The 2021 Chevrolet Equinox has made its official debut at the Chicago Auto Show, arriving with refreshed looks and a new RS trim.
Styling changes applied to Chevy’s popular compact crossover include a new front grille, which now extends into the redesigned headlamps, along with a restyled lower fascia with different foglamps. The rear has also seen some small changes in the way of redesigned taillamps and a different bumper.
The new Equinox RS trim is set apart by its unique front and rear fascias, black exterior accents, black badges, “Dark Android” 19-inch wheels and quad-tip exhaust. Inside, the sport-inspired crossover features black upholstery with red contrasting stitching and an RS-branded shift knob. We assume the RS model will slot in between the LT and the Premier in the Equinox’s lineup based on the positioning of other Chevrolet models with an RS trim, like the Blazer, for example.
Chevrolet also says a wider variety of safety and driver assistance features will be available on more Equinox trims for 2021, though it did not provide exact details on how the features would be packaged. The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox offers Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and Forward Automatic Braking as standard, but only certain trim levels can be equipped with tech such as Rear Cross Traffic Alert or GM’s Safety Alert Seat. With this change, these features may become optional on lower trim levels. In addition to the RS, the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox will be offered in L, LS, LT and Premier trims.
The turbocharged 1.5L LYX inline four-cylinder, as well as the turbocharged 2.0L LTG inline four-cylinder, remain the only two engine options for 2021. The 1.5L engine is rated at 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque and is paired to a six-speed automatic, while the 2.0L engine produces 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet and pairs up with GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission.
Stay tuned for more official details on the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox, such as pricing and EPA estimated fuel economy figures.