The third-generation Chevy Equinox hit showrooms in 2018, and Chevy previously announced it would release a refreshed 2021 Equinox. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chevy has postponed the refresh until the 2022 model year, leaving the 2021 Equinox as a carryover.
As a carryover model, we expect no changes to the 2021 Equinox’s looks. We expect it to retain the same basic design as the 2020 model, including the signature Chevy dual-port grille, angular headlights, chiseled body lines, a large glasshouse, and forward-leaning C-pillars. Generally, we may see small tweaks, like new color schemes or packages, but with such a last-minute change in plans, we expect no small updates either.
Inside, the carryover 2021 Equinox will likely remain unchanged and continue with the same relatively simple cabin that includes swoopy dash lines, contrasting colors, and tasteful metallic trim. We also expect the interior to have the same standard features as the current model, including cloth upholstery, manual seats, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, and more.
Under the 2021 Equinox’s hood, we expect the same standard 170-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder and optional 252-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The base engine will continue with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the 2.0-liter engine will have a standard nine-speed automatic. All-wheel drive will remain an option with both powertrains.
The current Equinox received the IIHS Top Safety Pick award thanks to its “Good” crash-test scores across the board, “Acceptable” HID headlights and “Superior” standard automatic emergency braking system. Other standard safety equipment includes active lane control and automatic high-beam headlights. Optionally, buys can add blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist, and a surround-view camera. We expect the 2021 Equinox to continue with the same standard and optional safety gear.
Pictured: 2021 Chevrolet Equinox