We got our first look at the 2018 Holden Equinox overnight – at least that’s what we are expecting it to be called – with GM’s North American unveiling of its new global SUV, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.
The Equinox is expected to launch in Australia late next year, replacing the Korean sourced Captiva, currently available in a five or seven-seat layout. Interestingly, the Equinox will not be available as a seven-seater.
Buyers wanting seven-seats will have to wait until the 2018 launch of the GM sourced Holden Acadia large SUV.
Specifications for the Australian bound Equinox are not yet available, but we can confirm that it will go on sale in the US with a choice of engines, including a 101kW 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel, and two turbo-charged petrol four-cylinders, a 127kW 1.5-litre and a 188kW 2.0-litre.
“With three choices, customers can select an engine that offers more of the attributes that are important to them: efficiency, performance and capability,” said Dan Nicholson, vice president, Global Propulsion Systems. “The advantage for each is the power of a larger engine and the efficiency of a smaller engine.”
All engines, including the diesel, feature all-aluminium construction and direct injection.
The range topping 2.0-litre turbo will be paired with a new nine-speed automatic transmission, while the two smaller engines will be available with a six-speed automatic.
Front-wheel drive will be standard, with the option of an all-wheel-drive system that can, when desired, cut drive to the rear wheels to improve fuel efficiency.
There are no surprises with the suspension architecture, with the Equinox using a MacPherson strut style front suspension combined with a four-link independent rear suspension.
Inside the Equinox, there is 846 litres of luggage space with rear seats in place, which grows to 1798 litres when the rear seats are stowed.
The latest infotainment technology will be available including the availability of 7 and 8-inch MyLink infotainment systems supporting both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Australian specifications and pricing will be available closer to the late 2017 local launch date.