Chevrolet unveils the 2018 Equinox. 

Last night in Chicago, Chevrolet unveiled the 2018 Equinox compact SUV to journalists and members of the media. Of course MotorWeek was there!

In addition to a thorough redesign, in and out, the Equinox comes with three engine options. They include a 1.5L turbo, a 2.0L turbo — matched with GM’s new nine-speed automatic transmission — and a 1.6L turbo-diesel.

From Chevrolet's press release: 

The new Equinox is the first Chevrolet model in North America to use an all-turbocharged, multi-engine powertrain lineup. That includes the expected segment-exclusive 1.6L turbo-diesel that will offer customers excellent efficiency and capability.

“It is an all-new 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 63.5 cubic feet (1,798 liters) of maximum cargo space

The 136-HP diesel is estimated to achieve 40 MPG highway.

Stay tuned to MotorWeek for more!