2018 Chevy Equinox Delivers Knock-Out Diesel Fuel Efficiency
The 2018 Chevy Equinox has barely made its official debut and is already making waves thanks to its remarkable fuel economy. The vehicle will be offered with three different engine options, including a new 1.6-liter diesel powertrain that has a projected cruising range of up to 577 miles per tank and an EPA rating of up to 39 mpg on the highway. If Chevy can deliver on that promise, it will make the 2018 Equinox the best in its class when it comes to fuel economy, blowing away competition from gas-electric hybrids like the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (30 mpg highway) or the Nissan Rogue Hybrid (35 mpg).
The Equinox’s new turbodiesel engine is unlike any that currently exist in the compact SUV segment. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder beast puts out a reported 240 lb-ft of torque when mated to a six-speed automatic transmission in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
The diesel engine is specially designed out of aluminum block and head components with a new variable-swirl combustion system and a variable displacement oil pump. The variable swirl makes use of a unique technology which allows the “swirl” of fuel and air in the combustion chamber to change based on adjustments to the injection.
The Equinox’s new diesel engine also utilizes selective catalyst reduction after-treatment technology with urea-based diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). The DEF system feeds into the emissions system through heated lines in cold weather to make sure the whole engine is performing at optimum efficiency even under the toughest conditions. All this new engine tech improves efficiency under varied loads to ensure the highest fuel economy possible.
Of course, if you prefer a gasoline engine, the Equinox is still a fantastic choice for you. The 1.5-liter gasoline engine has EPA fuel economy estimates of 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway in front-wheel drive and 24/30 mpg city/highway in all-wheel drive. The 2.0-liter engine is rated at 22/29 city/highway in front-wheel drive and 22/28 city/highway in all-wheel drive. You won’t find those numbers anywhere else in the compact SUV segment.
The Equinox’s complete redesign also features the inclusion of a range of tech and safety upgrades. The new safety suite includes parking assistance, blind spot alerts, forward automatic braking, lane keep assist and a 360-degree camera. Available tech upgrades include Chevrolet’s newest MyLink infotainment system on a 7- of 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto syncing capabilities.
The new 2018 Equinox starts at $24,475 and will be available this fall at Fox Lake Chevy dealers. To find out specifically when the 2018 Chevy Equinox will be for sale at Ray Chevrolet, visit us today. Can’t wait? We’ve got plenty of other 2018 Chevy models near you ready and waiting for a test drive.