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History of the Chevrolet Equinox

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Front side view of 2022 Chevrolet Equinox RS
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The Chevrolet Equinox was created by GM to capitalize on America’s obsession with crossover SUVs and, despite arriving at a time of economic turmoil in the automotive industry, the sporty mid-size crossover has experienced exponential success. Consumers have been receptive to its sleek styling as well as its ideal combination of performance and fuel efficiency.


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Early history

Chevrolet first introduced the Equinox in 2004 for the 2005 model year. The Equinox was Chevy’s first-ever entry into the crossover SUV segment and competed with models like the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Toyota RAV4. Assembly of the Equinox originated in Ingersoll, Ontario, but eventually expanded to places like Spring Hill, Tennessee; Wuhan, Hubei; Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila; and Incheon, South Korea. The first-generation Equinox sported a 3.4-liter V6 and a five-speed automatic transmission. For the 2008 model year, a more powerful 3.6-liter V6 was introduced, as was a six-speed automatic.

A silver gray 2008 Chevrolet Equinox is parked somewhere in Europe
2008 Chevy Equinox
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The Equinox entered its second generation in 2010 and featured more angular lines in the front while maintaining its mid-size crossover SUV classification. More efficient engine options became available, as did more advanced technology within the cabin. The 2015 model added OnStar with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot while the 2016 model replaced the CD/AM/FM/MP3/WMA Playback system with an infotainment system instead.

Recent generation

The third, and most recent generation, of the Chevy Equinox began in 2018. This marked a significant change for the Equinox as it was re-categorized as a compact crossover SUV. Styling for the Equinox was also updated, with the SUV featuring even more angular lines and a more athletic body. For the 2022 model year, the Equinox received a facelift featuring a new grille, redesigned headlamps, and a restyled lower fascia with new fog lights. A new RS trim was also introduced, offering advanced performance features and unique styling.

Equinox fun facts

  • In 2009, Chevy unveiled the Equinox Team Canada Edition for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The model was only sold in Canada and came with special features like chrome wheels, a sunroof, a premium sound system, and unique badging.
  • The Equinox was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show alongside the first-gen Chevy Colorado and the sixth generation of the Chevy Malibu.
  • From its inception until 2009, the Equinox had a sibling — the Pontiac Torrent — which shared the GM Theta platform.
  • In 2014, the Equinox was the second-best-selling vehicle in North America after the ever-popular Silverado.
  • According to IMCDb.org, the Equinox has appeared in more than 300 films and television shows.

Sitting between the Trax and the Blazer in the expansive Chevy SUV lineup, the Equinox offers just enough space for a small family at a reasonable price.