Last week, General Motors confirmed the planned refresh of the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse would be pushed back by one year and would arrive as a 2022 model-year vehicle, due to delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, the automaker has confirmed that the update planned for the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox has also been rescheduled for the 2022 model year due to pandemic-related setbacks. The mildly overhauled Equinox, which debuted at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show in February, will now go on sale early next calendar year, rather than later this year as previously planned.
“The timing for launch of the refreshed Chevrolet Equinox has been revised,” Chevrolet said in a press release. “It will now launch in calendar year 2021 as a 2022 model. We will share more details as we get closer to launch.”
GM applied a number of styling tweaks to the popular mid-size crossover for 2021, including a new front grille, redesigned headlamps and taillamps, a restyled lower front fascia with different fog lamps and a different rear bumper. It also introduced a new RS trim to the Equinox lineup for 2021, which gets its own unique front and rear fascias, black exterior accents, black badges, dark finish 19-inch wheels and a quad-tip exhaust. The Equinox RS also gets some mild interior enhancements in the way of contrasting red stitching and an ‘RS’ branded shift knob.
The refreshed 2021 Chevrolet Equinox keeps the same two available four-cylinder engines, which include GM’s turbocharged 1.5L LYX inline four-cylinder and turbocharged 2.0L LTG inline four-cylinder. 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. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available for a premium.
Pricing for the 2022 Equinox will be announced closer to its arrival next year. The 2020 Equinox starts at $27,495 including destination, before taxes or incentives.
Other 2021 model-year GM vehicle updates are also expected to be pushed back to 2022 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the Traverse and Equinox, the automaker’s all-new 2021 model-year full-size SUVs could also be delayed, along with the updated Chevrolet Bolt EV and a yet-to-be-announced Corvette C8 model variant, among others.