Just a few weeks after unveiling the refreshed 2021 Chevrolet Equinox in China, General Motors is now launching the crossover in the Asian country – which officially becomes the first market in the world to get the third-generation Equinox’s mid-cycle update. It includes a total of 22 enhanced features to increase the vehicle’s competitiveness in the Chinese market.
As such, the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox for China not only embraces the brand’s latest crossover design language with a new front fascia, but it also includes remarkable new powertrain features, more connectivity options and a class-leading suite of active safety systems. In addition, it adds the RS trim level as a range-topping variant, as is the case with the Blazer and the Trailblazer in the brand’s local utility vehicle portfolio.
“Today’s midsize SUV buyers want a vehicle that meets all of their needs. The new Equinox delivers, starting with its new design, powertrain combination, locally tuned chassis and RS editions,” said General Director of Chevrolet for SAIC-GM, Scott Lawson, in a press release. “It is joining the Blazer, Tracker and Trailblazer in Chevrolet’s crossover family, giving the brand a presence across the small, compact, midsize and mid-large mainstream segments to meet the different needs of buyers nationwide,” he added.
The refreshed 2021 Chevrolet Equinox is launched in China with a total of six different variants, including three equivalent to the LT trim level and three in new RS trim. All feature a long list of standard equipment, including Chevrolet’s latest infotainment system with enhanced connectivity as well as a full suite of advanced driving aid systems. A base trim level will also be added later.
The 2021 Equinox will offer two powertrain choices at launch. The first one is the turbocharged 1.5L LFV I-4 engine that develops 166 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, while the RS variants feature the turbo 2.0L LSY I-4 with 233 horsepower and 258 pound-feet, connected to GM’s nine-speed automatic.
The refreshed 2021 Chevrolet Equinox will make its first public appearance in China at the 2020 Beijing Motor Show – which will run from September 26th to October 5th – and will go on sale a few days later. The Equinox is GM’s best-selling utility vehicle worldwide, with more than 3.8 million units delivered since its introduction in 2004. This mid-cycle update seeks to improve its sales performance in China, where it’s only been available for the past three years. Pricing is as follows:
- 2021 Equinox Territory: 169,900 CNY (about $24,880 USD at the current exchange rate)
- 2021 Equinox World Edition: 184,900 CNY ($27,080 USD)
- 2021 Equinox Tech Edition: 194,900 CNY ($28,550 USD)
- 2021 Equinox RS: 219,900 CNY ($32,205 USD)
- 2021 Equinox RS Smart Edition: 229,900 CNY ($33,670 USD)
- 2021 Equinox RS Guard Edition: 239,900 CNY ($35,135 USD)