Chevrolet confirmed the second turbocharged gasoline engine will be arriving at dealerships by the end of this month. If you’re sans calendar, there’s only about a week and a half remaining, so the 2018 Equinox 2.0T’s launch is nigh.
Fuel economy for the 2.0-liter turbo suffers in the name of performance. While the 1.5-liter turbo-4 returns an EPA-estimated 32 mpg highway, the 2.0L returns 29 mpg, as estimated by the EPA. However, power jumps to 252 hp with the 2.0L, up from 170 hp with the 1.5L.
Following the launch of the Equinox with the 2.0T LTG will be the 1.6-liter turbocharged diesel engine, plucked from the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel – which is plucked from Opel. The Cruze diesel is capable of 52 mpg highway (when equipped with a manual gearbox), meaning the Equinox diesel may return impressive numbers – GM estimates 40 mpg highway.
The 1.6L diesel will likely go on sale this summer, as we’ve estimated a second quarter launch in the past.