2024 Chevy Equinox Will Bring Affordable EVs to Best-Selling Compact SUVs
Chevrolet is making its bid to make electric vehicles mainstream with the 2024 Equinox EV, a compact SUV that will cost around $30,000 and compete in one of America’s best-selling vehicle segments when sales begin next fall.
Sleek and unmistakably new, offering features like flush door handles, full-width front and rear LED light bars and two-tone paint, the Equinox EV intentionally resembles the current gasoline-powered Equinox, which is the second vehicle Chevy’s best-selling behind the full-size Silverado pickup.
It’s all new, though, 7.5 inches longer, 3 inches wider and lower than the current model. GM’s Ultium batteries sit under its floor, along with Ultium electric motors attached to the front or front and rear axles to provide front or all-wheel drive, respectively.
With electric versions of the Silverado and midsize Blazer SUV also on sale in 2023, Chevrolet will offer electric vehicles in the three largest segments in the Americas, Chevrolet Vice President Scott Bell said in a briefing. Current models of all three will remain in production after the electric vehicle debuts.
Long range, fast charging, one step payment
The Equinox will offer up to 300 miles of range on a charge in front-wheel-drive trim. AWD models will be able to travel 280 miles, according to GM’s estimates based on the EPA test cycle. The base model, available only with FWD, will have a range of 250 miles. For fast charging on the road, the Equinox will be able to accept up to 150 kW of direct current, in addition to the 240-volt power that most EV owners use to charge at home.
The standard 11.2kW 240v charger will add 34 miles per hour, while a 19.2kW unit on the AWD RS model can charge 51 miles per hour at home, faster than most competitors.
GM estimates that a 150kW DC fast charger will give the Equinox a range of 70 miles in 10 minutes.
Official charging times will be available closer to the sale.
GM will launch a new charging service with its three electric vehicles next year.
Called Ultium Charge 360, it will feature one-step payment on 11 different charging networks – no need to download a separate smartphone app for each network.
The network will include more than 100,000 charging stations in the United States and Canada. GM’s Ultium app and the Equinox’s resident navigation system will also allow drivers to reserve a charger while on the road and order food for delivery while their vehicle charges.
|Trim||drive systemm||Range estimated by GM|
|1LT||FWD (standard) FWD (available) eAWD (available)||250 miles 300 miles 280 miles|
|2LT and 3LT||FWD (standard) eAWD (available)||300 miles 280 miles|
|2RS and 3RS||FWD (standard) eAWD (available)||300 miles 280 miles|
Loaded with goodies
Features available on the Equinox EV will include the hands-free Super Cruise driving assistant.
The interior will offer a standard 11-inch touchscreen or a large 17.7-inch touchscreen
The controls feel intuitive, with available dials for cabin volume and temperature and switches for fan speed and defrost.
Passenger and cargo space will be similar to the current model, despite the electric vehicle’s 7.5-inch longer wheelbase. There’s the usual SUV cargo bay behind the rear seat, no front trunk.
The Equinox will be able to receive over-the-air updates and new features.
A two-tone paint will be available, with a black or white roof, depending on the model.
Standard Safety Features:
- Automatic emergency braking
- Following distance indicator
- Forward Collision Warning
- Front pedestrian braking
- Lane keeping alert and assistance
- Automatic high beams
- Rear parking aid
- Reverse automatic braking
- Safety alert seat
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Braking
- Blind Zone Alert and Steering Assist
|1LT||Manually adjustable front seats11-inch-diagonal infotainment screen11-inch-diagonal Driver Information Center19-inch machined-face aluminum wheels|
|2LT||8-way power adjustable driver’s seatHeated front seats and heated steering wheelAvailable Black interior with Blue accents or Sky Cool Gray interiorAvailable 17.7-inch-diagonal infotainment screen11-inch-diagonal Driver Information Center 19-inch Front LED light barRoof barsHeated outside mirrorsAvailable presence-based power liftgateAvailable adaptive cruise controlAvailable HD surround sound visionAvailable Super Cruise drive-assist technologyAvailable white roof with blue exteriorAvailable sunroof|
|2RS||8-way power driver’s seat Heated front seats and heated flat-bottom steering wheel Available Black interior with Red accent or Adrenaline Red interior Available 17.7-inch-diagonal infotainment screen 11-inch-diagonal Driver Information Center 20-inch dark aluminum wheels Front LED light bar Roof rails Heated exterior mirrors Available presence-dependent power tailgate Available adaptive cruise control Available HD surround vision Available Super Cruise driver-assist technology Roof black optional Sunroof optional|
|3LT||8-way power driver’s seat and 6-way power front passenger seatHeated/ventilated front seats and heated outboard rear seatsAvailable in Black with Blue Accents interior or Sky Cool Gray interiorHeated steering wheelDual-zone climate controlWiper park -17.7-inch diagonal infotainment screen11-inch diagonal driver information centerHead-up display and rear-view mirror with full-view camera (with rear window washer)Available Bose audio systemAvailable sunroof21 aluminum wheels inchesFront LED light barRoof barsHeated exterior mirrorsStandard presence-based power tailgateStandard adaptive cruise control and HD surround visionOptional head-up display and rear-view cameraOptional Super Cruise driver-assist technology|
|3RS||8-way power driver seat and 6-way power front passenger seatHeated/ventilated front seats and heated outboard rear seatsAvailable in Black with Red interior or Adrenaline Red interiorHeated flat-base steering wheelDual-zone climate controlHeated windshield wiper park17, 7- Inch diagonal infotainment screen 11-inch diagonal Driver Information Center Head-up display and rear-view mirror with backup camera (with rear window washer) Available Bose audio system Available sunroof 21-inch aluminum wheels Front LED light bar Bars Heated exterior mirrorsStandard presence-based power tailgateStandard adaptive cruise control and HD vision surroundAvailable Super Cruise Driver Assist TechnologyAvailable 19.2 kW Level 2 (AC) charging module|
Tax credit, battery supply to be determined
The full line of Equinox EV models will no doubt include models priced well into the $40s, but Chevy has promised the base model around $30,000 will be in production in the 2024 model year. , so by the end of the 2024 calendar at the latest.
GM does not yet know how much federal tax credit the Equinox EV will receive under the Inflation Reduction Act. Built in North America, it’s virtually certain to get the $3,750 assembly credit. It’s unclear how much of the available $3,750 battery credit he’ll receive. Batteries for the Equinox will almost certainly be produced at one of GM’s North American joint ventures soon, if not as soon as production begins. It is less clear whether the materials in these batteries will initially be considered to have been mined or processed in an eligible country.
The 2024 Equinox, Blazer and Silverado electric vehicles will be on display at the Detroit Auto Show from September 17-25.
2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV at a Glance
Base price: approximately $30,000 (including destination charges)
Federal tax credit: to be determined
5-seater compact electric SUV with front or all-wheel drive
On sale fall 2023
Power for FWD: motor on the front axle;
Power for AWD: motors on both axles
Power: Front-wheel drive: 210 hp, 242 lb-ft of torque; AWD: 290 hp, 346 lb-ft of torque
Transmission: single-speed automatic
EPA Fuel Economy Estimate: TBD
EPA Estimated Annual Fuel Cost: TBD
0-60 times: TBD
Maximum speed: to be determined
Charging time: to be determined
Wheelbase: Approximately 110.8 inches
Length: Approximately 192 inches
Width: Approximately 75.6 inches
Height: to be determined
Passenger volume: to be determined
Cargo volume: to be determined
Empty weight: to be determined
Weight distribution: TBD
Towing capacity: to be determined
Assembled in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico