Back in August, we showed you some patent images of a truly unusual vehicle. Filed by GM’s Chinese-market partner, SAIC, it sure looked like an Equinox with heavy restyling and lots of EV cues, particularly from the Bolt and Bolt EUV. While it could have been almost anything, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck. And now, GM president Mark Reuss has confirmed our hunch by telling investors during a call that a Chevrolet Equinox EV (“or equivalent”—whatever that means), a Blazer EV, and a smaller EV crossover are on the way.
Regarding the Equinox EV, as we speculated previously, it would make a lot of sense for GM and SAIC to build an electric version of an already global SUV. While what we saw previously certainly could have been a Chinese-only market version, with Reuss’s comments, the simplest explanation is that we got an early look at this future crossover.
Moreover, it’ll be powered by the company’s proprietary Ultium technology, and priced around $30,000, which means it’d be aimed square at a big, popular segment in the American market. Ultium is a flexible, scalable set of chassis and powertrain technologies that’ll see its debut in the massive and brash GMC Hummer SUT.
Timing was not detailed, but the previous generation Equinox stuck around for eight years. The current Equinox debuted in 2017, but an EV variant would probably complement rather than completely replace its internal-combustion counterpart.
As for the Blazer EV, there are even fewer details, other than Reuss saying it will be “an affordable, high-volume entry.” And the smaller EV crossover is even fuzzier. But based on the EVs that GM has announced so far for Chevy and GMC, it seems that many volume models will leverage the nameplates of popular internal-combustion vehicles like the Silverado, Equinox, and Blazer—whereas the company’s premium brands, like Cadillac, seem to be leaning towards bespoke models like Lyriq and Celestiq. We’ll see if the naming consistency holds, or if it’s a bridge strategy as GM transitions its fleets to a much higher percentage of EVs.
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