The upcoming 2022 Chevy Equinox was originally set to debut a refresh for the crossover that included the introduction of a new turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine option. Now, however, GM Authority has learned that those plans have changed, and that the refreshed 2022 Equinox will in fact not offer a new turbo 2.0L engine.
Back in July of last year, GM Authority exclusively reported that General Motors would drop the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG gas engine from the 2021 Chevy Equinox and 2021 GMC Terrain options list, leaving the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LYX gasoline engine as the exclusive powerplant for the crossover.
Then, as we covered in September of 2020, General Motors planned to offer the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY as a new addition to the 2022 Chevy Equinox lineup. Now, however, those plans changed, and the 2022 Equinox will in fact not offer a turbo 2.0L engine.
According to source familiar with the matter, the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG engine accounted for just 8 percent of all Chevy Equinox sales for the 2020 model year. Rather, most customers were perfectly satisfied with the base turbocharged 1.5L I4 LYX.
For reference, the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LYX in the 2021 Chevy Equinox is rated at 170 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 203 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm.
The Chevy Equinox crossover originally slated to receive a refresh for the 2021 model year. However, as a result of complications stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the model refresh was pushed back to the 2022 model year.
When it arrives, the 2022 Chevy Equinox is expected to offer a new front grille design, a restyled lower fascia and fog lights, new taillights, and a new rear bumper in terms of exterior styling updates.
The 2022 Chevy Equinox will continue to ride on the GM D2 platform, with production for North American markets primarily taking place at the GM CAMI plant in Canada, and to a lesser extent in Mexico at the GM San Luis Potosi plant and GM Ramos Arizpe plant.