General Motors has introduced an affordable competitor to the Toyota RAV4

The Yanks have unleashed the all-new Chevrolet Equinox, now in its fourth reincarnation. And would you believe it, with the arrival of its electric counterpart, the gasoline crossover hasn’t been kicked to the curb. It’s going to coexist, living its life in parallel, before evolving into a separate model.

The Equinox crossover is set to hit the market this summer, initially making its debut in North America and China. Yours truly can be yours for less than 30,000 bucks, giving a stiff uppercut to contenders like the Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape / Kuga, Hyundai Tucson, and the KIA Sportage.

The 2024 Chevrolet Equinox has transformed into a spectacle, a visual feast for the automotive enthusiasts. Its design is now more angular, with a beefed-up hood and widened wheel arches. The colossal radiator grille partners up with the double-decker LED headlights, giving it a stare that could make a grown man weep. The roof pillars resemble shark fins, a cheeky touch shared by many of Chevy’s modern crossovers.

In the lineup, there are two intriguing special versions: the off-road warrior Activ and the sporty RS. They flaunt distinctive radiator grilles, trims, body kits, and decorative elements. Additionally, the new Chevrolet Equinox Activ rocks 17-inch off-road tires, while the RS proudly boasts a set of 19-inch rubber with a lower profile.

The Chevrolet crossover sticks to the platform of its predecessor, length-wise it’s on par, but it’s wider and taller. The interior gets a facelift, with a shift in the gear selector’s placement to the steering column. The front panel now houses twin 11-inch displays – a virtual instrument cluster and the touchscreen for the spanking new Google-based infotainment system.

The center console is a two-story affair, hiding a cubby for your odds and ends. The new Equinox has grown more spacious inside, and its cargo space has ballooned to 845-1800 liters (if you measure from the ceiling and account for the compartment under the floor).

The base trim of the 2024 Chevrolet Equinox is amped up, featuring a rearview camera, parking sensors, heated front seats and steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist. In the pricier versions, you’ll also find wireless smartphone charging, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.

The engines in the 2024 Chevrolet Equinox remain the same but have been given a bit of a tune-up. Initially, the model will only be available with a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder pushing out 175 horsepower and 275 Nm of torque.

The top speed is a respectable 190 km/h. The front-wheel-drive version comes with a continuously variable transmission, while the all-wheel-drive variant gets an 8-speed automatic gearbox. In the latter case, there’s also a selection of modes for different types of road surfaces.

Later on, in select countries and exclusively for the RS trim, they plan to offer a 2.0-liter, 231-horsepower turbocharged engine. With this powerhouse, the crossover can hit a top speed of 210 km/h.

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