The current generation of this large crossover has been around for just a couple of years and GM engineers are already working on massive updates. According to the latest reports, we are about to see a major refresh in the next year. The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse is about to come with a plethora of changes.
There is no doubt that the focus will be on aesthetics, but there is a chance to see changes in other aspects as well. Novelties under the hood are possible too, though we are still waiting to hear something from the officials on this matter. When it comes to launching date, the new model should arrive in the second half of next year.
- Extremely spacious cabin
- Smooth and comfortable ride
- Lots of tech goodies
- Affordable price
- Rivals feel more upscale on the inside
- Uninspiring engine
There is no doubt that most of the changes for this facelift will come in terms of the styling. The testing model has been spotted and it wears a lot of camouflage. From what we can see on the test mule, the new version will come with novelties on both ends of the crossover. Of course, more of them will come in the front.
We expect from the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse to adopt the brand’s latest design language and feature front face that is very similar to the new Blazer. That would mean a lot of revisions, changes in areas like headlights, grille, bumper, etc. The rear end is about to come with changes as well. New taillights seem like a certain thing, while we also count on some previous on the rear bumper, exhaust pipes, etc. Mechanically, the new model should remain untouched.
When it comes to the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse interior, we probably won’t see bigger changes. Still, some improvements are expected. The current model looks good, but most rival look far more opulent. Therefore, we could see a couple of areas with new materials, as well as more standard features. This sounds okay, but we have no doubt that interior quality won’t be the most important thing for potential traverse buyers. The strongest point of this crossover is a huge amount of interior space.
A stretched version of a familiar C1XX platform measures 121 inches in wheelbase. So, it’s no wonder that this crossover offers more space than its rivals. There aren’t many rivals that can compare with Traverse in terms of the interior space. Honda Pilot is one of them. Besides plenty of space, the Pilot is generally a better crossover, though it also costs more. So, choosing between these two would be a matter of preference.
|Dimensions And Weight|
|Overall width (in.)||78.6|
|Engine And Transmission|
|Power/torque||305 hp @ 6800 rpm/260 ft-lbs. @ 2800 rpm|
|Estimated mpg||18 City / 27 Hwy|
|Fuel Type||regular unleaded|
|Weights / Capacities|
|Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place||23.0 cu.ft.|
|Maximum Towing Capacity||5000 lbs.|
|Maximum Cargo Capacity||98.2 cu.ft.|
|PRICE RANGE: $52,795 – $64,550 starting msrp|
|Competitors: Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Buick Enclave, Toyota Highlander|
2021 Chevrolet Traverse Engines
Another aspect that could bring novelties is powertrain. As you probably know, the turbo-four version of Traverse has been dropped. However, there’s a chance to see it again. This time, we would see a new-generation 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, codenamed LSY, which already debuted in Cadillac XT4. Interestingly, this engine has a lower output than the previous. GM decided to put the focus on fuel efficiency, so mpg ratings will be notably better with the new engine.
Other than that, the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse will carry on with a familiar 3.6-liter V6, which is good for about 310 horsepower. Both engines will come with a 9-speed automatic transmission. While mpg ratings for the possible turbo-four are still a mystery, the V6 returns around 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. These are pretty average numbers for the class.
2021 Chevrolet Traverse Release Date and Price
The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse will come with a lot of changes, so we presume it will hit the market earlier than usual. Most likely, that will happen in the third quarter of the year, though we could see a premiere a little bit earlier. When it comes to the price, we don’t expect bigger changes compared to the current model, which starts at around $30,000.