Now in its second generation, the Chevrolet Traverse finds itself at exactly the right place at exactly the right time: people are hot for crossovers, and the Traverse is a very attractive, highly-competitive full-size crossover. Traverse sales increased 18 percent in 2018 vs. 2017 and 5.8 percent from 2017 vs. 2016. The second generation of Chevy’s largest crossover, which was initially introduced for the 2018 model year, enters its third model year for 2020, and it’s bringing with it some changes and updates to take note of. So, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse.
The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse loses three exterior colors while gaining three new ones:
- Havana Brown Metallic
- Black Currant Metallic
- Pepperdust Metallic
- Stone Gray Metallic
- Black Cherry Metallic
- Midnight Blue Metallic
Meanwhile, two sets of 20-inch wheels get replaced by two new sets, as follows:
- 20″ machined face aluminum wheels with Technical Gray pockets (SP6)
- 20″ Argent Metallic machine faced aluminum wheels (SLY)
- 20″ machined face aluminum wheels with Technical Gray pockets (Q6S)
- 20″ Argent Metallic machine faced aluminum wheels (Q6T)
There’s also a new center cap design for 20-inch Dark Android painted aluminum wheels (SS9).
The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse doesn’t see any changes to the interior, but does deliver some notable updates on the in-vehicle technology side.
For starters, the 2020 model year replaces the last-generation infotainment systems with the new Chevrolet Infotainment System 3, as follows:
- Chevrolet Infotainment System with 7″ diagonal color touch-screen (IOA) replaced by Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with 7″ diagonal color touchscreen (IOR) on L, LS and LT Cloth models
- Chevrolet Infotainment System with 8″ diagonal color touch-screen (IO5) replaced by Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system with 8″ diagonal HD color touchscreen (IOS) on LT cloth (optional) and LT leather (standard)
- Chevrolet Infotainment System with Navigation and 8″ diagonal color touch-screen (IO6) replaced by Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system with connected Navigation and 8″ diagonal HD color touchscreen (IOT) on LT leather (optional) and RS, Premier and High Country (standard)
In addition, the Rear Vision Camera and Surround Vision have been replaced by higher-resolution HD versions. Finally, the 2020 Traverse adds Trailing Assist Guidelines along with Hitch Guidance with Hitch View.
On the mechanical side of the equation, the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse deletes the turbo-charged 2.0L I-4 LTG engine (257 horsepower / 295 pound-feet of torque) that was previously standard only on the Traverse RS. In fact, this change was made mid-2019 model year. That engine was replaced by the naturally-aspirated 3.6 V6 LFY engine (310 horsepower / 266 pound-feet of torque). The engine continues to connect to the GM 9-speed automatic transmission driving either the front or all wheels.
The engine swap for the Traverse RS has enabled the model to now offer trailering the equipment package, which includes a heavy-duty cooling system, trailer hitch and trailering assist guidelines. What’s more, the engine swap for the RS model has also resulted in the deletion of the 155-amp alternator.
Finally, the auxiliary electric heater has been deleted for the 2020 model year.
Rounding out the changes to the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse are various package-level changes, as follows:
- Deletion of Premium Carpet Mat Package
- Driver Confidence II Package (BGP) is now standard on 1FL, 2FL, 2LT and Premier and available on 1LT and 3LT
- Was standard on Premier AWD and available on Premier FWD in 2019 Traverse
- Driver Confidence II Package (BGP) now includes automatic heated steering wheel (KI3) on 1LT, 3LT, 2LT and 1LZ
- Convenience and Driver Confidence Package (ZL3) now includes:
- Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system with 8″ diagonal HD color touchscreen (IOS), replacing Chevrolet Infotainment with 8″ diagonal color touch-screen (IO5)
- LT Premium Package (CXH) on 3LT and 2LT now includes:
- Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium system with connected Navigation and 8″ diagonal HD color touchscreen (IOT), replacing Chevrolet Infotainment System with Navigation and 8″ diagonal color touch-screen (IO6)
- HD Surround Vision (UV2), replacing Surround Vision
- LT Premium Package on 3LT (CXH) now includes 20″ machined face aluminum wheels with Technical Gray pockets (Q6S) on 3LT, replacing 20″ machined face aluminum wheels with Technical Gray pockets (SP6)
- Automatic heated steering wheel (KI3) is now included in Driver Confidence II Package (BGP) on 1LT and 3LT and is now standard on 2LT
- Interior Protection Package (LPO PDH) and Floor Liner Package (LPO PDF) now available to order with horizontal cargo net, (LPO WH6)
- Blackout Package (LPO PDB) now includes Black fog lamp trim (LPO 55W) on LT and Premier
As we mentioned previously, the 2020 model year represents the third MY of the second-generation Traverse. We expect to see a midcycle enhancement (MCE), also known as a refresh, for the 2021 model year that will deliver updates to the exterior and interior, along with various packaging modifications.
We recently spied the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse refresh undergoing testing (see 2021 Traverse spy shots). As of this writing, we expect GM to debut it in the first half of the 2020 calendar year. Until then, be sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Traverse news, Chevrolet news, and ongoing GM news coverage.