2018 Chevy Equinox Diesel Priced From $31,435

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - July 14, 2017

The 2018 Equinox boasts an expanded range of turbocharged engines that will soon include an all-new 1.6-liter diesel. Offering an estimated 40 mpg highway, it will be a rare entrant to a highly competitive playing field of small SUVs.

Order guides reveal the Equinox Diesel has been priced just above $31,000 and will range to nearly $34,000. So what kind of premium does that equate to versus the gas versions? What are some key differences in equipment?

Here's what you need to know.

Just North Of $31,000

Recent order guides show the 2018 Equinox LT Diesel will start from $31,435 including destination. That's $1,345 more than an equivalent LT with the 2.0T engine and $3,740 more than the 1.5T.

The better-equipped Premier Diesel will start from $33,930, which is $2,195 more than an equivalent 1.5T but actually $600 less than the Premier 2.0T. All-wheel drive is available for an additional $1,750.

We reached out to GM to find out why the gas-powered Premier is more expensive. According to spokesperson Tara Stewart Kuhnen, it's because the Premier comes with several extra features: 19-inch Ultra Bright Machined Wheels, dual exhaust and a tow rating of 3,500 lbs.

All versions of the Equinox Diesel will come with a 1.6-liter turbo producing 137 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed automatic is standard. GM says the vehicle will earn 32 mpg in the city and up to 40 mpg on the highway (opting for all-wheel drive sacrifices 1 mpg city and 3 mpg highway). This will potentially make it the most fuel-efficient SUV in its class.

Notable Features

The LT will come with 17-inch aluminum wheels, cloth seats and a 7-inch infotainment system that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The most notable option is the $2,395 Sun and Infotainment Package that gets you some extra features like a larger 8-inch system, multiple USB ports and power sunroof.

The Premier adds 18-inch wheels, leather seats, the 8-inch touchscreen and dual-zone climate. It also comes with a universal home remote, remote start and roof rails. You can add a 7-speaker Bose audio system with HD Radio plus navigation and a power moonroof with the $2,620 Sun, Sound and Navigation Package.

Both trims will come with a standard blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert and rear park assist. In the Premier, shoppers can add the $1,895 Confidence and Convenience Package II, which gets you forward collision alert with low-speed automatic braking, lane-keeping assist, surround view monitor, adaptive headlights and more.

Increasing Field of Diesels

In terms of price, the Equinox LT Diesel will come in $1,130 less than the upcoming 2018 GMC Terrain SLE Diesel, which has been priced from $32,565. Similarly, the Premier will be $1,210 less expensive than the Terrain SLT.

As far as competition, Mazda will release a much-anticipated diesel version of its redesigned CX-5. Pricing hasn't been announced, but we suspect it'll fall in the same range given that the current CX-5 Grand Touring tops out at around $30,335.

Will buyers take to the new range of diesels given how inexpensive gas has been? Is there a leftover stigma surrounding diesels following the Volkswagen emissions scandal? That remains to be seen. For now, SUV shoppers certainly seem to have something compelling to look forward to.

, Senior Pricing Analyst

Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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