The big news about the 2016 Chevy Equinox is the freshened styling and new technology. But equally as important is the reconfiguration of trim levels for the popular crossover.
Traditionally, the base Chevrolet trim level has been the LS. But the 2016 Equinox adds L as the base trim level that will slot in below LS. Therefore, the stair-step, from base to fully-loaded, is as follows.
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The addition of the L trim level also eliminates the 1LT and 2LT trim levels, thereby streamlining the packaging for consumers. Thought of in another way, L is the new LS, LS is the new 1LT and LT is the new 2LT. The new trim level structure is welcome in our book, since the 1LT and 2LT designations often confused shoppers not familiar with the fact that LT could be broken out into 1LT and 2LT in the past.
Will the new trim level hierarchy affect pricing, and will we see it permeate to other Chevy models? We’ll do our best to find out at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.