Last week, we showed you what we believe is a prototype of the upcoming Chevy Equinox refresh. Today, we caught another camouflaged Equinox tester at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds that is even more interesting than the last. That’s because this particular tester is wearing less camo than the previous model, especially around the C- and D-pillars, while featuring a set of quad exhaust tips. Given that the current Chevy Equinox offers either a tucked-under single tip or dual exhaust, this sighting adds an unexpected element into the mix and makes us wonder whether Chevy is working on a high-performance version of its compact crossover SUV, potentially an Equinox SS.
What a theoretical Equinox SS variant would consist of is currently anyone’s guess, and aside from the quad exhaust, we can’t seem to make out any other performance-oriented bits on this prototype. That said, high-performance versions of Chevy crossovers are desperately needed. In fact, the Bow Tie brand is currently at a competitive disadvantage by not offering high-performance models of any of its crossovers, while buyers continue to flock in droves to the vehicles from sedans.
We should also note that there is a remote (though likely) possibility that the quad tips are fake, put on this tester to fool spies and enthusiasts like us into thinking we’re looking at an Equinox SS.
The Chevy Equinox is getting a midcycle refresh for either the 2020 or 2021 model years. Expect a redesigned front end, with a new front clip, headlights and grille, new tail lights, along with some sort of a modification to the treatment of the C- and D-pillars.
There will also be a few updates to the interior. On the powertrain side, the 6-speed automatic transmission, which is currently mated to the base turbo-charged 1.5L I-4 LYX gasoline engine and the 1.6L I-4 LH7 turbo-diesel, should be replaced by the new GM 9-speed automatic. The 9-speed is already mated to the turbo 2.0L I-4 LTG. Speaking of the LTG, it could be replaced by its successor, the 2.0L LSY I-4.
About Chevrolet Equinox
The Chevrolet Equinox is a compact crossover. It slots above the Chevrolet Trax and below the Chevrolet Traverse. It will also be positioned below the rumored to be the future Chevrolet Blazer. The first-generation Equinox ran from the 2005-2009 model years and was based on the first-generation Theta platform. The second-generation Equinox was offered from the 2010-2017 model years and was based on the Theta 2 platform. Both the first- and second-generation models were "tweeners", in that they straddled the compact and midsize CUV segments in size. The third-generation model was introduced for the 2018 model year. It rides on the GM D2 platform shared with the second-generation GMC Terrain, Chevrolet Cruze, and Chevrolet Volt and, unlike its two predecessors, is positioned squarely in the compact segment.
The third-generation, 2018 and newer Equinox features an all-new exterior and interior, while being slightly smaller inside and out compared to the outgoing model. It also offers an all-new engine lineup and an all-new lightweight architecture that enables a weight savings of over 400 pounds compared to the second-gen model. As a result, the new Equinox gets better fuel economy while also delivering improvements in ride, handling, packaging, and safety.
The Equinox is assembled at the following GM plants:
- GM CAMI plant in Ontario, Canada operated by GM Canada
- GM Ramos plant in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, Mexico operated by GM Mexico
- Wuhan II plant in Hubei, China operated by Shanghai-GM
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