GM is shipping out certain 2023 Chevy Traverse units without underhood insulators due to a materials shortage, GM Authority has learned.
All 2023 Chevy Traverse units affected by this change will receive a window sticker with the RPO code 04O, indicating it lacks underhood insulation. Buyers will receive a $25 credit for the absence of the insulation, while GM already has plans to retrofit this component at dealerships once parts become available.
As GM Authority noted previously, GM and other automakers have dealt with a shortage of semiconductor chips over the past year, however seat foam and other similar materials made using petroleum products have also been hard to come by. It’s worth noting that we do not know what the reasoning for this underhood insulation shortage is, apart from it being a supplier-related backlog. Worker shortages and supply chain snags have also contributed to some vehicle components being difficult to come by.
The 2023 Chevy Traverse continues with just one powerplant option: GM’s naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LFY gasoline, which is rated at 310 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 266 pound-feet of torque at 2,800 rpm. The GM nine-speed automatic transmission pairs with standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. Under the body panels, the three-row crossover rides on the GM C1 platform.
Production of the 2023 model year Chevy Traverse kicked off at the GM Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan on June 11th. The Lansing plant also produces the closely related Buick Enclave three-row crossover, with production of that model also beginning on June 11th after GM delayed the scheduled start date for both models by a week. The Traverse is currently running on relatively low inventory due to high demand and limited production output at the Michigan facility, with just 1,371 units on the ground in the U.S. as of early August.