Chevrolet Equinox is a mid-sized crossover SUV created by Chevrolet for General Motors. First introduced in 2004, this GM Theta unibody platform crossover SUV came into production the following year and has since then become the Chevrolet’s most popular crossover SUV. This year, the American automaker unveiled its third generation model set to dominate the streets and battle crossover rivals in the likes of the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V, to name a few.
The new Equinox has a brand new platform similar to the new Buick Envision. It has also become lighter and shorter by shedding 400 pounds and 4.7 inches, respectively. Intended to have a more chiselled look, the latest Equinox has a stiffer and stronger aura with a slight hint of Chevrolet’s popular double-tiered grille. Accentuating its new nose are a couple more angular standard LED headlights while the rear rectangular taillights function to highlight its width.
To add to the surprises, the interior was modified to reflect a modernized and an added sophisticated look. In one photo released to the public, the cabin is draped in a two-toned combination of light brown leather and black accents. It has also a MyLink infotainment system that support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and quite surprisingly, an OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Its passenger seats now have a new fixed design, eliminating the fore/aft adjustability in the second-row split bench, giving more legroom and more storage capacity when the backs are laid flat.
In terms of power, the new Equinox has something in store for its customers. Now, the popular crossover SUV comes in three engine options: a six-speed automatic 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that could produce 31 mpg, a nine-speed automatic 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that could return 28 mph, and a 1.6-liter diesel engine with 136 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. torque capable of getting 40 mpg with its six-speed automatic transmission. Front- and all-wheel drive options are also available however, it is not clear if it will come with exclusive layouts.
A host of safety and driver-assist features have also been installed on the 2018 Equinox to provide a passenger-friendly environment. On top of the existing lane change alert with side blind zone and rear cross traffic alert, the new Equinox will have an additional lane keep assist with lane departure warning, forward collision alert with following distance indicator, and low-speed forward automatic braking systems. It also has a 360-degree Surround Vision camera, safety alert seat and rear seat reminder alert that are also installed in the 2017 GMC Acadia.
The 2018 Equinox is expected to enter the U.S. market in the first quarter of 2017 and until then, we’ll just have to keep you posted as to how much this modern and sophisticated crossover would cost.