New Lightweight Equinox Design Cuts 400 Pounds

The Equinox is all-new for the 2018 model year, which means it has a stronger, lightweight body, safer driving technologies, and added performance systems. That’s not to mention the sporty new look for this compact crossover, offering LED lighting and a bold front end that’s bound to turn some heads.

One of the most innovative aspects of the Equinox is readily apparent at first glance. The 2018 model comes with a 400-pound weight reductions—about 10% of its mass—thanks to new engineering strategies. This weight loss improves handling and performance, including driving dynamics, and it also works to save you money at the pump. With less weight to haul around, your driving experience can only get better.

“Think of it as core strength training,” said Jill Dennis, lead development engineer. “The new Equinox’s structure is leaner yet stronger, resulting in efficient performance that inspires confidence while also creating a more fun, safe and comfortable driving experience.”

How did Chevy do it? Engineers have been working with a mixed-material strategy that reduces weight without cutting strength as well. This includes a high-grade steel body that’s supplemented by over 20% of a high-strength steel material offered almost exclusively to Chevy. The lightweight Equinox design is also being used on the Malibu, Bolt EV, and Traverse for the latest model year. Experience these changes by test driving the Equinox at Bill Roberts Chevy today.