The 2022 Chevy Traverse is once again available to order with the heated steering wheel (RPO code KI3) feature.
GM Authority has learned that as of April 17th production start date, all 2022 Chevy Traverse units that are typically equipped with a heated steering wheel are being built with the feature. Heated steering wheels have been under constraint since November 22nd, 2021, when GM was forced to remove the feature from certain Traverse units due to the global semiconductor chip shortage. Units that were built without the heated steering wheel are identified as such on the window sticker. Customers who purchase these vehicles will also receive a $50 credit in exchange for the feature’s absence.
The heated steering wheel feature for the 2022 Chevy Traverse is standard equipment on the LT Leather, RS, Premier and High Country trim levels. The range-topping High Country was the only trim unaffected by the heated steering wheel constraint, however.
Certain features for the 2022 Chevy Traverse are still under chip-related supply constraints at the moment, such as ventilated seats. GM had previously resolved some supply constraints for items that were impacted by the chip shortage, including heated seats, which returned to the Traverse in February. The automaker will also retrofit features that were absent from certain Traverse units later this year, including heated seats and heated steering wheels.
Slow production output of the Chevy Traverse caused by the chip shortage led to extremely low inventory of the nameplate last month, falling to just four days’ supply. Production of the 2023 Chevy Traverse is slated to kick off on June 6th, 2022. Order books for the 2023 Chevy Traverse have been open since March 24th. Production takes place at the GM Lansing Delta Township Assembly facility in Michigan.
The Chevy Traverse comes standard with GM’s atmospheric 3.6L V6 LFY gasoline engine, rated at 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, mating to the GM nine-speed automatic transmission. It rides on a long-wheelbase variant of the GM C1 platform.