GM is making several improvements to the Chevrolet Equinox for 2021, but will have to wait until 2022 to offer the Cadillac XT4's 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.
GM pays a lot of attention to Chevrolet Equinox and at GMC Terrain these days. In 2021, we are proposing changes. For 2022, we're continuing on this mid-generation upgrade to replace the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, also known as LTG, which has been seen under the hood of the Equinox and the Terrain since 2018. Until now, the most powerful engine in popular SUVs developed 252 horsepower and produced 260 pound-feet of torque.
The switch to the new engine results in a slight decrease on all fronts. Coming straight from the Cadillac XT4, this engine now offers 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. So these are downward digits for the one with the code name LSY. Obviously, in this segment, the most important argument for many consumers is the lowest possible fuel consumption. In all likelihood, this is one of the arguments used to justify this change of engine.
It should also be noted that the LSY is a more modern mechanism than the LTG. The latter has a good chance of simply disappearing from the GM universe since there is only the Chevrolet Malibu left and it will still be equipped with it. On that count, it is quite possible that the sedan will also make the switch to LSY. However, considering the time left in the market, GM is unlikely to make the engine change.
The range of the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain continues to evolve. The turbo-diesel engine only passed and was quickly withdrawn from the catalog. Therefore, in addition to the 2.0T, there is still as a base offering the 1.5-liter 4-cylinder 170 horsepower which offers a torque of 203 lb-ft. At this time, we are still not expecting a hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrain in GM's compact SUV lineup.
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