Update: the 2025 Equinox has been revealed. Check out our video below and our write-up here.
Thanks to Chinese governmental sources and Chevy’s own slip-up, we’ve already seen more than a few photos of the all-new, next-generation Chevy Equinox. The new model, which will represent the Equinox’s fourth generation, is expected for the 2025 model year and GM Authority is now bringing you everything we know and expect about the 2025 Chevy Equinox.
We expect the model line of the next-gen Equinox to consist of LS, LT, RS, Premier trims, all of which are available on the current model. From there, however, we see the Equinox Activ join the lineup as a more rugged trim.
The exterior design will represent a substantial departure from the current model. Per leaked photos, the 2025 Chevy Equinox will feature a bolder, more upright, more muscular aesthetic, with all-new sheetmetal front to back.
At the front, we’ll a proper implementation of Chevrolet’s “high brow” design language. We say “proper” since the refresh of the current model attempted to bring high brow, but did so in an incomplete fashion. In any event, the “high brow” approach splits up the headlights into two tiers, starting with an upper, horizontally oriented tier for the daytime running Lamps (DRLs) and turn signal indicators (and hazard lights). Immediately below that is the primary headlight, housed in a semi-boomerang shape. Trim-specific grilles and wheels will be present and accounted for, while black Chevy Bow Tie badges will be popular across the range.
The side profile reveals the presence of a forward-leaning, “shark fin” style C-pillar with a floating roof element, which doesn’t fully “connect” the C-pillar to the roof. The treatment is reminiscent of the design used on the all-new 2024 Chevy Traverse.
The rear end features the newest design direction for Chevy taillamps, also similar to the units found on the aforementioned 2024 Traverse. We expect RS and Premier models to feature rectangular dual exhaust tips, while other trims get a tucked-under treatment. The reverse light is being relocated to the bottom part of the rear fascia.
The interior is one of the few elements of the 2025 Chevy Equinox that has yet to leak online. Regardless, we expect a completely overhauled interior, with a new cockpit, new seats, more technology, and slightly more space.
Two rows of seating for a maximum of five passengers will continue, per Equinox tradition. On the tech front, we expect one of two center screens – either an 11-inch unit (similar to the one used on the 2023 Chevy Colorado, and newer), or a 17-inch unit (similar to what’s used on the 2024 Traverse). Regardless of the screen, this will be yet another GM model to feature an infotainment system with Google built-in.
Chevy’s suite of advanced driver assistance systems, along with 5G connectivity to power the infotainment system, OnStar telematics, and on-board Wi-Fi hotspot. It’s currently unclear whether Super Cruise will be offered, but something tells us that the outlook is negative.
Powertrain & Mechanical
The 2025 Chevy Equinox will be offered with two powertrains for the Chinese market. The first will be a turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine, which is rated at 177 horsepower. The second will be a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) system, composed of a 1.5L turbocharged combustion engine capable of generating 127 kW or 170 horsepower, working alongside a 140 kW or 188-horsepower main electric motor. A lithium iron phosphate battery pack of unspecified capacity feeds the electric motor.
For the North American market, we expect the 2025 Equinox to be powered by the boosted 1.5L four-cylinder engine. In the current Equinox, the turbo 1.5L LSD engine is rated at 175 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. We do not expect the PHEV powertrain for the Americas since, from what we know, that tech was developed by and for the Chinese market.
Regardless, the six-speed automatic transmission, which serves as the only gearbox in the current model, will likely be replaced by either an eight- or a nine-speed unit. Note that GM seems to be favoring the eight-speed over the nine-speed it used previously. We expect front-wheel drive to remain standard, and all-wheel drive to continue being optional.
We also expect GM’s Global B electrical architecture to be added for fully digital, high-throughput vehicle connections.
Look for the 2025 Chevy Equinox to launch in mid-2024, as per exclusive GM Authority reporting last month. The current model is built at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant and GM San Luis Potosí plant, but the upcoming fourth-gen model could be built exclusively at the latter facility as the former transitions towards EV-only production for models like the Chevy Blazer EV, Chevy Equinox EV, and Honda Prologue.
Being Chevrolet’s second-best-selling nameplate globally, the Equinox is a very important product for Chevrolet and GM. The current model consistently ranks in the top five best-selling models in its segment, and we wouldn’t be surprised if Chevy would be looking to improve on that position with the all-new, fourth-generation model.