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Trimmed Down Equinox Pays Performance Dividends

Having lost nearly 10 percent of its body weight for 2018, the Chevy Equinox is ready to provide a responsive, nimble driving experience that also offers excellent fuel mileage. Along with losing weight, the Equinox went through a transformation that includes a new body design that earned excellent safety marks. “Think of it as core strength training,” according to lead development engineer Jill Dennis. “The new Equinox’s structure is leaner yet stronger, resulting in efficient performance that inspires confidence while also creating a more fun, safe and comfortable driving experience.” You can test drive the 2018 Equinox now at Chapman Chevrolet.

Turbo Engines Offer Performance Choices

The new Chevy Equinox has a couple of turbo engine choices for customers who want a choice between efficiency and power. the 1.5L turbo is in stock at Chapman Chevrolet now, but you’ll have to wait a bit to see the 2.0L turbo. The larger engine provides a whopping 252 horsepower and is able to make the run from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.2 seconds. The smaller engine delivers a phenomenal 32 mpg on the highway, while the larger motor still has great mileage with a rating of 29 mpg on the open road. The new design and responsive handling give Equinox drivers a fun driving experience. “From accelerating to turning corners, the 2018 Equinox drives ‘lighter,’ which correlates with a greater feeling of precision,” Dennis said. “It’s a dynamic, agile driving experience rooted in the solidity of the all-new body structure.”

New Body Design Pays Off

The new body and chassis design, along with the use of lightweight materials, has paid off in several areas for the 2018 Chevy Equinox. Engineers used a combination of high-strength and ultra-high strength steel to create a robust safety cage that surrounds the passengers and helps lessen the chance of injuries in the result of a collision. A stiffer body also helps in handling, and lets the engineers concentrate on improving the quality of the ride. A tighter body also means less noise and vibration, creating a more pleasant ride for the driver and passengers. The use of mixed materials is a philosophy Chevy is using on other vehicles, including the Bolt EV, Malibu and Traverse.

Plenty of Room for Cargo and People

Although the Equinox is classified as a compact SUV, its innovative design leaves plenty of room for people and cargo. An underfloor storage space in the rear is hidden from the eye, providing a secure place to store shopping bags and other items. The new Equinox has all the technology that’s available on other Chevy vehicles, including Teen Driver, Forward Collision Alert and Surround Vision. See how the new Equinox fits your transportation needs when you take a test drive at Chapman Chevrolet.

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