Chevrolet Traverse Update: Huge Crossover Ditches Small Engine

An “odd choice.” That’s how TTAC’s Timothy Cain characterized a Chevrolet Traverse RS when it initial seemed in late 2017.

Powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a apparently sportier chronicle of Chevy’s full-size, three-row Traverse was a mid-range charity with blacked-out clothing  that frequency softened on a V6 model’s fuel economy. Available usually in front-drive guise, a four-banger Traverse returned 1 mpg reduction on a highway than a 3.6-liter FWD sibling, a outcome of a six-cylinder’s loftier horsepower count. Combined fuel economy softened by usually 1 mpg by ticking a RS box.

That was then, and this is now. Chevy’s dropping a 2.0T Traverse.

According to GM Authority, a mid-year change sees a engine disappear from a RS trim, transposed by a model’s now solitary powerplant: GM’s reliable 3.6-liter, corresponding to a same nine-speed employed by both a V6 and 4-cyl Traverses.

To modernise your memory, a turbo Traverse brewed 257 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque — 53 fewer horses than a 3.6-liter model, though 29 additional foot-pounds. That low-displacement, low-end grunt authorised a Traverse to during slightest explain a 20 mpg city fuel economy figure, that happened to be only 2 mpg next a total rating.

GM dresses adult a RS with blacked-out trim and 20-inch wheels, adding a LT Premium Package and Convenience and Driver Confidence Package for good measure. After-destination MSRP for a FWD RS is $44,295. In other words, no change from a four-cylinder’s 2019 starting price.

While a comparison LTG engine is no longer accessible to order, there’s no word on a new downsized Traverse indent watchful in a wings. GM has a new four-cylinder in a form of a LSY, though that engine, found in a Cadillac AT4 and refreshed, 2020 GMC Acadia, is down on energy compared to a comparison engine family. The existence competence be that GM already sells copiousness of Traverses and didn’t need a pattern with a low take rate to mystify matters.

Traverse sales rose 18.7 percent in 2018, creation it a third-best offered Chevrolet behind a Silverado and Equinox. The initial 3 months of 2019 saw sales tumble 10.4 percent.

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