The 2022 Chevy Traverse ushers in a model refresh for the crossover nameplate, arriving as the fifth model year for the latest second generation vehicle. Originally slated to offer wireless device charging as standard across all trim levels except the LS, the 2022 Traverse will now offer only limited wireless device charging availability as a result of the ongoing global microchip shortage.
The feature in question is tagged with RPO code K4C, and provides inductive charging for compatible smartphones.
At this point, it’s unclear which 2022 Chevy Traverse models will continue to offer wireless charging, and which will not. However, the change in availability affects all trim levels on which the feature was initially set to be offered as standard. Interested customers are encouraged to see their dealer for more details.
As a result of the availability change, some vehicles will now include RPO code R6I, “Not Equipped with Wireless Phone Charging.”
In related news, General Motors’ range of 2021-model-year full-size GM SUVs will also delete the wireless phone charging feature, once again as a result of the global microchip shortage. This includes the 2021 GMC Yukon / Yukon XL, 2021 Chevy Tahoe, and 2021 Chevy Suburban, as GM Authority covered previously. Those full-size GM SUVs that no longer offer the wireless charging feature are tagged with RPO 00C, and include a $75 MSRP credit.
The microchip shortage has had a profound effect on GM’s production, with one estimate back in May stating that the shortage has resulted in lost GM production of 278,000 units.
The Chevy Traverse was originally slated to receive a mid-cycle refresh for the 2021 model year. However, due to delays stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the model refresh was pushed back to the 2022 model year. Updates include new exterior styling, new interior seating options, an available 8-inch infotainment display, and new safety tech. Providing motivation is the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LFY, which produces 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.