2021 Chevy Equinox Gets Sportier Look, RS Trim Option

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, Automotive Editor - February 7, 2020

By all important measures, the Chevrolet Equinox is a good compact SUV. It’s one of the more popular options on the market and Chevrolet’s best-selling vehicle that isn’t a pickup. If there’s one area where the Equinox lets consumers down, though, it’s when it comes to its bland design. That certainly won’t be a problem for the 2021 Equinox, as Chevrolet has given the SUV a mid-cycle facelift that borrows quite a few sporty elements from the Blazer.

Both the front and rear fascias have been updated, but the changes to the front are more noticeable. The more aggressive grille now has a portion that splits the headlights, which has a slim LED accent on the top and a more substantial headlight piece on the bottom. At the back, the SUV has new taillights, but it mostly looks the same.

Chevrolet Equinox

To highlight just how sporty the Equinox is now, Chevy’s added a new RS trim to the lineup. The RS trim is mostly an appearance package that adds a gloss black grille, black bowties, black side rails, black badges, black leather upholstery, red stitching, and an RS shift knob. Since we don’t know how much the Equinox will cost yet, we can’t say if the RS trim is a good value option. But seeing as how it doesn’t add any more substantial features, we’re inclined to say no at the moment.

Chevy’s added more standard safety features to the SUV for the new model year. Lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, a following-distance monitor, and automatic high beams are now standard on the SUV. Things like front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and automatic parking assist are available.

Beyond these things, the 2021 Equinox continues to be the same. The same two gas engines continue to be available. L, LS, LT, RS, and Premier trims come with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor is available. That engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Chevrolet hasn’t announced official power figures, but the engines produced 170 and 252 horsepower, respectively, last year. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available.

The 2021 Chevrolet Equinox will arrive at dealerships this fall. Pricing is expected to be announced closer to the SUV's launch.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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