2018 Chevrolet Equinox Is A Sportier Compact SUV Expected To Hit Showrooms Within Q1 of 2017

Jan 21, 2017 09:52 PM EST | JP Olvido

Buyers are now treated to a third generation model of the Equinox. The Chevrolet Equinox 2018 model has a new turbocharged engine, a revised interior, a few new safety features, and more and is expected to hit dealerships within the first quarter of this year.

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. The new Equinox looks more macho over its predecessor. The hood and the fascia sports a muscular look but with a smaller hood than the previous model. Its upper grille makes contact with the radiator grille which now has a wider frame and rectangular mesh. The fog lamps look smaller and the headlights come into a point at the grille and out the fender which adds to its modern look. The wheel wells look rather bland even with a contour line that follows the arches. It gets smaller side view mirrors compared to the last Equinox model.

The new Equinox comes in three engines. Buyers can choose from a 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engines and a 1.6-liter turbocharged diesel line engine. It now sports an all-wheel drive system that enables the rear axle to disconnect when not in use.

7.0 and 8.0 MyLink infotainment systems come available to the new Equinox. It is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2018 Equinox also features an OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Safety features include numerous radar-based and camera-based adaptive tech, optional forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist, low-speed automatic braking, lane-departure assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring.

The Chevrolet Equinox 2018 model looks to directly compete with the Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4. However, it should be noted that the compact SUV market is ridiculously competitive with a large number of vehicles contending for the title of top compact SUV.

The 2018 Equinox is expected to hit the North American market within the first quarter of this year. So far, Chevrolet has not released details as to the exact date of availability as well as the Equinox's price range.

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