The all-new 2024 Chevy Traverse introduces the nameplate’s third generation as a very different animal from the second-gen model that preceded it. A rugged, truck-like design, an off-road-oriented Z71 trim, and a major overhaul to the cabin are paired with a powerful jolt of extra torque under the hood from the only available 2024 Chevy Traverse engine.
This torquey new Chevy Traverse engine should make the 2024 model feel more responsive, fun to drive and muscular than prior models, while drawing power from a turbo-charged inline-four cylinder.
As a reminder, the 2024 Chevy Traverse engine features the all-new turbocharged 2.5L I4 LK0 gasoline powerplant, while the last-generation model was motivated instead by the atmospheric 3.6L V6 LFY engine. The table below summarizes the power and torque gains delivered by the LK0.
|2.5L I-4 LK0||3.6L V-6 LFY||+ / – LK0|
|Power (hp / kW @ RPM):||328||310||+18|
|Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ RPM):||326||266||+60|
The boosted four gives the 2024 Chevy Traverse a lot more “punch,” delivering (only) an additional 18 horsepower and a whopping 60 pound-feet of torque over and above what the LFY was able to offer. The torque rating is particularly noteworthy because it’s engine torque that drivers feel when they launch a vehicle off the line.
The LK0 engine is a slightly smaller variant of the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, inheriting the robust torque and power capabilities of its 2.7L parent. Both engines are part of GM’s CSS or Cylinder Set Strategy. The engine family, which also doubles as a more streamlined way to engineer and manufacture engines, consists of several inline engines of various cylinder counts and displacements.
The turbocharged 2.7L L3B engine is highly regarded as a very capable engine for the task. It is well-proven in a variety of GM models, starting life out in the Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 during the 2019 to present model years. The engine then made its way to GM’s newest midsize pickup trucks, the 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon.
While GM Authority hasn’t yet had the opportunity to test the LK0 in the 2024 Chevy Traverse, we’re confident it won’t disappoint. In fact, we would be surprised if it didn’t do as good a job as the L3B.
Revealed in July, the exterior of the 2024 model year is as new as the latest Chevy Traverse engine, showcasing the newest iteration of Chevy’s “High Brow” design language. Inside the cockpit, the 17.7-inch diagonal color infotainment touchscreen is the standard interface for the entire trim range. Other notable features include a redesigned steering wheel, increased interior space, improved ergonomics, new colorways, and higher-quality materials.
Interestingly, the 2024 Chevy Traverse is equipped with the GM eight-speed automatic transmission as standard in place of the GM 9-speed automatic transmission previously used for cog swaps (we’ll tell you why engineers made this decision next week). Drivetrain options for the 2024 Traverse include both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Additionally, the Traverse has a maximum trailering rating of 5,000 pounds, identical to that of the preceding generation.
We would be amiss if we didn’t mention that the 2024 Chevy Traverse gets an extra nine safety features standard across all trims compared to the 2023 Chevy Traverse. The long-wheelbase variant of the GM C1 platform, upgraded to use the GM Global B digital electrical architecture, underpins the all-new model.
Production of the 2024 Chevy Traverse is scheduled to kick off in December 2023 at the GM Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan.