Chevy initially announced a refreshed 2021 Traverse, but the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed this new-look crossover back to 2022, leaving the 2021 Traverse as a carryover model.
As a carryover, we expect the 2021 Chevy Traverse to retain the look it’s had since the second-generation crossover hit showrooms in 2018. This look includes Chevy’s signature dual-port grille, forward-leaning C-pillars, sharp-angled headlights, defined body lines and creases, and plenty of available chrome.
We anticipate the carryover design to continue inside the 2021 Traverse, including its available premium materials, contrasting colors, angular infotainment center and HVAC vent surrounds, large center console, and hidden storage cubby behind the infotainment screen. We also expect the same standard interior features, including cloth upholstery, six USB ports, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, and more.
Under its hood, the 2021 Traverse will likely continue with the same standard 3.6-liter V6 that delivers 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. We also expect the standard nine-speed automatic transmission to remain.
In the safety department, the current Traverse received “Good” crash test scores across the board, but its “Poor”-rated standard headlights and optional HID projector headlights knocked it out of Top Safety Pick contention. The Traverse does have a “Superior”-rated automatic emergency braking system, but it’s standard only on Premier and High Country trims. We expect the safety features and ratings to remain the same in the 2021 Traverse.