Chevrolet Traverse

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Chevrolet Traverse
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Chevrolet Traverse (second generation)
Manufacturer General Motors
Model years 2009–present
Body and chassis
Class Full-size crossover SUV (2009-2017)
Mid-size crossover SUV (2018-present)
Predecessor Chevrolet TrailBlazer (first generation)
Saturn Outlook

The Chevrolet Traverse is a seven or eight seat mid-size crossover SUV [1] built by General Motors. It is built on the same platform as the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave (Lambda for first generation, C1XX for second generation). It also shares the C1XX platform with the Cadillac XT6. It is the successor to the Chevrolet TrailBlazer SUV and Uplander minivan.


The first Traverse was built at GM's Spring Hill, Tennessee, assembly plant during 2009, but then production of the Traverse had moved to GM's Delta Township, Michigan, assembly plant in 2010.

The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse debuted at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show and the Traverse had arrived at every Chevrolet dealer in October 2008.

The second generation model debuted in showrooms in the summer of 2017. Starting with the 2019 model year, the Traverse was slotted above the new mid-size Chevrolet Blazer as part of Chevrolet's plans to expand its SUV lineup. [2]


The Chevrolet Traverse features the LLT engine, a 3,564 cc (3.564 L; 217.5 cu in) DOHC V6 with VVT and direct injection. [3] The other Lambda-based vehicles also have this powertrain in the 2009 model year. A 6-speed automatic transmission gives power to the front or all wheels. [4] The Traverse delivers 281 hp (210 kW) with the torque at 266 lb·ft. in the LS and LT models. The LTZ model, with dual exhaust, delivers 288 hp (215 kW) and the torque comes in at 270 lb·ft.[ citation needed ] The Traverse received a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo engine for the 2018 model year (RPO code LTG), available only on the RS trim level. [5] The 2.0L 4-cylinder Turbo engine was short-lived, with Chevrolet discontinuing the engine for the Traverse in April 2019. [5] 2018 also saw an updated 3.6-liter V6 engine (RPO code LFY). The updated 3.6-liter engine features increased power, and engine start-stop technology. Starting for the 2018 model year, A 9-speed 9T65 transmission was used across all trim levels and engine options. [6]

2009–2017Single3.6 L LLT V6 281 hp (210 kW)266 lb·ft (361 N·m)6-speed 6T75
2009–2017Dual3.6 L LLT V6 288 hp (215 kW)270 lb·ft (366 N·m)
2018–Dual3.6L LFY V6310 hp (231 kW)266 lb·ft (360 N·m)9-speed 9T65
2018–2019Dual2.0L LTG 4-cylinder Turbo257 HP (192 kW)295 lb·ft (400 N·m)


The Traverse name was originally used for a concept car at the 2003 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but that concept gave way when the Chevrolet Equinox launched for the 2005 model year. The production Traverse's design was inspired by the 2005 Chevrolet Sequel concept, and has a chevron-shaped grille similar to the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The Traverse has unique sheet metal different from the other Lambda crossovers, with the exception of the doors.


The Traverse was part of a product placement by GM in the NBC drama My Own Worst Enemy , along with the new Chevrolet Camaro; the show was cancelled in mid-November 2008. The vehicle also appears on the remake of Hawaii Five-0 and The Mentalist .

The Traverse is also used in the Minnie Van Service in conjunction with Lyft at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Gothic black colors of the Chevrolet Traverse are commonly used by federal agencies, such as Secret Service.

First generation (2009–2017)

First generation
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Model years 2009–2017
AssemblyUnited States: Spring Hill, Tennessee (2009); Lansing Delta Township Assembly, Lansing, Michigan (2010–2017)
Body and chassis
Platform GM Lambda platform/GMT561 (Series GMT960)
Related Buick Enclave
GMC Acadia
Saturn Outlook
Engine 3.6 L LLT  V6
Transmission 6-speed 6T75 automatic
Wheelbase 118.9 in (3,020 mm)
Length203.7–205.0 in (5,174–5,207 mm)
Width78.4 in (1,991 mm)
Height69.7–72.8 in (1,770–1,849 mm)
Curb weight 4,647–4,841 lb (2,108–2,196 kg)


On the LT models, the early 2010 update removed the "TRAVERSE" badges on the front doors. Beginning on late 2010 models, the GM logos were removed from the vehicle's front doors.

