Chevrolet is updating the compact Equinox SUV. Changes are not big. The major update for the next season will be the new model – 2020 Chevy Equinox LT. The current lineup is offering this package, but like for the other SUVs, the small vehicle will get significant updates. Premier trim is ejecting a 1.5-liter engine from its lineup, so the LT is going to be the only one that offers both this and a 2.0-l unit.
The squad for the 2020 season and the compact Equinox looks like this: entry-level L; mid-range LS and LT, top of the line Premier. What makes the LT so special is the availability of a 2.0-liter turbo engine. We still don’t have info, but the 2020 Chevy Equinox LT could get a diesel engine as well.
Besides this possibility, there are few optional packages available for upgrade. There are more infotainment features and safety equipment. But, the special suite are Midnight edition and especially the Redline model, available only with LT trim. All in all, this is a very versatile version of the compact crossover that will offer the most upgrade options.
Only Trim That Comes With All Three Engines
There are three drivetrains available for the new Equinox. All of them are four-cylinder units. Two are using petrol and one is consuming diesel. Power outputs range from 140 to 250 hp and torque level is between 200 and 260 pound-feet.
The entry-level powertrain is a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. It is available for lower trims as the only source of power. The mill is capable to produce 170 hp and 200 pound-feet of torque. Its pair is a nine-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to either front or all wheels.
If you need more power, check out the 2.0-liter unit. In this case, buyers are getting 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of twist. Of course, the price bump is around $2,500. The same gearbox routes power again to front wheels by default and the AWD remains an optional upgrade (costs $1,500).
Last, but one of the most interesting versions is 2020 Chevy Equinox LT Diesel. The drivetrain is a 1.6-liter turbo-four with the capability to burst 140 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed transmission takes the place of a nine-pace gearbox we can find mated to petrol units. Fuel economy gains the most of this change, raising to 40 mpg on the highway by using the FWD system.
2020 Chevy Equinox LT Hybrid
The major upgrade under the hood could be the hybrid engine. General Motors is working on the electrification of their entire compact SUV segment, including Equinox, Trax, GMC Terrain, and Cadillac XT4. Still, there are no official updates, so we rely on rumors and leaked sources close to the situation.
The company will pair a small displacement with an electric motor to improve fuel economy. Yes, diesel can compete with Toyota Rav4 hybrid and Nissan Rogue hybrid. However, for these drivetrains is hard to meet new requirements and they will become history soon. On the other hand, hybrid vehicles are the future of the car industry. Chevrolet will have to get into this segment very soon.
2020 Chevy Equinox LT Equipment
The 2020 Chevy Equinox LT package upgrades the LS with HID headlamps, body-color mirror caps, and bright lower window trim from the outside. Optionally, you can pick side rails on the roof. Inside, there are power driver seat, driver display at the center of the dashboard, and few touches in the cargo area. A model with a 2.0-liter engine also adds 18-inch alloy wheels and dual exhaust system with chrome tips.
That is not all. The 2020 Chevy Equinox LT also offers optional packages. Standard groups of equipment are Confidence & Convenience Package and the LT Infotainment Package. The first one includes features such as dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, heated front-row buckets, and leather steering wheel. The infotainment can get an 8-inch touchscreen display and navigation. USB ports and 120V power outlet are standard with extra suite.
The highlight is on the Midnight edition that brings gloss black trim, memory package for seats, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, and heated power outside mirrors with turning signals. Leather seats and 19-inch wheels are other notable upgrades.
With the Redline edition, exclusive for the LT package, buyers are getting black grille, red outline for Equinox badge and bowtie logos, blacked mirror caps and windows surrounding, and unique rims. Inside, there are 4 extra USB ports, HD camera and navigation, and of course, a lot of red details.
2020 Chevy Equinox LT Price
The base price of the 2020 Chevy Equinox LT is $29,000 (1.5 FWD). All-wheel drive and the larger engine boost the price by $4,000. Premium colors cost $400 or $900. The Midnight edition model is just under $31,000, while the Redline is slightly more expensive. Confidence package adds $2,000 and extras infotainment features will cost $800. Fully loaded, price of the 2020 Chevy Equinox LT exceeds $40,000.