Turbocharging: Small is the new big

The all-turbo 2018 Chevrolet Equinox range is small on fuel consumption and big on performance

With growing environmental concerns and fuel efficiency demands, downsizing is the indisputable path for internal combustion engines. But, how do you reduce an engine’s size to meet those goals without compromising performance? The answer is simple: turbocharging.

Turbocharging uses the force of exhaust gases exiting the engine – otherwise wasted as exhaust emissions – to drive an air compressor, which packs more air into the engine than it would draw naturally. The denser the air in the engine, the more potent the combustion, thereby generating greater power.

Turbocharged engines essentially work as two different engines depending on driving conditions. The system generates little or no boost in light-load conditions, for small-engine efficiency. More power, however, is only a press of the accelerator pedal away, as the turbo generates boost under heavier loads to provide larger-engine performance on demand.

The highly efficient, yet powerful, turbocharged engines in the all-new 2018 Equinox are a masterclass in this technology.

The 2018 Equinox: Suited and boosted

The handsome 2018 Equinox is the first Chevrolet model in the Middle East to offer an all-turbocharged, multi-engine propulsion lineup.

The turbocharged engine provides customers with performance, efficiency and capability in the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.

A 1.5L turbo, available in the LS and LT variants, which offers unprecedented efficiency,” said Ahmed Soudodi, Head of Brand at Chevrolet Middle East. “This new engine delivers the power of a larger engine and the fuel economy of a smaller engine.”

1.5L turbo offers excellent fuel economy
Available in LS and LT models, the 2018 Equinox’s 1.5L turbo offers an EPA-estimated 15.0 km/L highway in FWD mode. It is SAE-certified at 170 hp and is part of GM’s new family of Ecotec small-displacement engines, featuring direct injection.

Efficient new nine-speed automatic

GM’s all-new 9T50 nine-speed automatic transmission. Approximately the size of a regular six-speed automatic, the 9T50 is the result of clever engineering and packaging. The compact dimensions are achieved by an on-axis design, where all the gears are in line with the crankshaft, and GM’s first application of a selectable one-way clutch.

The nine-speed automatic features a higher 7.6:1 overall ratio to enhance efficiency and smaller steps between the gears, compared to six-speed designs, to enhance refinement.

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is now on sale in showrooms at the Official Dealer in Jordan the Leadings Vehicle Company – Abu Khader Automotive.