The Chevrolet Equinox is a mid-size crossover SUV from Chevrolet based on General Motors’s Theta-unibody platform, and was introduced in 2004 for the 2005 model year. Chevrolet Equinox is mechanically similar to the Saturn Vue and the Suzuki XL7, however, the Equinox is larger and longer than the Vue. Front-wheel drive is standard, with optional all-wheel drive, but it is not designed for serious off-roading like the truck-based Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Trail Blazer. The new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will shrink in size for a better fitment in the bow tie brand’s range as well as to compete more directly against popular compact models like Honda’s CR-V, instead of floating in-between categories. It is part of a broader crossover re-sizing strategy from GM that will result in creating some space between the compact Equinox and the next full-size 8-seater Traverse, to squeeze in a new mid-size model.
2018 Chevrolet Equinox changes
Exterior of the 2018 Chevy Equinox is going to be something else. There are a few design hints that we managed to find out about, not relying on vast amounts of rumors and unconfirmed gossips online. The front headlights are slightly resembling 2016 Cruze and the latest Volt plug-in hybrid, and are placed on the sides of pentagonal grille with an aggressive design. What else we managed to confirm on the front fascia are the fog lights that are moved farther to the outside of the front bumper. The side, or the front of the side of the vehicle is looking a little bit taller which probably means some more headroom. Further to the side it is noticeable that the roof is sloping downward to the rear, and according to the online chat, info is that there is a possibility that the overhang for the rear hatch will grow a bit. The entire rear end will probably sit a little lower than before, which means that the rear headlights will go through some changes, probably wouldn’t be as tall as they used to be.
Considering the refreshed model for 2016 didn’t get too many updates inside, it’s safe to say that the next-gen model will probably feature a redesigned interior. But what is important is not to expect too much as far as materials on the inside go since Equinox already has pretty upscale ones. What is more likely is that the GM will bring a better fit and finish where it can, putting new instrument cluster with a larger information screen, a revised center stack that can support an eight-inch touch-screen display and a more simplified layout of buttons and controls. Since it is becoming a futuristic trend, GM will likely embrace a infotainment system which will be able to control more of the interior functions like the heating and air conditioning, so there should be fewer buttons on the next-gen model. Big info is, to most likely, expect Chevrolet’s latest MyLink infotainment touch-screen and matching driver-information display.
Engine and specs
Current model boasts with a 2.4 L with 182 HP and 172 lb-ft of torque, or a 3.6 L with 301 HP and 272 lb-ft of torque. We can expect some changes to both of these engines so they can provide better fuel economy and a decrease in emissions output. As far as European markets, they will probably get a range of 4 cylinder engines that drink petrol or diesel. Output will likely range from 140 HP up to around 270 for the top trim level. A six-speed manual transmission will likely be standard while a six-speed automatic should be available as an option. There are also rumors that GM is working with Ford on a new nine speed automatic but that is less likely to find its way into this model of Equinox. There is also a possibility of GM revamping its current engine range so they increase MPG ratio, but that is up to GM to make possible.
Release date and Price
As far as release date goes, we expect that this vehicle will make its debut probably later this year or early in the 2018 as the 2018 model. Since we all know GM capability, it is probably going to debut sooner rather than later, but we should wait and see.
Price is probably going to increase for both FWD and AWD models, so we can expect a price tag at around $25.000 to $32.000 for FWD models and around $30.000 to $35.000 for RWD models, depending of the equipment we choose as option.
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