CHICAGO, IL - September 2016 - Call it the right balance. On the autumnal equinox today, Chevrolet introduced the allnew 2018 Equinox – a fresh and modern SUV sized and designed to meet the needs of the compact SUV customer.
“We’ve got the strongest truck business in the industry and we’ve reinvigorated our car lineup with Volt, Cruze and Malibu,” said Alan Batey, Global Chevrolet president. “We’re applying the same customer focus to grow our crossover/SUV business – starting with the Chevrolet Equinox.”
Today’s compact SUV customers make sure a vehicle meets all of their needs, from design, connectivity and safety perspectives. The Equinox delivers on all fronts, starting with its fresh new design and allnew propulsion systems.
A Fresh new design
The 2018 Equinox’s expressive exterior has an allnew, athletic look echoing the global Chevrolet design cues seen on vehicles such as the Cruze, Bolt EV and 2017 Trax. Extensive aero development in the wind tunnel influenced the sleek exterior.
It is a richer, more detailed design with chrome trim on all models and sculpted body sides. Projectorbeam headlamps are standard, along with LED daytime running lamps. At the rear, horizontal taillamps emphasize the Equinox’s wide stance, while uplevel models feature LED taillamps.
“During early design research clinics, customers most commented on the sleek and sophisticated exterior design,” said John Cafaro, executive director, GM Design.
“Those same themes are carried through to the interior, making the space more
functional and intuitive.”
The interior takes advantage of the Equinox’s allnew architecture to offer a down-
andaway instrument panel, while a low windshield base provides a commanding
outward view. New elements such as available denimstyle seat fabric blend high
style with highdurability, while a new “kneeling” rear seat enhances functionality.
With it, the bottom cushions tilt forward when the splitfolding seatbacks are
lowered, allowing a flat floor for easier loading.
The 2018 Equinox offers purposeful technology, helping to keep passengers safe,
comfortable and connected. Chevrolet’s latest connectivity technologies are front and center, including 7 and 8 inch diagonal MyLink infotainment systems designed to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an available OnStar 4G LTE WiFi hotspot. (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is subject to their terms, privacy statements and data plan rates, as well as a compatible smartphone.)
The Equinox offers a comprehensive suite of available active safety technologies
and adaptive crashavoidance features that provide ease of use and peace of mind
on the road.
Teen Driver is also offered, allowing parents to set controls and review in order to
encourage driving habits, even when they are not in the vehicle. Available advanced active safety features to enhance driver awareness on the road include radar and camerabased adaptive technologies that can provide alerts to potential crash threats, allowing the driver to react and make changes to avoid them, including:
New Safety Alert Seat
New Surround Vision
New Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator
New LowSpeed Forward Automatic Braking
New Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
New Rear Seat Reminder Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Turbocharged Engines and More!
A range of three turbocharged engines – including the segment’s first turbodiesel in North America – provides customers more choices when it comes to performance, efficiency and capability in the allnew 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.
They include a 1.5L turbo, a 2.0L turbo – matched with GM’s new ninespeed automatic transmission – and a 1.6L turbodiesel. “With three choices, customers can select an engine that offers more of the attributes that are important to them: efficiency, performance and capability,” said Dan Nicholson, vicepresident, Global Propulsion Systems. “The advantage for each is power of a larger engine and the efficiency of a smaller engine.”
The new Equinox is the first Chevrolet model in North America to use an all-turbocharged, multiengine powertrain lineup. That includes the segment exclusive 1.6L turbodiesel that will offer customers excellent efficiency and capability.
“It is an allnew SUV from the ground up and one that takes on the industry’s biggest competitors with a stronger architecture, greater efficiency and more technology,” said Rick Spina, executive chief engineer. “And it looks great doing it.”
Additional Vehicle Highlights:
Approximately 400 pounds (180 kg) lighter than the current model – a 10 percent weight reduction
Switchable AWD system that enhances efficiency by disconnecting from the rear axle when not needed Unique kneeling rear seat that enables a flat rear load floor and up to 63.5cubic feet (1,798 liters) of maximum cargo space.
Equinox sales have reached nearly 2 million since its launch and it is Chevrolet’s secondbest selling vehicle, after the Silverado.
The 2018 Equinox goes on sale in the first quarter of 2017 in North America. It rolls
out to approximately 115 additional global markets later in the year.