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.