Thursday, November 04, 2021

2022 Chevrolet Equinox Mild Hybrid: China only...

 




Chevrolet is introducing a new powertrain for the 2022 Equinox in China.

The RS version will be available with a 48V mild hybrid system. Which includes a battery and small electric motor combined with the 1.5 Liter Turbo.
This should make the driving experience smoother while saving a bit of gas.

A similar system is available over here on 2022 Volvo models. And, from early reviews, it makes the whole thing a lot smoother. (Something current 2.0 Liter engines from Volvo are not known for)

The revised model also comes with a larger 10-inch screen. The same one we saw in the Chinese Malibu sedan (HERE

I test drove the current version of the Chevrolet Equinox last year (HERE) and found it perfectly fine. Although loaded versions are competing with more upscale models. Like GM's own Buick Envision, and even the Acura RDX.

Its future is also quite shacky. We know an electric version is coming out soon, but it is based on the current design and will probably be for the Chinese market as well.
GM has announced a new compact electric SUV that actually could replace the current Equinox. Since EV prices seem to be going down every year. The new model, after incentives, could be priced around the same as the current Equinox.
This would be a huge move for GM since the Equinox is Chevrolet's "non-truck-based" bestseller.
Even though the current generation came out over 5 years ago, they still sold over 270 000 units of them last year (Over  346 000 in 2019)

It could take time before a GM EV can match these numbers. Although things are moving very fast towards electrification of everything on 4 wheels.





2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've never considered a GM product since I had one (a piece of crap) in college long ago. I drove a new Equinox a few weeks back and it was a nice car. I was impressed by the Chevys stop/start feature as it is quiet and seamless unlike that on the Subaru Outback that shakes and jerks as the car restarts after shutting off.

Dave in Canada said...

Has GM given up completely? Their efforts in the last 5 years have been minimal at best.