The redesigned Equinox, which is being assembled exclusively at GM's CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, echoes the styling cues with its non-truck siblings such as the Volt, Malibu, and Cruze.

Canadians got their first taste of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox recently, with the all-new Canadian-built SUV seeing its debut in the Great White North at the 2017 Montreal Auto Show. The vehicle is set to appear in showrooms this spring, for a starting price of $26,995, which is slightly less than the current model.

The redesigned Equinox, which is being assembled exclusively at GM's CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, echoes the styling cues with its non-truck siblings such as the Volt, Malibu, and Cruze. Chevy is dropping both of the previous naturally-aspirated engines available in the Equinox - a 2.4-litre four-cylinder and 3.6-litre V6 - in favour of three turbocharged powerplants.

Canadian-made Equinox SUV goes all-in with turbos for 2018

A 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre turbo is available, as is a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel - the diesel is a first in a segment that includes stalwarts such as the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, and Ford Escape.

Chevrolet seems confident in its ability to take on those competitors. As Rick Spina, executive chief engineer for the Equinox says, "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. And it looks great doing it."

The Equinox offers all sorts of nifty equipment, including 7- and 8-inch infotainment touch screens, in-car WiFi, forward collision alert, rear seat reminder, flat-folding rear seats, and new denim-style seat fabric (it goes perfectly with a Canadian tuxedo!). Canadians fighting cold winters are also sure to appreciate the heated seats and remote starter that are standard on all trims.

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It will also have the kinds of things expected these days of a crossover, such as all-wheel drive and a new automatic transmission (a nine-speed fitted as standard to the 2.0-litre engine). The diesel model is expected to have the best fuel economy, and by quite a bit, with Chevy estimating a combined city/highway number of 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres, compared to 7.6 L/100 km for the 1.5-litre, and 8.4 L/100 km for the 2.0-litre.

In addition to the Equinox, GM is also showing the Buick Avista concept at the Montreal Auto Show.

Source: Chevrolet

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