2018 CHEVROLET EQUINOX FIRST LOOK
2018 CHEVROLET EQUINOX FIRST LOOK BY AUTO CRITIC STEVE HAMMES
The timing couldn’t be better for Chevrolet to completely redesign their very popular small SUV.
As the brand’s best-selling vehicle not named Silverado, the success of this all-new 2018 Equinox is crucial. But that doesn’t mean its creators kept things status quo.
This Equinox introduces 3 new turbocharged engines, an available 9-speed automatic transmission and a more compact platform that more efficiently utilizes space. Significantly shorter in length, the new Equinox is more easily maneuverable yet manages to offer similar cargo space as the outgoing model while maintaining its rear seat legroom.
A new design for the split-fold rear seats helps to create a flatter floor for easier loading. A number of GM’s high-end safety tech features have made their way into the Equinox as well, including the Safety Alert Seat, a surround vision camera, collision alert, automatic braking, lane keep assist and rear seat reminder.
Teen Driver is also offered, allowing parents to set controls and review an in-vehicle report card. Available in front- or all-wheel drive, the base engine is now a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder making 170 turbocharged horses paired to a 6-speed auto, rated at 28mpg in combined driving. A 2.0-liter turbo matched to a 9-speed auto generates 252 horsepower and for the big surprise, there’s a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel outputting 236 pound-feet of torque and netting 40mpg highway. Max trailering remains the same at 3,500 pounds with the 2.0-liter motor. Weighing approximately 400 pounds less, the switchable all-wheel drive system also contributes to better mileage by disconnecting from the rear axle when not needed.
On the infotainment front, there are 7” and 8” screens depending on trim with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as OnStar with its 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
An entry-level Equinox L is priced from $24,475, followed by LS, LT and Premier trims topping out at around $35,000.