2018 Chevrolet Equinox: “I Ain’t Afraid of No Diesels!”

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Yesterday, on the autumnal equinox, Chevrolet took the opportunity to debut the new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox — get it? — to a crowd of journalists in Chicago. Lots of changes come with the full refresh, including a surprise engine option.

For those who thought that Volkswagen screwed the proverbial pooch on diesel sales in the United States in anything other than big pickup trucks, Chevrolet doesn’t think so. One of the three engines in the all-turbocharged lineup is a 1.6L turbodiesel engine making 136 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. It includes stop-start technology and is expected to have an EPA rating of 40mpg on the highway.

If you don’t want to spend the premium to get the diesel engine — pricing hasn’t been announced — there will be a base 1.5L turbo and a 2.0L turbo making 252 horsepower. Regardless of what engine you pick, you’ll get a 9-speed automatic transmission

The base engine goes on sale early next year, while the 2.0L gas and 1.6L diesel hit the streets in summer of 2017.

What do you think? Is a turbodiesel the way to go, or would you stay far, far away from it? Let us know what you think in the forums!

Chad Kirchner is a longtime automotive journalist who covers Ford news and auto reviews for Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online. He is also a regular contributor to Corvette Forum, among other auto sites. Kirchner is the Editor-in-Chief of Future Motoring and the host of its podcast.

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