Detroit-based Chevrolet has introduced its new 2018 Equinox, which includes updated design, connectivity, and safety features. The vehicle will go on sale in the first quarter of 2017 in North America, and roll out to 115 additional global markets later in the year.
“(The Equinox) 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,” says Rick Spina, executive chief engineer at Chevrolet. “And it looks great doing it.”
Exterior features of the new Equinox, which is 10 percent lighter than current models, include a chrome trim, Malibu-inspired styling, projector-beam headlamps, and LED daytime running lamps. The rear of the vehicle has horizontal tail lamps, while up-level models feature LED tail lamps.
Along with its down-and-away instrument panel and low windshield base, new interior elements of the 2018 Equinox include a denim-style seat fabric blend option and a “kneeling” rear seat, where the bottom cushions tilt forward when the split-folding seatbacks are lowered, allowing a flat floor for easier loading.
Available technologies include a 7- and 8-inch diagonal MyLink infotainment system, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an OnStar 4G LTE WiFi hotspot.
The Equinox also offers a variety of safety and adaptive crash-avoidance features, such as surround vision, forward collision alert, low-speed forward automatic braking, rear seat reminder, lane keep assist, and more. Teen Driver is also available, which allows parents to set controls and review an in-vehicle report card.
Ranges of three turbocharged engines — a 1.5L turbo, a 2.0L turbo, and a 1.6L turbo-diesel — are available for the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox
“With three choices, customers can select an engine that offers more of the attributes that are important to them: efficiency, performance, and capability,” says Dan Nicholson, vice president of Global Propulsion Systems at General Motors Co. “The advantage for each is the power of a larger engine and the efficiency of a smaller engine.”
The new Equinox is the first Chevrolet model in North America to use an all-turbocharged, multi-engine powertrain lineup.
Equinox sales have reached more than 2 million since its launch, and it is Chevrolet’s second-best retail selling vehicle, after the Silverado. Founded in 1911, Chevrolet does business in more than 115 countries and sells more than 4 million cars and trucks a year.