I am not fond of any muscle car or SUV, just because of their thirst. I have become some new man in the previous years. A great majority of my friends think that I am crazy and that I don’t know anything. They like their car to be noisy. They would like some v8 or v12. They would like to hear their engines roar. I am not saying anything against the sound, but I like my cars to be ecology friendly. That is the only thing I have against those “stronger” cars. But, this time, I am not standing behind my words, and I can say that I really like the new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.
Equinox was presented in 2010 and it was refreshed in 2016. We thought that there was some truth behind all the rumors, but we have expected nothing like this. The vehicle was actually available during the Detroit Auto Show. Anyone could enter and try it. Every single opinion was the same. Very roomy, elegant and (if the info is correct) it is very cheap to drive.
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Release Date and Price
The exact 100% certain release date is nowhere to be found. You can go to the official website and build your own setup and order the vehicle, but there are no official dates. The only general information is that it is going to be available for, us mortals, during the summer of 2017.
The base price for the vehicle is $23,580 and you can get a lot for that price. The average fuel efficiency is going to be 40 MPG. That number is only for the 1.6L Turbo Diesel engine. We are going to cover that side of the story later in the text.
What Has Changed?
The new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is a total redesign of the vehicle and that is simply noticeable as soon as you catch a glance of the vehicle. The entire exterior is perhaps recognizable only because of the insignia this SUV proudly wears at front. While we are there, there is no way that we can neglect the front fascia and a huge grille. Beautiful design which lives in symbiosis with menacing LED daytime running lights. The entire hood is also redesigned and just like some blogger wrote a couple of weeks ago, “it looks like chevy has been going to the gym lately”. Seriously, the hood is now more muscular and, although it is still very short, it looks larger. I don’t know. Maybe that is simply something like a buffed up Hobbit.
The Same philosophy goes around the car with the subtle edge, going all across the vehicle, and stops at really cool taillights. Now placed vertically, split by the hood they now look more exotic and not just bland like the previous versions. The entire body is somehow molded better, and it now looks like some elegant sculpture with a curve here, a bump there and there you go. You have the best version of the Chevy Equinox ever made.
The next detail that should be interesting for everyone is the diet this car has gone through. It miraculously stripped over 400 pounds, which, again takes us to yet another reason, this car is so fuel efficient.
Look at the Inside
The entire interior of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox has been done to please the customers. There are tons of security measures for you as a grown up and your kids. Teenagers to be precise.
Trim levels are L, LS, LT, and Premiere. You could choose to have the FWD or AWD version. While the AWD shows itself as better with only $4,000 to differentiate them. The AWD is made to be the smart version of the “mountain crawler”, where it automatically turns itself off when the computer doesn’t see it as a necessity. Thus, you save fuel, and you still have the commodity of bringing your family and friends through the treacherous trails over the hills and mountains. Or you could just go by yourself because you are an adventurer.
As we could notice, all 2018 Chevrolet Equinox trim levels have the central infotainment screen and only the Premier trim has leather seats with driver memory. Every trim level will have an optional collision alert triggering the “not so subtle” vibration underneath you. Maybe the audio warning you could see on the previous version had some flaws, or you couldn’t react in time. Other options go from smart high beams to teenage control. That teenage control is one very interesting option and it exists as a spy for you. It will activate some extra safety options like side blind zone alert, forward collision alert and low speed forward automatic braking. The computer remembers every single problem your “young hope” had during the drive. It will basically point out every single detail like distance, speed, over speed, collision alerts, etc.
The rest of the safety measures are nothing special for one modern vehicle. Stuff like Low speed forward automatic braking, lane keep assist and forward collision alert are the stuff taken from the semi-autonomous vehicles.
Available exterior colors for 2018 Chevrolet Equinox are Nightfall Gray Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, and Summit White. Premium color which costs somewhere around $400 is Orange Burst Metallic. The only interior color is Medium Ash Gray.
There will be three versions of engines for 2018 Chevrolet Equinox: the 1.6L Turbo Diesel Engine, 1.5L Turbo Engine, and 2.0L Turbo Engine.
First one is going to be the best of the bunch. When combined with all the previously mention attributes like lower weight and Switchable AWD, it will bring you to 40MPG, on a highway. The estimated fuel consumption for the 1.5L is somewhere around 31MPG, while we don’t have any numbers for the 2.0L. But there is something special with the 2.0 and that is an ease you can feel when trying to tow anything. Hell, you can even try to tow the Titanic with the Tow/Haul switch just below the shifter. If you are to believe everything one company tells you in order to sell something to you.
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is one well-designed monster. It would be the smart decision if you are trying to find the perfect SUV for you. It is certainly one of the most fuel efficient SUVs you can find and it comes with a nice price tag. There are some extraordinary safety technologies and you can open your trunk by placing your leg under the rear bumper. Isn’t that groovy?
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