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2018 Chevy Equinox Turbo-Diesel Gets EPA-Rated 39 Highway MPG, Starts at $31,435 MSRP

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox diesel

Chevrolet delivered a bit of a surprise late in 2016 when it revealed that the 2018 Chevy Equinox would be offered with a turbo-diesel engine even in spite of the various ongoing emissions cheating scandals plaguing other automakers. In demonstrating its commitment to diesel engines for the United States, GM reassured one and all that it has “a positive outlook for diesel technology as it remains the most efficient internal combustion engine option.”

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That outlook seems to have paid off with Chevrolet having announced the 2018 Equinox as offering an EPA-certified fuel efficiency of 39 mpg highway for FWD models equipped with the 1.6-liter turbo-diesel. Chevy notes that this is better than both the 2017 Toyota RAV4 hybrid and Nissan Rogue hybrid, and that the Equinox diesel’s 577-mile FWD cruising range means that it can drive from Chicago to Memphis on a single tank.

“Chevrolet continues to lead with technologies that offer customers more choice,” said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. “Our three-engine turbo-charged Equinox lineup means we can provide drivers more options for the performance and efficiency they desire.”

“It is very fun to drive, with torque on demand at all speeds,” said Dan Nicholson, vice president of Global Propulsion Systems. “In fact, the engine delivers 90% of peak torque between 1,500 and 3,250 rpm. The strong torque provides the feeling of a larger engine, with exceptional smoothness and quietness.”

The 1.6-liter turbo-diesel has an SAE-certified output of 240 lb-ft of torque, and it is compatible with B20 bio-diesel for added value. The 2018 Equinox turbo-diesel starts at $31,435 (including destination fee) and is expected to arrive at dealerships later this fall.

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