The Chevrolet Equinox compact four-door crossover utility vehicle (CUV) was originally set to receive a refresh for the 2021 model year, but due to complications stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the refresh was pushed back to the 2022 model year. Now, when it does finally arrive, the refreshed 2022 Chevy Equinox is expected to drop the base L trim level.
The Chevrolet Equinox is currently offered in four trim levels, starting with the L, followed by the LS and the LT, and topped by the Premier. However, with the introduction of the 2022 Chevy Equinox, the base-level L will no longer be offered, making the LS the new entry-level trim in the model lineup.
Compared to the next-up LS trim level, highlight features not found in the Chevy Equinox L trim level include (relevant RPO codes included in parentheses):
- Rear carpeted floor mats (B35)
- Rear Park Assist (UD7)
- Mechanical jack with tools (Q8E)
- T135/70R16 blackwall compact spare tire (RJA)
Note that the Tire Inflator Kit (9L3) is included in the Equinox L instead of the T135/70R16 blackwall compact spare tire (RJA).
The Chevy Equinox L is not available with an option packages or LPO-level (dealer-installed) options, with the exception of an engine block heater (K05). The L trim is also exclusively available in FWD, while the rest of the lineup includes the option for AWD. Exterior color options for the Equinox L are limited to Summit White and Silver Ice Metallic.
Notably, the Chevy Equinox L is rarely available with monthly incentives.
Looking ahead, the arrival of the 2022 Chevy Equinox will include the addition of the RS trim level, which will slot above the LT and below the Premier, offering a gloss black grille, 19-inch Dark Android wheels, black badging and bowties, black side rails, an RS shift knob, and red stitching on Black interior upholstery.
Engine options for the 2022 Chevy Equinox will be limited to the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LYX gasoline engine, which produces 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. The up-level turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine will not return, as GM Authority covered previously.