Today, we bring you real-world photos of the refreshed 2022 Chevy Equinox. The new photos give us a detailed look at the revised exterior design of Chevy’s bread-and-butter crossover, which received a midcycle refresh for the 2022 model year.
The model seen here is the Equinox RS coated in the new Blue Glow Metallic exterior color option (RPO code GHT). The RS trim level is all-new for the 2022 model year and features sporty accents, including black exterior trim, standard body-color mirror caps, 19-inch Dark Android wheels. On the inside, the Equinox RS gets a black interior with red stitching and a unique shift knob.
Like all 2022 Equinox models, the RS is equipped with the turbocharged 1.5L LYX I4 engine and a six-speed transmission in either front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. The turbo four-banger produces 170 horsepower at 5,600 RPM and 203 pound-feet of torque from 2,000 to 4,000 RPM. At one point, GM intended to offer the larger, more powerful turbocharged 2.0L LTG I4 engine, but those plans have since been cancelled.
Up front, the 2022 Equinox RS features a new front-end with a new dual-tier headlight setup. The headlamps, which are full LED units, are split into two levels: the thin (squinty) upper level serve as the daytime running lights (DRLs) and turn signal indicators, while the large bottom level is the actual headlight that delivers the majority of forward lighting. First introduced on the 2019 and newer Chevy Blazer, this dual-tier setup is not as prominent on the Equinox as it is on the Blazer or on other Chevy crossover models like the all-new 2021 Trailblazer or the refreshed 2022 Traverse. Even so, it has made its way across the rest of the Chevy CUV range, as GM Authority reported it would way back in 2018.
The front end also features a grille upper and lower grilles. The upper grille gets a wave-style pattern with a piano black finish. The horizontal bar that runs across the upper grille and into the headlights is also unique, as it’s finished a darker shade than those included on the other 2022 Equinox trims. A black Chevy Bow Tie sits in the middle of the grille bar, while a red RS logo resides in the bottom corner of the grille.
The lower grille, meanwhile, features a single horizontal slat divided by five vertical ones – a treatment that (you guessed it!) is also unique to the Equinox RS. The wavy pattern seen in the upper grille is carried over to the external parts of the lower fascia, bookended by a set of vertically-oriented fog lights. And though these photos don’t show it, the lower front fascia features several body-color elements that aren’t present on the other 2022 Chevy Equinox trims.
The side profile shows coordinated body-color and black accents. The body-color elements include the door handles and mirror caps. The mirrors on this model feature integrated turn signal indicators, since it’s equipped with the optional Advanced Safety Package. Models without this package don’t get the turn signal indicators in the side mirrors.
The black accents, meanwhile, include the roof-mounted longitudinal luggage rails, daylight opening (DLO) trim around the windows, along with the rocker panel trim and their respective counterparts on the lower ends of the front and rear fascias. There’s also a set of black Equinox nameplate badges on the front doors, but lighting conditions make it difficult to see them. The Equinox RS rides on a set of 19-inch aluminum wheels (RPO code PJS).
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Also note the new front reflex lamp marker, which curiously wasn’t present on the pre-refresh (2018-2021) Equinoxes.
The rear end reveals the new-for-2022 LED tail lamps. The black Chevy Bow Tie is present and accounted for at the center of the hatch, as is the red RS badge on the lower corner. The Equinox script – positioned opposite the RS badge – is finished in black, and is difficult to see per the reasons stated above.
Additionally, the lower rear fascia is unique to the Equinox RS, featuring black and body-color accents. Now exhaust elements are visible, since the exit pipe is tucked under the vehicle.
All in, the Equinox RS has a more “modern sporty” flair than other Equinox models, but not overly so.
Chevy Equinox production has been an on-again, off-again affair this year as a result of the ongoing global microchip shortage as Chevy parent, General Motors, allocates the limited supply of chips to higher-margin vehicles like full-size SUVs and pickup trucks. Luckily, Equinox production resumed at the GM CAMI plant in Canada and the GM San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico on November 1st. Production at the third facility that assembles the Equinox for North America, the GM Ramos Arizpe plant, will resume the week of November 22nd. The resumed production is great news for consumers and dealers, as Equinox inventory has been at record-low levels, causing sales to suffer as a result.