GM shocked CES by teasing two new EVs.
General Motors may not have attended the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show in person this year, but the American automaker brought the proverbial house down with huge electric vehicle announcements. In addition to the 2023 Silverado EV making its debut, GM CEO Mary Barra teased two more upcoming EVs from the Chevy brand. Barra announced that the Chevrolet Equinox (pictured here) and Chevrolet Blazer will both go fully electric in 2023, arriving as 2024 model year vehicles.
"The Equinox has always played an important role for Chevrolet as the second-highest selling brand nameplate," said Steve Hill, Chevrolet vice president. "Providing an affordable EV option in the industry's highest volume segment proves Chevy is going to make EVs available to everyone."
Chevy says the Equinox EV will leverage the scalable Ultium Platform, which underpins models ranging from the Cadillac Lyriq up to the GMC Hummer EV. When it goes on sale in fall 2023, the Equinox EV will offer retail and fleet versions in LT and RS trims. No range or performance estimates were provided, but Chevy says the Equinox EV will start around $30,000, making it far less expensive than existing options from Ford, Hyundai, Kia, and Volkswagen. It will even undercut Chevy's own Bolt.
Along with the announcement, Chevy shared several images showing us what the new Equinox EV will look like. The rendered images show a far more exciting design than the existing Equinox, with futuristic lights, a more coupe-like shape, and a premium interior with massive screens. Inside, the Equinox features the green light at the top of the steering wheel, indicating it will come with SuperCruise hands-free driving technology.
Chevy didn't share any images of the Blazer EV SUV, which it says will arrive before the Equinox EV in Spring 2023. If we had to guess, the Blazer will receive similar (possibly sportier) styling and use a longer version of the Ultium Platform with a larger battery pack and more powerful electric motors. If Chevy can offer a similarly attractive starting price for the Blazer, both of these new SUVs could be hugely successful.