Chevrolet launches the Equinox 2018, new platform and image for the compact SUV

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Chevrolet Equinox 2018, the third generation of the compact SUV.

Chevrolet has presented the new generation of the Equinox, the model of the brand to the segment of compact SUV american, and that in this new iteration change of platform and it decreases with respect to the previous generation, besides having a completely different style, closer to that of the other models of the brand, like the Cruze or the Malibu. Although the main surprise of this presentation has come from the hand of a new diesel version, by the first time in the segment in the united States.

The new Equinox 2018 is now based in the platform Delta, in place of the architecture Theta that employed above, so it has a size slightly more compact, 4.652 mm in length in place of the 4.770 mm of the second generation. Despite the new size, the Equinox 2018 can boast of enjoying a greater amplitude in the passenger compartment, as well as more cargo space and a modularity increased compared to its predecessor.

Thanks to the use of the new platform, the latest generation of the architecture Delta, the new Equinox manages to reduce its weight in anything less than 180 kilos, according to the brand. The Equinox 2018 shares this platform with models like the Opel Astra K or Chevrolet Cruze and Volt 2016, and we could see it reach Europe in the form of the substitute of the Opel Antara.

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New aesthetic shared with the Chevy Volt or Cruze today.

In-plane mechanical find a range initially formed by three engines, supercharged, two of them petrol and that will be the absolute novelty of the model, a diesel four-cylinder and 1.6-liter direct-injection delivery 137 HP (136 hp) and a maximum torque of 320 Nm. Chevy has not revealed by the time all the details of this mechanism, but we understand that it is the same 1.6 CDTi that we can find in the range Opel.

In the case of the Equinox-2018 this will be associated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and approvals in cycle EPA 40 mpg, around 5.9 litres/100km. An identical configuration of the transmission mounted to the next step of the range mechanics, a block petrol 1.5-liter turbo 172 HP (170 hp) and 275 Nm of torque. Finally, the engine is highest corresponds with a four-cylinder turbo 2.0-liter that throws a 255 HP (252 hp) and 353 Nm of torque, this block will be associated to an automatic transmission of nine speeds.

All versions mechanical feature front-wheel-drive serial, with optional all-wheel drive system, which is able to disconnect the rear axle to increase fuel efficiency.

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Two petrol engines of 1.5 and 2.0 liters, the new diesel 1.6-litre.

In the cabin, we now find more space and the latest developments of the system MyLink General Motors, with screens 7 and 8 inches with connectivity to the systems Apple Carplay and Android Auto. One of the novelties most curious will be the option of a textile finish in Denim, denim for the lining of the seats. This finish not only offers a more young and casual customers, in addition to according to the brand promises greater durability than conventional tissue.

Among the active safety systems of the new Equinox 2018 we can find the usual notices of change of lane and alert, dead angle, plus a new radar and camera that allow the vehicle to have systems like the collision warning system or automatic braking in emergency at low speeds, among others. Likewise, the Equinox 2018 account with mode “young driver” that allows parents to review the use that the young driver has been able to make it to the vehicle.

The new Equinox 2018 will be available in north America during the first quarter of 2018, although the version with diesel engine will be the last to arrive, during the summer. In the market will have to compete in one of the segments that were more complex than that market, full of numerous models such as the Toyota RAV4. Soon after, Chevy will launch it in up to 115 different markets, including Europe, where we expect is the basis of the new generation of the Opel Antara, although good insurance with a great redesign aesthetic through.