The 2024 Chevy Traverse is poised to introduce a brand-new third generation for the crossover, with a long list of updates and changes headed down the line. That includes a revised trim level lineup with the deletion of the RS and High Country. However, that begs the question – should GM replace the Chevy Traverse RS with a new RST trim level?
At first blush, it certainly seems to make sense. After all, every other crossover in Chevy’s lineup offers an RS trim level, while nearly all of the truck models offer an RST trim level. Add in the fact that the Traverse’s main competitors offer sportier variants, including the Dodge Durango and Ford Explorer, and well, it appears as though it would indeed be in GM’s interest to offer a new RST trim for the 2024 Chevy Traverse.
So what’s the difference? Well, given the 2024 Chevy Traverse will be more “truck-like” than the current second generation, as covered by GM Authority previously and confirmed by GM President Mark Reuss, a new “Rally Sport Truck” trim level would fit the bill nicely. The third-gen model is already poised to introduce a new off-road-oriented Z71 trim level, so a sportier RST trim would round it out nicely.
Further updates will include an all-new exterior with a more truck-like appearance and dual-tier headlights (per Chevy’s latest “High Brow” design language), forward-leaning C-pillars, large-diameter wheels, and quad exhaust tips. The cabin will be overhauled as well, and will include new infotainment goodies, safety features, and the GM Super Cruise system. Under the hood, we expect the 2024 Chevy Traverse to cradle the turbocharged 2.5L I4 LK0 gasoline engine, per yet another GM Authority exclusive, with output estimated at roughly 300 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, mating to the GM nine-speed automatic transmission. Production will kick off later this year at the GM Lansing Delta Township plant.
So then, we want to know – do you think GM should offer a new RST variant for the third-generation 2024 Chevy Traverse? Tell us by voting in the poll below, and remember to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevy Traverse news, Chevy news, GM business news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.