2024 Chevrolet Traverse -- Going The Rugged Route

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

2024 chevrolet traverse going the rugged route

The Chevrolet Traverse has, for most of its life, had styling that was mostly "urban" in theme.

Not anymore.

The 2024 Chevrolet Traverse is throwing on its flannel and work boots.

This redesigned family hauler will come in four trims -- LS, LT, Z71, and RS -- and all will be powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 315 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque that pairs to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive will be available.

Yes, you read that right -- there will be a Z71 version of the Traverse. It will have a special twin-clutch all-wheel drive system, a 1-inch increase in ground clearance, all-terrain tires, 18-inch wheels, different front fascia, tow hooks, skidplate, hill-descent control, a trailering package, off-road dampers with hydraulic rebound control, and a special drive mode for off-road terrain.

All trims will have a standard package of advanced-driver assistance systems that includes: Automatic emergency braking, forward-collision alert, following-distance indicator, lane-keep assist with lane-departure warning, high-beam assist, and front pedestrian and cycling braking.

Optional safety ninnies include lane-change alert with side blind-zone alert, rear cross-traffic braking, adaptive cruise control, speed-limit assist, traffic-sign recognition, and intersection emergency braking.

A safety feature that seems both clever but also annoying for people who do certain low-speed maneuvering -- the driver and any front-seat passengers will need to be buckled for the car to move.

Midnight and Sport editions will be available on the LS and LT trims. The front and rear lighting is all new, and LEDs are standard.

So, too, is a "true" dual exhaust.

A new panoramic sunroof will be available, and there are some new colors available.

The RS trim will be the "sporty on-road" model, with a suspension tuned for on-road handling and 22-inch wheels. It will have unique badging and a flat-bottom steering wheel.

Available interior features include heated front and second-row seats, an 11-inch customizable gauge screen, a heated steering wheel, and a center-console pass-through. Seating will be for seven or eight.

The refreshed Traverse will be built in Michigan and go on sale early next year.

[Images: Chevrolet]

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  • Wjtinfwb Wjtinfwb on Jul 20, 2023

    I'm neutral on the Z71 treatment but it does make the otherwise blob-like Traverse look a bit more aggressive. The turbo 4, I'm not so sure. It hasn't hurt Ford as most Explorers are the EcoBoost 4, Toyota has just axed the V6 from the Highlander and even Mercedes uses their turbo 4 in the mid-size GLE series. The 3.6L V6 wasn't well suited to CUV duty, it made most of it's power above 3k rpm but evolved into a smooth, refined and reliable engine. GM's 4's are typically thrashy, noisy and unrefined, but a rental Silverado with the 2.7L turbo 4 was acceptable. Of course that was in a full-frame truck which more effectively isolates the engine and its ruckus. I'm sure it will drive acceptably well and probably feel peppier than the V6, time will tell if it holds up or becomes a grenade with the pin falling out as the miles increase.

  • NN NN on Jul 27, 2023

    looks good, worried about a GM 4 cylinder automatic combo on such a heavy machine, although I know they do it in the Silverado. Also feel that fuel economy will not be real world competitive.

  • Theflyersfan The two Louisville truck plants are still operating, but not sure for how much longer. I have a couple of friends who work at a manufacturing company in town that makes cooling systems for the trucks built here. And they are on pins and needles wondering if or when they get the call to not go back to work because there are no trucks being made. That's what drives me up the wall with these strikes. The auto workers still get a minimum amount of pay even while striking, but the massive support staff that builds components, staffs temp workers, runs the logistics, etc, ends up with nothing except the bare hope that the state's crippled unemployment system can help them keep afloat. In a city where shipping (UPS central hub and they almost went on strike on August 1) and heavy manufacturing (GE Appliance Park and the Ford plants) keeps tens of thousands of people employed, plus the support companies, any prolonged shutdown is a total disaster for the city as well. UAW members - you're not getting a 38% raise right away. That just doesn't happen. Start a little lower and end this. And then you can fight the good fight against the corner office staff who make millions for being in meetings all day.
  • Dusterdude The "fire them all" is looking a little less unreasonable the longer the union sticks to the totally ridiculous demands ( or maybe the members should fire theit leadership ! )
  • Thehyundaigarage Yes, Canadian market vehicles have had immobilizers mandated by transport Canada since around 2001.In the US market, some key start Toyotas and Nissans still don’t have immobilizers. The US doesn’t mandate immobilizers or daytime running lights, but they mandate TPMS, yet canada mandates both, but couldn’t care less about TPMS. You’d think we’d have universal standards in North America.
  • Alan I think this vehicle is aimed more at the dedicated offroad traveller. It costs around the same a 300 Series, so its quite an investment. It would be a waste to own as a daily driver, unless you want to be seen in a 'wank' vehicle like many Wrangler and Can Hardly Davidson types.The diesel would be the choice for off roading as its quite torquey down low and would return far superior mileage than a petrol vehicle.I would think this is more reliable than the Land Rovers, BMW make good engines. https://www.drive.com.au/reviews/2023-ineos-grenadier-review/
  • Lorenzo I'll go with Stellantis. Last into the folly, first to bail out. Their European business won't fly with the German market being squeezed on electricity. Anybody can see the loss of Russian natural gas and closing their nuclear plants means high cost electricity. They're now buying electrons from French nuclear plants, as are the British after shutting down their coal industry. As for the American market, the American grid isn't in great shape either, but the US has shale oil and natural gas. Stellantis has profits from ICE Ram trucks and Jeeps, and they won't give that up.