The Equinox EV will be a more affordable electric SUV joining the Blazer EV
The range will vary between 250 and 300 miles (402 to 482 kilometres)
The Equinox EV will arrive in the fall of 2023 with 5 trim levels
Chevrolet unveiled the 2024 Equinox EV, its second upcoming electric model based on GM’s Ultium platform after the Blazer EV, also recently unveiled.
This smaller electric crossover will be the most affordable vehicle using this new platform since the base price announced for the 1LT version is only $30,000 in the US.
This means that the Equinox EV will be less expensive than the Bolt EV currently is while being larger and more modern. This explains why the Bolt will receive a $6,000 price cut in the US for the 2023 model year.
The Chevrolet Equinox EV will be offered in five trim levels and two powertrain options to start with. The entry-level 1LT will be equipped with a smaller battery that will give it 250 miles (402 kilometres) of range with a single motor powertrain producing 210 horsepower and 242 lb-ft of torque.
Standard on every other trim level and available on the 1LT will be a larger battery that will make for a range of 300 miles (482 kilometres) on the front-wheel drive versions and 280 miles (450 kilometres) on the all-wheel drive models.
This all-wheel drive powertrain will add a second motor to power the rear axle, which will boost the total output to 290 horsepower and 346 lb-ft of torque.
In terms of features and equipment, every Equinox EV will be equipped with an 11-inch digital instrument display and a host of active safety features which include systems such as front pedestrian braking, lane keeping assist, automatic high-beams, rear cross-traffic braking, and blind zone steering assist.
Moving up to the 2LT model will bring a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats and steering wheel, an LED lightbar in the front, an available 17,7-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system (in place of the standard 11-inch unit), and an available sunroof.
The adaptive cruise control will be available on this model and so will SuperCruise, which now works on 400,000 miles of roads across the United States and Canada.
The 2RS model will adopt a sportier image due to a more aggressive design of the 20-inch wheels and bumpers as well as an available red interior while offering the same standard and available features as the 2LT.
The 3LT and the 3RS will also offer the same level of equipment but in a sportier package in the case of the RS. This means that both models will be equipped with ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, a power-adjustable passenger seat, a standard 17.7-inch infotainment screen, the standard adaptive cruise control, the available Bose audio system, and the available head-up display and rear mirror camera.
The only differences between the 3LT and 3RS models that are more than cosmetic will be the flat bottom steering wheel and the available 19.2 kW Level 2 charging found in the RS.
This faster charging will allow the Equinox 3RS to gain 51 miles (82 kilometres) of range per hour instead of the 34 miles (54 kilometres) per hour afforded by the standard 11.5 kW module.
Every 2024 Equinox EV will be compatible with 150 kW DC fast charging, which will be able to add about 70 miles (112 kilometres) of range in 10 minutes.
Chevrolet has yet to announce the price of the other versions of the Equinox EV, but it will be less expensive than comparably equipped versions of the Blazer EV.