Chevrolet Equinox EV price higher than announced
The Equinox EV was introduced about a year ago and is one of the smallest models to date based on the Ultium platform of the parent company General Motors. The compact SUV is built at GM’s Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico. The front-wheel drive produces 157 kW, the all-wheel drive model is rated at 216 kW.
Deliveries of these two variants are scheduled to begin in early 2024. The base model, originally announced for around $30,000, will cost $34,995 and is not scheduled for delivery until late 2024. According to GM, there will be around 200,000 expressions of interest in the model even before orders start. Which variant these potential customers are interested in and whether they will still order a vehicle with the now somewhat higher prices is an open question.
On the other hand, the range is somewhat higher than promised at the premiere in September 2022. At that time, a range of 250 to 300 miles (400 to 480km) was given, depending on the version. Now Scott Bell, vice president for Global Chevrolet, said the front-wheel-drive variant had been certified at 319 miles in EPA testing, the equivalent of 513 kilometres. The four-wheel-drive version is not yet EPA-certified, but GM now expects a range of 280 miles (450 kilometres).
Standard features include a 17.7-inch touchscreen, multi-colour ambient lighting, a surround HD camera and various assistants. The front seats and steering wheel are heated ex-works.
Bell also told US media that there are currently no plans to continue manufacturing the Chevrolet Bolt built at the Orion Township plant until the launch of the $35,000 Equinox. Production of the Bolt will end at the end of the year. The plant is then to be retooled to produce the Chevrolet Silverado EV and GMC Sierra EV electric pickup trucks. However, GM has pushed back these plans by a year – it is now certain that the end of production of the Bolt will not be shaken.