General Motors introduced a mildly updated version of the Chevy Equinox for the 2021 model year, however the COVID-19 pandemic forced the automaker to delay the arrival of the revised version of the crossover until 2022. Despite the delay, all the new equipment that was to arrive on the 2021 Chevy Equinox will carry over to the 2022 Chevy Equinox – including the RS trim level.
The RS trim level for the 2022 Chevy Equinox adds a unique front grille treatment/fascia, different rear fascia, black exterior accents, black Equinox badges, black-painted 19-inch wheels and a quad-tip exhaust. The interior also gets some sport-inspired enhancements, including contrasting red stitching and an RS-branded shift knob with a stitched leather shift boot.
Chevy says it has sold more than 140,000 vehicles in the RS trim since 2018. The trim level has been particularly popular among Chevy Trailblazer buyers, with a quarter of all Trailblazer sales so far being RS models. The RS trim also has the highest penetration rate of any special edition vehicle in the small-to-mid-size SUV segment in the United States.
The refreshed 2021 Chevrolet Equinox has the same four-cylinder engine options as before: a standard turbocharged 1.5L LYX inline four-cylinder and an optional turbocharged 2.0L LTG inline four-cylinder. The 1.5L LYX engine is rated at 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque and is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0L LTG is the more powerful of the two, doling out 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It also comes with the more up-to-date GM nine-speed automatic transmission.
The mildly updated 2022 Chevy Equinox will enter production next year. The crossover is built at the GM CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, as well as the GM San Luis Potisi Assembly and GM Ramos Arizpe Assembly plants in Mexico.