The third-generation Chevrolet Equinox has been introduced for the first time in the United States back in 2016 (sold as a 2018 model year). This compact crossover SUV proved successful in competing with its closest competitors on the U.S. market with a total of 332,618 units sold out last year. Since its first launch, it’s Chevrolet’s second-best selling vehicle after the Silverado pickup trucks. Well, recently, a production-ready prototype of the 2020 Chevy Equinox has been spotted for the first time on its public road test. The spy photographer has managed to capture the new Equinox wrapped in heavy camouflage during its testing.

Redesign and Changes

Looking at a few spy photos, the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox gets some significant changes and aggressive redesign on its exterior. It seems like it was inspired by design style brought by the new Chevy Blazer that was just released to the market. However, the Equinox crossover might only get a minor facelift, considering the car’s life cycle is still long enough. Some striking changes that can be seen on the exterior, including the new front grille flanked by updated LED headlights featuring twin-elements, new front bumper, and a new taillight design. In addition, the upcoming Equinox is also equipped with a new lower front fascia and enlarged intakes.

2020 Chevy Equinox Spy Shots
2020 Chevy Equinox Spy Shots (Image Credit: SpyPix via AutoBlog)

Chevrolet will likely offer a high-performance variant for the new Equinox. The signal was seen in the Equinox prototype version which was seen to have been equipped with a quad-tip exhaust system during its internal testing. But there’s no SS variant, of course. According to a recent report, it’s possible to get a more powerful 2.0-liter turbo engine. Apart from that, the interior has also been enhanced with the latest infotainment features and must adopt new electronic driver-assists as the standard safety package for the 2020 Chevy Equinox.

Engine Specs and Powertrain Options

Currently there are not many details that can be disclosed, especially about the powertrain choices for the 2020 Equinox SUV along with its technical specs that are still very confidential by General Motors. However, the current Chevrolet Equinox is available in three different powertrain options in the United States. The base model is equipped with a 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder DOHC DI engine that can produce 170 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 203 lb-ft of torque at 2,500-4,500 rpm. A more powerful engine is also offered on the Equinox, it’s powered by a direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine which is claimed to cranks out up to 252 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 260 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 – 4,500 rpm.

2019 Chevrolet Equinox Rear Left Side View
2019 Chevrolet Equinox Rear Left Side View

For buyers who prefer diesel engines rather than gasoline units, they can drop the choice on a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine rated at 137 horsepower at 3,750 rpm and 240 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm. All engine options can be paired to either a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations. While the current transmission options include the Hydra-Matic “6T40” six-speed automatic for Equinox 1.5L Turbo-Four, Hydra-Matic “9T50” nine-speed automatic gearbox for Equinox 2.0L Turbo, and Hydra-Matic “6T45” six-speed automatic transmissions for the Equinox 1.6L Turbo-Diesel.

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As a reminder, the current Chevy Equinox with a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine paired to a front-wheel drive has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Compared to other Equinox variants, the Equinox 1.6L Turbo-Diesel with FWD setup is much better and more efficient in terms of fuel economy. Well, the powertrain option will most likely to remain the same for the 2020 model year. We don’t think there’s a new powertrain option for the Equinox crossover.

2019 Chevrolet Equinox Interior Pictures
2019 Chevrolet Equinox Interior Pictures

Pricing and Release Date

Speaking of release date and price, the 2020 Chevy Equinox is expected to reach dealerships later this year with a price tag that is not much different from the outgoing model. The current Chevrolet Equinox hit the U.S. market with a base price of $24,795 for the 1.5L model, $30,495 for the 1.6L Turbo-Diesel variant, and jumps to $30,595 for the Equinox 2.0L Turbo. All prices include destination charges, according to Chevrolet. Given that there has been no official confirmation from GM regarding pricing and release date, please find official pricing details closer to the 2020 Chevy Equinox release date.

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