Chevrolet is bringing back Blazer. So, what is going to happen with a crossover that replaced it back in 2005? The 2020 Chevy Equinox don’t have to worry about its future. As one of the best-selling models in the company, the compact crossover faces the first update after it hit the new generation. Still fresh, we won’t see too many changes. The diesel engine is there, and hybrid could arrive for the next season. Also, Black and Redline Editions are possibilities to join LS, LT, and Premier trims.
The 2020 Chevy Equinox is an urban crossover. Modern and sleek design will draw the attention. Its aesthetic look is both stylish and functional. Fuel economy of its predecessor could even get some improvements. The company plans to add more transmission options. A new 9-speed gearbox is not fulfilling expectations. Tuning, replacing, or more options for buyers are possible solutions. As most Chevy crossovers and SUVs, Equinox has its twin with GMC badge. It is Terrain and we can consider it as a partner, rather than the competition.
2020 Chevrolet Equinox Specs – AWD and Gas Mileage
The cool thing about the 2020 Chevy Equinox is its wide offer of engines. All three available options are turbocharged. One is diesel and two of them are gasoline units. Soon, a hybrid drivetrain could join the lineup.
So, the base setup includes a 1.5-liter inline-four engine. A turbocharger will help this mill achieve 180 hp and 200 pound-feet of twist. A six-speed transmission sends power to front wheels. All-wheel drive is optional. This powertrain will get a new nine-speed gearbox for the upcoming season. We expect a fuel economy boost. With a six-speed transfer case, the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox can return 29 mpg combined. The new power router will make it 30 miles per gallon. With an AWD the crossover makes 30 mpg on the highway. Combined fuel economy rating of the 2020 Chevy Equinox drops to 25 mpg.
If you are looking for a more potent engine, that could be a 2.0-liter mill. Well, pairing it with a nine-speed transmission didn’t fulfill expectations. Buyers complained about it, and the GM will add a six-speed gearbox as optional power router for a 2.0-liter engine. With 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, this unit can pull 3,500 pounds. More than smaller petrol, or diesel engine. On the other hand, the price paid for these specs is in gas mileage.
2020 Chevy Equinox Diesel
The last available option is a turbodiesel 1.6-liter engine. This four-pot mill is good for 140 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. Towing capacity is 1,500 pounds, while the fuel economy rating goes up to 40 mpg in city drive with front-wheel drive equipped. All-wheel drive mode is not increasing fuel consumption significantly. Rating is just 1 mpg worse. Again, Chevrolet decided to offer both available transmissions for the diesel model.
2020 Chevy Equinox Trim Levels – LS, LT, Premier
Buyers of the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox will have the same choices as before. The entry-level model of the compact crossover is an L version with a 1.5-liter petrol engine. Keyless entry and push start button are available on this model. An LS trim adds spare tire, protection package, and leather upholstery as an optional upgrade. An LT version is going to make Equinox more luxurious with a power driver seat and unique colors for the dashboard. Chrome exhaust tips are available with 2.0-liter that uses dual outlet system. The 2020 Chevy Equinox Premier comes with leather upholstery, seats, and steering wheel. Larger wheels and power liftgate are available with this trim.
Special Editions – Redline Edition and Black Edition
The 2020 Chevy Equinox Redline edition is available only if you choose a 2.0-liter model and LT trim package. Additions are mostly cosmetic, with black front fascia and bowtie logo at the back. Of course, red outlines are highlighting all changes. Black rims with red stripes are very attractive and eye-catching. Inside, buyers are getting 4 USB ports, 120V outlet, and DSD card reader for the infotainment system. Navigation is standard, as well as an 8-inch touchscreen display and a rearview camera.
The Redline package succeeded the Midnight or Black edition of Chevrolet Equinox. Here, like for the Redline, buyers will get a lot of darkened parts. Grille, rims, roof rails, everything is black. Unique paint inside and outside will come again for the 2020 Chevy Equinox Black edition.
Interior Features and Comfort
We can’t say the 2020 Chevy Equinox is a top model if you are looking for extra space. Honda HR-V will offer more room in the same class. Still, there is a room for a comfortable ride even for longer trips. You won’t have plenty of space for cargo, though. The cloth is covering interior on lower trim levels, while Premier adds leather, Bose audio, and heating/cooling front seats. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available at higher trim levels.
2020 Chevy Equinox vs GMC Terrain
Comparing these two is not a hard task. The GMC Terrain is a rebadged version of the 2020 Chevy Equinox or vice versa. However, there are some minor changes in the availability of some features. For example, the GMC didn’t offer a nine-speed transmission. But, this one could be added for the next Terrain. Also, the crossover is going to introduce new features for the Denali model. The premium model will be the most expensive version among two twins lineups.
2020 Chevy Equinox Prices
If you plan to purchase the 2020 Chevy Equinox be ready to pay at least $25,000 for it. An LT costs $27k and LT $28k. Diesel and 2.0-liter engine adds $3,000 respectively. These are available for LT and Premier models. If you want to purchase Redline Edition, you will have to pay between $1,500-$2,000. The same cost expects fans of the Black model. The most expensive version is a Premier edition with a turbodiesel unit. With the price of $35,500 it still falls short from GMC Terrain Denali starting price.
The new 2020 Chevrolet Equinox is coming out later this year. General Motors will launch it as soon as possible since the competition is not going to wait. A hybrid could be released in 2020 as an update for the current lineup.