Precisely on the right path
"The Equinox was a needed footstep forward for Chevrolet"
"I’m pretty sure that the Equinox is directed for success" said Issam
Brilliant choice for a family journey
To many of you the name Equinox is really familiar. Indeed it is because it is among the best Compact SUV seller in North America. Here in our Middle-East region we used to get the Chevrolet Captiva, made in Korea, specifically from Seoul factory, previously known as Daewoo. GM decided to bring the Equinox straight from USA to our region and discontinue the Captiva for our region. Here I am picking up the third-generation 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier AWD from the official distributor of Chevrolet in Lebanon, IMPEX.
As mentioned in our drive of the Terrain, the Equinox got our attention more that its sibling. Chevrolet took the Malibu as the inspiration skeleton for capturing the lines of the 2018 Equinox. Chic rather than ornate, the exterior is molded enough to be eye-catching.
The exterior wasn’t the only inspiration because even from inside the cockpit the shapes and lines deliver a pleasing passenger space. The two-tone color scheme is predominantly beautiful. Fastening the instrument panel at its center is a 7-in or available 8-in color touchscreen edged by vertical AC vents. The audio system controls are operated through the touchscreen or steering wheel, but Chevrolet was cleaver enough to put an actual volume knob directly below it.
While I was cruising towards northern Lebanon’s highway, the Equinox sustained to impress me. Road and wind noise was kept to a minimum and the chassis was self-assured and clever. It’s not as energetically thrilling as the Mazda CX-5 (tested too in the same issue) but it remained calm through some fairly mountainous tight curves. I mostly took note of the AWD version’s greater stability. The 2018 Equinox is riding on an Opel-based platform which is lighter and uncluttered like the previous one. It’s a little smaller overall paralleled to its predecessor, but the reduced weight combined with more efficient engines pay off at the gas station!
The all-new 2018 Equinox is surely a brilliant family carrier that offers comfort, style and great technology. In the crowded competitive compact SUV segment there are several excellent choices. In its top trim, the Premier, the new Chevrolet Equinox is among the best of the best! It’s a serious competitor well-intentioned of serious contemplation from you.
Pros: Excellent chassis, quiet cabin, spacious rear seats, great handling, safety features
Cons: Thick A-Pillars might bother your vision, price difference between entry trim and premier trim
Rivals: Ford Escape, GMC Terrain, Toyota RAV4, Nissan X-Trail, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Jeep Cherokee, Mazda CX-5, Volkswagen Tiguan, Infiniti QX50
One word: Defined
4 / 5 stars
2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinders, 252 hp @ 5500 rpm, 353 Nm @ 2500 rpm
AWD, 9-speed automatic
0-100 kph: 6.8 secs, top speed: 209 kph, fuel consumption: 10.6L/ 100 km
Weight: 1,713 kg