2013 facelift

A facelift of the Chevrolet Traverse was unveiled at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. The 2013 Traverse receives a new grille and front fascia, a redesigned rear liftgate, and reworked Camaro-inspired tail lights, and the transmission has been reworked for improved shift quality and timing. Pictures were released by GM on March 28, 2012. Chevrolet's new color touchscreen and MyLink radios are standard, as well as wood interior trim. Both cloth and leather seating surfaces will be available, depending on the model. Cloth is standard on the LS and 1LT models, and leather is standard on the LTZ. Both are available on the 2LT model. Some new wheels will be available, and models will continue to be offered in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions, ranging from the base LS to the top-of-the-line LTZ. Base price for the 2013 Traverse LS is at $30,510. A Bose audio system will be standard on 2LT and LTZ models. [7] [8]


While there were no cosmetic changes made for the 2014 model year, Chevrolet did add new features to the Traverse: Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. Also, the audio system feature was updated, with a dual charge USB port now located at the rear of the center console. [9]


No cosmetic changes. Only two new features, a revised 18-inch wheel appearance and Siri Eyes Free, were added. Siren Red Tintcoat, Sable Metallic, and Blue Velvet Metallic became available as exterior colors, while Ebony/Saddle Up became available as an interior color option. [10]


The 2016 Traverse received minor changes. The trim level were reduced to LS, LT1, LT2, and LTZ. New features include OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot, Iridescent Pearl and Mosaic Black Metallic as color palettes, Leather and Driver Confidence Packages for the LT trims, and 20-inch aluminum wheel designs, painted and machined finishes.


For the 2017 model year, the Traverse LTZ trim is renamed to Premier. However, most of the features from the 2016 model year Traverse had been carried over to the 2017 Traverse models.


2016 Chevrolet Traverse on NHTSA [11]
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2015 Chevrolet Traverse on IIHS: [12]
Moderate overlap frontal offsetGood
Small overlap frontal offsetNot tested1
Side impactGood
Roof strengthGood2
1vehicle structure rated "Good"
2strength-to-weight ratio: 4.00

Second generation (2018–present)

Second generation
2018 Chevrolet Traverse front 3.17.18.jpg
Model years 2018–present
AssemblyUnited States: Lansing Delta Township Assembly, Lansing, Michigan
Body and chassis
Platform C1XX
Related Buick Enclave
Cadillac XT6
GMC Acadia
(2017–2019 models)
Transmission 9-speed 9T65 automatic
Wheelbase 120.9 in (3,071 mm)
Length204.3 in (5,189 mm)
Width78.6 in (1,996 mm)
Height70.7 in (1,796 mm)
Curb weight  4,362 lb (1,979 kg)
Rear 2018 Chevrolet Traverse rear 3.15.18.jpg

On January 23, 2017, General Motors unveiled the second generation Traverse at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Introduced as a 2018 model, it went on sale in July 2017. [13] While Chevrolet is making the vehicle available in North America, plans include expanding the Traverse to the Middle East, and selected South American countries. [14] The Traverse was launched to the Russian market in 2018, [15] and was sold in South Korea in the second half of 2019, where it is touted as a "Super SUV" and its largest Crossover SUV in that region. [16] [17] [18]

The updated Traverse adopted a more truck-like design, similar to the Tahoe, while taking some cues from the now mid-size Acadia, with the Chevrolet front grille design. It is similar in dimension to the first generation model, adding an extra 2.0 inches of wheelbase and 0.7 inch more overall length, and it loses 111 pounds (50 kg) to come in at a weight of 4,362 pounds (1,979 kg). It remains an 8-seat (or 7-seat optional) passenger vehicle.

There are 5 trim levels available for the 2nd generation Traverse: L, LS, LT, Premier, and High Country (see below for trim level content). All the trim levels are available in either Front Wheel Drive (FWD) or All Wheel Drive (AWD) drive type configurations except for the L trim level which is only available in FWD and the High Country trim level which is only available in AWD. In an addition, there are 2 types of AWD system available for this generation of Traverse: the standard AWD system that allows user to disconnect the prop-shaft until rear traction is needed and the twin-clutch Twinster version (available only with High Country trim) with two rear clutches to more directly apply torque to the rear wheel that needs it most, both are developed by GKN Driveline. [19]

At the introductory period, a 310-horsepower 3.6L V6 gasoline engine was one of two engine options available, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission with either Front Wheel Drive or All Wheel Drive. a 2.0L Turbocharged Inline 4 was the other available engine, but that could only be optioned in RS Front Wheel Drive models from 2017-2019.

The new Traverse gained some new technology, some of which is currently available on other models such as the Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Tahoe, and Chevrolet Suburban. Some of this technology included: a hands-free power tailgate, the latest-generation Chevrolet MyLink infotainment systems with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a power-folding 60/40 split third-row rear bench seat, and standard keyless access with push-button start.

Trim levels

The second-generation Chevrolet Traverse is offered in several different trim levels (all of which are available in front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), except for the base L, which is only available with FWD, and the top-of-the-line High Country, which is only available with AWD), and each offering their own distinct level of standard equipment: [20]

L: The L is the least expensive trim level of the Traverse. It offers the following standard equipment: a 3.6L V6 gasoline engine with Stop-Start Technology, a nine-speed automatic transmission, a dual-outlet exhaust system, Traction Mode Select, StabiliTrak Electronic Stability and Traction Control System, dual frontal and front and rear SRS side-impact airbags, tire pressure monitoring system with Tire Fill Alert, OnStar, LATCH system for rear child safety seats, Teen Driver Technology, a rear vision camera, LED daytime running lamps, High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, black power-adjustable and manually-folding exterior side view mirrors, exterior color-keyed door handles, a seven-inch Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth with streaming audio, steering wheel-mounted audio system controls, six standard USB ports, a driver information center with a 3.5-inch monochrome display screen, a digital compass, keyless access with push-button start, a tri-zone automatic climate control system, interior lighting with theater dimming, premium cloth seating surfaces, eight-passenger seating, and ten standard cup holders.

