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2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV: An Electric Compact SUV for the Masses

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Competes with: Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Volkswagen ID.4

Looks like: If Chevrolet designed the ID.4

Powertrains: Single electric motor producing 210 horsepower, 242 pounds-feet of torque (front-wheel drive); dual-motor system producing 290 hp, 346 pounds-feet (all-wheel drive); standard- and long-range battery pack

Hits dealerships: Fall 2023 (2RS); other trims to follow

The latest in Chevrolet’s growing lineup of electric vehicles, the 2024 Equinox EV occupies the compact SUV spot in the lineup below the recently revealed mid-size Blazer EV. If GM’s switch to the Ultium EV platform was the first sign of the impending doom of the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV — and their older battery technology — the arrival of the Equinox EV in the fall of 2023, with an anticipated starting price of around $30,000, might hasten their demise.

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The Equinox EV will be available in LT or RS guises, broken down into 1LT, 2LT and 3LT and 2RS and 3RS trims. Unlike the Blazer EV SS, the Equinox EV RS is a more aggressive-looking version of the Equinox EV but without any real mechanical changes that impact performance.

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Exterior

On the outside, the Equinox EV has a fairly standard SUV silhouette, eschewing the sort of quasi-hatchback look common among EVs for something more traditional. The front styling lacks a conventional grille, the most obvious indication the Equinox EV is all-electric. The Equinox EV rides on standard 19-inch wheels, with 20- and 21-inchers available on select trims. Additionally, fans of the two-tone look can choose a white roof on the LT or a black roof on the RS.

Interior

The Equinox EV is fairly traditional inside, as well, with no futuristic gimmicks readily apparent. The design is simple, though like the exterior styling, the interior of the RS has a sportier appearance. An available 17.7-inch touchscreen dominates the dashboard (an 11-inch screen is standard), and Chevy says comfort and convenience features like a heated steering wheel and heated front and rear outboard seats are available. The brand also claims the Equinox EV will have up to 57 cubic feet of cargo room by its measurements with the rear seats folded down.

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Powertrains, Estimated Range and Charging Time

Every Equinox EV will come standard with front-wheel drive and a single-motor powertrain; all-wheel drive is optional, adding a second electric motor. Chevrolet hasn’t yet released detailed powertrain specifications, but it says the single-motor FWD setup should make 210 horsepower and 242 pounds-feet of torque, with the dual-motor AWD system producing 290 hp and 346 pounds-feet of torque.

With the standard-range battery, Chevrolet estimates that the base 1LT FWD Equinox EV should achieve a maximum range of 250 miles; the long-range battery increases that figure to 300 miles, and with AWD, Chevrolet estimates a maximum range of 280 miles. The long-range battery is available on the 1LT FWD and standard on all other variants. One-pedal driving also is standard, and both the available built-in navigation and MyChevy app can plan routes based on charging needs.

On a Level 2 charger, Chevrolet says the Equinox EV can charge at either 11.5 kilowatts (standard) or 19.2 kW (3RS eAWD), adding up to 34 or 51 miles of range per hour, respectively. Standard DC fast charging of 150 kW can add 70 miles of range in 10 minutes, according to manufacturer estimates.

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Safety

The Chevy Safety Assist suite of advanced safety technology is standard. It includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane departure steering assist and automatic high beams. Other standard safety equipment includes rear parking sensors, reverse automatic emergency braking with rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot warning and collision avoidance assist, and a rear-seat alert.

GM’s hands-free Super Cruise driving technology will also be available, as will a head-up display, rearview mirror camera system, 360-degree camera system and adaptive cruise control.

Pricing and Release Date

Full pricing is not yet available, but Chevrolet says the Equinox EV 1LT will have a starting price around $30,000. The Equinox EV will launch in fall 2023 with a limited-edition 2RS model, with other versions to follow.

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