Equinox now expected to have just one engine for 2022
Not clear if larger engine will return to GMC Terrain sibling
Last summer, Chevrolet dropped the 2.0L turbo-four from its Equinox crossover, but at the time a same-size motor was expected to return to the model when the refreshed 2022 model finally arrived later this year. Now, says a new report, the engine will not be returning.
This is the refresh for the Chevrolet Equinox that was expected (and announced) for the 2021 model year but was then pushed back over delays related to the COVID-10 pandemic. Now it’s set to arrive later this year with a new nose and a new interior as a 2022.
But it won’t come with the new 2.0L turbo-four that was expected, reports GM Authority. Instead, it will come with just the 1.5L turbo-four that the current model has offered since it was new. The report says that the overwhelming majority of buyers found the 170 hp and 203 lb-ft from that engine adequate, with eight percent of buyers picking it the last time it was offered.
Across the showroom floor, GMC had also dropped the 2.0T and accompanying 252 hp from its version of the crossover, the 2021 GMC Terrain, for that model year. In the Terrain, it made up 27 percent of sales, though in that model the engine had been offered as standard with the popular Denali top-trim in contrast to it being an option in the top-level Equinox. It’s not clear if a 2.0T, which is offered as the only engine in the Buick Envision crossover, GM’s third offering in this class, will return to the Terrain for 2022.
It’s a sharp change from when this generation of the crossover debuted in 2017, when it was offered with the two gasoline engines as well as a 1.6L turbodiesel with the latter engine disappearing for the 2020 model year because of slow sales.