The release date of the new 2022 Chevy Traverse is postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only the mid-size SUV, but also Equinox, and a few other vehicles, were announced for 2021. But, the sales had to be delayed for 2022. Designers and engineers had extra time to tune everything perfectly. So, the expectations are very high from the Traverse, not only by fans but also by the company that produces it.
The mid-size three-row class is one of the hottest automotive segments. Buyers usually choose between compact crossovers, that offer nice power and excellent fuel economy, and more powerful, but still efficient mid-sizers. There are smaller and bigger units, but the first one is lacking energy for a fun drive, and others are expensive, sluggish, and consume a lot of gas.
One of the things we expect from the 2022 Chevy Traverse is a hybrid engine. Best-selling models are making a difference thanks to a wide offer. Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer are SUVs to catch up with. Well, General Motors has an ace upon its sleeve.
Under the hood of the 2022 Chevy Traverse stays a 3.6-liter V6 engine. It is one of the most reliable units in the market and GM won’t gamble with some novelties. At least not as the base offer. On the other hand, the SUV is going to need some upgrades in the engine room. As said, we expect a hybrid. There is also a turbo-four, and even a mighty V8 as other options available already. It is unlikely that Traverse is getting an all-new drivetrain.
A 3.6-liter engine is capable of producing 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. A nine-speed automatic gearbox is a tie to the wheels. The front axle is getting power by default and you have an option to upgrade the drivetrain to an AWD. The first configuration will return a better gas mileage than before, thanks to the redesign and higher usage of lighter elements. The new Traverse might be around 29 mpg on highways, while the urban driving can do less than 20.
A hybrid version will definitely add miles and make the SUV a competitor to the Toyota Highlander. The Japanese company tuned its vehicle to be one of the most efficient SUVs, with 35 mpg. This mileage is not easy to find either in smaller classes. However, Toyota sacrificed its V6 and installed a four-pot mill. General Motors is yet to announce plans, but it seems the company is after a fully-electrified motor, rather than the development of hybrids.
Best Model: 2022 Chevy Traverse High Country (Keep Eye on Premier as Well)
The reason why buyers are purchasing so many Traverse SUVs is the wide choice of trim levels. Chevrolet split the offer into many packages and the entry-level unit is available as the L. LS and LT are following and the RS was pretty decent option if you were looking for a different driving impression. However, the company discontinued a 2.0-liter turbo engine. Leather upholstery, blind-spot monitor, and large touchscreen display are carried over from the LT version. The Premier is adding perforated leather, ventilated front seats, and a hands-free option for the tailgate. Wireless phone chargers are there as well.
The 2022 Chevy Traverse High Country comes with the most advanced options the company can offer. Adaptive cruise control was standard and the new edition could make the Super Cruise available. The power sunroof also features a rear skylight. The third row has a power-folding system. Driver’s aid package includes a surround-view camera. The price is above all others.
One to Watch: 2022 Chevy Traverse Redline Edition
When selecting the Premier model, you are becoming eligible for purchase of the special package. The 2022 Chevy Traverse Redline edition is more aggressive than any other version in the lineup thanks to stylish parts, outside and inside. Black and red accents will make this version recognizable and eye-catching. Even red details are on wheels. Dual exhaust tips won’t improve the performance of the SUV. Sunroofs are also added. The package will cost you only $2,500 over the price you pay for your Premier bundle.
The debut of the new Traverse will be in the second half of this year. The company had to postpone the premiere of the production-ready model because of the pandemic. Still, it made fans and enthusiasts waiting for the 2022 Chevy Traverse even more eagerly. The price should go up a bit because of the redesign. Still, the base version with FWD will be one of the best offers in the mid-size three-row SUV market. High-end options will start over $45,000 (RS, Premier and High Country).
All other surprises are being kept under wraps. The premiere will unveil which new versions and engines are being added to the lineup. A hybrid is now questionable with the all-electric vehicles becoming a priority to the GM.
Source: GM Authority