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DIESEL-EQUIPPED EQUINOX IS A CARGO, PASSENGER HAULER

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
So far, to million Chevrolet Equinox units have been sold. The number continues to increase briskly on an annual basis. That should not surprise anyone because the redesigned 2018 Equinox, smaller (wheelbase down by 5.2 and length by 4.7 inches) and 400-pound lighter than its predecessor, is a noteworthy crossover SUV.
Our test-drive front-wheel compact crossover was equipped with a 1.6-liter inline-4 turbo diesel engine putting out 137 horsepower @ 3750 rpm and 240 pounds-feet of torque @ 2000 rpm while coupled with a slick 6-speed auto gearbox. Suspension is handled by an independent MacPherson strut front and the rear gets a four-link with coil springs. An electric power rack-and-pinion steering guides the Equinox to its destination.
A single-tier grille with the gold bowtie Chevy emblem, flanked by wraparound HID headlights and LED daytime running lights, boost its bold appearance. Passenger space is a cool 103.2 cubic feet with the folded rear seat. Head and legroom is plentiful for rear-seat passengers. Storage areas are numerous as well as cavernous such as the center console, which can hold a laptop, and an underfloor cargo bin. The compass and driver information center, sandwiched between the speedometer and tachometer, is functional. Other amenities include dual auto a/c, premium cloth seats, 7-inch touchscreen for nav, phone and audio controls, eight-way power driver and four-way front-passenger seats, and a robust tilt/telescopic leather steering column.
Standard safety features include dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag for both rows, four-wheel antilock brakes with brake assist, stability and traction control, remote keyless entry, antiskid system, rear camera, park assist and side blind-zone alert, three-point safety belts for front, tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights.
For all you skeptical folks, the diesel powertrain in the Equinox works just fine. It is quiet and responsive with impressive acceleration, remarkable handling and steering experience. At the same time, the SUV impresses with significant cargo and passenger-hauling capabilities, as well as laudable diesel economy.

EQUINOX LT
Tires: P225/65R17
Wheelbase: 107.3 inches
Length: 187.8 inches
Weight: 3,761 pounds
Fuel capacity: 14.9 gallons
City: 28 mpg
Highway: 39 mpg
Base price: $30,490
Price as tested: $33,830
Web site: www.chevrolet.com

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