It feels like the 2017 model year just got here, but it’s already time to look ahead at what’s coming down the line. Even though consumers are still enjoying the honeymoon phase with the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox, the 2018 Equinox is already revving up its engine.

Below are just some of the detailed changes for the 2018 Chevy Equinox.

Changes Coming to the New Chevrolet Equinox

Performance

For the 2018 model year, Chevy is dropping an available 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine into the Equinox to supplement the standard 1.5-liter turbo and upgraded 2.0-liter turbo engines. This makes the 2018 Equinox the first Chevy ever to offer a turbo-only powertrain lineup for a multi-engine model. The new diesel engine is expected to deliver 40 MPG on the highway, a number practically unheard of in the SUV class. Plus, it’s supposed to do it more quietly than ever.

The new Equinox also features a switchable all-wheel drive system that disconnects from the rear axle when not in use to boost efficiency.

Exterior Design

The 2018 redesign brings the Equinox closer to the genes of the smaller Volt, Cruze, and Malibu of the Chevy family with more of a stout shape. The doors and side panels feel more sedan-like. New LED lighting fixtures adorn the front and rear of the vehicle and the front grille received a facelift to better capture the curvature of the front end.

The all-new Equinox sheds 400 pounds from its curb weight from 2017 and is also wider, lower, and shorter along with a turning radius that is 10 percent tighter. This was all despite adding 3.5 cubic feet of interior volume.

Safety

Chevy never stops evolving its safety features and the 2018 Equinox is a glimpse into the future of such technology. New for the model year are a rear-seat alert that informs you of anyone or anything left behind, forward collision alert that keeps tabs on decelerating cars in front of you, low-speed automatic braking to help avoid collisions, and a surround vision feature that provides an overhead view of your Equinox on an 8-inch touchscreen.

Interior Design

The 2017 model year was packed with so much technology that Chevy was hard-pressed to make any considerable jumps in this department. But what they did do was make the Chevy MyLink technology standard, something that was only an available add-on in the year prior.

An available denim-style seat fabric is a new twist, as is a “kneeling” rear seat feature which allows for a completely flat floor when the seatbacks are lowered.  

Getting the New Equinox

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is expected to hit dealerships in the U.S. in early 2017 and more than 100 global markets soon after. Price has yet to be determined, but considering that the Equinox is Chevy’s second-best selling retail vehicle after the Silverado with more than two million sales to date, demand will no doubt be high.

If you’d like to move to the front of the line or simply learn more about the new Equinox, contact Hendrick Chevrolet in Cary and speak with an associate today.