A heated steering wheel will be standard on the range-topping 2022 Chevy Equinox Premier. By comparison, the 2021 Chevy Equinox Premier offered the heated steering wheel as an option as part of the (PCV) Confidence & Convenience II Package.
On the 2021 Equinox, the Confidence & Convenience II Package included:
- (UVD) Heated steering wheel
- (AG2) Front passenger 8-way power seat adjuster with power lumbar
- (KU1) Ventilated driver seat
- (KU3) Ventilated front passenger seat
- (KA6) Heated rear outboard seats
- (UV2) HD Surround Vision
- (KSG) Adaptive Cruise Control
- (HS1) Safety Alert Seat
That means it cost an extra $1,650 to obtain the heated steering wheel (RPO code UVD) on the 2021 Equinox Premier, which is now included as standard on the 2022 Equinox Premier. In fact, the 2022 Chevy Equinox Premier starts at $32,195, which is $500 less than the $32,695 starting price point for the 2021 model. Destination freight charge ($1,195) is included in both cases.
The 2022 Chevy Equinox gets a mid-cycle enhancement (MCE), otherwise known as a refresh. The update was initially planned and announced for the 2021 model year, but as was the case for several other General Motors vehicles, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a delay lasting a single model year.
The 2022 Equinox refresh features revised exterior styling, including a new front grille and lower front fascia, standard LED headlights on all trim levels, a revised rear bumper, and a new range of exterior colors. Additionally, the 2022 model also gets Automatic Park Assist and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A new, sporty-looking RS trim level also joins the lineup for 2022.
The updates and changes to the 2022 Chevy Equinox are no doubt GM’s answer to an increasingly competitive compact crossover market, which includes the segment best-selling Toyota RAV4, popular Honda CR-V and all-new Nissan Rogue, along with existing offerings from Jeep, Hyundai, Kia, Subaru, Mazda, Ford and VW. During the first half of 2021, Equinox sales fell nearly 5 percent to 118,666 units, placing it in fourth behind the RAV4, CT4-V and Rogue (along with the Rogue Sport, which is included in the Nissan figures).
Sales Numbers - Mainstream Compact Crossovers - H1 2021 - United States
|MODEL||YTD 21 / YTD 20||YTD 21||YTD 20||YTD 21 SHARE||YTD 20 SHARE|
|FORD BRONCO SPORT||*||60,514||0||4%||0%|
|MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE CROSS||-31.33%||4,358||6,346||0%||1%|
The Chevy Equinox was the second best-selling Chevrolet, and the third best-selling GM vehicle, in the United States in the first half of 2021. Only the famously popular Chevy Silverado pickup truck outsold the Equinox during the same timeframe.
Also worth noting is that among GM models, the Chevy Equinox has been one of the most severely hit by the ongoing global semiconductor shortage. As a result, in May of this year, production of the Equinox at the GM CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Canada, was estimated to be down by approximately 17,000 units.