For the 2020 model year, General Motors improved the Chevrolet Equinox offering in Brazil with the addition of a third trim level and a new base powertrain option. Now, the automaker has just released the updated 2021 Chevrolet Equinox with several changes that streamline the compact crossover lineup to a single version in the South American country.
The updated 2021 Chevrolet Equinox arrives in Brazil with a simplified offer that will again limit the commercial reach of the model in the largest automotive market in South America. Starting next month, the 2021 Equinox will feature a single high-end trim level and will be offered exclusively with the smaller-displacement engine, being positioned in that country as a fuel-efficient “Premium” compact utility vehicle.
“In the case of Equinox, this engine is the one that best combines high performance with fuel efficiency, an increasingly important feature for the consumer,” said Product Marketing Director at GM South America, Rodrigo Fioco, in an official press release. “GM is committed to further reduce carbon emissions, with the goal of zeroing them globally across the vehicle portfolio through 2035,” he added.
Unlike the three trim levels offered by the model until now, the updated 2021 Chevrolet Equinox will only arrive in Brazil as the range-topping Premier. As a result, GM abruptly discontinues the LT and Midnight Edition versions that contributed to the remarkable four percent increase in sales of the Equinox in the Brazilian market during the difficult 2020 calendar year.
Meanwhile, the powertrain offering for the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox also comes down to a single engine choice. The turbocharged 1.5L LFV I-4 that generates 172 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque remains as standard in the crossover for Brazil, while the more powerful turbocharged 2.0L LTG I-4 engine that was optional on the Premier trim has been eliminated. The six-speed automatic transmission will remain the only option.
The updated 2021 Chevrolet Equinox will be available starting in April in the brand’s entire dealer network in Brazil, with standard all-wheel drive and only three paint color choices: Global Black, Switchblade Silver and the new Abalone White. The Chevrolet Equinox units for the Brazilian market are manufactured at the Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico, and will have an MSRP of 178,740 BRL – about $31,630 USD at the current exchange rate.