The 2021 Chevy Traverse is no longer being offered with the optional front door illuminated sill plates, GM Authority has learned. Supplier-side constraints caused the decision to be made.
The plates were previously available for the Chevy Traverse as an LPO-level item, or dealer-installed accessory. Assigned RPO code S0M and GM part number 84468638, they were priced around $230, depending on retailer.
When they might return is a matter of conjecture, but it seems unlikely that this will happen during the remainder of 2021 model year production.
That almost certainly means that the sill plates will not return until at least the fall of this year. As GM Authority has previously reported, the refreshed 2022 Chevy Traverse will arrive in dealers at that time.
That is the car that the 2021 Traverse should have been. Chevrolet planned a mid-cycle refresh (MCE) for the three-row crossover, but was pushed back by a model year, as were many other GM models that were delayed until the 2022 model year due to complications arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The present model is therefore almost identical to the 2020 Traverse. Changes were limited to the deletion of two exterior colors, a universal tablet holder and the automatic locking twin-clutch rear differential, and the addition of a three-button universal garage door opener with programmable remote as an LPO-level accessory. Traction Mode Select was renamed Driver Mode Selector, while the Driver Confidence II Package (RPO Code BGP) became Chevrolet Safety Assist (RPO code PED).
The 2022 mid-cycle refresh will arrive for the fifth year of the second-generation Traverse, and will be far more extensive than the changes for the 2021 model year. The revised model will have updated exterior styling, standard fitment of wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an optional eight-inch infotainment display and six new active standard safety features: Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and Following Distance Indicator. A new advanced Adaptive Cruise Control will be available on the 3LT, RS and Premier trims, while GM’s Safety Alert Seat will be included as standard on Premier and High Country models.
As now, the powertrain will consist of the naturally-aspirated 3.6 V6 LFY gasoline engine, rated at 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, driving through GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission. As standard the vehicle has front-wheel-drive, but all-wheel drive is available as an option.