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PHEV comeback from GM: 2027 identified as the first new hybrid vehicle from the brand

2025 Chevrolet Equinox Plus PHEV | Photo: Chevrolet
  • Currently, GM offers two PHEVs in China.

  • The identity of this future PHEV for North America is not known at the moment.


 

Gradually, the electric car market is slowing down, as the availability of electric models expands while their price is not decreasing as quickly. This slower-than-expected growth in electric cars is having repercussions on another type of electrification, that of hybrid and/or plug-in hybrid vehicles.

In fact, one of the automakers that had staked everything on electric vehicles has decided to backtrack on its ambitions of recent years. General Motors has decided to bring hybrid technology back on board its North American fleet.

2025 Chevrolet Equinox Plus PHEV | Photo: Chevrolet

At least, that’s what Mary Barra, CEO of the American empire, has said, reminding us that General Motors intends to offer a plug-in hybrid vehicle again for the 2027 model year. Recall that the last “PHEV” car to be offered to the local public was the Chevrolet Volt, the car that was discontinued in 2019.

GM’s CEO also indicated that this late arrival of a new plug-in hybrid model would coincide with the entry into force of new standards set by the US EPA that will affect vehicles sold in the US between 2027 and 2032, with the goal of cutting emissions in half by 2055.

It now remains to be seen which model will be prioritized to appeal to most consumers in North America. As reported by American magazine Car and Driver, the Chinese market already boasts two GM models with plug-in hybrid powertrains: the Buick Velite 6 and the Chevrolet Equinox Plus PHEV.

On the latter, the SUV retains the services of its 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, but this is paired with a 188-hp electric motor. According to GM Authority, the electric range of the Chevrolet Equinox plug-in reaches 155 km according to the Chinese calculation method. While it’s clear that this range would be shorter in North America (with stricter EPA standards), that doesn’t make the Equinox plug-in hybrid unattractive.

In fact, this turnaround in GM’s case can only benefit the consumer, who must juggle with the uncertainty surrounding the adoption of electric cars now.

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