Chevrolet Equinox EV in the making, leaked in patent images

Patent pictures of a new electric SUV of SAIC-GM, GM’s Chinese joint venture company with SAIC, have reached the web. The design suggests that we are looking at an (unannounced) EV derived of the Equinox. For now, the media is referring to it as the Chevrolet Equinox EV.

Design

The Chevrolet Equinox EV has the same silhouette as the donor model, and like most conversion EVs, sets itself apart with a unique front fascia. The electric SUV takes inspiration from the Chevrolet Bolt EUV for its aerodynamic face. It features ultra-slim headlamps on the top, with what looks like a tall LED signature light flowing out of them and going all the way down. The portion between the headlamps could also have illumination, or maybe there’s a single light bar spanning the front width. A smoothly sculpted faux grille dominates the rest of the front fascia.

Chevrolet Equinox EV front patent image
The Chevrolet Equinox EV features a unique front fascia. Image Source: GM-SAIC/CNIPA

Special graphics on the front and rear fenders, A- and C-pillars, and doors, and closed-off, aero wheels give the electric SUV a little distinguishing appearance on the sides. Do note that GM doesn’t use such EV-typical aero wheels on American models.

At the rear, the connecting light of the tail lamps and the motif flowing down to the bottom section from below the tail lamps are among the key changes. Up top, there are two roof air inlets, which, along with the striking light design at the front and the special graphics on the sides, suggest that this could be a concept EV, not a production car.

Chevrolet Equinox EV rear three quarters patent image
The Chevrolet Equinox EV is probably a China-only model and GM does not launch derivatives towards the end of a model’s lifecycle in the U.S. market. Image Source: GM-SAIC/CNIPA

On the release date

In September 2020, Chevrolet said that the Equinox is its best-selling SUV, with 3.8+ million units sold globally since the launch in 2004. The third-gen Chevrolet Equinox turns five in September 2021, and 2022 could be its last year in the U.S before a next-gen car is ready. We doubt that GM is looking at launching an electric variant when the Equinox is nearing the end of its life. There’s a high chance that this model is a China-only EV where lifecycle management is unique.

Featured Image Source: GM-SAIC/CNIPA