The first-gen Chevrolet Traverse hit production in 2008 for the 2009 model year and lasted until the 2017 model year. The 2018 model year introduced the all-new, second generation model and the latest 2020 model year brought the discontinuation of the RS-exclusive turbocharged 2.0L LTG I-4, replaced by the naturally aspirated 3.6L LFY V6 offered in all other Traverse models. And now, we’re getting a sneak peek at the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse refresh, or mid-cycle enhancement (MCE) in GM parlance, thanks to a new batch of spy shots.
While there’s no way of knowing whether the camouflaged prototype seen here is hiding any possible mechanical changes, we can tell that the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse refresh will bring the design of the three-row full-size crossover more in line with the rest of the Bow Tie brand’s crossover offerings.
More specifically, the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse refresh will change up the front and rear fascias to mimic the design seen with the latest Chevrolet Blazer, a model that will inspire the design of all future Chevy utilities. The first model to see the Blazer’s influence is upcoming Trailblazer that will arrive next year. And when Chevrolet drops the 2021 Equinox refresh, we expect that it will also follow the Blazer in terms of front and rear end design.
Back to the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse refresh. Up front, we spy a two-tiered lighting setup that bears a striking resemblance to that of the new Chevy Blazer, with new, thin, upper LED lighting signatures, plus a pair of lower projector beams.
Unlike the circular fog lights found on the current Chevrolet Traverse, we think these new units will sit higher and provide the bulk of the vehicle’s illumination, just like on the Blazer.
Around back, the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse refresh will offer new tail lamps, which will spice up the full-size crossover’s tail section with a more intricate inner tail lamp graphic.
As for the oily bits under the skin, it remains to be seen what’s offered with the upcoming facelift/refresh. That said, we won’t have to wait too long to find out, given the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse refresh should make its debut next year.