Positioned as the Bow Tie brand’s biggest unibody crossover, the Chevy Traverse is a popular option for large families looking for a versatile vehicle. To this end, the Traverse is available in both FWD and AWD configurations for increased piece of mind in the event of inclement weather. However, a new lawsuit claims that General Motors sold some 2020 Chevy Traverse models as AWD units, when they were in fact FWD examples.
According to a report from Car Complaints, two plaintiffs allege that their 2020 Traverse, which clearly and prominently displays an AWD exterior badge, is actually a FWD-equipped unit. The lawsuit alleges that The General knew or should have known that that the vehicles were FWD models being advertised as AWD examples.
It’s worth noting that GM allegedly identifies each vehicle with a VIN that includes an “R” as the fifth symbol, indicating the Traverse as FWD. However, the lawsuit further claims that although General Motors expressly represents the 2020 Traverse models as AWD units when they aren’t, the Detroit-based automaker has thus far refused to replace the vehicles.
Both plaintiffs claim that they need an AWD Traverse for snow use, and that they wouldn’t have purchased the vehicle had they known it was actually a FWD model. In fact, both discovered that their Traverse was a FWD example when they got stuck in several inches of snow.
As a reminder, the 2020 Chevy Traverse is powered exclusively by the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LFY gasoline engine, rated at 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, while the GM nine-speed automatic transmission directs the power to the ground.