2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel Priced From $31,435

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox has officially been priced in the U.S.

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will start at $31,435 including destination, a figure that grows to a high of $35,680 for an Equinox Premier AWD Diesel with no options.

Maxed out, according to CarsDirect, the Equinox Diesel becomes a $40,195 compact Chevrolet crossover once the Sun/Sound/Navigation and Confidence/Convenience packages are added to the Premier AWD.

But how much extra does the diesel-powered Equinox actually cost? Well, that’s more difficult to determine.

Because the diesel-powered Premier isn’t equipped like a Premier with the 2.0T, there’s not a perfectly direct comparison. The 2.0T Premier, for example, is more expensive than the 1.6-liter diesel because it includes dual exhaust, a higher tow rating of 3,500 pounds, and 19-inch wheels, a GM spokesperson told CarsDirect.

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At the lower end of the spectrum, the Equinox LT Diesel requires a $1,345 premium over the 2.0T; which is already $2,395 more costly than the basic 1.5T.

Missing, of course, are diesel versions of the basic L and LS Chevrolet Equinox, prices of which begin at $24,525.

Although the EPA hasn’t yet posted fuel economy figures for the Equinox Diesel on its website, GM expects ratings of 32 miles per gallon city and 40 highway for front-wheel-drive versions; 31 mpg city and 37 mpg highway for the all-wheel drive Equinox Diesel.

Direct competitors will be limited to the marginally more costly GMC Terrain Diesel, an Equinox fraternal twin, and the yet-to-be priced Mazda CX-5. But it’s unlikely any of these vehicles will sell remotely as often as the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, which is priced from $29,990. The RAV4 Hybrid AWD is rated at 34 mpg city and 30 highway, enough to save roughly $300 per year compared with regular all-wheel-drive RAV4s.

Toyota sold 45,070 RAV4 Hybrids in the U.S. during the 2016 calendar year. With GM expecting only 5 percent of its customers to select the diesel and Mazda only 10 percent, this new trio of diesel-powered compact crossovers, combined, isn’t likely to attract as many U.S. buyers as the RAV4.

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel produces a meager 136 horsepower but a 240 lb-ft slug of torque at just 2,000 rpm.

A version of this story originally appeared on The Truth About Cars

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  • Danwat1234 Danwat1234 on Jul 20, 2017

    .. hybrid / plugin hybrid is the way to go. More power than a small diesel and at least as efficient if not more on the highway and way better city. ... How is it anticipated that the Equinox 1.6L turbodiesel will be 32 MPG city, if the 1.6L turbodiesel Cruze is 30MPG city ????? Car should be more efficient than an SUV with an identical drivetrain?

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    • Scott Scott on Aug 17, 2017

      That is the 2.0L turbo diesel. The 1.6L recieved a 30/52 EPA rating with a combined 37mph.