2018 Holden Equinox
2018 Holden Equinox. Photo: Supplied
2018 Holden Equinox
2018 Holden Equinox. Photo: Supplied
2018 Holden Equinox
2018 Holden Equinox
Alex Rae | May, 07 2018 | 0 Comments

Holden has introduced a diesel engine into the Equinox line-up for 2018.

The third engine to enter the new SUV’s stable, the 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel brings a more economical 100kW and 320Nm powerplant at an additional cost of $3000 over the equivalent petrol model.

Entry-grade LS variants miss out on the new engine, and only front-wheel drive LS+ and LT grades and all-wheel drive LTZ and LTZ-V get the optional motor in front of a six-speed automatic transmission.

The oiler’s 5.6L/100km combined-cycle fuel consumption bests the previous leading entry-spec 1.5-litre turbo petrol’s 6.9L/100km, while further up the tree the 2.0-litre turbo petrol returns 8.2L/100km.

LS+ models and up get ‘Holden Eye’ safety as standard which includes AEB, lane departure warning with steering assist, rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.

LTZ and LTZ-V variants add 19-inch alloys, adaptive all-wheel drive and premium interior appointments such as heated electric leather seats, Bose audio system and wireless phone charging.

Pricing for the new diesel starts from $35,990 in LS+ spec and $49,290 for the range-topping LTZ-V. Holden is also offering a seven year/unlimited kilometre warranty on all Equinox models purchased before June 2018.

“The new 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine boasts leading efficiency while remaining so smooth and refined, you forget you’re driving a diesel,” said Holden executive director of marketing Kristian Aquilina.

“The turbo diesel joins the 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre turbo petrol engines currently sold in the range, meaning we’ve got an Equinox to suit every taste, and with our extended seven-year warranty, now is a great time to buy.”

2018 Holden Equinox (pricing plus on-road costs):

LS 1.5-litre petrol manual (FWD) - $27,990

LS 1.5-litre petrol auto (FWD) - $29,990

LS+ 1.5-litre petrol auto (FWD) - $32,990

LS+ 1.6-litre diesel manual (FWD) - $35,990

LT 2.0-litre petrol auto (FWD) - $36,990

LT 1.6-litre diesel auto (FWD) - $39,990

LTZ 2.0-litre petrol auto (FWD) - $39,990

LTZ 2.0-litre petrol auto (AWD) - $44,290

LTZ 1.6-litre diesel auto (AWD) - $47,290

LTZ-V 2.0-litre petrol auto (AWD) - $46,290

LTZ-V 1.6-litre diesel auto (AWD) - $49,290

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