Chevy Equinox to Lose Optional 2.0L Turbo

GM’s promise to simplify its product offerings is coming true and the first option on the chopping block is the Chevy Equinox’s 2.0-liter turbo.

The optional engine makes a pretty healthy 252 hp and 260 lb-ft and is paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission. It also allows for 3,500 lbs of towing—up from 1,500 lbs for the standard 1.5-liter engine.

But power and towing are, apparently, not priorities for Equinox buyers because the 2.0-liter had a take rate of just seven percent. It will, therefore, be canned for the 2021 model year.

The news was first reported by GM Authority, then confirmed by our sister site, The Truth About Cars, which spoke to Rita Kass-Shamoun, assist communications manager responsible for small- to mid-size SUVs.

“Chevrolet’s 1.5L turbo engine is a popular choice for Equinox customers, making up 90 percent of sales volume,” Kass-Shamoun told TTAC. “Chevrolet will exclusively offer the 2021 Equinox with a 1.5L turbo engine.”

Buyers will have to make do with a 1.5-liter turbo-four that makes 170 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque and a 6-speed auto. If this perfectly adequate setup doesn’t really excite you, then there’s good news: this isn’t quite as simple as GM simplifying products.

The Equinox was supposed to get a refresh for the 2021 model year, but that has been pushed back until 2022. When that update comes, GM promises that a new 2.0-liter option will be available.