GM Authority learned in early January that heated front seats (RPO code KA1), ventilated front seats (RPO KU9) and heated rear outboard seats (RPO KA6) would be under a temporary constraint on certain 2022 Chevy Traverse models. Now, GM has begun to retrofit vehicles affected by this change with heated/ventilated seats as part of a customer satisfaction program.
The 2022 Chevy Traverse was among several Chevrolet vehicles that were affected by the global microchip shortage, and as such, faced availability issues for the heated and ventilated seats, as well as other equipment like heated steering wheels. GM has now begun to retrofit vehicles with these missing features, ensuring customers who own affected vehicles receive the equipment it was originally intended to get.
Heated Front Seats are included and only available with the Convenience and Driver Confidence Package (RPO ZL3) on the 2022 Chevy Traverse on the LT Cloth trim level, and are included as standard on LT Leather, RS, Premier, and High Country trim levels. Ventilated Front Seats are normally included as standard on Premier and High Country trims, however this feature was unaffected by the microchip shortage with regard to the High Country trim. Heated Rear Outboard Seats are normally standard equipment on Premier and High Country trims and both trims were affected by the chip shortage.
The Chevy Traverse is produced at the GM Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan alongside the closely related Buick Enclave. The 2022 Chevy Traverse is the fifth model year of the second-generation nameplate, introducing a model refresh consisting of updates to both the exterior and interior. Powertrain options are limited to the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX gasoline engine, which is rated at 310 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 266 pound-feet of torque at 2,800 rpm, connecting to the GM nine-speed automatic transmission.