Giving the people what they want – CNET

Posted: Friday, September 23, 2016

A coworker told me that the Chevrolet Equinox is probably the most-hyped vehicle the automaker produces, save for its performance models. That’s because the Equinox is wildly popular, and with the all-new 2018 Equinox, I’m thinking the masses will start overcrowding dealerships to the point where fire marshals need to get involved.

Looks-wise, the Equinox follows along the same lines as the Volt, Cruze and other new Chevrolet models. LED daytime running lights are standard, but LED taillights are only available on higher trims. The windshield base is lower, for a better view from the driver’s seat. Chevy claims the 2018 Equinox is some 400 pounds lighter than before, as well, which amounts to a 10 percent weight reduction over the current model.

Inside, the instrument panel is a bit lower, as well, to aid forward vision. Think of it as the anti-Camaro in that regard. There’s a new denim-style seat fabric, which I can assure you is much more tasteful than AMC’s denim interior from the 1970s. The rear seat now “kneels” when the seatbacks are folded, to provide a flat loading floor.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox
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There will be three powertrains available — 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 gas engines, and a 1.6-liter turbodiesel I4, which will probably make its way to the Cruze at some point in the future. The 2.0-liter engine comes mated to Chevy’s new nine-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is available, and to aid fuel economy, it can disconnect the rear axle when it’s not needed. Speaking of fuel economy, Chevrolet is hoping the diesel Equinox will achieve 40 mpg highway.

In terms of tech, its MyLink infotainment system will be available in 7-inch and 8-inch sizes, and both will feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As with every other connected GM vehicle, buyers can opt for a 4G LTE modem with Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity.

As for safety-related tech, there’s plenty of that, too. The Equinox can be optioned with a haptic-feedback seat, a surround-view camera system, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Rear Seat Reminder will keep you from leaving your children to wilt in a hot car, and Teen Driver will keep your young’uns from getting into too much trouble (ideally).

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will hit dealerships in the first quarter of 2017. Pricing is yet to be announced.

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