The 2018 Chevy Equinox offers features that promote safety and comfort. The Equinox released three separate versions with turbo engines, but one of them is a diesel. Chevy decided to let the Equinox join the ranks of diesel by using the engines they already use in the Chevy Cruz. It was almost one year ago that the Volkswagen scandal was released putting a damper on the sales of their diesel engines, so Chevy is taking charge of the diesel market with the release of the 2018 Chevy Equinox.
2018 Chevy Equinox – Exterior and Interior Design
The exterior comes equipped with newly designed LED running lamps. Newly designed sleek lines give the Equinox a similar look to the other Chevy vehicles on the road today. The new SUV is now slightly smaller by five inches on the exterior but does not give up interior space. It is also 400 pounds lighter than the previous year making it more fuel efficient. The chassis has a 4-link independent rear suspension and rides on 17-inch wheels. The body is made up of Cast Aluminum.
The interior boasts a brand-new entertainment system that supports Apple and Android devices. It comes equipped with 4G LTE WiFi hotspot. The window base is lower for better visibility and the instrument is positioned with driver safety in mind. There is seating for five passengers and has four doors.
2018 Chevy Equinox – Whole Power Unit
Two of the three new Equinox are gas engines, with 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter Turbo. The third is a 1.6-liter turbo diesel that gets 40 mpg on the highway. This is their fourth lightweight large vehicle to have a diesel engine. It is a four-cylinder engine that puts out 136 hp, and 236 pound-feet of torque. It is one thing for a small car to get 40 miles to the gallon on the highway, but quite unique for an SUV to be able to do that. The two gas powered Equinox vehicles have turbo charged four cylinder engines as well. They have direct injection fuel systems. The 1.5-liter engine gets 31 hwy, the 2.0-liter gets 28 hwy and the 1.6 diesel gets 40 hwy miles. The new SUV comes with a switchable AWD system that disconnects itself from the axle when not in use.
Safety features include low speed forward automatic breaking. Lane assist and lane departure warning, forward collision alert, and a four-camera overhead surround vision system. It has safety alert seats and a rear seat reminder. The new models also have a teen driver safety device that allows parents to set controls and later prints a report card that details how the car was driven while their teen was driving the car. These safety features enhance driver awareness to avoid potential crashes and allow the driver to make changes that keep them safe.
2018 Chevy Equinox – Release Date and Price
The new 2018 Chevy Equinox will be available sometime in the first three months of 2017. The company is depending on the new diesel version to boost sales for them. They noticed a staggering drop in sales by almost 18% this year, so Chevy is hoping that with the release of the new diesel, sales will increase. The interest that has been shown so far makes them believe it is possible. Installing the new safety features standard, as well as having the cool features that help protect your teen while you are not in the car is a great feature as well. So, to pair safety with technology, and add better fuel economy should spark the interest that will draw more sales for them.