When it begins production later this year, the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox will not offer the turbocharged 2.0L LTG four-cylinder engine, GM Authority has learned. The change will make the turbocharged 1.5L LYX gasoline engine the sole powerplant for the compact crossover.
According to sources, the 2.0L turbo engine – which makes 82 horsepower and 57 pound-feet of torque more than the 1.5L LYX – represented only 7 percent of total Equinox sales volume.
|Horsepower @ RPM
|Torque @ RPM
|Turbo 1.5L I-4 LYX
|170 @ 5600
|203 @ 2000 – 4000
|Turbo 2.0L I-4 LTG
|252 @ 5500
|260 @ 2500 – 4500
For the 2020 model year, the turbo 2.0L was optional on the LT and Premier trim levels of the Equinox. For the 2021 model year, all trims will get the 1.5L as standard. However, the six-speed automatic transmission offered in conjunction with the base 1.5L engine in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 models will likely be replaced by the GM nine-speed auto for the 2021 MY.
The discontinuation of the up-level turbo 2.0L engine for the 2021 model year comes after GM dropped the 1.6L turbo-diesel LH7 engine for the 2020 Equinox. Additionally, the discontinuation of the boosted 2.0-liter engine represents a departure from tradition for the Chevrolet Equinox powertrain structure, which has been offered with a base engine and with an optional, more powerful engine through its three generations.
Chevrolet Equinox sales have been on a steady upward trajectory since its introduction in 2005. According to the GM Authority data center, Equinox sales hit a new record in 2019 with 346,048 deliveries. By comparison, 332,618 and 290,458 units were delivered in 2018 and 2017, respectively. In fact, the Equinox is GM’s second best-selling vehicle in the United States market, behind the Silverado.
The Chevrolet Equinox is produced across four plants around the world supplying global demand:
- GM CAMI plant in Canada
- GM San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico
- GM Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico
- GM Wuhan II plant in China
North American markets are supplied primarily by the CAMI plant, and to a lesser extent, by the two facilities in Mexico. The Wuhan plant exclusively supplies the Chinese domestic market.
GM originally planned to launch a midcycle enhancement (MCE / refresh) for the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox, which would deliver updates to the exterior and interior, while also adding a sporty-looking Equinox RS model. However, the refresh was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The refreshed model is now expected to launch for the 2022 model year.
Meanwhile, the 2021 Equinox will also gain a few other minor changes. Two of these include giving LT models the option for black leather seats, while giving the Equinox Midnight Edition a cloth seating option. We will outline the complete changes for the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox shortly, so be to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Equinox news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock General Motors news coverage.
On a final (and related) note, GM will also discontinue the turbocharged 2.0L engine in the 2021 GMC Terrain, where it made up 27 percent of sales volume.