All-New 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Gets 1.6L Diesel Alongside 1.5L & 2.0L Turbo Gas Engines

The long-awaited next generation of Chevrolet’s Equinox is here with the popular compact crossover surprising us with the availability of a diesel engine.

Redesigned from the ground up, Chevy’s second bestselling vehicle takes its more sculpted styling cues from Chevy’s most recent introductions like the Cruze, Volt and Malibu.

It might not rewrite the design rulebook, but it’s a big step up from the dated current model that has been around since 2010, especially inside where it benefits from all the latest tech advancements such as the availability of 7- and 8-inch MyLink infotainment systems supporting both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Other new elements that made their way inside the 2018 model is a highly durable denim-style seat fabric, and a new “kneeling” rear seat that enhances functionality by tilting the bottom cushions forward when the split-folding seatbacks are lowered, thus allowing for a flat loading floor.

In regards to safety tech, the 2018 Equinox offers a number of adaptive crash-avoidance features, including Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, a haptic-feedback seat and a surround-view camera system. It also gets a Teen Driver feature that allows parents to set controls and review an in-vehicle report card to “encourage safer driving habits”.

The 2018 Equinox sits on GM’s latest Delta architecture shared with the new Cruze, shedding around 400 pounds (180kg) or a 10 percent reduction over its predecessor. Aside from the obvious benefits in fuel consumption and driving dynamics, GM says that the new platform also allows it to offer down-and-away instrument panel which together with the low windshield aid visibility.

“It is an all-new SUV from the ground up and one that takes on the industry’s biggest competitors with a stronger architecture, greater efficiency and more technology,” said Rick Spina, executive chief engineer. “And it looks great doing it.”

A total of three turbocharged units will be available, including the first diesel in a compact SUV in the States, a 1.6-liter direct-injection four-cylinder rated at 136hp (101 kW) and 236 lb-ft (320Nm) of peak torque paired to a six-speed automatic transmission claimed to return an estimated 40mpg (5.9l/100km) on the highway.

The other two (gasoline) engines are a 170hp (120kW) and 201 lb-ft (275Nm) 1.5-liter turbo offered with a six-speed automatic that gets a GM-estimated 31mpg (7.6 l/100km) highway, and a 252hp (188 kW) and 260 lb-ft (353Nm) 2.0-liter turbo matched to a new nine-speed automatic returning 28mpg (8.4 l/100km) highway.

“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 efficiency of a smaller engine.”

Front-wheel drive will come as standard, while an all-wheel drive system that can disconnect the rear axle to improve fuel economy being offered as an option.

The 2018 Equinox will go on sale in the first quarter of 2017 in North America, rivaling the likes of the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, before it rolls out to 115 additional global markets later in the same year, likely arriving in Europe as a successor to the Opel / Vauxhall Antara.

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  • Kash

    I see a LOT of Mercedes in this design, like i see a lot of ML/GLE and last gen E as well as some Hyundai in the back. This looks really good though.

  • Laure

    So much mess!!! Taillights of the Malibu, Front End of Cruze, Trax, Side reminds me of the Buick rendezvous.

  • Six Thousand Times

    That C-pillar has a little more bulk than I’d like but it looks OK as far as these things go.

  • MarkoS

    The Diesel would be a interesting option if it were at least 180hp.All the diesels they put out in the non-HD vehicles in the USA are at least 50hp sort for the vehicle they put them in. It’s almost like they don’t want them to succeed. This is a better looking CUV than the last Equinox, but this is also more feminine in design. For me get me a New Blazer off the Colorado platform, but make it look much different. I am not a fan of the back glass area.

    • Six Thousand Times

      When you’re talking diesels, it’s torque, not horsepower.

      • MarkoS

        It is both. Torque is big Truck towing talk. I am well aware of what both are thanks.

        • Six Thousand Times

          Your comments never completely convince me of your awareness.

          • MarkoS

            Keep it cars kid and the debate for your debate class. I am NOT here to convince you of anything. My awareness it just fine thanks, it is your comprehension that is the problem.

