Battles have for ages been waged between car manufacturers, and this one just went viral. Currently, the crossover market is where the mightiest kicks and blows are being traded. And you can count on Chevy to always be at the center of it all. Seemingly following the "if you can't beat them join them" principle, Chevy did away with the bigger Equinox to pave the way for the smaller 2018 version of the SUV. Well, perhaps the predecessor was not that much of a pushover but what just debuted is even more majestic. The Equinox is now hotter than ever, and it goes easy on the gas. It carries the interior space and technology that screams "bring it on CRV," all this without anyone uttering a word.
Weight loss, it has become the in thing nowadays, hasn't it? The new Equinox just shed some 400 pounds without dieting or hitting the gym, yes, if you are struggling with "fat" issues then this vehicle will undoubtedly make you jealous. Apart from that, the Chevy still defends its reputation for refinement. It features less road and wind noise, a stable and remarkably soft ride, especially with the available 18-inch wheels. The exterior of this year's Equinox will have you thinking Malibu or Voltz but hold on a minute, the engine lineup is all new, and it even includes a diesel powerhouse.
Where does it generate its power?
Gone is the naturally aspirated 2.4-liter engine and it paves the way for a power trio. There are two new 4-cylinder gasoline engines that are turbocharged. These include the 1.5-liter engine that churns out 170hp and the 2.0-liter that produces 252 hp. Also available is a 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4 diesel engine mated to an automatic six-speed transmission. Finally, there is the 2.0-liter turbo-four that is paired to a 9-speed automatic. The diesel engine is the most fuel efficient Equinox with an approximate 40 miles to the gallon on the highway.
How safe is the Equinox?
The new Equinox carries a multitude of active safety tech features including a forward collision warning system with following distance indicator. Other available features include: a Safety Alert Seat, automatic emergency braking system, a parking system with several cameras and lane keep assist. In addition, the Equinox has lane keep assist and rear cross traffic alert. You can also use the rear sear reminder to help you check for anything that you may have left behind.
Which trim packages are on offer?
So after you have chosen to go for the 2018 Equinox, there is one more thing to consider, the trim that will give you the best value for your money. There are four trims available with this new Chevy; the L, Ls, Lt, and Premier. The L which is the base Equinox has a starting price of $24,525 while the top of the range Premier package starts at $31,735. The different trim levels are significantly different in terms of special features, but they offer similar packages in storage, design and seating capacity.
Can it face off with the category's giants?
The Equinox has always been a hit for Chevy. Since 2004, the car has sold more than 2 million, making it Chevy's second most purchased vehicle after the Silverado. It rose up the ranks to fifth place in its class in just three months last year and it keeps going. With the 252 hp 2.0-liter engine, it will definitely give the Nissan Rogue and Honda CRV a run for their money.