GM adds turbo-diesel engine to the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

General Motors Company announced that the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will offer an EPA-certified 39 mpg on the highway (for the front wheel drive model) with a new 1.6L turbo-diesel engine.

That number is expected to top the segment in highway fuel economy, with greater highway mileage than the 2017 Toyota RAV4 hybrid and Nissan Rogue hybrid. A 577-mile cruising range (FWD) also means the Equinox diesel can drive farther between fill-ups, such as Chicago to Memphis, Tennessee, or Boston to Richmond, Virginia.

The new turbo-diesel engine is part of Equinox’s trio of all-turbocharged propulsion systems. It is SAE-certified at 240 lb-ft of torque (325 Nm) and incorporates a variable-geometry turbocharger that helps generate strong torque at low rpm and more horsepower at higher rpm. The engine also features stop/start technology to optimize efficiency in stop-and-go driving and it is compatible with B20 bio-diesel fuel.

The 1.6L is a clean-sheet redesign developed entirely within General Motors, including the engine control system. Development took place at GM’s diesel product center in Torino, Italy, and involved more than 24,000 hours of computational analysis, while simulated and real-world testing totaled more than 4.35 million miles of driving.

GM builds the Chevrolet Equinox for the North American market in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, and San Luis Potosi. According to GM officials in Mexico, there’s no plans to introduce the diesel version in the local market.

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