What You Need to Know About the 2018 Chevrolet EquinoxDec 15th, 2016
2017 is barely here and Chevrolet is ready to launch the 2018 model of the Chevrolet Equinox SUV. The Equinox sees a complete redesign for the 2018 model year with a new design, new safety features, and new powertrains.
A much needed exterior redesign is the first thing you notice about the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. The front fascia now follows the current Chevrolet design language and is similar in style to the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu and 2017 Chevrolet Cruze. The new headlights feature signature LED daytime running lights with projector low beam lights. Around to the back, the Equinox looks similar to the Traverse SUV and 2017 Cruze Hatchback. The interior of the Equinox has also been updated with a new simplified center dashboard that is accented by the 8-inch touchscreen. Leather and soft touch materials cover nearly every inch of the cabin and convenience features such as heated seats front and back, push button start, power rear lift tailgate are options that can be fitted to the Equinox.
Safety is something that Chevrolet takes very seriously which is why the new Chevrolet Equinox is packed with safety features that are designed to prevent an accident, keep you safe during an accident, and ensure that medical services quickly reach you after an accident.
To prevent an accident, the Equinox can be fitted with a host of technology features such as Lane Keep Assist which gently steers the vehicle if it has detected that it is drifting outside of the lane. Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, and a Rear Vision camera further add an umbrella of safety around the Equinox. A new feature for this vehicle is Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking which will automatically brake and stop the vehicle if it detects an imminent collision when travelling below 80 km/h.
But sometimes an accident is unavoidable in which case the 2018 Equinox is equipped with 10 standard airbags, high strength steel in key location throughout the vehicle to protect the occupants, and an industry-first front center side-impact airbag which deploys to the inboard side of the driver seat to add a layer of protection between driver and passenger.
When the vehicle has been in an accident, standard OnStar system will automatically connect you with an OnStar advisor that can pinpoint your location and send emergency help to your exact location.
The days of the V6 engine are coming to an end as more and more manufacturers are opting for smaller turbocharged powertrains. Chevrolet is no exception as the 2018 Equinox will no longer be available with a V6 engine. Instead there are 3 engine choices to choose from. The base engine will be a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder that will produce 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. Moving up, a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder will be an option with 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. But for maximum fuel efficiency, Chevrolet is also going to offer a diesel 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that delivers 136 horses and 236 lb-ft of torque with up to 5.9 L/100km of fuel efficiency on a highway. Further adding to improved fuel efficiency figures across all engine choices is start/stop technology which automatically shuts the engine off at stop lights to save fuel. With the 2.0L engine, a new 9-speed automatic transmission is available. Also, Chevrolet’s engineers have managed to shed 400 lbs of weight from the previous generation Equinox but without sacrificing safety.
Expect to see the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox hit dealerships in Spring of 2018 but if you want to stay updated on any new news regarding the 2018 Equinox, sign up for newsletters in the link below: