Chevy Aims for Affordability with Equinox EV

General Motors and Chevrolet recently introduced the all-new 2024 Equinox EV, an all-electric SUV that aims to be an affordable option to help modern families make the transition to an EV, the company announced.

“We are at a turning point where EVs will be the mainstream choice for the next generation of customers and Equinox EV will lead this charge for us,” said Mary Barra, Chair and CEO of General Motors. “With the flexibility of GM’s Ultium Platform, we are bringing to market vehicles at nearly every price point and for every purpose.”

With a starting price of around $30,000 on the 1LT trim, the Equinox EV plugs Chevrolet into the critical compact SUV segment and is expected to be the most affordable EV in its class, the company said. It rounds out an electrified portfolio that also includes full-size trucks (Silverado EV), midsize SUVs (Blazer EV) and compact SUVs (Bolt EV and Bolt EUV). It will also be available with up to an available GM-estimated 300 miles of range on a full charge, the company said.

In addition to the Ultium-based propulsion technologies, features include a large infotainment screen — including an available 17.7-inch-diagonal system — a suite of standard and available driver assistance technologies, and available Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance technology for compatible roads, when compared to the current Equinox.

The Equinox EV will be available in two distinctive versions — LT and RS — and offered in several trims, drive configurations and range options, Chevrolet said.

Highlights include:

  • New design enabled by the Ultium Platform
  • Walk-up lighting, with front and rear lighting animation standard and an available unique light bar on mid- and up-level LT and RS trims
  • Standard 19-inch wheels, with available 20- and 21-inch wheels
  • Available presence-based liftgate that can open hands-free when sensing the key fob is near the back of the vehicle
  • Available two-tone white roof on LT and available black roof on RS

Inside, the interior offers room for five, available personalized ambient lighting and a smart infotainment system. It also has a spacious cabin, with numerous storage solutions from front to rear, as well as up to 57 cubic feet of max cargo room, with the rear seat folded, Chevrolet designers said. Heated front and rear outboard seats, a heated steering wheel and a heated windshield wiper park feature, which helps keep the area around the wipers clear of ice buildup, are available.

Chevrolet will also offer navigation and route planning through the MyChevy app, which helps locate and plot routes to charging stations. Customers also have access to Ultium Charge 360, which offers information and access to more than 110,000 publicly available charging points in the U.S. and Canada.

A front-wheel-drive system with GM estimated 210 horsepower and 242 lb-ft of torque is standard, while a 290-horsepower and 346 lb-ft torque eAWD system is available as an option. One-Pedal Driving is standard and is paired with regenerative braking to maximize the driving range.

The Equinox EV charging technology:

  • Standard 11.5 kW Level 2 (AC) charging, which can add up to 34 miles of range per hour of charging, per GM estimates
  • 2 kW Level 2 (AC) charging is available on 3RS eAWD, which can add up to 51 miles of range per hour of charging, per GM estimates
  • Standard DC fast-charging capability of up to 150 kW, which enables approximately 70 miles of range to be added in 10 minutes, per GM estimates

A.J. Hecht

A.J. Hecht is the managing editor of THE SHOP and host of the In Gear with THE SHOP podcast. Have an idea, a tip, or a question you’d like to see answered? Contact A.J. at ahecht@cahabamedia.com.

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