Production of the 2022 Chevy Equinox crossover began on June 14th, rolling out a model refresh that includes a long list of changes and updates. Now, GM Authority has captured the 2022 Chevy Equinox RS out and about on public roads, providing our very first look at the new Equinox RS in the real world.
General Motors originally planned to release the mid-cycle enhancement (MCE, otherwise known as a refresh or facelift) for the Chevy Equinox with the introduction of the 2021 model year. However, due to complications stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the model refresh was pushed back to the 2022 model year.
Among the updates debuting with the 2022 Chevy Equinox is a new sporty RS trim level, which includes a variety of styling updates for the exterior and interior.
This particular 2022 Chevy Equinox RS is covered in Cherry Red Tintcoat paint, which is also a new addition for the 2022 model year. The front end features a gloss black grille, which works well against the bright red paint. The shape of the grille was redesigned for the 2022 model year across the Equinox lineup.
Moving over to the side, we find further highlights specific to the RS trim level, such as 19-inch Dark Android wheels. The side rails are black as well, making for a nice accent along with this model’s tinted windows.
Final touches include black Bow Ties and black badging. Inside, the 2022 Chevy Equinox RS featured an RS shift knob and black upholstery with red stitching.
As for the broader exterior changes, the refreshed 2022 Chevy Equinox features a new front end, complete with the redesign grille section mentioned above, plus a restyled lower fascia section, new fog lamps, new headlamps, redesigned tail lamps, and a revised rear bumper.
The 2022 Chevy Equinox is motivated by the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LYX four-cylinder, which produces 170 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 203 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm. Output is routed through a six-speed automatic transmission.