Holden has just announced that a new powertrain option will join their newest vehicle range in the form of the Equinox diesel, accompanying the previously petrol-turbo-only engine selection: a 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre Ecotec.
The new oil-burner adds $3,000 to the list price of its petrol-powered equivalent and manages to extract 100kW and 320Nm from a 1.6-litres and four-cylinders, claiming to be able to sip as little as 5.6-litres over 100km. Mated to it is a six-speed automatic transmission that sends drive to the front wheels by default, or all four wheels if that configuration is chosen.
“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’s Executive Director – 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.”
The updated Equinox also offers the new diesel powertrain in every grade that the petrol variants occupy, granting feature parity with the previously established spread while also adding the long-range driving and impressive fuel economy afforded by a diesel engine.
On the base Equinox LS+ diesel, as with the petrol version, Holden has equipped it with amenities such as automatic headlights, a reversing camera, and a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
Meanwhile, on the safety front, the each Equinox comes as standard with 7 airbags, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Keep Assist, and rear cross-traffic alert. Luxuries such as heated seats, a larger 8-inch infotainment unit, and a premium BOSE audio system are made a available on higher tier variants.
- Equinox LS+ - Diesel - $35,990
- Equinox LT - Diesel - $39,990
- Equinox LTZ - Diesel - $47,290
- Equinox LTZ-V - Diesel - $49,290