Overlooked, but Not Forgotten: The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse
Lost in the madness of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic this week was the debut of a refreshed version of General Motors’ largest crossover, the Chevrolet Traverse.
The full-size, three-row people hauler enters the 2021 model year with updated front and rear styling, along with notable changes in content. Let’s take a closer look at this generously sized non-minivan.
For 2021, The Traverse takes a hint from its body-on-frame brothers, donning slimmer LED headlamps and a revised grille. It makes for a less dainty look, what with the Traverse’s thicker lower bumper, wider side scoops, and LED running lights partially encircling the round fog lights. Those peepers are LED on all trims, as are the revised tail lamps.
Sadly, GM would only give us a partial look at the lofty High Country and Premier trims, with nothing said of powertrain changes. Chevy recently ditched the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder powerplant, leaving the model with a standard 3.6-liter V6 and eight-speed automatic. It’s expected that this will continue.
The two top-end trims receive GM’s safety alert seat system as standard kit, preventing young ones from being left in a potentially hot car. Just how content breaks down over trim lines is still hazy, though GM mentions an available 8-inch driver information display, and advanced adaptive cruise control available on 3LT, RS, and Premier. One can assume it’s standard on High Country.
Throughout the trim ladder, Traverse buyers will benefit from a standard suit of driver-assist features; among them, automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, forward collision alert, auto high beams, and following distance indicator. No mention of blind spot monitoring or rear cross-traffic alert, which GM generally relegates to option packages on all but the highest trim.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is also listed as available. Elsewhere, the Traverse gains four new wheel options, two of which can be seen in these pics, as well as wireless device charging and USB ports in all three rows.
More details, including pricing, will arrive closer to the 2021 Traverse’s late-2020 on-sale date.
[Images: General Motors]