Chevy’s Bestselling SUV Gets Bigger, Safer, and Tougher Looking

2025 equinox

The Chevrolet Equinox SUV, known for being Chevrolet’s second-bestselling vehicle after the Silverado pickup, is about to receive an upgrade. The new 2025 Equinox model, set to go on sale midyear, offers more interior space, enhanced safety features, and a rugged aesthetic.

New Architecture and Enhanced Features

The 2025 Equinox is based on a new architecture that results in a wider and taller vehicle. Inside, the SUV boasts several new features, including a standard 11.3-inch touch screen, standard heated seats and steering wheel, and more. Additionally, the Equinox will introduce a new trim level called Activ, which includes a unique grille, fascias, and all-terrain tires for a more outdoorsy appearance.

The 2025 Chevrolet Equinox is expected to go on sale in mid-2024. The Activ model shown left, RS right.

Chevrolet has not yet announced the prices for the 2025 Equinox but promises that it will be competitively priced compared to other compact SUVs in its class, such as the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, and VW Tiguan.

More Space and a Tougher Look

Compared to the current model, the 2025 Equinox is slightly longer, 2½ inches wider, and has 0.75 inches more ground clearance. These modifications result in increased cargo and passenger space, as well as a tougher design reminiscent of larger Chevrolet SUVs like the Tahoe and the upcoming 2024 Traverse.

The front-wheel-drive models come with a continuously variable automatic transmission, while the all-wheel-drive models are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The outgoing Equinox only offers a six-speed automatic transmission. Notably, the 2025 Equinox can be set to start in AWD mode with the push of a button, unlike other vehicles that default to front-wheel drive upon engine start.

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2025 Chevrolet Equinox Activ interior.

Powering the Equinox is a turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine, delivering 175 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. There have been no changes in engine size or output compared to the current model. Both front- and all-wheel drive options will be available across all three trim levels.

Chevrolet has already sold over 3 million Equinoxes since its debut as a 2005 model, and the 2024 Equinox has been available since the 2018 model year.

Key Design Elements

  • Angular wheel wells
  • 2½-inch wider track
  • Three-quarter-inch higher ground clearance
  • Upright grilles
  • Boxy upper body and corners
  • Slim, high-mounted daylight running lamps
  • Projector headlights mounted lower in front
  • Taillights that extend into tailgate for the impression of width

2025 Chevrolet Equinox RS

Activ Trim Level for Off-Road Inspiration

The Equinox introduces the Activ trim level, specifically designed to evoke the aesthetics of off-road vehicles. The Equinox Activ features 17-inch all-terrain tires, a unique grille, and front fascia. The Activ trim shares the same drivetrain as the other trim levels. Buyers can also opt for a two-tone finish with a white roof.

2025 Chevrolet Equinox interior.

The interior design of the Activ trim is distinctive, with “Activ” stitched into the headrests and seats, which are wrapped in attractive, durable materials.

Trim Levels and Features

  • LT: 60% of sales
  • RS: 20%
  • Activ: 20%

The RS model comes with 19- or 20-inch wheels and offers a black roof option. Inside, the RS boasts a black interior with red accents. The base LT model comes with 17- or 19-inch tires and offers the choice of two-tone paint.

All Equinox models feature a dial for selecting drive modes, as well as physical buttons and dials to control certain climate and audio functions. The shifter has been relocated from the center console to a lever on the steering column, a layout also found in the 2025 Tahoe and Suburban large SUVs. Additionally, the rear seat now features a flat floor for improved passenger comfort.

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All Equinox models come with slim daytime running lights mounted high in the nose, complemented by projector headlights below. The rear of the SUV features a wide tailgate, ideal for accommodating larger items. The taillights extend into the tailgate to visually enhance the width.

Standard Safety and Driver Assist Features

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Intersection automatic braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind spot alert
  • Rear cross-traffic alert and automatic braking
  • Lane change alert
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Side bicyclist alert
  • Rear seat reminder
  • Rear park assist
  • Teen driver setting

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FAQs

Q: When will the 2025 Chevrolet Equinox be available for purchase?
A: The 2025 Equinox is expected to go on sale in mid-2024.

Q: What are the key design elements of the 2025 Equinox?
A: The 2025 Equinox features angular wheel wells, a wider track, higher ground clearance, upright grilles, and slim, high-mounted daylight running lamps.

Q: What are the trim levels available for the 2025 Equinox?
A: The 2025 Equinox offers three trim levels: LT (60% of sales), RS (20%), and Activ (20%).

Conclusion

The 2025 Chevrolet Equinox is set to impress car enthusiasts with its larger size, enhanced safety features, and rugged styling. With a new architecture, improved interior features, and a unique Activ trim level, the Equinox is ready to take on the competition. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting SUV from Chevrolet.