First rolling off the line for the 2009 model year, the Chevrolet Traverse nameplate currently spans two generations, with the latest second-gen model arriving for the 2018 model year. Although 2021 Chevy Traverse was originally expected to usher in a refresh for the full-size CUV, delays stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic pushed that refresh back until the 2022 model year, similarly to the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox. That means the 2021-model-year Traverse is more or less a carryover from the previous 2020 model year, but there are still a few noteworthy changes, including new interior features.
More specifically, the 2021 Chevy Traverse will offer a new design for the gear selector, including the shift knob, located in the center console. The new design will include new stitching as well.
The revised gear selector on the 2021 Chevy Traverse will be offered every trim level. For now, no photos of the new design are available.
Another notable change for the 2021 model year is the deletion of the optional twin-clutch AWD system, as we’ve covered previously. The second-gen Traverse has offered this advanced AWD system as an available option for High Country trim levels since the second-gen’s launch, but with the discontinuation of the automatic locking rear differential included as part of the system, the 2021 Chevy Traverse High Country will instead offer the standard AWD system.
All 2021 Chevy Traverse models will be powered by the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LFY gasoline engine, which produces 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Output is routed through GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission.
Production for the 2021 Chevy Traverse will get underway on October 12th, 2020, at the GM Lansing Delta Township plant.
So far, Chevrolet Traverse sales have been on the rise, with the full-sizer recording its best sales performance in 2019, racking up 147,122 units in the U.S.