Chevrolet Equinox Could Be Going Electric

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But will it come to America?

For the 2022 model year, the Chevrolet Equinox was given a mid-cycle facelift. As part of the refresh, the crossover was updated with a new grille, a redesigned rear bumper, split LED headlights, and LED daytime running lights. Due to its low demand, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo was also dropped for the 2022 model year. This might not be the only update Chevrolet is planning for the Equinox, however.

SAIC, which has a joint venture with General Motors, has filed a patent with the China National Intellectual Property Administration of what appears to be an electric or hybrid version of the Chevrolet Equinox.

China National Intellectual Property Administration
China National Intellectual Property Administration
China National Intellectual Property Administration

Potentially, this could be one of the 30 new EVs General Motors is launching by 2025. The greenhouse and doors certainly seem to match the Equinox and the design appears to share cues with the Bolt EUV. A slim full-width light bar and a prominent faux grille also adorn the minimalist front fascia.

The patented design also features aerodynamic wheels. At the back, the electric Equinox has a subtle roof-mounted spoiler and redesigned taillights connected with a light bar. Powertrain details remain a mystery at this stage. For reference, the Bolt EV and EUV are powered by a 66-kWh battery and an electric motor producing 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the front wheels.

China National Intellectual Property Administration
China National Intellectual Property Administration
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On a single charge, the Bolt EV will cover 259 miles, while the larger EUV will last 250 miles. It's unclear if this mystery crossover will be badged as an Equinox or an entirely new model, so we'll have to wait and see what SAIC is cooking up here. It also remains to be seen if SAIC is developing the crossover as a global model with General Motors or specifically for the Chinese market.

A US launch seems unlikely, however, as General Motors EVs designed for the US market will ride on the new Ultium platform that will underpin models like the Cadillac Lyriq.

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