The 2019 Chevy Traverse is no longer going to offer its 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine. Instead, consumers can only find the 3.6-liter V-6 engine.
On Sunday, GM Authority reported about the powertrain change for Chevrolet’s largest crossover vehicle.
Kevin Kelley, a General Motors spokesperson, revealed in an email to The Car Connection that the automaker decided to adjust its powertrain line-up for the 2019 Traverse based primarily on customer feedback. Because over 95 percent of all the customers purchased the 3.6L V-6, the automaker responded accordingly to make the V-6 its only engine choice, thereby cutting costs and giving the people what they want.
What It Offered
The 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine had been exclusively offered on the RS trim level of the Traverse. The variant trim added a few minor changes to dress up this crossover in garb suitable for the added performance features. The turbo-4 engine didn’t have more power than the 3.6L V-6 engine, but it did have more torque. The turbo-4 gave the Traverse 257 horsepower with 295 pound-per-foot of torque while the V-6 gives 310 horsepower and 266 pounds-per-foot of torque. Both engines offered a 9-speed automatic transmission.
Another reason the turbo-4 isn’t popular with customers is that it has no better fuel economy improvements than what is on the standard V-6 version.
New Powertrains on the Horizon?
With just the V-6 engine available, GM has left the door open to consider new powertrains in its future. The V-6 uses an old architecture for engines and it’s based on the automaker’s previous generation V-6, which is codenamed LFX. Many other GM vehicles feature the newer V-6 engine, which is codenamed LGX. The Traverse’s V-6 engine features a start-stop system, as well.
Potential powertrain changes could include the latest 2.0L turbo-4 engine from the automaker, which is introduced for the 2020 GMC Acadia. GM also has a diesel engine for its Equinox crossover.