The Iron Gray Metallic (color code GIV) exterior paint color is no longer available to order on the 2023 Chevy Equinox, GM Authority has learned. Additionally, the paint color will be built out after the week of March 13th, 2023. Blue Glow Metallic (color code GHT) is also built out and no longer available to order for the remainder of the 2023 model year.
GM introduced the Iron Gray Metallic color on the 2022 Chevy Equinox as one of four new exterior hues available for the model year. Iron Gray Metallic was the darker equivalent to another available paint color, Silver Ice Metallic, and one of six neutral finishes.
Buyers could order Iron Gray Metallic on the 2022 and 2023 Chevy Equinox at no additional charge. It was available on the LT and RS trim levels, but not on the LS or Premier trims.
Two cosmetic packages have also been unavailable to order for the 2023 Chevy Equinox since last September. The Redline Edition package (RPO code WBL), which originally returned in the 2022 model year, was removed from available options at that time. The Blackout Package (RPO code PDB) was also dropped at that time.
However, the black-themed Midnight Edition package (RPO code WN5) returned to availability for the 2023 Chevy Equinox after being absent for the 2022 model year. The Midnight Edition package made its debut with the 2021 Chevy Equinox.
Ranking second in brand sales behind the 2023 Chevy Silverado, the 2023 Chevy Equinox also garnered a “recommended” rating from Consumer Reports. The Equinox performed well on the publication’s road test, along with 68/100 driving experience and 64/100 comfort ratings from consumers. It was part of a lineup of five 2023 Chevy vehicles recommended by CR, also including the Chevy C8 Corvette, Chevy Blazer, Chevy Trailblazer, and Chevy Traverse.
It’s unclear at this point if Iron Gray Metallic will return as an available paint color on the upcoming 2024 model year of the Equinox. GM Authority previously exclusively discovered from knowledgeable sources that start of regular production (SORP) of the 2024 Chevy Equinox is scheduled for May of the 2023 calendar year.
Only mild changes are expected for the 2024 Equinox following the mid-cycle refresh introduced for the 2022 model year. A new generation of the crossover is expected for the 2025 Chevy Equinox, spied testing by GM Authority in late December 2022.
As a reminder, the 2023 Chevy Equinox is powered by the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LSD gasoline engine developing 175 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. Under the skin is the GM D2 platform, with production taking place at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant and GM San Luis Potosí plant, both located in Mexico.