WHERE IS THE CHEVY EQUINOX MADE?
The Chevy Equinox is one of the most popular compact SUVs in the U.S. right now. And with an even more impressive 2021 model, that’s not changing anytime soon. However, this compact crossover SUV is also extremely popular globally. And there are actually multiple locations all over the world producing this exciting vehicle. Which is why you might be wondering, “where is the Chevy Equinox made?
Where is the Chevy Equinox made?
Since shifting from a mid-sized to a compact crossover SUV, the third-generation Equinox has seen an explosion in interest centered around it. This has prompted GM to broaden its production capacity of the Equinox across multiple global locations.
Here are the facilities currently manufacturing the Chevy Equinox:
CAMI Automotive Plant – Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada
The Ingersoll plant is a joint production facility by GM-Suzuki and CAMI (Canadian Automobile Incorporated). As a manufacturer of GM cars since 1989, CAMI took up assembly of the Equinox with its launch in 2004.
It’s a 1.7 million-square-foot facility with a 250,000 vehicle annual production capacity. Although it previously also produced other vehicles, now it just assembles the Equinox. The plant has earned numerous awards for its efficiency and quality.
SAIC-GM Wuhan II Manufacturing Plant – Wuhan, Hubei, China
This facility manufactures the Equinox (and other vehicles) to sell in the Chinese market and to export to other markets. GM and SAIC own the plant 50/50. And it is China’s third-largest automobile manufacturer.
San Luis Potosi and Ramos Arizpe Assembly – Mexico
The San Luis Potosi plant supplies Mexico and North America. And the Ramos Arizpe plant supplies the international market. The former has an annual vehicle capacity of around 160,000. GM has invested considerably in the last few years to modernize and amplify production in Mexico.
History of the Chevy Equinox
The Chevy Equinox has been one of Chevrolet’s staple models for over 15 years now. It has a long history that’s mostly seen it grow from strength to strength.
First-generation (2005 – 2009)
Chevy introduced the Equinox as a mid-sized crossover SUV for the 2004/2005 model year. The first generation of the Equinox continued from 2005 up until 2009. The Pontiac Torrent was a slightly restyled model of the Equinox sold during the same period. However, Chevy discontinued the Torrent after 2009. But it carried the Equinox on to its second generation.
During this period, the Ingersol plant in Ontario, Canada was the sole producer of the Equinox. While the Equinox started out with a 3.4L engine, Chevy upgraded it to a 3.6L engine for the 2008 model. And this was just one of a few major changes Chevy offered with the 2008 model. Additional sport trims and redesigns also provided changes for this vehicle.
Second-generation (2009 – 2017)
Sales for the second-generation Equinox started in June of 2009. The main difference from the first generation was a pair of direct injection engines. There were also a number of engine options available from a 2.4L to a 3.6L – produced in Tonawanda, New York and Spring Hill, Tennessee.
The Ingersol plant still handled Equinox assembly for this generation. As did a facility in Oshawa (which is also in Ontario). However, assembly ceased at Oshawa in 2018 after plants in other locations took on assembly.
In 2001, Chevy pulled the Equinox from Mexico only to reintroduce it as a replacement for the Captiva Sport in 2015. The second-generation Equinox was the third-best-selling SUV in the U.S. after fellow Chevrolets, the Silverado and Cruze.
Third-generation (2018 – present)
The third and latest generation Equinox is still going strong. Chevy originally introduced it with both diesel and gasoline engines. The company downsized it slightly to fall into the compact crossover SUV class. As a result, it only featured either a 1.5L or 1.6L engine during this time.
As a result of a huge increase in sales, more facilities started to assemble the vehicle.
Along with the third generation, a number of high-tech safety features arrived. Features like driver-assist cameras and collision warning systems, automatic braking, and seat belt alert.
In 2021, Chevy gave the Equinox a much-needed overhaul. The most obvious change is a much sportier design with a flashy front grille and accents. The company has since dropped the diesel version and reduced available trims to 4 (8 if you count FWD/AWD variations).
Want to know more about the Chevy Equinox?
There’s a reason why the Chevy Equinox was one of the best-selling SUVs of 2019 with 346,048 units sold. It’s a trendy, versatile, and modern compact crossover SUV that can adapt to a wide variety of lifestyles.
Now that you know where the Chevy Equinox is made, the first question in your mind is probably “how much does it cost?” Take a look at this article which details the possible costs of an Equinox.