2025 Chevrolet Equinox.
The Chevrolet Equinox is all-new for the 2025 model year. At least, it looks all-new…
Its design is the same as the Chinese version we saw a few months ago, and I think it looks very good. It has more of an off-road flair than before, which is apparently what most people want these days. As usual with new Chevrolet SUVs, the Activ version is the most interesting and best looking to me. The base LT looks good, but often the LT versions don’t offer any choice of interior color besides black. And I’m not a fan of black interiors with red trim in the RS model. At least, Chevrolet seems to pair down models to 3 versions. Which is an improvement.
The Activ 2-tone interior looks great. It’s not completely original and resembles every other new Chevrolet interior out there, but it ends up looking very modern and quite upscale.
The powertrain isn’t that different than before with the 1.5 Liter Turbo with 175HP being the only engine available. With CVT being standard on the FWD versions. AWD is now paired with an 8-speed automatic instead of the old 6-speed unit.
And you’ll be glad to know that all versions come standard with heated seats and steering wheels. A hidden cargo under the seat and a 6-speaker audio system.
The last time I first drove the Equinox was almost 4 years ago when the larger and more powerful 2.0 Liter Turbo was still an option, which was a great engine. While the 1.5 Liter/CVZT combo is fine on the Malibu, I’m not sure 175HP is enough to cover all needs of a 5 seater SUV. It seems everyone else offers a more powerful option. And most offer a Hybrid version as well, something GM is seriously lacking.
Although Chevrolet will offer a PHEV version of the new Equinox in China. Wouldn’t that be a good idea for us too?
So far, no pricing or launch date has been given by GM, except “available later this year”. And the current version starts at $26 600.