Chevrolet’s new generation Equinox is late, so don’t expect to see it this year. The last prototype we saw might lost some camo, but this is still far away from the production-ready model. The popular crossover will definitely arrive during the next year as the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, yet it will change its mid-size nature with a more suitable compact form.
2018 Chevrolet Equinox: Redesign Details
Yes, the most essential part of the redesign implies the crossover’s measures. Until now, the vehicle was declaring as a two-row mid-size crossover, but the car manufacturer has decided to add one more model, which moved the Equinox one step lower. The compact crossover class is the most popular and the toughest category at this moment, so the maker will have to give the work hard in order to create the successful model. Judging by the freshest spy shots, the 2018 Chevy Equinox will definitely be really interesting vehicle. The compact SUV is getting pretty recognizable styling tweak, which are already incorporated on the new generation Volt and Cruze models. This especially refers on the front end that will feature borrowed headlights and pentagonal grille. As for the rest of the body, it is quite noticeable that the high-riding car gets more dynamics, peculiarly in the front. We managed to see a small part of the interior, but we still have no idea in which direction goes the actual styling. Yet, we are certain that the car is getting Chevrolet’s latest MyLink infotainment touchscreen.
2018 Chevrolet Equinox: Platform and Engines
Except of the styling, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will also get the new bones. In place of the current platform, the SUV is going to use GM’s latest Delta architecture, almost the same underpinning as the Cruze. We say “almost” because it will be adjusted for the crossover needs by adding rear-multilink suspension. Under the hood, the 2017 Equinox will offer a wide range of options. The base unit will be a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 197 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. The prototype reveals intercooler, so the interesting crossover would also get a turbocharged unit. We say it will be a 2.0-liter turbo (just the same like it offers the new Buick Envision). The mill delivers 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, and will be matted to the all-wheel drive system. Still, the manufacturer cold also try with a smaller 1.5-liter turbo engine that produces 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. This one delivers less power, but it features really respectable fuel economy numbers (around 37 mpg on the highway). In any case, no matter which one option you choose, you will get a six-speed automatic gearbox, and maybe, but just maybe the new nine-speed auto transmission as an option.
Price and Arrival
Look for the new generation Equinox in early 2017. The crossover will likely keep its current pricing, so the base model could cost around $24K, or even less.