General Motors recently announced an accelerated timeline for conversion of the CAMI Assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario to produce the new BrightDrop electric EV600 light commercial vehicle, as GM Authority covered previously. Additionally, the facility will halt production of the Chevy Equinox next year.
“In April 2022, Chevrolet Equinox production will end at CAMI and the BrightDrop equipment will be moved to Ingersoll, reducing the time required for plant changeover,” General Motors announced. “We expect to satisfy the strong customer demand for Equinox with other plants in our manufacturing footprint as CAMI retools for BrightDrop production.”
The accelerated conversion schedule at the CAMI plant is expected to double the number of units built in the BrightDrop EV600’s first year of production in order to meet expected high demand. The EV600 will initially begin production later in the 2021 calendar year.
The current 2022 Chevy Equinox introduces a refresh for the crossover nameplate that includes updates to the exterior, interior, and engine lineup. Originally scheduled for the 2021 model year, the Chevy Equinox refresh was pushed back as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Outside, the 2022 Chevy Equinox features updated styling with narrow headlamps and a broad grille insert, as well as new alloy wheel options and the addition of four new paint colors, including Blue Glow Metallic, Seaglass Blue Metallic, Cherry Red Tintcoat, and Iron Gray Metallic. The new exterior colors indirectly replace Pacific Blue Metallic, Nightfall Gray Metallic, Midnight Blue Metallic, and Cajun Red Tintcoat.
Additionally, the 2022 Chevy Equinox is no longer offered with the base L trim level, making the LS trim the most-affordable trim in the new model’s lineup. Under the hood, the 2022 Chevy Equinox is only offered with the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LYX gasoline engine, which is rated at 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. The up-level turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG is no longer offered.