On this point, if Chevrolet plays its part well, the American brand could have the most interesting electric car of the moment. Why ? Quite simply because this Equinox EV, already revealed in images, will start at around $30,000… when it is launched, in the fall of 2023. It’s far, but it’s above all the illustration difficulties encountered by all manufacturers to have enough parts designed from semiconductors. Patience, therefore. $30,000 is about half the price of the cheapest Tesla Model Y currently sold in the United States (the Propulsion version is not in the catalog at the time of writing). Of course, by the end of next year, things could still happen at Tesla, but the Equinox EV could be eligible for the $7,500 bonus (the conditions being drastic, however…). So you probably did the mental math briefly only to realize that a Resolutely modern family electric SUV could be offered as an entry ticket for just over $22,000. Delusional. But there is a “but”: you have to poke around a bit, but Chevrolet specifies that the Equinox will first be launched in a richly equipped version. The $30,000 1LT variant will go on sale… last. Which means that Americans (and us) shouldn’t be able to sign a purchase order for 2 to 3 years!
Chevrolet design in a new era
Super-thin headlamps looking like a superhero, modern and very elaborate interior, rather aggressive and muscular proportions, the Equinox EV is a real American. But we feel a real break at Chevrolet, especially since the appearance of the Corvette C8. The interior, in particular, surprises with its huge central touch screen and its two large air vents. Everything is rather pleasing to the eye, even if it will obviously be necessary to judge the quality in the presence of the machine. And if we are moving forward on this subject, it is because the Equinox could very well be sold in Europe by 2025. General Motors will indeed announce its “Europe” plan next spring…
But what is the Equinox EV? A large electric family SUV available in many configurations, between the many trim levels (1LT, 2LT, 3LT, RS, etc.) and engines/batteries. The Equinox EV will be offered in either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. But beware, the first configuration is in… traction. Too bad, and unusual for an American! The respective powers will be 213 and 294 hp. On the power side, Chevrolet plays with our nerves since, as on the Blazer EV, the capacities are not communicated. We just know the Equinox 1LT in traction will be entitled to the “small” pack offering 400 km of range, compared to 480 to 490 km for the larger pack reserved for 4WD variants. The Equinox EV will support up to 150 kW of DC charging power, and only 11 kW AC.
Chevrolet will also offer the Cruise semi-autonomous driving system in fast lanes. Contrary to Europe where these technologies are very framed, in the United States, several hundreds of thousands of kilometers are open to this technology.
In any case, if Chevrolet manages to draw an Equinox sold around $30,000, excluding bonuses, with 400 km of autonomy and more than 200 hp, the brand could hit hard. And why not sell it for around €30,000, still excluding bonuses, in Europe. The MG4 Electric would then have a hell of a rival, much more demonstrative in terms of style and more spacious. But we are not there yet.