GM was planning to refresh the Chevy Traverse for the 2021 model year, but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the mid-cycle enhancement back to the 2022 model year. As a result, the 2021 Chevy Traverse will see a few very minor changes and updates, one of which involves discontinuing the optional twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system.
Since launching the second-generation Traverse for the 2018 model year, Chevrolet has offered a unique AWD system for the range-topping High Country trim level. Whereas other Traverse trims offered “traditional” all-wheel-drive, opting for the AWD option on the Traverse High Country added a more advanced system with a twin-clutch, auto-locking rear differential (G99) that enables the vehicle to independently control torque to each rear wheel based on road conditions.
Now, sources familiar with The General’s product plans tell GM Authority that the twin-clutch, automatic locking rear differential that enables the advanced AWD system will be discontinued for the 2021 Chevy Traverse. As a result, the High Country model will switch to offering the regular AWD system, rather than the twin-clutch unit. The change, according to sources, will not be accompanied by a reduction in the MSRP.
All 2021 Chevy Traverse models will continue being powered by the naturally-aspirated 3.6L V6 LFY gasoline engine (310 horsepower, 266 pound-feet of torque) mated to GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission.
|Trim Level:||L||LS||LT Cloth||LT Leather||RS||Premier||High Country|
|2021 Traverse:||FWD only||FWD/AWD||FWD/AWD||FWD/AWD||FWD/AWD||FWD/AWD||FWD/AWD|
|2020 Traverse:||FWD only||FWD/AWD||FWD/AWD||FWD/AWD||FWD/AWD||FWD/AWD||FWD / Twin-Clutch AWD|
|2019 Traverse:||FWD only||FWD/AWD||FWD/AWD||FWD/AWD||FWD/AWD||FWD/AWD||FWD / Twin-Clutch AWD|
|2018 Traverse:||FWD only||FWD/AWD||FWD/AWD||FWD/AWD||FWD/AWD||FWD/AWD||FWD / Twin-Clutch AWD|
The twin-clutch system delivers superior traction and vehicle control in inclement driving environments, such as wet, muddy or snowy conditions, by reducing torque to a wheel where slip is detected, and diverting it to a wheel with greater traction. The system is also capable of enhancing handling and cornering in dry-road conditions. The system is also capable of enhancing handling and cornering in dry-road conditions, providing additional control around curves by sending torque to the outside wheel that is experiencing more traction-enhancing downward force, instead of the inside wheel.
The twin-clutch AWD system has been gradually making its way across a growing number of GM crossovers. Two Chevy models – the Traverse and Blazer – offer the twin-clutch system as a means to differentiate higher-end models from lesser ones. Other GM vehicles that offer the system include the GMC Acadia, Cadillac XT4, XT5 and XT6, second-gen Buick Enclave and all-new 2021 Buick Envision. It’s worth noting that the Enclave will expand the use of the twin-clutch system. for the 2021 model year.
Incidentally, Chevrolet is also dropping the twin-clutch AWD system on the range-topping Premier trim level of the 2021 Blazer; that leaves the RS as the only Blazer trim as well as the only Chevy vehicle to offer the twin-clutch AWD configuration. The reason for the discontinuation of the more advanced AWD systems in both the 2021 Chevy Traverse High Country and Blazer Premier is currently unclear, but we’ll keep our ears to the ground and report more as we have it, so be sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Traverse news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage. Also be sure to check out detailed info on the 2022 Chevy Traverse.