18 Aug 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Ready to Make its Middle Eastern Debut
Chevrolet Equinox is the company’s second best-selling vehicle in the United States. It is also a popular vehicle in other parts of the world and to the delight of SUV enthusiasts in the Middle East, this stunning crossover by Chevrolet is now set to make its Middle Eastern debut this September.
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is the brand’s third generation crossover that boasts an option of two turbocharged engines, a tough exterior, aerodynamic design, and top-of-the-line safety features. It is expected to be launched in the UAE’s car market just before the end of 2017.
Head of Brand at Chevrolet Middle East, Ahmed Soudodi was quite excited about the expected launch of Equinox, saying that the Equinox will reinforce the company’s position in this segment of the Middle East’s automobile market. He said that this compact SUV, preceded by the Trax and followed by the 2018 Traverse, will help the company reshape its future in a highly competitive SUV market.
Here is all that you need to know about this phenomenal off-roader before its launch.
Design of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox
Equinox is a modern-day crossover that boasts of a stylish exterior and an exclusively crafted interior for ultimate comfort and convenience. While the strong and sturdy looks of this vehicle attract the attention of adventure seekers, its stylish curves along the body give a bold and contemporary feel to it. The 2018 Equinox offers an exquisite interior laced with technological features to ensure a classy and comfortable ride within the city as well as on adventure trips.
The exterior of Equinox is quite similar to that of Trax, but it’s longer, sleeker and more aerodynamic. It also has more curves and prominent creases than Trax which add to the aesthetic appeal of Equinox. The front of the SUV has the signature LED daytime running lamps and stylish headlights. The upper grille is divided into two parts, the upper part is small and features the Chevy logo in the middle while the lower part, which is flanked by the headlights, covers more space. The lower grille is also quite large and is flanked on either side by fog lights.
The interior of Chevy Equinox is quite simple and fuses function with form in a delightful way. The premium trim’s interior uses leather and soft plastic, which gives a luxurious feel to the cabin. It is immensely user-friendly that one can easily figure out almost every function without reading the user manual. The inside of this crossover is designed with only one goal that is to deliver ideal comfort to passengers.
Although the overall length of the Equinox has been slashed from last year’s model, all passengers still get enough legroom to enjoy a comfortable journey. The rear seats can be folded to increase the cargo space of the vehicle from 30 cu. ft. to 63.5 cu .ft. The cargo space can be expanded even further by utilizing the spare tyre compartment.
There is also an enormous panoramic sunroof that goes all the way back to the luggage compartment. The whole design of the vehicle, in general, depicts the versatile and practical nature of the vehicle, which makes it an ideal midsize compact vehicle for crossover enthusiasts in the UAE.
The dashboard is simple yet beautifully adorned with some state-of-the-art technological features. The highlight of the dashboard is a 7.0-inch display cluster that houses Chevrolet’s intuitive MyLink infotainment system. The availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard in all trim levels and the steering-wheel-mounted heating and temperature controls are other significant features of the technology-laced dashboard.
The headlights are fitted with Chevy’s own Intellibeam technology that switches on high beams when driving conditions become too dark, and reverts to low beams when it detects an approaching vehicle. The rear liftgate also has the option of hands-free foot gesture to open it.
The 2018 Equinox also has a Surround Vision option in the premium trim that gives you a bird’s-eye view of the entire SUV on the display screen. The system consists of four cameras – a rear vision camera, a forward-looking camera in the front grille and one under each side mirror of the vehicle.
The Chevrolet Equinox is based on GM’s unibody steel chassis, which is stiffer and stronger than several of its competitors. The 2018 Equinox also comes with several safety features to maximize the safety of its driver and passengers.
Listed below are some of the prominent safety and driver assistance features of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox:
- Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
- Forward Collision Alert
- Rear Vision Camera
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Rear Park Assist
- Side Blind Zone Alert
- Lane Change Alert
There is also a Teen Driver mode that helps inexperienced drivers by giving them the option to customise the vehicle settings in order to encourage safe driving behaviour. The 2018 Equinox can limit the use of certain features of the vehicle and keep the safety system activated at all times. Some other standard safety features also include dual-stage frontal airbags and side mounted front and rear airbag systems, child security rear door locks, following distance indicator, and tyre pressure monitor.
The Chevy Equinox stands confident among its other crossover peers, all thanks to its striking performance capabilities. The 1.5-litre diesel turbocharged-cylinder engine is capable of producing 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. The 6-speed automatic transmission delivers a smooth driving experience regardless of the terrain or driving conditions. Equinox also offers fuel economy as it gives a combined fuel average of around 28mpg. However, the company says the premium trim level of the 2018 Equinox can give up to 39mpg on the highway.
In order to deliver a dynamic yet consistent performance in different road and weather conditions, the Equinox supports both forward wheel drive and all-wheel drive options. With a fully independent suspension technology, the Chevrolet Equinox manages to glide over potholes and unruly terrain quite easily, ensuring a smooth driving experience.
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Price of the 2018 Chevy Equinox
The all-new Equinox is set to launch in the UAE by the end of this year. The price of Equinox will be revealed near its launch in the car market.
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