2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV – Redline: First Look – 2022 NAIAS
Now, looking at the styling of the vehicle lets go ahead and talk about that because chevy again is trying to make their cars appear a lot more modern, a lot more stand. Outish on the road. I really think that the new equinox is setting forth a new styling direction. You can see the front end is basically not unlike any other chevy ive. Seen before you can see theres this really interesting light bar a lot of these evs are going with the light bars going across the entire front. Fascia that light bar is going to be optional on the higher trim. Chevy will actually offer this vehicle an lt and rs and then therell be like sub brands within the lts, like 1lt 2lt and then 3lt you can see here. All of them will come with these led headlights theres. Actually, this interesting textured carbon fiber trim on the lower portion of the front splitter and then, as you can see here, no actual grille openings, its an electric vehicle. It doesnt need that. So again, this is all for aerodynamics. Right down. Here are the sensors for the adaptive cruise control. You can also get super cruise on this vehicle, which is uh chevrolets, hands, free driving assistance, tech on the highway. But, overall, let me know what you think of the styling in the comment section below this particular model. Here is a 3lt painted in blue with the white two tone combination, which i think also gives it a very futuristic and modern appearance.
Now i cant open up the hood for you. Chevy actually tells me there is no frunk on this vehicle, which is kind of disappointing. Considering the ltm platform offers it, but because uh were talking about the hood, the powertrains are going to be pretty simplified in this vehicle. Chevy will offer it as a single motor front, wheel, drive or a dual motor with all wheel, drive thats a huge improvement over the bolt where you still cant, get all wheel, drive two different power: outputs 210 horsepower for the front wheel, drive model and 290 horsepower And 346 pound feet of torque, if you guys go for the all wheel, drive model, chevy didnt quote any 0 60 performance, but i imagine for those of you who are looking for an electric suv that should be plenty of power. This vehicle will start at under 30 000 before the federal tax credit, so again its going to be a really affordable electric suv when that goes on sale later on now, looking at the side profile you can see it has a much more uh, interesting design versus The bolt first of all its very long, its very wide, but it also has the height that you expect from an suv. I wish i could tell you what the specs were in terms of the overall length and wheelbase, but chevy uh wasnt able to share that with us right now. But to me it looks uh kind of like something a little bit larger than a toyota rav4 or a honda crv id probably estimate.
This is around 185 inches long, which again is going to be a good size for a lot of people. Looking for a compact suv, now, chevy is going to offer a choice between either a 19 inch wheel, going up to or an 18 inch wheel, going up to a 21 inch wheel. You can see this model here. The 3 lt has the 21 inch wheel, uh riding on pretty fat. 275 40 r21 inch tires. So these are some serious wheels gives this suv a really modern, really sleek and very sporty design that i think a lot of people are going to uh really enjoy. Now the charge port door is going to be over here on the drivers side, its going to come standard with, of course, dc fast charging. This truck this vehicle will be capable of charging it up to 150 kilowatts, which means you could probably go from 10 to 80 percent in roughly 30 ish minutes, thats considerably slower versus something like the gmc hummer, which can accept up to 350 kilowatts. But again they did not disclose the battery sizes for this vehicle. Theyre gon na actually offer two different batteries, and you should be able to go around 250 miles of on a full charge for the smaller battery pack up to 300 miles on a full charge. If you guys go for the larger battery pack with front wheel, drive the all wheel, drive model will drop that range to around 280 miles so again, very competitive range estimates for a vehicle thats going to have a starting price around 30 000.
Now you can see over here, panoramic glass roof is going to be included. I really like this two tone. With the silver roof rails, the white um, the white roof. The door handles you can see, are kind of flush mounted uh, which again gives this a much more futuristic design. And i also like the way the roof line. Kind of has that contrasting look over here with the white, the black and then the blue and then the rear of the vehicle. This definitely doesnt. Look like a dopey. Looking rental car grade vehicle, like you expect from most of the equinox models. It has a sleek, modern, futuristic design with the trademark led light bar that goes across the rear. I like the new equinox badging here you can see the e uh is supposed to be, or they actually kind of gave it a unique badge for uh showing. This is an all electric vehicle. The bow tie here, i kind of dont like how its again the signature, gold color. I would have liked to see this black. Maybe chevy will offer that if you guys go for the rs models and then down here you can see really interesting texture for the lower rear, bumper and then obviously no visible exhaust tips. This is a vehicle thats going to be all electric, but they uh opening up the trunk of this vehicle. You can see it is a fairly large sized trunk. Chevy actually already told us that you get around 57 cubic feet of space with the trunk open, which is pretty large for this segment.
I think that a lot of people are going to find the cargo area to be very, very useful, so the exterior of the new equinox ev is very enticing to look at. However, the interior is where was where chevy has really stepped up their game now. Sadly, this is a very early prototype model, so chevrolet has asked me not to sit or touch anything with the interior, but you can see here looking at it at a glance. This is the 3lt model and it has a really premium. Look to it, especially when you look at the technology in the center over there, you have a 17.7 inch thats right, its a 17.7 inch. Full lcd display its a touchscreen display. It includes their android based operating system, so it has google voice commands. It has wireless apple, carplay, android, auto it has over the air updates the graphics, as you can see, modern crisp, really beautiful. Looking you have an 11 inch display here for the instrument panel, which again kind of forms. This curved display uh that is canted toward the driver, along with the two tone accents looks you can see. This particular 3lt has like this really cool color combination, where its got this kind of light gray, with the black, with the contrast stitching its got the blue along the center console, you have a wireless phone charging pad there, and then you also have features like heated And cooled seats, power, seats, uh with memory function over here on the drivers side and then the steering wheel.
You can see its a new steering wheel, design, theres the status bar light for the supercruise, which again makes this vehicle feel a lot more modern and premium versus something like the gas powered equinox. Now above me, above me, here you can see. There is a panoramic glass roof. The roof, as you can see, does not open, but it does let in a lot of natural light. It goes into about halfway of the back seat. Now lets go ahead and take a look at the back seat really quick. Now, sadly again, i still cannot sit inside this vehicle, but i am surprised to see that there is a pretty generous amount of legroom back here. It looks like it has around 36 37 inches of legroom. There are features like two usb c charging ports over there. You have rear seat, air vents, a seat belt buckle, thats, sitting there on the floor, and then these seats over here you can see they appear to be slightly more reclined. But you have looks like a center console over there or an armrest that folds down it. Should give you two cup holders and then overall you can see the door panel materials look pretty modern. I like some of the different colors and textures uh for this vehicle. I think it should be exactly what a lot of american or families are looking for. This has a lot more space for something like the chevrolet bolt.
So, even though this vehicle shares the nameplate with the gas powered equinox, as you can see, it shares virtually nothing else. This is a much more premium, technologically advanced suv that i think the industry is just going to need because, like i mentioned earlier, its starting price is going to be under 30 000 for the base 1lt version. I suspect this model here will probably be closer to 50 000 whenever chevrolet announces the actual on sale date, which will be in the fall of 2023. Now, in terms of the federal tax prayer, i will be happy to report that the equinox ev will qualify for it because the final assembly point will be in mexico. So when this car does go on sale in the fall its 2023, you can also qualify for that full 7 500 federal tax credit, which will again lower the price even further, especially if you go for that base model, which is going to start at under 30.