All-New 2018 Equinox Hits the Road

The new 2018 Equinox (Fig. 1) is a five-passenger, four-door crossover available with front-wheel-drive (FWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD).


The new Equinox is approximately 400 pounds (180 kg) lighter than the current model, which is a 10 percent reduction in weight, improving handling performance and fuel efficiency. Fuel economy also is enhanced by electronically controlled aero shutters in the upper and lower grilles.


Fig. 1




A range of three direct injection, turbocharged 4-cylinder engines are available, including a 1.5L gasoline engine (RPO LYX) paired with the 6T40 6-speed automatic transmission (RPOs MNH, MNK), a 2.0L gasoline engine (RPO LTG) matched with GM’s new 9T50 9-speed automatic transmission (RPO M3D), and a 1.6L turbo-diesel engine (RPO LH7) (Fig. 2) mated to the 6T45 6-speed automatic transmission (RPO MHG). The diesel engine will be introduced later in the year. Fuel-saving Stop/Start technology is standard with all three engines.


Fig. 2


All engines use engine oils that meet the dexos® specification.

  • 1.5L engine – ACDelco dexos1 SAE 0W-20 viscosity grade oil
  • 2.0L engine – ACDelco dexo1 SAE 5W-30 viscosity grade oil
  • 1.6L diesel engine – ACDelco dexos2 SAE 5W-30 viscosity grade oil


The available AWD system has a driver-switchable ON-OFF feature (Fig. 3) that enhances efficiency by disconnecting virtually all of the AWD components from the drivetrain when AWD is not needed, stopping the gears and prop shafts from spinning. The AWD button indicator will flash when engaging AWD and stay illuminated when AWD is active.


Fig. 3


Suspension and Brakes


The new Equinox uses a dual rack and pinion electric power steering (EPS) system. The front suspension is a MacPherson strut design with side-loaded modules, specifically tuned coil springs and a direct-acting stabilizer bar. At the rear is a four-link independent suspension.


17, 18 or 19-inch aluminum wheels are available, depending on the trim level. (Fig. 4)


Fig. 4


All models have standard four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife™ brake rotors. The unique Ferritic Nitro-Carburizing (FNC) surface treatment of the Duralife rotors provides corrosion protection while allowing the brake rotor to wear much slower.


The new low-drag brake calipers are specially designed to ensure that the pad-to-rotor gap is precisely maintained, and that reduced slide forces are kept throughout the life of the vehicle, contributing to improved fuel economy due to less brake drag.


Infotainment Systems


The Equinox features a 7-inch or 8-inch diagonal color MyLink™ infotainment system. The available 8-inch diagonal touch screen has a flat design that’s similar to a tablet. It also offers the ability to download in-vehicle apps to the touch screen via the Shop icon.


To help with accessibility and reduce glare, the touch screen has been moved closer to the driver and is tilted towards the driver’s line of sight. (Fig. 5)


Fig. 5


Both 7-inch and 8-inch systems feature Teen Driver, which allows multiple keys to be registered for beginning drivers and automatically activates certain safety systems. A Report Card records vehicle data. Teen Driver settings can be found in the Settings menu.


The available Wireless Charging system is located at the front of the center console. Compatible mobile phones (accessories may be required) can be placed on the charging pad, face up, for charging when the vehicle is on or Retained Accessory Power is active. The charging symbol will display on the infotainment touch screen when a phone is charging.


Safety Features


The new Equinox offers a number of active safety features and adaptive crash-avoidance systems, including:

• Forward Collision Alert (FCA) with Following Distance Indicator
• Lane Keep Assist (LKA) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
• Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking (FAB)
• Rear Seat Reminder
• Safety Alert Seat
• Surround Vision
• Lane Change Alert (LCA) with Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA)
• Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
• Front airbags, seat-mounted side impact airbags and roof-rail airbags


The Surround Vision cameras provide a look at the vehicle’s perimeter using four cameras located on each side of the vehicle. However, the cameras do have blind spots and will not display all objects near the corners of the vehicle. Folding side mirrors that are out of position will not display the Surround Vision view correctly. The Surround Vision view is displayed on the infotainment screen along with the view from the front or rear camera. (Fig. 6)


Fig. 6


The Rear Seat Reminder feature monitors the operation of the rear doors. If the rear door is opened and closed within 10 minutes before the vehicle is started or if the rear door is opened and closed while the vehicle is running, the next time the vehicle is turned off after a door activation, the vehicle will sound a chime and display a message on the Driver Information Center. The system doesn’t detect rear seat occupants but serves as a reminder that a person or object may be in the rear seat.


Power Liftgate


The available hands-free programmable power liftgate uses a control knob located on the driver’s door. The knob must be in the Max or 3/4 position for hands-free operation. To open or close the liftgate, kick your foot straight under the driver’s side of the rear bumper, between the exhaust pipe and the license plate. (Fig. 7) The Remote Keyless Entry transmitter must be within three feet of the liftgate.


Fig. 7


Air Deflector Fastener Installation


Fasteners for the rear tire front air deflectors should be installed during PDI. One of the two required fasteners for each rear tire front air deflector is not installed during vehicle assembly. The missing bolts (one per side) and an instruction sheet are included in the loose part bag.


To install the fastener on each rear tire front air deflector, reach under the rocker panel to find the only horizontal fastener location. (Fig. 8) Install the bolt and tighten to 2.5 Nm.


Fig. 8


Special Tools


The following special service tools have been released for the 2018 Equinox:


DT-51983        Installer, Case Side PTU Seal

DT-52000        Installer, Cover Side PTU Seal

DT-51329-A    Prop Shaft Remover

CH-52075        Fuel Pump Lock Ring


For additional information on the new 2018 Equinox, refer to Bulletin #17-NA-020.


– Thanks to Tyler Greenhill and Sherman Dixon


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