The previously announced refresh of the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse will be delayed due to complications brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a statement released Thursday, Chevrolet confirmed the updated three-row crossover will now launch as a 2022 model year vehicle rather than a 2021.
“The timing for the launch of the refreshed Chevrolet Traverse has been revised,” the automaker said. “It will now launch in calendar year 2021 as a 2022 model. We will share more details as we get closer to launch.”
The refreshed Traverse made its official debut early last month, arriving with a mildly restyled front and rear fascias, new interior seating options, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a new available eight-inch infotainment display. It will continue with the same naturally-aspirated 3.6 V6 LFY engine, which is good for 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, and a GM 9-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available for a premium.
Most importantly, the updated Traverse offers additional standard safety equipment – an area that GM has been working to improve in. When it arrives in 2021, the crossover will come standard with Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, IntelliBeam auto high beams and a Following Distance Indicator. A new Adaptive Cruise Control – Advanced system will also be offered on the well-equipped 3LT, RS and Premier trims, while GM’s Safety Alert Seat will now be standard on Premier and High Country models.
“With this refreshed Traverse, Chevy will have one of the freshest SUV lineups in the market,” Chevrolet marketing boss, Steve Majoros, said following the vehicle’s debut in March. “But it’s more than just looks. Traverse already offers a long list of safety features and will now offer more standard safety features across all trims, in addition to the functionality and style Traverse owners have come to appreciate.”
Pricing for the 2022 Chevrolet Traverse will be announced closer to its launch. We’re not expecting a huge jump in price over the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse, however, which starts at $30,995 including destination.