          • Six Thousand Times

            I’m laughing at the kid part. You might grab an English class if that’s a possibility near you. And, while you’ve explained that you’re an expert, you could also look up the properties of torque vs. horsepower in diesel engines – again, I’m certain you know all about it – just as a refresher.

    • DMJ

      I’m european, most of the cars around here are diesel powered. If you drive a BMW 320d (190hp) you would never believe that it only has 190hp, it feels like 250hp. Same applied to the new Opel Astra 1.6 Diesel 136hp. It’s very powerfull and economic and even in a much heavier Insignia ST is faster and more economic than the previous 2.0 liter CDTI with 140hp. Try to test drive that diesel Equinox and you will be surprised.

      • MarkoS

        I was not impressed with the Cruz Diesel. It would be interesting to drive one. Good input thanks.

      • Six Thousand Times

        This guy gets it. It’s due to the torque. Diesels are very grunty at lower revs – thus feel more powerful than the horsepower numbers would lead one to believe.

  • WG

    I am not a big fan of the dropping line going on the side of car…. nevertheless, I am liking that Chevrolet’s recent design incorporates many sharp lines, ditching the bland looking they had with their previous cars.

  • Matt Frawley

    Ugly Redesign model will be cheaper than Currently Chevrolet Equinox have more 300 hp and V6.

  • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

    GM is definitely on the right track, they are making small efficient cars that will appeal to both the US and other global markets, plus their recent cars look great inside out, now they have to sort out their reliability and bring it close to the toyotas, hondas n the hyundais n they will be sorted.

  • IFDU

    Ok I may or may not have the beer goggles on, but I like it. I’ve always like the interior of the new Malibu so it’s a plus to see a similar interior in this. Also when watching the video, I see some Ford Edge in the front as well when its in motion.

  • john1168

    I like it! I think it looks good although the C pillar does look a little weird. I like the front, the side and the interior. This thing should move pretty well with the 2.0T and the 9 speed auto. I hope it comes with a locking center differential. If it does, I will seriously consider this. Nice job Chevy.

    • john1168

      The big sunroof is great too… OK, I’ll take off my Chevy hat now…

  • msuboon

    looks so generic and plain. must be marketing to 45 and up.

    • Six Thousand Times

      So, the sort of people who buy new cars, then?

  • roy

    the shape kind of reminds me of discovery sport

  • Miknik

    The 1.6 l 130ish hp GM diesel is a decent powerplant in the new lightweight Astra, but already struggles in the larger Zafira cousin. This is even bigger, so I don’t think it’s the best choice, honestly….

    • DMJ

      Struggles in the Zafira? It’s faster than the 2.0 CDTI that has replaced…and faster than every competitor with a 1.6 liter diesel…

  • Justin Spencer

    Looks like a GM parts bin mashup of the Cruze, Malibu and Traverse…..not bad looking by any means but theres nothing new to look at. The Equinox is a big seller and GM obviously wasn’t stupid enough to stray away from the winning formula. Looks like a sure hit volume seller to me.

  • ediotsavant

    Current one looks much better than this Cruze/Volt/Mercedes design.

  • Deckard_Cain

    It looks gorgeous. It will be interesting to see a comparison between this and the new Jeep Compass.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Look great. C-pillar back, though…

  • fabri99

    Impressive job, though not original.

  • Six_Tymes

    Is this on a new plat form or the old one again?

  • Rasta_Farian

    Not trying to be funny, but I scrolled past this article at least 3 times before I realized this was ALL NEW. It’s not bad, but VERY evolutionary…

  • getoffme

    Rendering looks good but the actual thing is another story.

  • no25

    It reminds me of a minivan for some reason with its shape.

  • Jake

    What is it like to drive a Low HP / High Torque vehicle? The diesel Equinox looks interesting, but the HP seems too low for such a large vehicle. Is the High-Torque output enough to make up for this?

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