The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is a fresh and modern SUV sized and designed to meet the needs of the compact SUV customer. Its expressive exterior has an all-new, athletic look echoing the global Chevrolet design cues seen on vehicles such as the Cruze, Bolt EV and 2017 Trax.
Consumers in the Middle East market are known for their love for big cars and big engines, but Chevrolet is working on changing this outlook with its range of turbocharged engines that are offered across its vehicle range. These engines are small in size and consume little fuel but are highly powerful. They ramp up the power and offer just the right mix of efficiency and performance. The Chevrolet Equinox crossover and Malibu sedan offer these modern, newly designed force-fed units in varying capacities.
An engine that is turbocharged offers optimal efficiency. In such an engine, exhaust gases, which would have been otherwise wasted are used to spin a turbine. The turbine then pushes more air into the cylinders to deliver more power while consuming less fuel.
The Malibu’s all new 1.5L I-4 turbocharged engine, delivers an impressive 163 horsepower and 250Nm of torque at 2,500 to 5,000 RPM. Running on a full tank, which is about 62 liters, the Malibu can provide users with a driving range of up to 1,000km. This translates to a fuel economy of 16.7Km/L, which is amongst the best in its class. The 2.0L engine, available in the Chevrolet Malibu LT 250HP and Premier 250HP, works in tandem with a six-speed automatic gearbox to deliver a great ride while also providing fuel efficiency of 14.2 Km/L. This is the equivalent of a driving range of 880 Km on a full tank. In its highest state of tune, the unit produces over 250 horsepower.
In the Equinox Premier, the 2.0L engine has been tuned to deliver 252 horsepower and 352 Nm of torque so that motorists benefit from outstanding performance and quick acceleration. Tuning the engine makes the Equinox the perfect city vehicle giving it enough reserves of power for overtaking safely and merging with fast moving traffic.
For further improving the performance, the engine is paired with a modern nine-speed transmission that makes it possible for the turbocharged unit to operate in its optimum revs. It also improves the fuel efficiency to just 13.6 Km/L. Thus the Equinox is able to provide motorists with great performance while keeping operating costs low by using less fuel.
General Motors’ highly efficient 1.5L I4 turbocharged engine can be used for even better fuel economy of 15Km/L in the Equinox. In this case, the engine is paired with the company’s six-speed transmission and has an output of 170 horsepower, which is almost equivalent to the power delivered by a much bigger 2.4L naturally aspirated engine.
Chevrolet has leveraged its state-of-the-art technology Chevrolet to deliver on its performance promise while managing to keep fuel consumption low. Thus, Chevrolet’s range of turbocharged engines offer the best of both worlds.
Manju Mathew, an MBA in marketing, completed publisher training courses from the Oxford Brookes University and New York University. She started with marketing and PR roles before moving on to her current position as a full time writer. Currently living in Dubai, her life as an expat has sharpened her observation skills and flair for writing. She enjoys writing about luxury cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc even if she can only dream of owning them.
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