Both the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave are produced at the GM Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan. Neither nameplate has been produced in recent months, with the plant going dark back on July 19th. GM has now confirmed it will come back online on October 4th, starting production of the 2022 model year Traverse and Enclave.
Just like GM’s other facilities, the recent production shutdowns at the Lansing Delta Township plant are tied to the semiconductor chip shortage. Many of GM’s plants will come back online next week after components-related shutdowns, including the Lansing Grand River and Ramos Arizpe facilities.
The 2022 Chevy Traverse represents the first model year for the mid-cycle-enhancement (MCE) version of the crossover. Compared to the outgoing 2021 model, the 2022 Traverse features revised exterior styling with new LED headlamps and taillights, a mildly revamped interior with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a new standard Chevy Safety Assist package that brings more active safety tech to the vehicle.
The 2022 Buick Enclave also represents the first model for the mid-cycle enhancement and introduces similar updates, including sharpened exterior styling and a mildly updated interior with a restyled center console and push-button Electronic Transmission Range Select.
Both crossovers will continue to offer the 3.6L V6 LFY gasoline engine, which produces 310 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 266 pound-feet of torque at 2,800 rpm. The V6 is paired with a GM nine-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is available as an option.
The refreshed versions of both the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave were originally set to arrive for the 2021 model year, however they were pushed back to 2022 due to complications stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.