Chevrolet pulled the wraps off of the now compact 2018 Equinox yesterday evening. In the process, we were able to sneak a few words in with Steve Majoros, Director of Chevrolet Marketing, during its launch in Chicago, Illinois.
Obviously, we focused on the biggest news of the evening: the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will arrive with a 1.6-liter CDTi turbo-diesel engine option. So, we asked when potential buyers will be able to scoop one up for themselves.
Majoros stated the diesel engine option would launch “shortly after” the 2018 Equinox does in the first quarter of 2017, which spans January through March. We think it’s safe to say an early second quarter launch is feasible for the 2018 Equinox and its new turbo-diesel engine.
The 1.6-liter CDTi turbo-diesel engine will also likely be found under the hood of the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel, which shares identical architecture with the 2018 Equinox. The engine hails from Europe, specifically, GM’s Opel subsidiary where it has been branded as the “whisper diesel“.
However, GM’s latest nine-speed automatic transmission will not be fitted to the 1.6L turbo diesel, and Majoros was unwilling to expand on what will provide shifting duties.