The Chevy Traverse is certainly a handsome vehicle straight from the factory, but the RS and Redline spec models take the large crossover’s appealing looks even further. To that end, these two Traverse variants sell faster than the Traverse does on average, GM Authority has learned from sources familiar with the matter.
Chevy Traverse RS
For the uninitiated, the Chevrolet RS badge translates to “Rally Sport” and traditionally signifies a sportier appearance. As such, the Traverse RS receives upgrades including 20-inch Dark Android painted aluminum wheels, black exterior Chevrolet badging, black roof-mounted side rails, black window trim, black ice front grille and fog lamp bezels. Red RS badges are placed on the grille and on the liftgate.
The Traverse RS is a trim level within the Traverse lineup. It’s based around the mid-range LT trim, therefore slotting between LT and the range-topping Premier and High Country trims. The Traverse RS has a starting price of $44,895 – an additional $13,900 more than the base L model.
Despite its sportier appearance, the 2020 and 2021 Traverse RS are mechanically identical to the other Traverse trims levels. Power is derived from GM’s 3.6L LFY V6 gasoline engine rated at 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The atmospheric six is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive is standard and all-wheel-drive is optional. For model years 2018 and (partial) 2019, the Traverse RS was exclusively available with the turbocharged 2.0L LTG I4 gasoline engine rated at 257 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The engine was deleted mid-2019 model year.
Chevy Traverse Redline Edition
Meanwhile, the Traverse Redline Edition is a standalone package available only on the range-topping Premier trim level for an additional $2,495 over the starting MSRP of $45,245.
The package includes 20-inch Gloss Black painted aluminum wheels with red accents, gloss black window surrounds, dark tail lamps, black mirror caps and door handles, black rocker and wheel openings with matching inserts, black ice grille and license plate appliques, black ice fog lamp bezels, and black Traverse badges with red outlines. Also included are black Chevrolet Bowties, Black roof rails, a Dual Skyscape 2-panel power sunroof, and trailering equipment.
Like the Traverse RS, the Traverse Redline is also powered by the same 3.6L LFY V6 motor and nine-speed automatic transmission. FWD is standard while AWD is optional.
Sporty Looks Sell The Fastest
It’s not surprising that two of the sportiest-looking Traverse models sell faster than other models within the Traverse family.
Chevy Traverse sales fell 15 percent to 125,546 units during the 2020 calendar year in the United States. The slump was predominantly caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused GM and most other automakers to lose about two months’ worth of production during the first half of 2020.
GM was planning to refresh the Chevy Traverse for the 2021 model year, but COVID-19-related complications resulted in the update being pushed back to the 2022 model year. The 2022 Chevy Traverse will feature revised exterior styling with different front and rear fascias along with improvements to the interior and cockpit. It will launch in the second half of the 2021 calendar year.