By on July 12, 2019

Just as quickly as small diesel engines in vehicles in North America saw a resurgence, they appear to be going away. Earlier this week we shared the tragic news that Ford wouldn’t be putting the diesel engine in the Transit Connect. Today we’re sad to report that the Chevrolet Equinox diesel is also going away.

The Car Connection reports that the Equinox is going away for the 2020 model year. Chevrolet told them that the canceling of the oil burner is a result of “slow demand.” While we might all think that we want small diesel engines in our cars and crossovers, we’re not actually shelling out the money to buy them. At least not in the quantities required to make them profitable for the automakers.

Cost plays a role. The Equinox’s non-gas engine was a $2,400 upsell over the base engine. It would take a decent amount of driving to recoup those costs, especially when in many parts of the country diesel is more expensive than gasoline. The 16 road warriors who would love the Equinox diesel are now going to have to settle for the gas engine.

They could also wait for the upcoming Mazda CX-5 diesel. It’s finally going to go on sale in the States, but it’s only available on premium models that start at well over $40,000. The higher MSRP makes it easier for buyers to justify the cost. At least they aren’t priced like the more capable engines in trucks. To get the 1,000 HP high output Cummins in the Ram 3500 it’s over $11,000 extra. That’s the price of a Nissan Versa.

It’ll be interesting to see how customers take to that engine in the CX-5 when it goes on sale. It also depends on how much fuel costs when it does. Some states significantly increased the price of fuel taxes to pay for infrastructure.

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28 Comments on “Chevrolet Kills Off Equinox Diesel Due to Lack of Demand...”


  • avatar
    FreedMike

    I didn’t even know they made these in the first place.

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      I completely forgot, more forgettable than the 1st gen S10 diesel.

    • 0 avatar

      Literally this. I once saw a Cruze diesel, clattering by in a parking lot. The owner said “it’s a diesel” and drove off. I wanted to talk to him about this unicorn…..

      There was an Equinox Diesel ????

    • 0 avatar
      Detroit-X

      Incompetent executive idiots approved it.
      Incompetent executive idiots killed it soon after.
      Just another day at GM.

    • 0 avatar
      Guitar man

      If you don’t have a diesel in this segment don’t even bother turning up in Australia. Same goes for South America and SE Asia. Another nail in the coffin for GMH.

      <<"They could also wait for the upcoming Mazda CX-5 diesel."

      You are joking right ? The Mazda diesel is the _worst_ on the market. Google oil dilutiuon Mazda diesel.

  • avatar
    civicjohn

    The car wouldn’t last as long as the engine, and I can’t see anyone who lives near me bragging about a Diesel engine in surburbia.

  • avatar
    tankinbeans

    My driving habits would likely cost more money in diesel related issues than it would save in fuel. I now work 8 miles from work and most of my errands are within 3 miles of home. I do a 200 mile round trip once a month which didn’t likely be often enough for the diesel to burn off accumulated soot. I was vaguely interested in the Mazda6 diesel, but the petrol 2.5 is more than sufficient and the turbo 2.5 should likely more than sufficient in terms of mileage.

    When my lease is up I might drive a 2.5T for giggles.

    • 0 avatar

      The biggest difference I found with diesel life, out side of any VW related issues, is that the engine takes a while to warm up enough to heat the interior…..the heated seats as part of the base model isn’t an act of beneficence.

      • 0 avatar
        tankinbeans

        Do they devise some electrically resistive heating for the windshield? That would be my concern about that. Otherwise, I keep my car pretty chilly during the winter. My passengers don’t like me much. I’ve never been in the habit of turning the thermostat full red and then blasting the fan.

    • 0 avatar
      ravenuer

      tankin: you sound like the perfect EV buyer.

  • avatar
    mason

    1000 hp Cummins = fake news.

    I expect better from The TRUTH about Cars.

  • avatar

    another complete waste because GM does not understand marketing.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    If they had put the 5.3L in this then it would still be selling and people would actually be talking about this, a diesel today is a non starter.

  • avatar
    ar_ken

    Yet another vehicle that was supposedly what the internet enthusiasts wanted (you know, the manual brown diesel AWD wagon for 20k brand new crowd) goes away. How many of them have bought anything lately that’s not a crossover?

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    A very predictable outcome of a foolish offering that GM will have to support for a decade.

    Maybe Mazda will wise up and renege on its diesel plans.

  • avatar
    ravenuer

    Perhaps if they offered it in a brown station wagon with a manual trans…..remember?

  • avatar
    Carrera

    GM always did things backwards. They had a fairly decent diesel 2.0l engine in the old Chevy Cruze which was a small car. That engine would have been great in the Malibu or even the Impala. The diesel in the Equinox was too small. That would have been better in the Cruze and have the Cruze engine in the Equinox. I have heard of people getting 42-45mpg out of this Equinox on the hwy without even trying.

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      You can buy a new one in the mid 20s which I suppose isn’t too bad for hybrid MPG in a family car. I don’t know that I would hold on to it any longer than factory warranty but under warranty it would be a fairly cheap run about vehicle if not woefully underpowered.

      • 0 avatar
        Hummer

        181 currently on cars.com within 500 miles of me. I’m sure it would be excruciating putting up with 137 HP in a car this size, couldn’t imagine how the AWD would be. 0-60 that could be beat by 1980 diesel Benz.

  • avatar
    gomez

    Demand is only part of the reason. GM no longer owns the plant where these diesel engines are made, having sold it to PSA as part of the Opel sale. As the production contracts with PSA expire, it was only a matter of time before they stopped offering the diesel. I expect the Regal will die in the next year or so as well.

  • avatar
    Garrett

    The diesel was the only appealing thing.

    I considered one, but found the rest of the car so “meh” that it quickly faded from contention.

    I think the big problem is that GM vehicles make me feel like I’m driving a rental car.

    • 0 avatar
      dividebytube

      My dad, who is in his mid-70s, has a base Equinox as a city car. It’s uh – very rentally. And so very boring. But given his bad back and bad hips, he finds it easier to get into versus sedan.

      • 0 avatar
        Garrett

        Recent versions of the Ford Taurus actually we’re designed for ease of ingress / egress with regards to hips. More sedans need to be made that way, as it would totally improve their popularity compared to SUVs.

  • avatar
    scott25

    This article meets the standards I’d expect from Buzzfeed or another listicle site. 99% percent of the comments from the B&B are written to a higher standard than this.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    RIP, clattery noise and stinky particulates (yes, still). Exactly no one will miss you.

    Passenger car diesels are done. The only market where they mattered was Europe, and now most of Europe is on the road toward banning them.

  • avatar
    Luke42

    This was actually a vehicle I wanted badly 5 years ago.

    For the record, that’s two kids ago (I have 3) and one Volkswagen emissions scandal ago.

    Yes, I know GM != Volkswagen, but they have a similar stature and size when viewed from their home countries. Two houses, alike in dignity, in the global automarket where we set our scene. If VW f*cks this up, what are the chances that GM will do any better? This will be the two hours traffic of our stage.

    I want no part of that drama. It’s EV or bust for me, though I might compromise on a 3-row plugin hybrid. A Pacifica Hybrid or Ford Explorer Hybrid is likely in my future.


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