The 2021 Chevy Traverse marks the fourth model year of the second-generation three-row crossover. For the 2021 model year, the Traverse sees very few changes compared to the 2020 Traverse. That’s because the Traverse was originally slated to be refreshed for the 2021 model year, but complications caused by the Coronavirus pandemic pushed the updates to the 2022 model year (more on that later).
Here’s exactly what’s new and different for the 2021 Chevy Traverse.
On the outside, the 2021 model sees the deletion of two exterior color options: Stone Gray Metallic and Midnight Blue Metallic. The model also sees the addition of a new 18-inch gloss black aluminum wheel option (RPO code PZJ), fixed with black center caps that flaunt a black bow tie. These new wheels are included and only available for the equally-new Midnight and Sport Editions, which we outline below.
On the inside, the 2021 Chevy Traverse sees the deletion of the universal tablet holder.
The CUV also added a three-button universal programmable garage door opener as an LPO (dealer-installed) option. It was only available on the 1LS model. The LT model offered a factory-installed unit as an option, while RS, Premier and High Country models included the factory-installed unit as standard. As of March 2021, however, the LPO-level universal programmable garage door remote for the LT is no longer available to order.
The 2021 Chevy Traverse continues to be powered by the same engine as the 2020 model year: the naturally-aspirated 3.6L V6 LFY, which produces 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The single powertrain offering is available in either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive on all models except for the base L trim, which is available in FWD only.
And, as first reported by GM Authority, the 2021 Traverse also deletes the twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system, leaving a single, more basic all-wheel-system available.
- Black ice grille
- Front and rear Black Chevy bowties
- Black nameplate (and AWD badge on AWD models)
- Black roof rails
- 18-inch Gloss Black painted aluminum wheels with Black center caps with Black logo
The Midnight and Sport Edition packages are identical, except for how they are offered: the Midnight is offered exclusively in the black exterior color, while Sport Edition is offered in other colors. Both packages are offered on 1LS, 1LT and 3LT trims.
Finally, the Driver Confidence II Package has been renamed to Chevy Safety Assist. The package is includes:
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
- Following Distance Indicator
- Forward Collision Alert
- Front Pedestrian Braking
- Headlamp control, IntelliBeam auto high beam
- Automatic Emergency Braking
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- FWD model requires Convenience and Driver Confidence Package. Also includes automatic heated steering wheel.
- Also includes automatic heated steering wheel.
- Also Includes Adaptive Cruise Control and Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking. Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking replaces Automatic Emergency Braking.
The package is available on most of the lineup. On the 1LT (LT cloth), 3LT (LT leather), RS, Premier and High Country, opting for the package also includes a heated steering wheel.
2021 Chevy Traverse Availability
Production of the Traverse takes place at the GM Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan. The 2021 model has been in production since the third quarter of the 2020 calendar year.
Looking ahead, the refreshed Chevy Traverse is set to enter the market later this year for the 2022 model year (see more on the 2022 Traverse). We expect the current, second-gen model to remain in production thru the 2024 model year.
Delayed another week.
Several other GM facilities affected.