Finding More Power for Your Chevrolet Equinox Means Waiting a Little Longer

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
finding more power for your chevrolet equinox means waiting a little longer

General Motors will happily let you configure a newly downsized 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, but moving up a step in power means cooling your heels for a few more months.

The third-generation crossover bowed this spring with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder as its base powerplant, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and front- or all-wheel-drive traction. While that mill generates 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque, more power is on the way.

Chevrolet plans to offer two engine upgrades for the slimmed-down Equinox — a turbocharged 2.0-liter four and a 1.6-liter diesel. The first of those two engines gained its emissions certification from the California Air Resources Board last week.

While not yet available on GM’s online Build & Price tool, a spokesperson for the automaker tells us the engine should appear on the configurator about the same time the uplevel Equinox hits dealer lots. When asked when that would be, Chevrolet assistant communications manager Tara Kuhnen could only say in the “summer timeframe.”

Moving up to the 2.0-liter brings 252 hp and 260 lb-ft to the table, as well as a nine-speed automatic. The automaker estimates a 29 mile-per-gallon highway fuel economy rating — 3 mpg less than the base front-drive 1.5-liter model.

Diesel models stand to see 137 hp and 240 lb-ft, plus a significant fuel economy boost. Though the Environmental Protection Agency has yet to bestow a fuel economy rating on the 1.6-liter Equinox, or the 2.0-liter for that matter, the same oil-burner allows GM to advertise a 52 mpg highway rating for its diesel Cruze. However, that model only reaches the sky-high rating via a six-speed manual transmission. When equipped with a nine-speed automatic, the highway figure lowers to 47 mpg, though the 37 mpg combined rating remains the same.

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  • Ponchoman49 Ponchoman49 on Apr 27, 2017

    The base engine needs about 10 -15 more horses and make the 9 speed an option for maximum mileage potential for the gas mills.

  • Xflowgolf Xflowgolf on Apr 27, 2017

    What is the cost basis rationale of offering both a 1.5 turbo four AND a 2.0 turbo four? The raw material costs between the two have to cost virtually the same to build. Both have turbo, four coilpacks, four pistons, etc. By having two drivetrains, the engineering and calibration and certification costs are absurdly higher. Does the 1.5 exist solely for EPA manipulation? Because it can't be more profitable than just equipping all of them with 2.0T's, especially considering the elimination of options. It further seems redundant when they're offering the mileage juggernaut option in the form of the 1.6 diesel as well.

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    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Apr 27, 2017

      @ixim Probably true on premium but I don't know this for fact.

  • Jeff S Always liked this generation and thank you again Corey for an excellent and thorough series.
  • Lou_BC What ever happened to Reid Bigland and his law suite against Ram?
  • Lou_BC This car looks a lot like my son's 2008 4 door Mercury Grand Marquis Ultimate .
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  • Cprescott Why complain? You bought an overpriced golf cart and you know full well the company routinely plays games with its owners and has outrageous repair costs and insurance rates (which no one wants to talk about).