In accordance with Environmental Protection Agency procedures, the Equinox 1.6TD comes up short of the 40-mpg highway marker by a single mpg.
Released today by General Motors and likely to be featured on the EPA’s fueleconomy.gov website on August 15th, the front-wheel-drive 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel is rated at 28 miles per gallon in the city and 39 on the highway, for a combined rating of 32 miles per gallon.
Diesel-powered, all-wheel-drive Equinoxes share the 28 mpg city rating and the 32 mpg combined rating, but drop to a 38 mpg highway rating.
GM calls the 39 mpg highway result “expected segment-topping” fuel economy, but we’ve yet to see what Mazda achieves once the EPA certifies the CX-5 Skyactiv-D.Compared with other editions of the Equinox, the 1.6TD offers a combined rating equivalent to the best highway rating of any of the other models: the front-wheel-drive 1.5T, which has a city rating of 26 mpg. The thirstiest Equinox, meanwhile, is the hi-po 2.0T all-wheel-drive, for which premium fuel is recommended. It’s rated at 22 mpg city, 28 highway and 24 combined.
Prior to the CX-5 diesel’s arrival, the Equinox 1.6TD’s most efficient rivals are the Nissan Rogue Hybrid and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, which have combined ratings of 32-34 miles per gallon, though the Equinox is measurably more thrifty on the highway.
The 1.6 turbocharged diesel, offered in top Equinox trims, commands a premium over the 2.0T, but, due to equipment differences, the comparison is not as straightforward as you’d expect. Including fees, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel is priced from $31,435.
Sales expectations are modest. GM hopes to see 5 percent of Equinox buyers opt for the diesel, which would have translated to roughly 1,200 U.S. sales in July 2017.
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