The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox may be a bit of a headache when it comes to replacing parts after a collision. However, it comes with the territory as General Motors fits significantly more high and ultra-strength steel to Chevrolet’s new compact crossover.
According to Repair Driven News, high-strength steel is up to 11 percent, and ultra-strength steel rises to 31 percent. The outgoing Equinox features 10 and 12 percent. This means the structure of the 2018 Equinox is greatly improved and provides a safer occupancy but could mean for costly repairs.
The high-strength cage around the cockpit essentially becomes “replace only” should damage occur to the vehicle, and shops are not permitted to perform heat repairs on this grade of steel. Even if a dual-phase part is kinked, GM warns not to attempt even a cold repair. It’s also replace only.
In the process, the 2018 Equinox sheds 400 pounds by moving to advanced materials and also morphing to become a compact crossover riding on the D2XX platform. The 2018 Equinox will reach dealers in early 2017.