If we can rely on the latest reports, the 2021 Chevy Equinox is about to come with a load of changes. The current generation has been around for a couple of years. So, we would probably consider int quite fresh in normal circumstances. However, the current model isn’t doing very well on the market, so the company wants to add a couple of updates to make it more competitive.
Therefore, this should be a typical facelift. according to the latest reports, this will happen already in the next year. The testing model has been already spotted and it looks like there is a fair amount of exterior novelties to come. Additionally, we count on updates on the inside, as well as in terms of standard equipment. On the other side, the engine lineup will probably remain the same. Given all the novelties that are about to come, we expect from 2021 Chevy Equinox to arrive a little bit earlier than usual.
2021 Chevy Equinox Exterior
The 2021 Chevy Equinox is about to come with a lot of novelties. Still, the base design characteristics are about to remain the same. The current generation will carry on for several more years. So, we can count on a familiar layout, which is based on the company’s familiar D2 platform. Most mechanics are about to remain the same, though we don’t exclude the possibility to see a couple of suspension tweaks.
On the other side, big styling updates are about to come for sure. The testing model has already been spotted and it wears a lot of camouflage. Therefore, we may presume that a big portion of changes is about to come. Of course, most of them will come to the front end. We expect that the new version will adopt Chevy’s latest design language, which means a front face that looks quite similar to the new Blazer.
Given the camouflage, we will see some modifications to the rear end as well. Moreover, we can clearly see a quad exhaust system on the test mule, which indicates we could also see a new, hi-performance version in the offer.
Details about the 2021 Chevy Equinox interior are still unavailable. However, it would definitely be great to see some changes. The current model looks okay from the inside, but there are still some areas that feature subpar interior quality. Therefore, most rivals look more upscale from the inside.
So, a couple of materials’ improvements would definitely be a great move by Chevy. Other than that, there isn’t much room for improvements, but this compact crossover doesn’t need much of it at all. Both rows of seats are spacious and comfortable for all-day ride. The only drawback refers to below-average cargo volume, which offers around 30 cubic feet behind rear seats. Rivals like Honda CR-V are far more generous in this aspect.
Of course, we count on novelties in terms of standard equipment. Still, don’t expect miracles, especially in terms of tech goodies, considering that the current model is already decently equipped. All models come standard with things like 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, USB ports, 6-speaker audio system etc. Higher trims also offer things like a bigger 8-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, navigation, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, a panoramic sunroof, wireless phone charging etc.
On the other side, we would definitely like to see more safety systems in base models, considering that a rearview camera is currently the only standard feature. Still, many advanced systems are available, including adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, a safety alert seat, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection etc. Some of these could become standard in the 2021 Chevy Equinox.
2021 Chevy Equinox Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, we’ve already mentioned that a hi-performance version is possible. Other than that, things are about to remain the same. So, count on three familiar engine options. Base models will carry on with a 1.5-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 170 horsepower and delivers pretty decent ride quality. Those who prefer something peppier can opt for a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which is good for over 250 horsepower. Driving dynamics are great with this engine.
Those who prefer economy over performances can pick a 1.6-liter turbodiesel, which delivers around 140 horsepower. This oil-burner returns around 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, while the base gasoline engine is good for about 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
2021 Chevy Equinox Release Date and Price
Considering that there is a lot of novelties to come, the 2021 Chevy Equinox release date should be scheduled a little bit earlier than usual, probably in the third quarter of the next year. When it comes to the price, we don’t expect bigger changes compared to the current model, which starts at around 24.000 dollars.