The Chevy Equinox went through a striking redesign back in 2018. Despite reports of a potential refresh, we expect this relatively fresh look to carry over unchanged into the 2021 Equinox.
With the current Equinox only three model years old, it is nearing refresh territory, but we expect no changes in the upcoming model year. If this is the case, the new Equinox will carry on with its sharp body lines, sporty headlights, and forward-leaning C-pillar. If Chevy does get a refresh done in time, we would expect to see only mild updates to the 2021 Equinox like revised headlight and taillights, reworked bumpers, or other soft-part swaps.
Inside, the current Equinox boasts a stylish design with plenty of swoopiness on its dash, light color contrasts, a standard 7-inch and optional 8-inch HD touchscreen, a clean HVAC interface, uniquely textured cloth seating, and a sporty three-spoke steering wheel. We expect this design to roll unchanged into the 2021 Equinox.
Underhood, we expect no changes. This would mean the current turbocharged 1.5-liter engine with 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque will remain the standard engine. The optional engine will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that pumps out 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. We also expect the transmissions to remain the same: a six-speed automatic for the base engine and a nine-speed automatic for the 2.0-liter.
The current Equinox is an IIHS Top Safety Pick thanks to its “Good” crash test scores, “Superior”-rated standard automatic emergency braking, and “Acceptable”-rated HID headlights. Oddly enough, the range-topping LED projector headlights received a lower “Marginal” rating. We expect the safety features and ratings to continue unchanged for the 2021 Equinox.