We’re spending the week with the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse. We’re well aware that a fully facelifted Chevrolet Traverse is heading our way in 2021, but we’ll have to wait a while before it hits North American showrooms. Meanwhile, we’re bringing you the 2020 Traverse RS, which underwent an important change this year, as its turbocharged 2.0-liter LTG I4 engine – which produced 257 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque – was replaced by the naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter LFY V6 rated at 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.
This is now the default powerplant for all Traverse variants, which was actually implemented in the RS trim in mid-2019. The engine continues to be managed by the GM nine-speed automatic transmission, driving either the front or all four wheels.
Our test unit is painted in Satin Steel Metallic and features Jet Black leather-appointed seat trim. The RS variant also boasts 20-inch Dark Android painted aluminum wheels, back accenting, black roof rails, black bow ties, gloss black window trim and a Black Ice front grille with red RS badging.
The Traverse RS also comes standard with a heated steering wheel, Intellibeam automatic high beam assist, forward collision alert, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking and front pedestrian braking.
While the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse doesn’t appear to have changed from the outside, General Motors proceeded to the deletion of the active aero shutters on all models as well as the introduction of the newly redesigned 5-digit programmable keypad, as an option. Nothing changes visually inside, but in-vehicle technologies were updated.
For instance, the last-generation infotainment systems were upgraded to the latest Chevrolet Infotainment System 3. Other features like the Rear Vision Camera and Surround Vision have been replaced with higher-resolution HD versions. The 2020 Traverse also adds Trailing Assist Guidelines along with Hitch Guidance with Hitch View.
We will have this Chevy three-row midsize SUV for an entire week, so if you would like to know more about it beyond the spec sheet, ask your questions in the comments section, and we’ll reply in a timely manner as part of the GM Authority interactive review.
Ready…. set… go!