The debut of the 2025 Chevy Equinox ushers in an all-new fourth generation for the crossover, complete with new exterior dimensions, new styling, a new cabin, more tech features, and the new Activ trim level. Of course, even though GM frames the 2025 Chevy Equinox as “all-new,” there are in fact a few components carried over from the preceding generation, not the least of which is the engine. Which begs the question – why doesn’t the 2025 Chevy Equinox offer a more powerful engine option?
During a recent interview with the Chevy Equinox product team, GM Authority Executive Editor Alex Luft asked why the next-gen ‘Nox didn’t offer anything more powerful than the turbo four-cylinder offered with the previous generation.
“We’re not really getting any feedback that says it’s underpowered for what customers need,” said Vehicle Performance Manager Stephanie Ernster. “So instead, we focused on the individual transmissions to at least be able to deliver a bit better fuel economy and drive quality.”
For readers who may be unaware, the 2025 Chevy Equinox is equipped with the same turbocharged 1.5L I4 LSD gasoline engine offered with the preceding generation. However, the transmission options have been reshuffled, with front-wheel-drive models incorporating a CVT, and all-wheel-drive models incorporating the GM eight-speed automatic. Previously, the GM six-speed automatic was standard across the line, including front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models.
As for the engine specs, the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LSD gasoline engine produces 175 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque, with mirrored output figures between the third- and fourth-gen models.
It’s also worth noting that the third-generation Chevy Equinox was, for a time at least, available with the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG gasoline engine, rated at 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The LTG was available in the Chevy Equinox between the 2018 and 2020 model years, and accounted for roughly 15 percent of Equinox sales volume.
As a reminder, the Chevy Equinox rides on GM’s D2 platform.