Chevy will equip next Equinox with diesel engine in global push
Alan Batey, GM North American president and global Chevrolet chief, introduces the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox in Chicago. It’s the compact crossover’s first redesign since 2009. A diesel has been added to the mix, and it will have more interior room. It will be the first Chevy sold in North America with a fully turbocharged lineup of engines.
CHICAGO — The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will be shorter and lighter than the model it replaces and will be the first compact crossover offered in the U.S. with a diesel engine, General Motors said late Thursday.
The redesigned Equinox will be 400 pounds lighter than the outgoing model, which is GM’s second most popular U.S. vehicle. It will also be 4 inches shorter while adding 3.5 cubic feet of interior space when it reaches North American dealerships in the first quarter of next year.
The crossover gains numerous active safety features, fold-flat rear seats and a 10 percent tighter turning radius, GM said.
“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,” Rick Spina, the vehicle’s executive chief engineer, said in a statement.
The 2018 Equinox will be the first Chevy to be sold in North America with a fully turbocharged lineup of engines. Buyers can choose from a 1.5-liter turbo, a 2.0-liter turbo mated with a nine-speed automatic transmission or a 1.6-liter turbodiesel that GM estimates will achieve 40 mpg in highway driving.
The diesel will help Chevy as it begins selling the Equinox in about 115 new markets, vs. North America only today.
The last full redesign for the Equinox was in 2009; it was freshened last year, but its recent sales show the need for more updates to keep up with newer entries in one of the industry’s hottest segments.
Its U.S. sales are down 18 percent this year through August, the largest decline among compact crossovers that are still being produced. Sales fell 39 percent in August alone, vs. a 3.6 percent gain for the industry.
Yet it still outsells everything else in GM’s lineup except the Chevy Silverado, singlehandedly surpassing the entire Buick brand. GM has sold about 1.5 million of the current-generation Equinox in the U.S.