The 2024 Chevy Traverse made its formal introduction in July, debuting an all-new third generation complete with new exterior styling, a revised trim level lineup, an overhauled cabin, new tech items, and a new powertrain. Interestingly, the new 2024 Chevy Traverse is equipped as standard with the GM eight-speed automatic transmission, while the previous generation was equipped with the GM nine-speed automatic transmission. Now, GM Authority has learned why the all-new 2024 Chevy Traverse dropped a gear with the recent generation overhaul.
Typically, each successive automotive generation offers more than the preceding generation – more features, more power, and yes, more gears. This isn’t the case for the 2024 Chevy Traverse, with the third-gen equipped with the GM eight-speed automatic gearbox, as compared to the GM nine-speed automatic gearbox equipped by the 2023 Chevy Traverse.
To explain why the 2024 Chevy Traverse dropped a gear compared to the 2023 model year, GM Authority Executive Editor Alex Luft sat down with Traverse product planners. According to them, the GM eight-speed automatic equipped by the 2024 Chevy Traverse is essentially the nine-speed 9TXX, but with one less gear, making it what the planners call “a variant.”
The planners said that Chevy went this route due to the 2024 Chevy Traverse’s new turbocharged 2.5L I4 LK0 gasoline engine, which produces considerably more torque compared to the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LFY gasoline engine equipped by the previous-generation Traverse:
|2.5L I4 LK0||3.6L V6 LFY||+ / – LK0|
Engineers told GM Authority that the standard turbocharged 2.5L I4 LK0 gasoline engine pairs best with the GM eight-speed automatic transmission for this particular application, as “the eight-speed pretty much goes in line with that new engine to increase fuel efficiency and improved torque of the engine.” Indeed, opting to drop a gear in the all-new 2024 Chevy Traverse was “a very conscious decision” on the part of GM.
As a reminder, production of the 2024 Chevy Traverse is set to kick off in December at the GM Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan, with the long-wheelbase variant of the GM C1 platform providing the underpinnings.