You may have seen this rather snazzy new crossover SUV being given away on an episode of The Ellen Show and wondered, “When is it ever going come to the UAE? Well fellas, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is finally here!
This 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will be offered in 4 different variants, such as…
For the cost-conscious buyer there is an LS model with a FWD 1.5L Turbo DOHC 4-cylinder. It comes with the basics such as Rear Park Assist, 17” aluminum wheels with P225/65R17 tyres, Keyless entry and push-button start, 7-inch Chevrolet MyLink™ and Rear A/C vents.
For those looking for a little more options there is the better-spec’d LT model with the same powertain, available either with a FWD or AWD configuration. It comes with remote starter, rear view camera, front & rear park assist, available panoramic sunroof, 6-way power driver seat, automatic climate control, available 18” aluminum wheels wearing P225/60R18 tyres and available leather seats.
All mentioned engines are mated to a conventional torque converter 6-speed automatic, which is fair for this size and price range and are claimed to achieve a fuel economy of 15km/l which roughly translates to 6.67l/100km which is a respectable figure.
The top-of-the-range variant is the Premier 2.0L Turbo DOHC 4-cylinder that makes 252 horsepower with 352 Nm of torque and transfers it using an all-new 9-speed automatic transmission. Due to the larger displacement this one achieve a 13.6km/l on a mixed cycle, which is not much of a deficiency as compared to the 1.5L models.
This one comes with all the bells and whistles such as all active safety features as standard such as Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert and Lane Change Alert. It even gets bigger discs, with a 17-inch diameter upfront and 16-inch diameter at the rear.
You also get many conveniences that you would get in a luxury car such as engine START/STOP system, heated and cooled driver and front passenger seats, leather interior, active noise cancellation, wireless charging, automatic rear liftgate with hands-free technology, MyLink 8-inch touch screen display, with aux-in and USB and a 9-speaker Bose premium audio system, available navigation, semi-automatic parking and a panoramic sunroof. It even gets 19” Ultra Bright machined with Sparkle Silver pockets with wider P235/50R19 tyres
In all models you have lavish cargo space behind the 2nd row and by dropping the seats down you can have as much as 1,798 litres of space which is rather ginormous.
The available exterior paint are 7 including Cajun Red Tintcoat – which is a bright red as seen in these pics, Summit White, Black, Pepperdust Metallic – a kind of grey, Nightfall Gray Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Storm Blue Metallic.
Prices for the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox start at approximately AED 76,900 for the LS model, while the top spec Premier model will be priced at AED 110,900. Do keep in mind that we are still a month or two away from it being available…according to the local showrooms.