LS: The LS is the second least expensive trim level of the Traverse. It adds deep-tinted glass and optional AWD to the base L.

LT Cloth: The LT Cloth adds comfort and convenience features to the LS, such as: eighteen-inch Bright Silver-finished aluminum-alloy wheels, exterior color-keyed heated, power-adjustable, and manually-folding exterior side view mirrors, front fog lamps, roof rails, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, seven-passenger seating with second-row rear captain's chairs, an eight-way, power-adjustable front driver's bucket seat with power lumbar support, a three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and power windows with front driver's express up/down and front passenger's express up functionality.

LT Leather: The LT Leather adds luxury features to the LT Cloth, such as: Surround Vision with Bird's-Eye View, side blind zone and rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist, twenty-inch machined aluminum-alloy wheels, an eight-inch Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with GPS navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, a ten-speaker Bose premium audio system, leather-trimmed seating surfaces, an enhanced driver information center with a 4.2-inch color display, a six-way, power-adjustable front passenger's bucket seat with power lumbar support, heated dual front bucket seats, a 120-volt AC rear power outlet, and HomeLink.

Premier: The Premier is the "luxury" model of the Traverse, and adds the following features to the LT Leather: a dual-outlet exhaust system with rectangular exhaust tips, LED "D-Optic" projector-beam front headlamps, exterior color-keyed, power-adjustable, heated manually-folding exterior side view mirrors, exterior color-keyed body side molding with chrome inserts, chrome exterior door handles, twenty-inch Argent Metallic-finished aluminum-alloy wheels, a hands-free power tailgate with Chevrolet emblem projection, a driver's memory system, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces with heated and ventilated dual front bucket seats, heated second-row rear captain's chairs, and wireless charging for compatible devices.

High Country: The High Country is the top-of-the-line Traverse trim level, and adds the following features to the Premier: standard All Wheel Drive, a tow package, IntelliBeam automatic front high beam assist, forward collision warning and lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control with autonomous emergency braking, twenty-inch polished aluminum-alloy wheels, a SkyScape panoramic moonroof, and a power-folding third-row 60/40 split rear bench seat.

There are also two appearance packages available on the 2nd generation Traverse:

RS: Based on the LT trim with leather seating adds black bowties, Black Ice grille and foglamp bezel, 20 inch Dark Android-painted aluminum wheels, Gloss Black window trims, and Black roof rails. The RS also has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine instead of the 3.6L V6 gasoline engine vs other trim levels. Beginning mid-way through the 2019 model year, the 3.6L V6 gasoline engine will be standard on all trim levels as the turbocharged four-cylinder engine (exclusive to the RS trim level) will be discontinued.

Redline Edition: Available on the Premier, the Redline Edition adds Driver Confidence II package, dual SkyScape panoramic moonroof, black-chromed mirrorcaps and door handles, 20 inch gloss black wheels with red stripes, black bowties with red and black badging, Black Ice grille and foglamp bezel, gloss black window trim, black roof rails, smoked dark tailamps, and black-painted lower moldings with black ice inserts. [21]

Model year changes

For 2019 model year, the Blackout Package was added as an available option on LS, LT, and Premier trim levels. The 2.0L I4 turbo engine (exclusive to the RS trim level) was discontinued for the 2020 model year (starting midway through the 2019 model year). [22] Also, the MyLink system was replaced by the Infotainment 3 system and a buckle-to-drive feature was added to the Teen Driver system. [23] For the 2021 model year, the optional rear seat infotainment (which was available on LT, RS, Premier, Redline Edition, and High Country trim levels) was discontinued on the Traverse. [24]

2022 facelift

Originally planned for the 2021 model year, Chevrolet is giving the Traverse a refreshed look, adopting a grille similar to the upcoming redesigned Suburban/Tahoe vehicles, and featuring thin LED headlights and taillights, and new daytime running lights with integrated LED turn signals. Also new are interior seating options, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a new available eight-inch infotainment display. Several safety features are now standard: Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, IntelliBeam auto high beams, and a Following Distance Indicator. Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control is added to the 3LT, RS and Premier trims, while GM's Safety Alert Seat is now standard on Premier and High Country models. These changes were based on feedback from consumers. The updated Traverse was to go on sale in late 2020, [25] but will be delayed to the 2021 calendar year, due to production issues caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, where it will go on sale in late 2021 as a 2022 model instead. [26]

The 2022 Traverse is expected to retain the 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine with the 9-speed automatic transmission. [27]

Sales in the United States

20089,456 [28]
2009 [29] 91,074
2010 [30] 106,744
2011 [31] 107,131
201396,467 [32]
2015 [33] 119,945
2016 [34] 116,701
2017 [35] 123,506
2018 [36] 146,534
2019 [37] 147,122
2020 [38] 125,546

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