Opinions about diesel vehicles vary, but one big advantage they offer is enhanced fuel economy over their fuel equivalents. Such holds true for the diesel-powered version of the Chevrolet Equinox, which attains a 32 mpg rating in combined city and highway fuel economy, as per estimates from the EPA. The most fuel effective gas-powered Equinox nets simply 28 mpg, for comparison.
Highway fuel economy is likewise good in the diesel Equinox at 39 mpg. The gas version peaks at 32 mpg on the highway. City fuel economy has yet to be announced.
For enhanced fuel economy, you’ll compromise a little power. The Equinox’s 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine makes 137 hp, below 170 hp in the gas 1.5-liter turbo and 252 hp from the 2.0-liter turbo. Thankfully, torque is a good 240 lb-ft with the diesel.
The diesel Equinox doesn’t actually have any direct rivals, in the meantime. However Mazda is prepping a CX-5 diesel for the United States market. That design will feature a 2.2-liter diesel motor, and it’s stated to offer hybrid levels of fuel effectiveness.
Chevy’s brand-new diesel assures an estimated 577 miles of highway range, indicating motorists need to be able to travel rather a long distance prior to filling. The automaker calls the 1.6-liter system the “Whisper Diesel,” and GM declares the engine is 65 percent quieter than the Jaguar F-Pace 2.0-liter diesel. That design accomplishes 26/33/29 mpg city/highway/combined.
Anticipate to see the diesel Chevrolet Equinox to roll into car dealerships anytime soon.