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.
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.
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.