Although the Chevy Equinox went through a striking redesign back in 2018, the 2021 model year will bring a refresh to the popular compact crossover.
Despite the fact that it is only a refresh, the 2021 Equinox goes through some dramatic changes in terms of exterior styling. Taking after the Chevy Blazer, the Equinox gains a larger grille and more narrow, slanted headlights to give the front end a much more aggressive look. Around the back, it sees updated taillights and in-bumper exhaust outlets. The 2021 Equinox will also add the popular RS trim which, when equipped, will bring a black grille, darker wheels, and black emblems and badges.
Inside, not much changes from the current Equinox. It will continue to boast 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.
Despite the design changes, there will be no changes under the hood. This means 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. 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.