General Motors has stopped offering the turbo-charged 2.0-liter I-4 LTG engine in the Chevrolet Traverse, GM Authority has discovered. The move leaves the full-size, three-row crossover SUV with a single engine offering – the naturally-aspirated 3.6L V-6 LFY. The change took place for the mid-2019 model year, and dealers can no longer place orders for the Traverse with the 2.0L turbo engine as of this writing.
The turbo-charged 2.0L LTG engine was introduced in the second-generation Traverse for the 2018 model year. It made 257 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque and was offered exclusively on the Traverse RS trim level, which added a few sporty styling bits to the crossover. All other Traverse models were powered by the naturally-aspirated 3.6L V6 LFY making 310 horses and 266 pound-feet of torque. With the discontinuation of the 2.0 turbo, all Traverse models going forward will be powered by the atmospheric six-banger.
Both engines were mated to the new GM 9-speed automatic transmission, and the 3.6L V6 continues to be paired with the same gearbox.
The GM Authority Take
It appears that the move to discontinue the 2.0L turbo in the Chevrolet Traverse is meant to simplify the lineup, both for the consumer and on the production line. Having spent a good amount of time with Chevy’s full-size crossover with both engines, we can say that the boosted four-banger is not really necessary: it doesn’t deliver any notable improvements in performance or fuel economy while being less smooth as the 3.6L V6.
As such, the decision to drop the 2.0L turbo LTG engine from the Traverse lineup is welcome. However, we must wonder whether GM will end up replacing the 2.0L LTG with its successor – the all-new TriPower 2.0L LSY – in the near future. After all, The General did announce that the LSY will launch on the 2020 GMC Acadia refresh as a third engine option; it’s also expected to make an appearance in the 2020 Cadillac XT5 facelift.