2018 Chevrolet Equinox showcases new looks, new turbocharged engines, and new tech - w/video

Chevrolet has taken the wraps off of the all-new 2018 Equinox compact crossover. The new Equinox will go on sale early next year with new looks, engines, and features including a class-first turbo-diesel that should get 40 mpg on the highway. Yes America, you're getting the diesel. Gotta satisfy those customers that VW abandoned, right? Anywho, the '18 Equinox has styling that is sharper than its predecessor but with similar themes. The "happy face" grille is a bit much for me. The sheetmetal is more muscular in appearance and the interior is very nice for the compact class. There's plenty of room for the driver and four passengers with new safety equipment and tech to keep everyone safe. OnStar and MyLink infotainment systems are available (depending on trim level and option packages) and they support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Three engines (1.5-liter turbo/170 hp & 203 lb.-ft. of torque, 2.0-liter turbo/252 hp & 260 lb.-ft. of torque, 1.6-liter turbodiesel/136 hp & 236 lb.-ft. of torque) will be available mated to a six-speed automatic with all-wheel drive an option. Did I mention that the '18 Equinox has lost 400 lbs? So, performance and efficiency will improve over the previous model. For more info, check out the press release and video after the jump. The Equinox is one of Chevrolet's best-selling vehicles and for the 2018 model year, things should get better and better.

Source: Chevrolet - Press release, specs, and video after the "read more" jump.

Press Release:

The perfect balance of design and technology

Call it the right balance. On the autumnal equinox today, Chevrolet introduced the all-new 2018 Equinox, a fresh and modern SUV sized and designed to meet the needs of the compact SUV customer.

“We’ve got the strongest truck business in the industry and we’ve reinvigorated our car lineup with Volt, Cruze and Malibu,” said Alan Batey, Global Chevrolet president. “We’re applying the same customer focus to grow our crossover/SUV business — starting with the Chevrolet Equinox.”

Today’s compact SUV customers want a vehicle that meets all of their needs, from design, connectivity and safety perspectives. The Equinox delivers on all fronts, starting with its fresh new design and all-new propulsion systems.

Fresh, new design
The new Equinox’s expressive exterior has a lean, muscular skin echoing the global Chevrolet design cues and sculpted shapes seen in the Volt, Malibu and Cruze. Extensive aero development in the wind tunnel influenced the sleek shape.

It is a richer, more detailed design featuring chrome trim on all models and Malibu-inspired styling. Projector-beam headlamps are standard, along with LED daytime running lamps. At the rear, horizontal taillamps emphasize the Equinox’s wide stance, while uplevel models feature LED taillamps.

“Customers who previewed the vehicle early on had a strong emotional response to the sleek and sophisticated exterior design,” said John Cafaro, executive director, GM Design. “Those same themes are carried through to the interior, making the space beautifully intuitive.”

The interior takes advantage of the Equinox’s all-new architecture to offer a down-and-away instrument panel, while a low windshield base provides a commanding outward view. New elements such as available denim-style seat fabric blend high style with high durability, while a new “kneeling” rear seat enhances functionality. With it, the bottom cushions tilt forward when the split-folding seatbacks are lowered, allowing a flat floor for easier loading.

The 2018 Equinox offers purposeful technology that helps keep passengers safe, comfortable and connected.

Chevrolet’s latest connectivity technologies are front and center, including 7- and 8-inch-diagonal MyLink infotainment systems designed to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is subject to their terms, privacy statements and data plan rates, as well as a compatible smartphone.)

The Equinox offers a comprehensive suite of available active safety technologies and adaptive crash-avoidance features that provide ease of use and peace of mind on the road.

Teen Driver is also offered, allowing parents to set controls and review an in-vehicle report card in order to encourage safer driving habits, even when they are not in the vehicle.

Available advanced active safety features to enhance driver awareness on the road include radar- and camera-based adaptive technologies that can provide alerts to potential crash threats, allowing the driver to react and make changes to avoid them, including:
  • New Safety Alert Seat
  • New Surround Vision
  • New Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator
  • New Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • New Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • New Rear Seat Reminder
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert 
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert

Turbocharged engines and more
A range of three turbocharged engines — including the compact SUV segment’s first turbo-diesel in North America — provides customers more choices when it comes to performance, efficiency and capability in the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.

