We are witnesses that the world’s largest carmakers are continually upgrading their models to overshadow their competitors and take the lead in the market. Also, it is all the more common case that at the beginning of the calendar year, we see the layout of the new model for the next model year. One of these models is the 2018 Chevy Equinox. Its sales have already begun, and we have only reached the mid-2017.
We have mentioned the continuous development of new models in order to outsmart competitors. The new Equinox should be the leader in the small crossover model segment. It is designed for this, and if it succeeds, it remains to be seen. All in all, Chevrolet has serious plans and great expectations from this crossover SUV model.
In order to attract as many customers as possible, the design of the vehicle has changed, compared to the previous model. 2018 Equinox is installed on the new GMs Delta platform. In addition, the new model offers a new range of powertrains, as well as reduced weight and new dimensions. The weight of the new model has been reduced by about 400 pounds, but the dimensions of the vehicle have been reduced. This is, the new Chevrolet Equinox, trimmed down. Recall, compared to the old model, the 2018 Chevy Equinox loses 4.7 inches of length, one inch in height and 5.5 inches off its wheelbase.
Great changes are also present in the outward appearance of the vehicle. These changes have come about under the influence of other company models, such as the Cruze, the Volt and the Malibu models. The new model thus has an updated design of doors and side panels, as well as redesigned grills.
All these changes make the vehicle completely different from all its predecessors. However, the new Equinox is unique to itself and goes completely beyond the scope of new trends in the segment. This ‘beauty’ is ready to set new standards, set up a new value system and take over the primacy in the class.
The 2018 Chevy Equinox is a global model. Although the goal is primarily to satisfy the tastes and desires of American customers, Chevrolet has also taken into account the tastes and demands of customers in other markets. Such a vehicle offers exceptional interior quality, with high level of equipment and modern systems and technology.
The vehicle has a large touchscreen above a more cohesive set of buttons, and the dashboard is lower and bulky. It should not be forgotten even MyLink infotainment system with 8 inches display, which has connection with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Finally, there is a long list of security systems and functions.
2018 Chevy Equinox Engine Specs
At the very beginning, we emphasized that the new model has a new range of powertrains. What distinguishes this model from the competition is the offer of a diesel engine version. The most direct competitors, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape, do not have their diesel version. At the same time, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel is the first Equinox on the US market.
Equinox Diesel has a 1.6-liter turbo diesel unit with 136 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, coupled with 6-speed automatic transmission. This extremely economical engine promises 40 mpg on the highway. At the end of 2017, this model is set up in sales outlets.
The engine offer is filled with two great gasoline engines. They are a 1.5-liter turbo petrol unit and a 2.0-liter petrol unit fueled by turbochargers. This smaller engine develops 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque, combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine offers an EPA rating of 31 mpg on the highway. The second, larger gasoline engine comes in combination with 9-speed automatic transmission, and develops 252 horsepower at 28 mpg on the highway.
The base version of the model, regardless of the power unit, is available with the FWD drive system. The AWD system is available as an option.