat considering that it does not have some kind of electrification.

Other than being fuel efficient, we can also say that the Equinox is extra silent compared to its counterparts. Apparently, its 1.6 liter Ecotec diesel powerplant is 65 percent more silent than the Jaguar F-Pace’s 2.0 liter diesel, at 4000 rpm, and is 55 percent less noisy when the car is idle.

There is no official statement with regards to the price of the 2018 Equinox just yet, though an earlier leak states that the crossover will start at $31,435 which already includes destination. This means that the diesel option is $1,345 more expensive than the 2.0 liter gasoline option, and is $3,740 more expensive than the 1.5 liter turbocharged version.

As for performance, the 1.6 liter Ecotec diesel yields 137 horsepower (102 kilowatts) and 240 pound-feet (325 Newton-metres) of torque. On the other hand, there is also the 1.5 liter turbo four-cylinder that has an output of 170 horsepower (127 kilowatts) and 203 pound-feet (275 Nm). Last but definitely not the least is the 2.0 liter turbo engine that has 252 horsepower (188 kW) and a torque of 260 pound-feet (353 Nm).

The all new Equinox is not just popular for its fuel-efficient engine, it also came out with a new style, making it look sharper. One of the biggest upgrades would be the diet it went though, losing a total of 400 pounds (181.4 kilograms). Editor in chief of Motor1, John Neff, wrote good things about the 2018 Equinox when he took it out for a test drive. He said that the trim with the 2.0 liter engine was comfortable to drive and performed well, though he wasn’t a huge fan of the car’s styling.

Press Release

EQUINOX DIESEL OFFERS EXPECTED SEGMENT-TOPPING 39 MPG HWY

Get ready to ghost your gas station. The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox offers an EPA-certified 39 mpg on the highway (FWD model) with the available 1.6L turbo-diesel engine.

That number is expected to top the segment in highway fuel economy, with greater highway mileage than the 2017 Toyota RAV4 hybrid and Nissan Rogue hybrid. A 577-mile cruising range (FWD) also means the Equinox diesel can drive farther between fill-ups, such as Chicago to Memphis, Tennessee, or Boston to Richmond, Virginia.

“Chevrolet continues to lead with technologies that offer customers more choice,” said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. “Our three-engine turbo-charged Equinox lineup means we can provide drivers more options for the performance and efficiency they desire.”

The new turbo-diesel engine is part of Equinox’s trio of all-turbocharged propulsion systems. It is SAE-certified at 240 lb-ft of torque (325 Nm) and incorporates a variable-geometry turbocharger that helps generate strong torque at low rpm and more horsepower at higher rpm. The engine also features stop/start technology to optimize efficiency in stop-and-go driving and it is compatible with B20 bio-diesel fuel.

“It is very fun to drive, with torque on demand at all speeds,” said Dan Nicholson, vice president of Global Propulsion Systems. “In fact, the engine delivers 90 percent of peak torque between 1,500 and 3,250 rpm. The strong torque provides the feeling of a larger engine, with exceptional smoothness and quietness.”

The 1.6L is a clean-sheet redesign developed entirely within General Motors, including the engine control system. Development was driven from GM’s diesel product center in Torino, Italy, and involved more than 24,000 hours of computational analysis, while simulated and real-world testing totaled more than 4.35 million miles of driving.

About the 2018 Equinox

The all-new 2018 Equinox is a fresh and modern compact SUV featuring an expressive design, increased cargo space, the latest connectivity, expanded roster of available safety features and all-new range of turbocharged engines.

Purposeful technologies are designed to help keep passengers safe, comfortable and connected. Teen Driver is offered along with safety features such as Safety Alert Seat, Surround Vision, Forward Collison Alert with Following Distance Indicator and more.

The 2018 Equinox is on sale now, starting at $24,475 (including destination charge). Pricing for the turbo-diesel engine starts at $31,435 (including destination) when it goes on sale this fall. Tax, title, license and dealer fees extra.

Source: Chevrolet

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