Chevrolet unveils restyled 2018 Equinox, comes with 3 turbocharged engine options

Article by Christian A., on September 30, 2016

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.

Press Release

TURBOCHARGED 2018 CHEVROLET EQUINOX OFFERS CHOICES

A range of three turbocharged engines — including the segment’s first turbo-diesel — provides customers more choices when it comes to performance, efficiency and capability in the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.

The engines include a 1.5L turbo, an available 2.0L turbo — matched with GM’s new nine-speed automatic transmission — and an available 1.6L turbo-diesel.

“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 the power of a larger engine and the fuel economy of a smaller engine.”

The new Equinox is the first Chevrolet model in North America to offer an all-turbocharged, multi-engine propulsion lineup.

1.5L turbo offers excellent fuel economy

The 2018 Equinox’s 1.5L turbo offers a GM-estimated 31 mpg highway (FWD). It is GM estimated at 170 hp (127 kW) and is part of GM’s family of Ecotec small-displacement engines, featuring direct injection.

2.0L turbo raises the performance bar

An available 2.0L turbo offers a higher degree of performance, GM-estimated 252 hp (188 kw) and a wide torque band for strong pulling power and acceleration. It also offers a GM-estimated 28 mpg on the highway (FWD).

Ninety percent of the engine’s peak torque is available from 2,000 to 5,600 rpm, along with maximum torque from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. That strong, sustained torque production helps the new Equinox offer a 3,500-pound (1,585 kg) max trailering capacity that is equal to the current model’s capacity with the available V-6 engine.

1.6L turbo-diesel: max efficiency and capability

The 2018 Equinox is slated to be the only competitor in the North American compact SUV segment with a diesel choice for customers seeking the ultimate in fuel economy and SUV capability. It is expected to offer a GM-estimated 40 mpg highway.

The 1.6L turbo-diesel is an all-new design, with output estimated at 136 hp (101 kW) at 3,500 to 4,000 rpm and 236 lb.-ft. of torque (320 Nm) at 2,000 rpm. A variable-geometry turbocharger helps generate a broad torque band that makes the engine very responsive at low rpm. It also features stop/start technology and is one of the industry’s most refined diesels.

Turbocharging and Chevrolet

Turbocharging uses the force of exhaust gases exiting the engine to drive an air compressor that packs more air into the engine than it would draw naturally, for a more potent combustion that generates greater power.

The system generates little or no boost in light-load conditions, for small-engine efficiency. More power is only a press of the gas pedal away, as the turbo generates boost under heavier loads to provide larger-engine performance on demand.

In addition to the new Equinox, Chevrolet in North America offers turbocharged gas engines on Camaro, Cruze, Malibu, Sonic and Trax, while Duramax turbo-diesel engines are available on Colorado and Silverado HD.

New nine-speed automatic

The 2.0L turbo is paired with GM’s all-new 9T50 nine-speed automatic transmission, which features a higher 7.6:1 overall ratio to enhance efficiency. Smaller steps between the gears (compared to six-speed designs) enhance refinement.

An on-axis design, where all the gears are in line with the crankshaft, and GM’s first application of a selectable one-way clutch help reduce the package size of the 9T50, making it roughly the same size as a six-speed transmission.

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox goes on sale spring 2017, with the 2.0L turbo and 1.6L turbo-diesel offered starting in summer 2017.

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