Back in April 2023, GM Authority reported that the production timeline of the upcoming 2024 Chevy Equinox EV was still on schedule for a Fall 2023 release. Now, a recent post to social media reveals that General Motors has begun building select units of the all-electric crossover.
In a photo taken at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico, we see what appears to be a 2024 Equinox EV rolling down the assembly line. Although volume-scale production isn’t slated to begin until later this year, after the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV launches, this particular Bow Tie EV is likely one of several units built as part of what is called a “captured test fleet” vehicle.
As context, CTF vehicles are essentially vehicle units built for evaluation purposes, quality checks, test drives, and a suite of other pre-production tasks. One interesting piece to note is that these vehicles are equipped with a VIN, and thus can be sold at a later date.
It’s worth noting that GM has recently taken a similar approach with the 2024 Corvette E-Ray. In fact, GM Authority reported that the Detroit-based automaker started building a few units of the C8 E-Ray during the week of May 22nd, 2023. Notably, production of the 2024 Corvette is set to kick off on September 5th, 2023.
As a reminder, the 2024 Chevy Equinox EV lineup will eventually consist of five trim levels, including the 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, 2RS, and 3RS. However, at launch later this year, only a limited-edition 2RS variant will be available.
Range estimates will vary between 250 and 300 miles on a single charge, depending on trim level and configuration. FWD is standard, while an eAWD configuration is available. Maximum output for FWD units – produced thanks to Ultium battery and Ultium Drive motor technologies – is rated at 210 horsepower and 242 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, eAWD units boast output figures of 290 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque.
Under the body panels, the 2024 Equinox EV rides on the GM BEV3 platform, which it shares with the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV and 2023 Cadillac Lyriq. Pricing is expected to start around $30,000 for the base 1LT trim.