The '18 Equinox is up to 400 pounds lighter than the current model.

Chevrolet has introduced the brand new 2018 Equinox on the day of the autumnal equinox.Visually, the Equinox falls in line with the Bowtie's current design language. The look is characterized by a two-part radiator grille with a thick chrome frame, elongated headlights, and sculpted sides. All told, it looks more upmarket than the model it's replacing.

The changes are more than skin-deep. Notably, the 2018 Equinox is up to 400 pounds lighter than its predecessor. It stretches 183 inches long, 72 inches wide, and 65 inches tall, dimensions that make it about four inches shorter from bumper to bumper than the outgoing model.

Trunk space checks in at 29.9 cubic feet with five passengers on board, and 63.5 with the rear seats folded flat.

The diet make it possible for the Equinox to surf the industry's downsizing wave. Naturally-aspirated engines are no longer available, and buyers are asked to choose from one of three turbocharged four-cylinders. The entry-level unit is a 1.5-liter that makes 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. Next up is a 2.0-liter rated at 252 horses and 260 pound-feet of twist.

Surprisingly, Equinox buyers can order a 2.0-liter turbodiesel tuned to generate 136 horsepower and a generous 236 pound-feet of torque. Chevrolet has never offered the Equinox with an oil-burner before, but executives have openly admitted that they're using turbodiesel technology to lure Volkswagen TDI owners into showrooms.

The turbodiesel model returns 40 mpg on the highway, a figure that makes it the efficiency champ of the lineup. Towing capacity checks in at 3,500 pounds when the Equinox is ordered with the gasoline-powered 2.0-liter.

The 1.5-liter and the turbodiesel shift through a six-speed automatic transmission, while the 2.0-liter is bolted to a nine-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and a driver-selectable all-wheel drive system is offered at an extra cost.

Engineers put a big emphasis on safety when designing Chevrolet's newest soft-roader. The list of available driving aids includes a surround-view camera, forward collision alert, low-speed automatic braking, and lane-keeping assist. The Equinox also gets rear seat reminder, which emits visual and audible warnings if parents leave a child in the back seat.

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will go on sale in the United States during the first quarter of next year, and it will reach no less than 115 global markets before the end of the 2017. Pricing information will be published closer to the crossover's on-sale date.