They include a 1.5L turbo, a 2.0L turbo — matched with GM’s new nine-speed automatic transmission — and a 1.6L turbo-diesel.

“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.”

The new Equinox is the first Chevrolet model in North America to use an all-turbocharged, multi-engine powertrain lineup. That includes the expected segment-exclusive 1.6L turbo-diesel that will offer customers excellent efficiency and capability.

“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.”

Additional vehicle highlights:
  • Approximately 400 pounds (180 kg) lighter than the current model — a 10 percent weight reduction
  • Switchable AWD system that enhances efficiency by disconnecting from the rear axle when not needed 
  • Unique kneeling rear seat that enables a flat rear load floor and up to 63.5 cubic feet (1,798 liters) of maximum cargo space

Equinox sales have reached more than 2 million since its launch and it is Chevrolet’s second-best retail selling vehicle, after the Silverado.

The 2018 Equinox goes on sale in the first quarter of 2017 in North America. It rolls out to approximately 115 additional global markets later in the year.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


2018 Chevrolet Equinox
Body style / driveline:
five-passenger, four-door SUV, front-engine, front- or all-wheel drive
EPA vehicle class:
compact SUV


Engine / Type:
1.5L turbo DOHC DI
2.0L turbo DOHC DI
1.6L turbo-diesel
Block material:
cast aluminum
cast aluminum
cast aluminum
Cylinder head material:
cast aluminum
cast aluminum
cast aluminum
Fuel delivery:
direct injection
direct injection
direct injection
Horsepower (hp / kW):
170 / 127 (GM-estimated)
252 / 188 (GM-estimated)
136 / 101 (GM-estimated)
Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm):
203 / 275 (GM-estimated)
260 / 353 (GM-estimated)
236 / 320 (GM-estimated)
GM-est. fuel economy:
31 hwy
28 hwy
40 hwy
Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic
Hydra-Matic 9T50 nine-speed automatic
Hydra-Matic 6T45 six-speed automatic

Chassis / Suspension

Suspension (front):
MacPherson strut with side-loaded modules, specifically tuned coil springs, direct-acting stabilizer bar
Suspension (rear): 
4 Link Independent Rear Suspension
Steering type:
Dual Rack and Pinion Electric Power Steering
Turning circle (ft / m):
37.4 / 11.4 (17-inch wheels)

Brakes & Wheels

Brake type:
four-wheel disc with ABS and ESC; Duralife rotors and low-drag calipers (US)
Wheel size and type:
17-, 18- and 19-inch aluminum

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (in / mm):
107.3 / 2725
Overall length (in / mm):
183.1 / 4652
Overall width (in / mm):
72.6 / 1843
Overall height (in / mm):
65.4 / 1661
Track (in / mm):
front: 62.2 / 1580
rear: 62.2 / 1581

Interior Dimensions

Seating capacity:
2 / 3
Headroom (in / mm):
Front - 40.0/1015 (w/o SR), 38.2/970 (w/ Sunroof)
Rear - 38.5/977 (w/o SR), 36.9/936 (w/ Sunroof)
Legroom (in / mm):
40.9 / 1040 (front)
39.7 / 1008 (rear)
Shoulder room (in / mm):
57.2 / 1452 (front)
55.5 / 1410 (rear)
Hip room (in / mm):
54.2 / 1377 (front)
51.7 / 1314 (rear)

Weights & Capacities

Base curb weight (lb / kg):
3327 / 1509 (1.5L w/ FWD)
Fuel capacity (gal / L):
14.7 / 55 (FWD)
15.5 / 58 (1.6L diesel)
Max cargo room (cu ft / L):
29.9 / 846 (behind rear seat)
63.5 / 1798 (rear seat folded)
Max trailering (lb / kg):
3500 / 1585 (2.0L turbo)

Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.