The Chevy Equinox is up against some heavy-hitting competition, including standout crossover SUVs like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. However, the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox brings with it a number of updates and changes, highlighted by a brand-new set of standard safety features.
The following features are now standard across all 2020 Chevrolet Equinox equipment groups/trim levels (RPO code in parentheses):
- Automatic Emergency Braking (UHY)
- Forward Collision Alert (UEU)
- Following Distance Indicator (UE4)
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning (UHX)
- Forward Automatic Braking (UKJ)
- IntelliBeam headlamps (TQ5)
Previous model years offered these features as part of optional packages.
This marks a huge change for GM and the way the automaker offered its vehicles. Previously, The General would typically only offer active safety features as available options. However, the competition – namely Honda, Toyota and Hyundai – have recently started to offer several of these active safety features as standard equipment.
Finally, GM is no longer behind the curve when it comes to active safety features, as per the newfound equipment in the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox. Active safety technology is becoming increasingly important to consumers, and certainly more of an expectation for newer vehicles. In fact, GM CEO Mary Barra was asked by a financial analyst why the automaker was offering less standard active safety features than the competition during the recent Q2 2019 earnings call.
We’re happy to see The General finally align with the rest of the industry in that respect, and look forward to seeing what other active safety features are headed down the pipeline for other nameplates as well.
For reference, the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox will be offered in four trim levels – L, LS, LT and Premier. Engine options include the turbocharged 1.5L LYX inline four-cylinder, as well as the turbocharged 2.0L LTG inline four-cylinder. Output is rated at 170 horsepower for the former and 252 horsepower for the latter. The previous model year’s turbodiesel 1.6L LH7 inline four-cylinder is no longer part of the lineup. The remaining gas engines mate to either the GM six-speed or new GM nine-speed automatic transmission.