Chevy just launched a new generation of Equinoxes, providing a fresh take on the popular compact SUV. With lots of new features and an affordable price, the 2018 Chevy Equinox is destined to be another consumer favorite at Bloomington Chevrolet dealers and other Chevrolet stores across the U.S.
The new Equinox is smaller and lighter than its bulkier predecessor but doesn’t sacrifice rear seat and cargo space. The Equinox’s lighter weight—the redesign shed 400 lbs.—plus a new engine make it a quicker accelerator than its predecessor.
The new Equinox is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 170 horsepower and 203 ft-lb of torque. A 2-liter four-cylinder that cranks out 252 horsepower and 260 ft-lb of torque is also available.
Chevy gave the new Equinox a facelift with a more refined looking front end. One neat feature on the exterior is the grille’s active shutters, which work to improve fuel economy.
Chevy gave the vehicle’s interior a refresh, too. The new cabin offers a user-friendly dashboard and control layout. Physical radio and climate control buttons supplement touchscreen controls and are easy to use. The vehicle also offers smartphone integration. The cargo area is straightforward and also offers a hidden compartment for security and for small items.
With regard to safety, the new Equinox offers a variety of active safety gear, including a multi-camera parking system, emergency braking system, lane departure warning, and more. One great option offered is a rear seat reminder that will let you know if you left anything in the rear area of the vehicle after you exit.
With regard to price, the 2018 Equinox starts at around $25,000, and a fully-loaded version will set you back around $40,000. This makes the Equinox a bargain compared to competitors like the Honda CR-V.
Chevy released the Equinox in 2004, and the original version of the vehicle was built on the GM Theta platform, a platform similar to ones used for the Saturn Vue and Suzuki XL7. The original Equinox was equipped with a 3.4-liter V6 engine that produced 185 horsepower and 210 ft-lb of torque. A more powerful engine option was introduced later.
The second generation of Equinoxes hit dealer showrooms in 2009. These Equinoxes were equipped with new engines that improved fuel economy. During the second generation of Equinoxes, Chevy vastly improved the build quality and reliability of its vehicles. The second generation became quite popular among consumers and quickly became Chevy’s third best-selling vehicle, just behind the Silverado truck and Cruze sedan.
The new generation of Equinoxes will continue Chevy’s progress in automotive quality, delivering an affordable small SUV that families and individual consumers can rely upon for space, safety, and style.
Community Cars is an Indianapolis-area Chevy dealership with a wide selection of new and pre-owned Chevy vehicles, including the 2018 Chevy Equinox. Stop by today to learn more about this great vehicle and to take a test drive.