The 2021 Chevrolet Equinox is expected to make its official debut sometime later this year, but we don’t have to wait to know what it will look like, with leaked photos of the facelifted crossover surfacing online via Chinese media.
The most apparent change will happen out front, where the crossover will receive a smaller, re-shaped front grille along with redesigned headlights and a redesigned lower bumper. The rear taillights are also new and appear slightly more geometric than on the pre-facelift model. They are joined by a new lower rear bumper, as well.
One photo also shows off the new Equinox RS model, which features dark grey exterior trim, dark grey alloy wheels, RS badging, a sporty-looking front bumper and a different rear bumper with quad exhaust tips.
The Chinese-spec 2021 Chevrolet Equinox is rumored to get General Motors‘ new turbocharged 1.3L L3T three-cylinder engine, which is also offered in the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer and Buick Encore GX. In the smaller crossovers, the turbo three-pot is good for 155 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque. The automaker’s turbocharged 2.0L LSY four-cylinder engine will also be offered in the crossover in the country, which is good for 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
In North America, the Chevrolet Equinox is offered with a turbocharged 1.5L LYX four-cylinder, as well as the turbocharged 2.0L LTG inline four-cylinder. The 1.5L engine is rated at 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque, while the larger 2.0L engine is good for 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
While it’s not entirely clear what changes will be applied to the North American-spec 2021 Chevrolet Equinox, we imagine this Chinese model gives us a pretty good idea of what’s in store for Chevy’s exceedingly popular compact crossover. We’ll have complete details on the updated Equinox once it makes its official debut.