Gutsy New Engine Joins the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Lineup | Edmunds

Gutsy New Engine Joins the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Lineup


A new engine option is available for Chevrolet's Equinox compact SUV, and a third will be joining the lineup later this year.

The 2018 Chevy Equinox's base engine is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. Chevy's new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder offers 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and promises a 0-60-mph time of 7.2 seconds — a little more than a second quicker than the 1.5-liter engine.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox 2.0T

Thanks to an all-new nine-speed automatic transmission and weight reduction of 400 pounds over the previous-generation Equinox, the 2018 Equinox 2.0T returns an estimated 29 mpg highway. The Equinox 2.0T also improves on the towing capacity of the smaller engine by 1,000 pounds, with a rating of 3,500 pounds. The 2.0T is the go-to choice for Equinox buyers who'd like to do some light towing, and Chevy has bundled trailering hardware with the 2.0-liter package.

Upgrading to the 2.0-liter engine does come with added cost. Adding the more powerful engine to either the front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive Premier trim tacks on an extra $2,795. The upgrade comes with the larger motor, a nine-speed automatic transmission, 19-inch wheels, dual exhaust and trailering hardware. For the front-wheel-drive Equinox LT, the turbocharged engine comes with the same upgrades but bundles in smaller 18-inch wheels, at a price of $2,395. For the all-wheel-drive LT trim, the 2.0T adds $4,340 since it also adds the Confidence and Convenience package (a set of active safety features and some interior upgrades that comes standard with the Premier).

2018 Chevrolet Equinox 2.0T

We had a chance to drive the Equinox 2.0T, and it definitely makes the Equinox a livelier performer. The new nine-speed automatic transmission helps, delivering smooth shifts and downshifting quickly when extra power is needed. The combination adds a more premium feel and improves the driving experience — especially around town — of what was already a solid entry in the segment.

Later this summer, a turbocharged 1.6-liter diesel engine will join the lineup. The diesel will make 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque, and GM estimates it will return 40 mpg highway. EPA testing has not yet been completed, and we have not yet had a chance to drive a diesel-equipped Equinox.

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