Production of the 2022 Chevy Equinox has restarted at two of the three General Motors plants where the compact crossover is produced.
The Chevy Equinox lines at the GM CAMI plant in Canada and GM San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico came back online on November 1st following a lengthy shutdown tied to the global semiconductor chip shortage. The compact crossover is also produced at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico, however the Equinox line at that plant has yet to restart. Production at the Ramos Arizpe facility is expected to come back online on November 22nd.
As we reported last month, Chevy Equinox inventory levels have fallen to critically low levels amid the semiconductor chip shortage. There were less than 1,000 examples of the crossover on dealer lots in the United States at the beginning of October, with the plants that build the crossover remaining offline for the greater part of this year. This is because the Equinox, while a popular model, took a back seat to more profitable GM models amid the chip shortage, like the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, as well as full-size SUV models like the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon.
The 2022 Chevy Equinox received represents the first year for the mid-cycle enhancement (MCE) version of the crossover, which introduces revised exterior styling, a mildly updated cabin and new technology like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It will continue to offer the same powertrain, which consists of a turbocharged 1.5L I4 LYX gasoline engine, rated at 170 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 203 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm, along with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive comes standard, with all-wheel drive available as an optional extra.
The 2022MY Equinox will also be offered in four new exterior colors: Cherry Red Tintcoat, Iron Gray Metallic, Blue Glow and Seaglass Blue. These colors replace four outgoing colors, including Pacific Blue Metallic, Nightfall Gray Metallic, Midnight Blue Metallic and Cajun Red Tintcoat.
Pricing for the 2022 Chevy Equinox starts at $26,995 including the destination freight charge for an entry-level LS trim model equipped with front-wheel-drive. All-wheel-drive can be added to any model for a $1,100 price premium.