The 100kW/320Nm four-cylinder diesel is offered as a torquier, more fuel-efficient alternative to the 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre turbo petrol engines that were available from the Equinox’s launch last year. Claimed economy from the turbo diesel is 5.6lt/100km.“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.
Combined with a 6-speed auto transmission as standard, the t/d Equinox is offered across all model grades, but like the turbo petrol versions, the Equinox is AWD only in the upper LTZ and LTZ-V model grades, with 2WD standard on the entry-level Equinox LS, while the mid-level LT is available in both 2WD and AWD configurations. Equinox pricing starts at $35,990 for the LS and rises to $49,290 for the top-of-the-range LTZ-V (list pricing, excluding ORCs). See your Holden dealer for further details.