2021 Chevy Equinox: Refreshened, RS trim added to lineup

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    2021 Chevy Equinox: Refreshened, RS trim added to lineup

    Chevy adds RS trim to freshened 2021 Equinox lineup
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    February 06, 2020
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    Chevrolet will launch a freshened 2021 Equinox — with an RS trim option, restyled grille and redesigned front and rear fascias — this year.

    Chevy gave reporters a preview of the updates at the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday. It will hit showrooms in the fall.

    The latest changes are "really about the front and rear fascia upgrades, new headlamps, new taillamps, three new grille designs and new wheels, which we think really freshen it up and gives it that updated look that I think consumers are craving," said Brad Franz, Chevrolet's senior marketing manager for small to midsize utility vehicles.

    Chevy sold 346,048 Equinox crossovers in the U.S. last year, up 4 percent from 2018, according to the Automotive News Data Center.

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    Re: 2021 Chevy Equinox: Refreshened, RS trim added to lineup

    So this obviously pretty easily coincides with the Chinese spy shots that we've previously saw last month.

    However, unlike that version that kind of looked fugly in "regular" form, the RS-trim level pictured above actually looks okay.

    Quote Originally Posted by autonews.com
    The Equinox makes up nearly a third of GM's small to midsize crossover and SUV sales, and it's GM's second-bestselling vehicle overall, behind the Chevy Silverado pickup.
    In the context of my "fugly" comment above (and judging by the reaction many of us had to the "regular" version of the Equinox, as leaked in the China spy shot thread) this point from Automotive News alone makes me wonder why GM would ever deliver something that was even quasi-ugly in such an important segment.

    I'm all about pushing the design envelope, but surely there is a way to do so without dipping their collective design-toe into the fugly end of the pool. But one can do so and not potentially ruin a product for their own customers, and any number of conquest/convert consumers.





    Is it me, or did they actually reshape the top line of the front fender to give it a bit more visual appeal?
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    Re: 2021 Chevy Equinox: Refreshened, RS trim added to lineup

    Looks wise I'm a Terrain person if I had to choose.. and I'm sure GM wouldn't mind that.. but GM really doesn't like upgrading their power-train set-ups in these CUVs the way they did during Wagoner/Lutz days. That being said.. I had the 1.5L as a rental a few weeks ago in FL. and truthfully I never complained about the power in passing or merging, not to mention normal driving. The 2.0L must be a healthy boost in driving
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    Re: 2021 Chevy Equinox: Refreshened, RS trim added to lineup

    That RS looks pretty good. I noticed the sales number from last year, obviously there is a lot to like about these, but wonder when the figures come out for this one if it(the redesign that is chastised here on these pages)will affect it any. BTW the link says I've reached my limit of free looks-bah humbug to ya!

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    Re: 2021 Chevy Equinox: Refreshened, RS trim added to lineup

    same 1.5T, same auto start/stop, etc
    i heard something, somewhere, about some pig and some lipstick...

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    Quote Originally Posted by canadian.bacon View Post
    same 1.5T, same auto start/stop, etc
    i heard something, somewhere, about some pig and some lipstick...
    I see bacon in your profile name. You describing yourself?
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    Re: 2021 Chevy Equinox: Refreshened, RS trim added to lineup

    The worst thing GM did was ditch the tried and true EcoTec motors (2.2 and 2.4) for these turbo units.

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    Re: 2021 Chevy Equinox: Refreshened, RS trim added to lineup

    Quote Originally Posted by canadian.bacon View Post
    same 1.5T, same auto start/stop, etc
    i heard something, somewhere, about some pig and some lipstick...
    I see an auto start/stop button has been added to the dash.

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    Re: 2021 Chevy Equinox: Refreshened, RS trim added to lineup

    The RS isn't bad looking from the front, but the Equinox's rear window looks like it came from the Rendezvous:



    Also, I'll eat my comments made on the leaked white car a while back, it looks much better than the pre MCE version. and going forward, I'll refrain from posting comments about leaked base model Chinese GM cars.
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    Re: 2021 Chevy Equinox: Refreshened, RS trim added to lineup

    ^^^ That's pushing it a bit. ^^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1958carnut View Post
    ^^^ That's pushing it a bit. ^^^
    just this area..and maybe "came from" is a stretch, but it surely looks like an evolution of that design element:

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    Re: 2021 Chevy Equinox: Refreshened, RS trim added to lineup

    Quote Originally Posted by PastorChevyGuy View Post
    The worst thing GM did was ditch the tried and true EcoTec motors (2.2 and 2.4) for these turbo units.
    I remember back when I test drove my wife's car in 2005 before we bought it. Saturn Ion with the 2.2L. I was surprised at how powerful it was (for a Saturn). Engine has been bulletproof. No problems at all. I have heard that GM has had significant issues with the 2.4L.

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    Re: 2021 Chevy Equinox: Refreshened, RS trim added to lineup

    Quote Originally Posted by CMiatso DaBang View Post
    I had the 1.5L as a rental a few weeks ago in FL. and truthfully I never complained about the power in passing or merging, not to mention normal driving. The 2.0L must be a healthy boost in driving
    I had a 2020 Equinox LS as a loaner for five weeks from mid-December to mid-January as the dealer waited for a part lost in the supply chain. The 1.5T is plenty of engine for the Equinox and quickly got up to speed pulling on to our 70 mph roads all over central Florida. It averaged 31 mpg on the three weeks not needing air conditioning and 29 mpg on the two weeks needing AC. The safety equipment now standard on the LS trim is a bizarre attempt to get better crash ratings as it has front emergency brake warning and lane departure warning with optional active assist you can turn on. While those are both nice, the true safety items that you want are rear cross traffic alert and side blind spot alert/warning as those are where fast moving vehicles can create issues for you. Neither are even available on the LS which is typical GM crap with safety equipment. Even on the LT trim you need to buy a package to get them. The HD rear view camera and display are much sharper than in previous years and deserve a kudo. With the common 20% off or more, the LT trim is usually about $25-26K out the door with the Convenience package for the safety items, larger infotainment screen, and cargo net and that is a very competitive number in the market. The LS is just cheaply outfitted and stepping up to the LT with select options is barely $1K more, so I wouldn't recommend the LS.
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    Re: 2021 Chevy Equinox: Refreshened, RS trim added to lineup

    This certainly looks better than the leaked pics from a few weeks ago.

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    Re: 2021 Chevy Equinox: Refreshened, RS trim added to lineup

    Quote Originally Posted by impala02 View Post
    I see bacon in your profile name. You describing yourself?
    Bacon is good, you should try it, it might lighten up that mood of yours....
    And yes, I am a pig, I like big V8s, large quantities of beer and bacon, big boobs and guns.

    Quote Originally Posted by usa1 View Post
    I see an auto start/stop button has been added to the dash.
    Ah, I didn't know that, just to see how once you get a bad idea, it sticks around for longer than you think. This was a major no-no for us that made us purchase another vehicle. Why didn't they do this from the start, for both the Malibu and the Equinox. Saving a few $ here and there but losing customers away.

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