General Motors will debut an all-new third-generation crossover with the launch of the upcoming 2024 Chevy Traverse, set to usher in a long list of changes affecting the exterior, interior, powertrain, and trim level lineup. Now, GM Authority has learned that the 2024 Chevy Traverse’s trim level changes will include the addition of a new off-road-oriented Z71 variant.
GM Authority originally anticipated the addition of a new Activ trim in conjunction with the 2024 Chevy Traverse debut. Now, however, it seems as though Chevy is taking things a step further with an ever more-capable Z71 variant for the full-size crossover.
As one might expect from the forthcoming 2024 Chevy Traverse Z71, the new variant will be equipped with a plethora of special upgrades and features to help it perform out on the trail. It will include all-wheel drive as standard, while we expect more robust suspension bits, an elevated ride height, all-terrain tires, red recovery hooks, and skid plates to help protect vital mechanical components.
When it launches, the new 2024 Chevy Traverse Z71 will likely prove to be a worthy rival to the off-road-focused competition, including the Ford Explorer Timberline, the Jeep Grand Cherokee L, the Honda Pilot TrailSport, and the Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition.
In addition to introducing a new Z71 trim level, the next-gen 2024 Chevy Traverse may also delete the High Country trim level, which serves as the range-topping trim in the current Traverse lineup. As for the powertrain offerings, the next-gen model may carry over the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LFY gasoline, or it may introduce an entirely new powertrain, such as the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine.
Under the skin, the 2024 Chevy Traverse is expected to ride on an updated version of the GM C1 platform known as C1-2. As GM Authority exclusively covered previously, the start of regular production (SORP) is expected to begin this coming December at the GM Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan.