Equinox (Chevrolet)

May 16, 2024

Chevrolet has officially unveiled the all-new Equinox EV for the US market on May 14.

The vehicle measures 190.55 inches in length, 76.94 inches in width, 64.8 inches in height, and has a wheelbase of 116.3 inches.
The driving system can be selected between front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD).

The Equinox EV will be available in five trims: 1LT, 2LT, 2RS, 3LT, and 3RS. The MSRP will start at USD 43,295 (2LT FWD). Later this year, an entry-level 1LT trim will also be added, with the MSRP starting at USD 34,995 (1LT FWD).

By using the MyChevrolet app, drivers have access to an expanding network of over 174,000 public chargers in the US and Canada. Drivers can also use GM’s Super Cruise system to travel hands-free on more than 400,000 miles of compatible roads in the two countries.

A standard front-wheel-drive system generates an estimated 213 horsepower and 236 lb-ft. of torque, while an optional all-wheel-drive (AWD) system generates 288 horsepower and 333 lb-ft. of torque. One-pedal driving/regenerative braking is standard across the lineup.

The Equinox EV also has a standard 11.5 kW, Level 2 (A/C) charging, which can add up to 34 miles of range per hour of charging. They also have standard DC fast charging capability of 150 kW, which enables up to 77 miles of range to be added per 10 minutes of charging. Estimated range in EPA mode is 319 miles (approx. 513 km) for FWD and 285 miles (approx. 459 km) for AWD.

Many safety features are standard, including Chevy Safety Assist with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, forward pedestrian braking, and lane keeping assist with lane departure warning. Other features include rear parking assist, rear cross-traffic braking, and adaptive cruise control.
The vehicle is produced at GM’s Ramos  Arizpe plant in Mexico. 

(Chevrolet press release on May 14, 2024)

May 07, 2024

On April 25, at the Auto China 2024 in Beijing, Chevrolet, an SAIC-GM sub-brand, officially launched the Equinox Plus, its first midsize plug-in hybrid SUV. The vehicle is available in four variants, with prices ranging from CNY 149,900 to CNY 179,900.

The Equinox Plus adopts a next-generation design language with two exterior options, presenting a new trendy American style. It measures 4,653mm long, 1,902mm wide, and 1,714mm or 1,728mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,730mm. The trunk volume can be expanded from 648L to 1,619L.

Equipped with an SAIC-GM next-generation intelligent PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) system, a new 132kW/250Nm Ecotec 1.5T hybrid engine, a 2-speed dedicated hybrid transmission, and an FWD system, the Equinox Plus delivers a maximum motor power of 140kW, a peak motor torque of 315Nm, a combined system power of 272kW, a combined system torque of 565Nm, a minimum 0 to 100km/h acceleration time of 6.8 seconds, and a top speed of 180km/h.

A next-generation PHEV lithium-iron phosphate battery developed to the same standards as the Ultium platform completes the powertrain of the Equinox Plus, with a combined range of over 1,000km. The 16.5kWh- and 24.4kWh-battery-capacity variants deliver respective CLTC electric-mode ranges of 102km and 155km and respective CLTC combined fuel consumption of 1.2L/100km and 0.72L/100km.

Coming standard with dual 11- and 11.3-inch suspended displays and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8155 chip, the Equinox Plus is the first joint-venture model where AI large model features are applied in volume. Some variants are available with practical features such as iKey, mobile phone wireless charging panels, and 3.3kW V2L (Vehicle to Load), plus a Level 2 ADAS (advanced driver assistance system).

Also exhibited at the event was the Equinox EV, Chevrolet’s first Ultium-based battery electric SUV.

From SAIC-GM press releases 1/2/3 and information on the Chevrolet website

Apr 26, 2024

On April 25, the Auto China 2024 (18th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition) was officially opened at the China International Exhibition Center Shunyi Hall and Chaoyang Hall in Beijing.

With the theme of “Driving to Smart Mobility” and participation by over 1,500 companies, the event covers a total exhibition area of 230,000 square meters and has over 20 summit forums. The press days, professional visitor days, and general public days fall on April 25 to 26, April 27 to 28, and April 29 to May 4, respectively. A component exhibition at the Chaoyang Hall is held from April 25 to 27. 117 vehicles (including 30 from multinationals) will make their global debut, and 41 concept vehicles and 278 New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) will be on display.

Chinese automakers, such as BYD, SAIC Motor, Geely, Chery, Great Wall Motor, BAIC Group, GAC Group, Dongfeng Motor Corporation, and Changan Auto, will be present with blockbuster models and latest technologies from their sub-brands. Specifically, brands such as Livan Auto, Radar Auto, and Fang Cheng Bao will make their first appearance. The key models include BYD’s Qin L midsize plug-in hybrid sedan and new Denza Z9 GT flagship sedan, Geely’s Zeekr Mix compact battery electric MPV, a Geely Galaxy flagship SUV, SAIC Motor’s IM L6 electric sedan, and Chery’s Fulwin E06 battery electric SUV.

Chinese NEV brands, such as NIO, Li Auto, Leapmotor, Neta Auto, XPeng, Harmony Intelligent Mobility Alliance (HIMA), and Seres, will attend. Specifically, brands such as Xiaomi EV, Jiyue Auto, and GAC Hyper will make their first appearance. The highlight models include Leapmotor’s C16 mid-to-large-size 6-seater SUV, HIMA’s Stelato S9 premium electric sedan, and Li Auto’s Li L6 luxury mid-to-large-size 5-seater family SUV.

The eye-catching key models from European automakers include VW Group’s ID. Code concept battery electric vehicle (BEV) specifically developed for the Chinese market, Porsche’s Macan electric SUV specifically customized for the Chinese market, and Audi’s Q6L e-tron SUV for the Chinese market. Other brands such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and BMW MINI will attend.

As for American automakers, SAIC-GM will be present with three sub-brands, and GM will make the first appearance of The Durant Guild. Specifically, the Chevrolet brand will make the debut of the Equinox Plus intelligent plug-in hybrid SUV, and the Cadillac brand will launch the new Optiq luxury BEV. Additionally, Changan Ford is expected to unveil the CX810 New Energy SUV, and JAC Ford will launch the Ford Bronco midsize off-road SUV.

As for Japanese automakers, Toyota will showcase a new product lineup and make the global debut of two new models of the bZ BEV family. Honda will exhibit the Ye P7 and the Ye S7, the first two models of the Ye electric vehicle (EV) family, plus the Ye GT, the second concept vehicle of this family. Honda will also introduce a new crossover model co-developed with Muji. Nissan will make the Chinese debut of models such as the Hyper Force concept BEV. Mazda will release a strategy for its development in the Chinese market and make the global debut of its first NEV.

As for Korean automakers, Hyundai will hold a launch for the N brand and debut the Ioniq 5 N, its first mass-produced performance EV. Kia will launch the Sonet subcompact crossover SUV.