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The new Equinox is another example of Chevrolet's renaissance. Its platform mate, the GMC Terrain, will be shown in Toronto in February
Though it debuted at the Los Angeles show last November, the Montreal show is where the Equinox was first presented in Canada. Based on a new architecture, the 2018 Equinox is built on a 132 mm (5.2 inch) shorter wheelbase, spans 118 mm (4.6 inches) less from bumper to bumper. The Equinox has been put on a diet as it is up to 180 kilograms lighter than its predecessor.
The primary gasoline engine for the Equinox is a 170 horsepower 1.5L turbo four cylinder; a 252 horsepower 2L turbo four is optional. In what might be a Too-Late-to-Stop-It move, given the fiasco of the Volkswagen diesel, Chevrolet announced that a 160 horsepower 1.6L turbodiesel engine will be available. The 1.5L gas four and the diesel are hooked up to a conventional six-speed automatic transmission, with the 2L attached to a new nine-speed.
The cabin of the new Equinox reflects the current School of Chevrolet design, with a dashboard that looks lifted directly from the Malibu sedan. The rest of the interior is stylish, with pleasing shapes, some attractive colour combinations and matte finished hard surfaces. The shorter wheelbase has not diminished cabin space, with rear seat legroom being ample. The front seats are very comfortable, but cutouts at the outboard ends of the rear seatback leave some occupants feeling unsupported. The cargo area is substantial.
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