With the Equinox EV, Chevrolet is introducing an all-electric compact SUV that will be available from fall 2023 for a base price of around $30,000. The vehicle is Chevrolet's third Ultium-based model from parent company General Motors, following the Blazer EV and Silverado EV.
The Chevrolet Equinox EV is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, which should be around 157kW or 216kW. Depending on the version, the range is 250 to 300 miles. The Equinox EV will be built at GM's Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico.
Standard front-wheel drive includes an estimated power output of 210 hp. and torque of 242 lb-ft. All-wheel drive produces 290 hp. and 346 lb-ft of torque. The Equinox EV also features One Pedal Driving, so you can accelerate and decelerate with just the accelerator pedal. The technology in the car also provides regenerative braking, which returns energy to the battery and thus increases range.
By default, the car can be charged with 11.2 kW (AC) charging power, which GM estimates provides an additional range of up to 34 miles per hour of charging. The all-wheel-drive version of the 3RS has 19.2kW of charging power, and GM estimates an additional range of up to 51 miles per hour of charging. DC charging up to 150 kW is possible.
The lineup will start with the base 1LT trim level, which gets manually adjustable front seats, a smaller 11-inch infotainment screen and 19-inch alloy wheels. The 2LT trim adds a power driver's seat, heated front seats, front LED fascia, roof rails, and a larger 17.7-inch central infotainment display.
Next up is the 2RS, which adds a heated flat-bottom steering wheel, 20-inch alloy wheels. The 3LT makes the front passenger seat electric, adds ventilation to the front seats, dual-zone climate control, comes with a big screen as standard, and 21-inch wheels.
The top trim level is the 3RS, which gets most of the available equipment as standard, although you'll still have to pay extra for adaptive cruise control, upgraded 19.2kW charging, a power moonroof in the rear, a Bose premium audio system, or a panoramic moonroof. Pricing has yet to be announced, but since the base car will cost around $30,000, the top model is likely to cost over $50,000 with two engines and other options selected.
The first model version of the Equinox EV will be available from autumn 2023, initially in limited quantities. According to the manufacturer, further details and ordering information will be announced shortly before the start of production.