General Motors has sold over 2 million Chevrolet Equinoxes since the vehicle was ...
General Motors has sold over 2 million Chevrolet Equinoxes since the vehicle was introduced for 2005. But in spite of the success, the Equinox seemed a little too big, a little too thirsty, and a bit cheaply manufactured to really compete with the best-sellers in the market: the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4.
With the all-new, 3rd-gen Equinox, GM finally appears to have figured out what truly matters in this highly contentious segment. The redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Equinox may well be the first Chevy crossover that could make some headway against the segment leaders.
Under the hood is a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that’s mated to a 6-speed automatic. It blasts out 170 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque. Two other engine options will be available: a 2-liter turbocharged gas motor and a 1.6-liter turbocharged diesel. Chevy said both will be coming in the summer.
What’s remarkable about this new crossover is that Chevy engineers managed to slash 400 lbs from its curb weight. They also made it smaller, it’s 4 inches shorter than its predecessor but the amount of interior room remains the same. The Equinox also delivers a suite of safety tech including brake assist, forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, among others.
The Equinox ranked fifth among crossovers in 2016. But the new version now represents a huge step forward relative to its predecessors and it has been completely redesigned to fight for more sales, but would that be enough? Well, we have to wait and see…
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