By on August 14, 2017

2018 Chevrolet Equinox - Image: ChevroletGeneral Motors’ expectation that the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel would climb to the arbitrarily important 40 miles per gallon marker will not be fulfilled by the production Equinox.

In accordance with Environmental Protection Agency procedures, the Equinox 1.6TD comes up short of the 40-mpg highway marker by a single mpg. 

Released today by General Motors and likely to be featured on the EPA’s fueleconomy.gov website on August 15th, the front-wheel-drive 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel is rated at 28 miles per gallon in the city and 39 on the highway, for a combined rating of 32 miles per gallon.

Diesel-powered, all-wheel-drive Equinoxes share the 28 mpg city rating and the 32 mpg combined rating, but drop to a 38 mpg highway rating.

GM calls the 39 mpg highway result “expected segment-topping” fuel economy, but we’ve yet to see what Mazda achieves once the EPA certifies the CX-5 Skyactiv-D.Chevrolet 1.6TD diesel - Image: GMCompared with other editions of the Equinox, the 1.6TD offers a combined rating equivalent to the best highway rating of any of the other models: the front-wheel-drive 1.5T, which has a city rating of 26 mpg. The thirstiest Equinox, meanwhile, is the hi-po 2.0T all-wheel-drive, for which premium fuel is recommended. It’s rated at 22 mpg city, 28 highway and 24 combined.

Prior to the CX-5 diesel’s arrival, the Equinox 1.6TD’s most efficient rivals are the Nissan Rogue Hybrid and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, which have combined ratings of 32-34 miles per gallon, though the Equinox is measurably more thrifty on the highway.

The 1.6 turbocharged diesel, offered in top Equinox trims, commands a premium over the 2.0T, but, due to equipment differences, the comparison is not as straightforward as you’d expect. Including fees, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel is priced from $31,435.

Sales expectations are modest. GM hopes to see 5 percent of Equinox buyers opt for the diesel, which would have translated to roughly 1,200 U.S. sales in July 2017.

[Image: General Motors]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Truth About Cars and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.net. Follow on Twitter @timcaincars.

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24 Comments on “Official 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel Fuel Economy Numbers Don’t Quite Get to the 40-MPG Mark...”


  • avatar
    Carrera

    As most diesels, this too will probably outperform the EPA hwy number by a few miles.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    This is good for a vehicle of that size. I’m still more interested in Mazda’s HCCI engine, which will debut in a new Mazda3 in 2009, and is sure to bless the other products not long after.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Other than torque, I’d have no interest in diesel.

    In my area, there’s still a ~10-15% price premium for diesel, not to mention the additional maintenance.

    And diesel resale is to a very limited audience (as is electric).

    • 0 avatar
      arach

      Diesels resell for such a high premium and so quickly, I’d buy a diesel just for resale!

      On cars they normally cost about $1500-2000 extra, but retain that entire 1500-2000 extra on resale, and around here in the midwest, a diesel VW or whatnot will sell for double its gas-using sister car, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you could make that sale in hours instead of days.

      I guess it could depend on where you are, but there’s so much demand for used diesels, it seems like a no-brainer.

      • 0 avatar
        DenverMike

        What diesels normally cost “$1500 to 2000 extra”? They don’t offer them on “base model” cars, and if they did, you’d pay about $5,000 more for the diesel engine.

        With the Equinox, expect to pay about $3,700 more for diesel engine, over the gas 1.5T.

        Traditionally yes diesel cars returned impressive “resale” value, but that’s also the classic “pre emissions” variety. Is anyone gonna want the “used” versions of the current wave of diesels, heavily laden with emissions equipment, regen cycles?

        If the replacement emissions components are “dealer only” (usually they are), all I can say is “OUCH”! It can get totaled just from those.

        Clearly it’s best to lease any new diesels, same as hybrids, etc.

  • avatar
    stingray65

    A good choice for highway warriors, where steady speeds over long distances maximize MPG and greatly reduce problems with diesel particle filters and other emission equipment, and diesel is readily available from truck stops. But for school runs and around town use – stay away from diesels.

  • avatar
    ACCvsBig10

    Wonders if the 2.8l diesel would have fit? possibly could have had like 200hp 300tq and got similiar economy numbers

  • avatar
    EBFlex

    This will be a game changer.

  • avatar
    gomez

    That’s good, but I was hoping for more out of a diesel. I’m averaging 36 mpg in my AWD CR-V without trying, although admittedly 95% of my driving is highway miles. Hopefully the Equinox diesel will exceed its EPA ratings too.

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      http://www.motortrend.com/news/2017-honda-cr-v-disappoints-in-real-mpg-city-results-exceeds-epa-highway-rating/

      Not very remarkable to see mid-30’s with a CVT these days. My Encore and Envision would see 36-38 and 32 mpg @ 65 mph, respecrively.

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    As with the current Chevy Cruze that uses the same powertrain I would suspect the Equinox to easily exceed the lower than expected 39 rating.

  • avatar
    Jerome10

    I go up and down on diesel. I think they’ll make some sales, but after owning one in Germany (highway commute), and what came with it, I’m not sure I’d do it again, even with the fuel cost savings (you have in Germany). So complicated, anything that breaks is seemingly expensive or hard to replace yourself. The torque is nice, yes, as is the cruising MPG. The noise, lack of fun winding the engine out, vibrations, heavy nose feeling… all turn offs.

    In the USA you really just have to be a diesel fan to really justify one, IMHO. Extra so when you live in an area where diesel often costs more than premium gas.

    But I get why people like these. I could see Chevy and Mazda carving out a little slice of customer satisfaction with these.

    But like Kyree states above, come 2019, I fully expect Mazda’s HCCI engines to make any diesel obsolete for any non heavy duty application. Basically all of the positives, none of the negatives of diesel.

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