The Chevrolet Equinox continues to follow the footsteps of its corporate sibling, the Silverado, showing strong sales performance with 30% of General Motors’ small- to mid-size SUVs and second to the well-loved truck in overall sales volume.
It’s not surprising considering the compact SUV’s value for money, thanks to its high level of specification, more-than-enough cargo space, impressive standard equipment, superb styling, and great overall design.
But it looks like Chevrolet is not slowing down developing the Equinox as the automaker gives the vehicle a new styling update for the coming model year, following the positive response to the Chevrolet Blazer’s Camaro-inspired styling.
The company is giving the same treatment to the Equinox, as seen at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show—it boasts of a new design language and an additional RS trim that’s expected to receive a lot of attention from customers.
For the 2021 model year, the Chevrolet Equinox is bidding goodbye to its shield-style grille to make way for a bold appearance heavily inspired by the Camaro and the Blazer. It will also come with new front and rear fascias, new split-level LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, and the main LED lighting cluster.
Premium Equinox trims are getting a black grille with chrome inserts, while the RS trim will have the same blacked-out treatment similar to the Blazer, along with black Chevrolet badging and side rails. Both trims will feature 19-inch wheels, but the ones on the RS will also come with Dark Android design.
For the interior, the Premier will enjoy a couple of trim-specific updates such as French stitching on the upholstery and a new high-gloss black finish on the console. The Equinox RS, on the other hand, brings it a level higher with a trim-specific shift knob, black leather upholstery, and red contrast stitching on the seats, armrests, steering wheel, and shift lever boot.
Judging by the styling, the RS looks more aggressive than the Premier, but both trims are offered with two engine options: the standard 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder that makes 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic transmission and an optional 2.0-liter turbo-four that makes 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque mated to a nine-speed automatic. Buyers are also given the option between front- and all-wheel-drive configurations.
The 2021 Chevrolet Equinox will be available in five trims—L, LS. LT, Premier, and RS—and is expected to arrive sometime this fall.