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2018 Chevrolet Equinox: Redesign Info, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - December 20, 2016
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The Chevrolet Equinox was long overdue for a redesign, as its appearance aligned with past products by the manufacturer and was dated for its class. For the 2018 model year, Chevy has completely redesigned the Equinox and given it a brand-new line of engines to play with.

The looks of the new Equinox are not even similar to the current generation, as it boasts a design language that’s closer to the new Malibu than its predecessor. Inside its cabin, buyers will find desirable equipment such as 7- or 8-inch MyLink infotainment systems, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, 4G LTE WiFi support, and more.

In sheer size, the 2018 Equinox will be a bit smaller than the current model, as it will measure 183.1 inches long, 65.4 inches tall, and 72.6 inches wide. Its wheelbase is also shorter. While this does cut 400 pounds from its curb weight, making it nimbler and more fuel efficient, it will lose a touch of interior room relative to the current model.

Chevrolet Equinox

Powering the new Equinox are brand-new powertrains. Gone are the V6 and four-cylinder options from the current model and in come three new, turbocharged four-cylinder options. On the gasoline side will be a base 1.5-liter engine that produces 170 horsepower. Up from that engine will be a 2-liter with 252 horsepower. The 1.5T will be offered on all trims: L, LS, LT and Premier. The 2.0T will be offered on the LT and Premier only.

The Equinox will be the first in its class to offer a diesel engine in the form of a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 136 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Chevy estimates the respective highway fuel economy of these engines to come in at 31 mpg, 28 mpg, and 40 mpg. The vehicle will compete with the upcoming Mazda CX-5 Diesel.

The current Equinox is an IIHS Top Safety Pick as it received “Good” ratings in all the crash tests and a “Basic” rating in the front-crash prevention test. With the new model featuring available low-speed forward automatic braking, it scratches the IIHS’ requirement for Top Safety Pick+. Given all the other safety ratings remain the same, we expect this top-tier rating for the new model.

Expect a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is set to go on sale in the spring of 2017. GM will launch the 1.5T version first, followed by the 2.0T and diesel variants later in the year. Both the 2.0T and diesel will be available on LT and Premier models only.

Based on preliminary order guides, pricing will start at $24,475 with destination, representing a $480 increase over the base MSRP of the current 2017 model. Prices for the rest of the range are noted below (2.0T and diesel pricing will be released later).

2018 Equinox Pricing (Front-Wheel Drive)

Vehicle TrimEngineMSRP
LT Diesel1.6T DieselN/A
Premier Diesel1.6T DieselN/A

2018 Equinox Pricing (All-Wheel Drive)

Vehicle TrimEngineMSRP
LT Diesel1.6T DieselN/A
Premier Diesel1.6T DieselN/A

Although the entry price of $24,475 is attractive and $300 less than the 2016 Honda CR-V, shoppers should be aware that base models from GM are rarely stocked and tend to mainly be used for advertising purposes. Dealers will be unlikely to keep more than a few Equinox L models in stock (if at all) given that the difference between the Invoice and MSRP prices is a mere $118.

Another point worth being aware of is that GM almost always excludes its base L or 1SV models from special offers. This has been the case since the automaker expanded its use of base models in early 2015. In reality, shoppers will likely find either the LS or LT models at their local dealers, which start around $2,000 higher than the entry level.

Key competitors to the Equinox will be the Honda CR-V (from $24,745), Toyota RAV4 (from $25,850), and Jeep Cherokee (from $24,590).

See pricing & deals for the current Equinox »

Pictured: 2018 Equinox

Chevrolet Equinox

Chevrolet Equinox

Chevrolet Equinox

Chevrolet Equinox

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