The refreshed 2022 Chevy Equinox compact crossover will retain GM’s six-speed automatic transmission when it goes on sale later this year.
The Chevy Equinox was due to receive a mid-cycle enhancement (MCE) for the 2021 model year, but this had to be delayed due to the difficulties created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Two engines were initially planned, including the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LYX, which produces 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque, and the more powerful 2.0L I4 LSY, rated at 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
The LSY was scheduled to replace the previously available 2.0L I4 LTG engine, but as GM Authority exclusively reported in March, the General has since cancelled its plans to introduce the LSY in the Equinox. As a result, the LYX will be the only choice for the 2022 model, mated to the six-speed automatic transmission, as in the 2021 Chevy Equinox.
This is strange, because Chevrolet could upgrade its compact crossover to its nine-speed automatic transmission instead. In fact, the Equinox’s corporate cousin, the GMC Terrain, is already available with the LYX engine and the nine-speed gearbox. and the refreshed 2022 GMC Terrain will keep that powertrain configuration.
As before, the revised Chevy Equinox will ride on the GM D2 platform shared with the Terrain. This platform was also used for the now discontinued Buick Cascada, Buick Verano, Chevy Cruze and Chevy Volt, and is still the basis of the European Opel Astra and Vauxhall Astra.
Changes to the Equinox for the 2022 model year include new front grille, lower fascia, fog lamps, tail lights and rear bumper. An engine auto stop-start defeat switch will also be included for the first time, and a new RS trim level will also be added to the Equinox for the new model year.