If you are interested in for the new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, you not only one. The Equinox is one of Chevrolet most successful crossovers having sold over a million units since in North America alone since the second-generation model was launched in 2010; the model is more popular in Europe. Ever since its initial inception in 2005 in the compact SUV market which was fairly new at the time, the vehicle has gained a lot of popularity. Its second generation was starting to look a bit rusty and needed an extensive refresh.
Despite its popularity, buyers of the outgoing model complained of its non-impressive fuel economy and its lack of adequate safety features, areas Chevrolet is keen on improving with the new model. Already we have seen some of these improvements in the spy shots our photographers have managed to capture. Though the vehicle was under heavy camouflage, we have been able to gather the following information about it:
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Exterior
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will be completely revised. It will be based on a new compact platform referred to as the D2XX platform. The new platform will result in a reduced curb weight which will have a direct impact on fuel economy and performance.
The new vehicle looks much more sportier than the outgoing model. The front is where most changes lie. First, the model will have a new grille flanked by revised LED projector headlights and DRLs on LT and LTZ trims. The front will also feature new fog lights. According to credible reports, higher trim levels will feature a larger grille with a chrome accenting.
As said earlier, the vehicle our spy shots captured testing was under heavy camouflage hence we cannot tell much of its boy design. However, it is clear the rear will sport redesigned bumper inserts and dual-element taillights. In addition, rumor has it that base models will ride on 17-inch wheels while higher trims will get 18 inches.
Other body panels were under camouflage meaning they have been revised. Once we get a shot of the vehicle without camouflage or the automaker reveals more information we will readily update you.
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Interior
Our photographers didn’t get close enough to take interior shots of the cabin. However, I am of the view that even if they got close enough, the cabin wouldn’t have revealed much. This is because the model is still far away from its on sale date meaning the cabin styling is not yet ready. Most likely, the automaker was only testing the model to see how it responds in the streets.
We understand that the vehicle will have improved features to offer a more comfortable driving experience. According to rumors, there will be a 7.0-inch touch-screen. It will also feature an OnStar system with 4GLTE connectivity as well as WI-Fi hotspots. There will also be a rearview camera. For entertainment, the vehicle will feature a radio and a quality sound system. For rear entertainment, there will be a pair of tablets mounted on the headrests of the front seats.
Unlike the outgoing model, safety has been enhanced with the inclusion of a quality package of airbags. It will also come with various driving aids such as forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, stability and traction control, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure assist and high beam lights (higher trims) among others.
Engine Specs and performance
The automaker had not released official drive-trains of the Equinox as of this writing. However, rumor has it that the model will feature the same lineup of engines as the Buick Envision. If this is true, then expect to find a 2.5 L, 4-cylinder engine under the hood of base models.
The second engine will be turbocharged, a fact we can see in one of our spy shots where the front bumper is removed to reveal an intercooler of the turbocharged engine. The Buick is powered by a 2.0 L, turbocharged engine but according to rumors, Chevrolet will use a 1.5 L engine like the one on the Malibu sedan to balance power with fuel economy.
Both engines will be paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission but since the models are still far away, the automaker could hook it up with a 9-speed automatic transmission which GM is working on in partnership with Ford The models will be offered with front-wheel drive as standard though all-wheel drive will be available.
Price and release date
Over the past year, Chevrolet has been busy releasing one model after the other. Due to this, the automaker might delay the 2018 Equinox’s release date. However, the model is likely to come in the second quarter of 2017.
As for the price, it is way too early for the automaker to release official details. Due to the competition in the segment, don’t expect the price to vary much from that of the current model which starts at $ 23,495 and rise to as much as $35,000.
This segment is very competitive with competing manufacturers constantly upgrading their models. The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox top competitors will be the likes of Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-4, Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV 4, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Acura RDX, Jeep Compass and Honda CR-V.
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