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Chevrolet introduces 2018 Equinox

The 2018 Equinox goes on sale in the first quarter of 2017 in North America


September 28, 2016
Michael Power
Image: Chevrolet

Image: Chevrolet

DETROIT—On the autumnal equinox, Chevrolet introduced the all-new 2018 Equinox. Today’s compact SUV customers want a vehicle that meets all of their needs, from design, connectivity and safety perspectives, the company said. The Equinox delivers on all fronts, said Chevrolet, starting with its new design and all-new propulsion systems.

Design
The new Equinox’s 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 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.

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.

Connectivity
Chevrolet’s latest connectivity technologies include 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.)

Safety
The Equinox offers a comprehensive suite of available active safety technologies and adaptive crash-avoidance features. 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.

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.

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.

Additional vehicle highlights:
Approximately 400pds (180 kg) lighter than the current model—a 10 percent weight reduction
Switchable AWD system that disconnects from the rear axle when not needed; and
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.

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.