Chevy redesigned the popular Equinox for the 2018 model year and the new version is definitely the step in the right direction. The all-new Equinox ups the ante with the trio of the turbocharged four-cylinder engines including the turbo diesel unit. But, downsizing development also influenced the body of the model as well as the wheelbase. Increase that the new platform and the new Equinox is much light and compact but the interior space is pretty much the same.
But, buyers may find more refinement in the interior design and loads of the new engineering including plenty of advanced protection features. The styling of the model is sharper and that can also be claimed for the model’s steering and handling. The model is already on the sale in L, LS, LT and Premier trims. The buyers will even choose between the two-wheel push and 2018 Chevy Equinox AWD.
2018 CHEVY EQUINOX AWD: SHARPER STYLING, LIGHTER STRUCTURE
The third-generation Equinox is a new from the ground up. The model rests on the Opel-designed platform known as D2XX which also underpins the Buick Envision and GMC Terrain. The platform uses contemporary lightweight materials and joining techniques. The result is much improved structure stiffness and as the gain comes greater driving dynamics. The lightweight materials, smaller ratios and lighter engine lineup also lead to the significant weight reduction of around 400 pounds. The model is also 4.7 inches faster and wheelbase measures 5.2 inches less.
Styling wise, the model adopts brand’s latest design language. The front ligament has the grille and headlight type similar as on brand’s sedans. The grille forms the single form but the lower portion has chrome frame.
The creases on the hood look great and sculpted top bumper also matches perfectly to model’s new face. The profile also functions great personality point which breaks into two in-front of the front door handles. One point continues toward taillights while other bends toward wheel arches.
The rear area has not so exciting design. The wraparound rear glass attaches steeply raked D-Pillars and model has great taillights.
The cabin of the new Equinox does not suffer from the significant wheelbase slashing. The passengers may feel comfortable in every lines and may have enough head and legroom. But, the cargo room with 29.9 cu ft will undoubtedly be in segment’s lower area. If the rear seats are out of the function the cargo room expands to 63.5 cu ft.
On the other give, the interior will have plenty of the plastic materials except you pick the range-topping Premiere cut which functions standard leather upholstery. The overall comfort may, nevertheless, be great as well as sound insulation. Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system will even be the highlight of the model. It will provide smartphone help in most cut stage and will feature intuitive interface. The base screen version is 7-inch product while grows to 8 inches in the LT cut version.
The base L cut contains 17-inch alloys, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, tilt-and-telescopic-steering wheel, etc. The LS may offer all-wheel drive. For the power driver seat, sunroof, energy liftgate, dual-zone environment control, heated top seats and more you will have to update to the LT version. The top Premiere model will put 18-inch wheels, perforated leather upholstery, wireless receiving, ambient illumination, etc.
As for the safety, the model may offer plenty of advanced protection features. The list may include ahead collision caution, low-speed braking, lane departure caution, lane hold support, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic attentive, rear parking support, surround see, but not an flexible cruise control.
2018 CHEVY EQUINOX AWD: PERFORMANCE
The new 2018 Chevy Equinox AWD may depend on the trio of turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The entry stage engine is a new 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 which comes in the place of the old 2.4-liter unit. This little turbo provides 170 hp at 5600 rpm and torque reaches 203 lb-ft from 2000 to 4000 rpm. This engine comes in the combination with the six-speed automatic. Do not expect significantly from this engine but may increase and noise greater than the old 2.4-liter unit.
But, the new Equinox will even offer a more strong 2.0-liter turbo unit. Mixed with the nine-speed intelligent this engine will offer significant energy update to 250 hp and torque of 260 lb-ft. If the fuel economy would be your concern, then leave the room for the 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine. It’ll produce 137 hp and torque of 240 lb-ft. The six-speed automatic is again in the combination.
The base engine mixed with the all-wheel push may provide 26 mpg combined. The diesel arrives later in the game and it will hit 40 mpg on the freeway with the two-wheel drive. We will have what scores may provide the all-wheel push diesel. On the other give, the 2.0-liter turbo may return 24 mpg mixed when coupled with the four-wheel drive.
2018 CHEVY EQUINOX AWD: AVAILABILITY, PRICE
The 2018 Chevy Equinox AWD has been on the sale since the end of March. But, you can buy only the base engine-powered designs while other two energy alternative may join later in the year. The all-wheel push models are available from about $25, 900. For the Premiere all-wheel push starting point is from $35, 330.