Chevrolet facelifted its popular crossover but it won't go on sale quite yet.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption to the auto industry. Factories are closed, production is suspended, and new models are being delayed. General Motors, for example, was planning to give many of its popular models a refresh, but these plans have been pushed back.
Consequently, the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra 1500, and Chevrolet Camaro will no longer be getting facelifts this year as originally planned. Now, Chevrolet has confirmed the recently refreshed Chevrolet Traverse has also suffered a delay. Originally, the updated crossover was slated to go on sale later this year for the 2021 model year, but Chevrolet has announced it will now be sold next year as a 2022 model year. Exact timing will be announced closer to launch.
The Traverse one of Chevrolet's best-selling models, with 147,122 units sold in 2019, but the delay could hurt sales - especially as the Traverse is facing stiff competition from the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade.
To keep the Traverse looking fresh, the updated styling is inspired by the new Tahoe and Suburban, and that's certainly not a bad thing. The redesigned front and rear fascias feature new LED headlights and taillights as standard, and the grille has also been redesigned. Customers can also choose from four new wheel designs. Inside, there are new seating configurations and colors available, as well as an upgraded infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto support.
Other tech upgrades include an eight-inch diagonal driver information display, an optional Dual SkyScape two-panel power sunroof, and a wireless charging pad. Standard safety tech includes automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking lane keep assist with lane departure warning forward collision alert IntelliBeam, auto high beams, and a following distance indicator.
Powertrain options remain identical, meaning the 2022 Chevrolet Traverse will be powered by a 3.6-liter V6 producing 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, which is sent through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Also expect the 2022 Chevrolet Traverse to cost more than the current model, which starts at $29,800.