General Motors says goodbye to “Theta” architecture as the all-new 2018 Equinox reaches its third generation, complete with overhauled design and a new platform for a 400-pound diet.
The brand’s popular crossover is now seriously lighter thanks to the workout that has shed an impressive 400 pounds (181.4 kilograms) – with the lightest version now down to 3, 327 pounds (1509 kg). The Equinox also features a new exterior and interior design and styling and customers will also have the option of a diesel engine. All powertrains for the Equinox now feature turbocharged engines – with provisional specifications from Chevy estimating the base 1.5-liter four-cylinder can deliver 170 horsepower (127 kilowatts) and 203 pound-feet (275 Newton-meters). It’s mated to a six-speed automatic that could reach a rating of 31 miles per gallon highway. Next up is the gasoline 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that should achieve 252 hp (188 kW) and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm), coupled to a nine-speed automatic that would enable 28 mpg.
The surprise introduction is the 1.6-liter diesel with 136 hp (101 kW) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm), which could go up to 40 mpg with the six-speed automatic. The design has cues from Chevy’s double-tiered grille like in the new Malibu, but with focus on the lower portion. There are also new angular headlights with standard LED running lights and at the back the rectangular taillights have LED technology on higher trims. The interior features options such as the two-tone combination of light brown leather and black accents in the photo, as well as denim-like upholstery, 7- or 8-inch MyLink infotainment systems complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility or flat-folding rear seats.