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The 2025 Chevrolet Equinox RS.

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DETROIT — General Motors is redesigning its gas-powered Chevrolet Equinox crossover to look extra rugged than its predecessors in an try to maneuver the car upmarket and appeal to new consumers.

The 2025 Equinox, which GM revealed Tuesday, will function extra normal security and comfort options.

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Brad Franz, director of Chevy automotive and crossover advertising, mentioned the modifications to the Equinox are supposed to enhance the enchantment of the car, which GM launched about 20 years in the past. The compact crossover has grown to be amongst GM’s best-selling autos.

“It is critically essential for us to be introducing this product proper now. We really feel it’ll be simply as essential, if no more, than [before],” he mentioned. “We nonetheless anticipate it to be the No. 2 Chevy quantity car and, frankly, it performs within the largest section within the business at 22% [market share]. We do not see that declining.”

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Gross sales of the Equinox have been stage the previous two years at greater than 212,000 models. The gross sales stay far beneath pre-Covid pandemic ranges of almost 350,000 models in 2019.

The 2025 Chevrolet Equinox RS.

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The 2025 mannequin can have heated seats and a heated steering wheel normal on all fashions — a primary for the Equinox and plenty of mainstream manufacturers. Some automakers have carried out or mentioned together with such options in month-to-month or annual subscription charges relatively than providing them as normal or optionally available options. GM mentioned about 90% of homeowners surveyed wished the options.

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Franz declined to reveal pricing for the next-generation Equinox, which is anticipated to reach in vendor showrooms midyear in three trims: LT, RS and Activ. He mentioned the corporate has “no intention of deviating too removed from our present pricing.”

Pricing for the 2024 Equinox ranges between $28,000 and $35,000, together with necessary vacation spot charges.

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Among the many causes to purchase an Equinox, prospects most frequently cite worth and worth, in line with GM. The entry-level LT is anticipated to account for about 60% of gross sales, Franz mentioned.

“Despite the fact that we’re meaning to push this car upmarket like now we have with a few of our different executions we have introduced, we’re nonetheless extremely targeted on worth,” he mentioned.

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Design modifications

The outside design of the next-generation Equinox is much like different not too long ago redesigned Chevy autos. It options a big hour-glass grille, a extra sculpted design and slim entrance and tail lamps. The design is analogous however completely different than an all-electric Equinox that is anticipated to go on sale this yr after being delayed in 2023.

On the inside, GM made modifications to the compact crossover to make it roomier for the driving force and passengers, together with shifting the gear shifter to the steering wheel column relatively than between the passenger and driver or as buttons or knobs on the instrument panel.

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The 2025 Chevrolet Equinox Activ.

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For drivers who’ve used column shifters earlier than, this isn’t like those of the previous. It is a rising expertise within the auto business referred to as “shift by wire” that removes many handbook parts and permits the automotive to vary gears with ease. With conventional column shifters, the driving force wants to drag the lever ahead and manually shift the car into gears.

The brand new Equinox contains a new 11 inch diagonal configurable driver info middle and 11.3 inch diagonal infotainment display screen in entrance of the driving force.

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“The very first thing you are going to discover whenever you get in there’s the expertise, the screens — it simply does not really feel like an Equinox,” Franz mentioned.

The car shall be produced at a plant in Mexico, the place Franz says GM has room to extend manufacturing, if wanted.

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The 2025 Equinox will proceed to be powered by a 1.5 liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces as much as 175 horsepower and 203 foot-pounds of torque. The car is normal with front-wheel drive and out there in all-wheel drive.

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