After a two-year hiatus without offering Chevrolet’s compact crossover in the country, General Motors has just announced the reintroduction of the Chevy Equinox in South Korea. In conjunction with the recent announcement of the Chevy Tahoe’s arrival in the South Korean market within the next month, the automaker stated that the third-generation Equinox will return to the Bow Tie brand’s lineup in that market.
GM Korea president Kaher Kazem affirmed the Chevy Equinox is part of the brand’s utility portfolio expansion strategy in South Korea, which began earlier this year with the introduction of the full-size Chevy Tahoe and the launch of the refreshed 2022 Chevy Traverse in January. The utility vehicle had ceased to be marketed in that and other international markets due to production difficulties brought about by the pandemic.
Notably, the reintroduction of the Chevy Equinox in the Asian country coincides with the international rollout of the crossover’s mid-cycle refresh during the first half of this year. As such, GM will relaunch the Equinox in the South Korean market as a partially modified model to broaden customer choice and return to competing in the “midsize” SUV segment, as the C segment is defined in that country.
In fact, the company’s subsidiary already has everything ready for the imminent launch of the 2022 Chevy Equinox in the domestic market, having completed the approval process with South Korean authorities. Local media in the country report that GM recently completed emission and fuel economy certification of the refreshed Equinox with the Ministry of Environment.
Although there is no official information yet on the refreshed 2022 Chevy Equinox’s specifications for the South Korean market, the model will arrive in that market in North American configuration, equipped with the turbocharged 1.5L LYX I-4 gasoline engine that develops 172 metric horsepower mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Apparently, it will only be offered in FWD configuration.
The refreshed 2022 Chevy Equinox will officially arrive in South Korea sometime in the second quarter of this year, debuting an updated exterior design and upgraded tech equipment. Equinox units for the country could be built at the GM San Luis Potosí plant in Mexico, which is ramping up production of the model. Details on trim levels and final configuration will be released in the coming weeks.