A new look at the upcoming Chevrolet Equinox EV, taken from a thumbnail image spotted on the website, shows it from a new angle in bright blue.
The electric SUV is claimed to start at around $30,000 and will be available in fall 2023 as a 2024 model.
The Equinox EV's higher-end sibling, the Blazer EV, was fully revealed on Monday, and this new sighting could indicate that the Equinox EV won't be far behind.
Chevy's electric vehicle lineup has something old in the forthcoming Silverado EV, which bears a nameplate first introduced in 1975. It has something new in the designed-from-scratch Bolt EV and EUV. As of Monday, it has something borrowed, with the newly unveiled Blazer EV becoming the first electric vehicle to bear Chevy's Super Sport badge. And now, evidently, it has something blue.
The Equinox EV has been spotted under Upcoming Vehicles on Chevy's website dressed in, fittingly, electric blue. First revealed in January, Chevy's midlevel electric SUV offering is set to hit dealer lots in fall 2023 at a price starting around $30,000, but it doesn't yet have an official release date. However, the addition of the Equinox EV to the Chevy website could be a clue that that day is soon to come.
The website thumbnail, which Car and Driver was able to find in a higher-definition version, shows the Equinox EV in a hitherto unseen pose—a side view—with an electric blue body and a white roof. It's the same color combination first seen in a teaser video Chevy posted in March, which highlighted the Equinox EV's sporty, forward-thinking yet subdued looks.
This won't be the first EV Chevy has offered in an eye-catching cobalt. The Bolt EV and EUV are both available with a Bright Blue Metallic paint job that, in fact, looks very similar to the color shown here. However, the bright two-tone exterior pictured on the Equinox EV could foreshadow a variety of spunky color options, and it hints at what niche Chevy is looking for the SUV to fill as it expands its electric offerings ahead of 2035, when GM intends to go all-electric.
At around $30,000, the Equinox EV will be priced similarly to the Bolts, but it shares a platform with the more expensive Blazer EV, as well as the Cadillac Lyriq and the soon-to-be-released Cadillac Celestiq. This means the Equinox EV is more likely to have all-wheel drive as an option, which the Bolts lack, and have a little extra power than the Bolts' 200 horsepower.
All this combined with the stylish, fun exterior shown on Chevy's website suggests the Equinox EV will be a sporty, entry-level compact electric SUV akin to . . . well, not akin to many things. The Hyundai Kona Electric doesn't have all-wheel drive, and other competitors are pushing $40,000 or more. So while the Equinox EV doesn't have a release date yet, it may be worth the wait once it comes, which could be sooner rather than later.
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