It’s no secret that utilities, including crossovers and SUVs, continue to be red hot. People seem to desire utilities thanks to their high driving position, ample cargo room, and rugged looks. That last bit has prompted many automakers, including GM, to create rugged-looking variants of their crossovers. But one GM model that has yet to get the ruggedized treatment is the Chevy Traverse. So GM Authority has rendered one. Meet our hypothetical Chevy Traverse Activ.
We started the Traverse Activ rendering with the current, 2018-2021 Traverse. We then gave it:
- More plastic body cladding to protect the body paintwork from being damaged when driving off-road
- More off-road specific front and rear fascias to deliver more capability when it comes to approach and departure angles
- More purposeful wheels and all-terrain tires for greater traction
- A slight suspension lift for greater ride height and increased capability
Those not familiar with Chevy’s Activ trim should note that it’s the Bow Tie’s outdoorsy sub-brand. As far as offroad prowess is concerned, Activ is not as full-featured as Z71, Trail Boss or the mighty ZR2. Instead, Activ represents a more “soft” off-road treatment.
In the U.S., Activ initially debuted on the Chevy Spark before making its way to the 2021 Trailblazer, where it accounts for 10 percent of all Trailblazer sales. Recently, we suggested that a 2021 Chevy Blazer Activ would be an excellent idea, while also rendering it.
The Chevy Traverse was due for a refresh, otherwise known as a mid-cycle enhancement, or MCE, for the 2021 model year. However, the update model was delayed due to complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the refresh will not launch for the 2022 model year as the 2022 Chevy Traverse.