Chevrolet TraveRSe Dropping Smallest Engine Option: Report

That 2.0L turbo four in the Traverse RS that never really seemed to make a whole lot of sense? Well, it looks like Chevrolet has started to feel the same about it. A new report says the Traverse is jumping to six-cylinders only.

The two-liter four-pot that was exclusive to the RS delivered 257 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. And as part of the package came with some other sporty trim bits. But it didn’t make all that much sense when the 3.6L V6 offered 310 hp and 266 lb-ft. Plus fuel economy that was just about the same. GM Authority reports that it’s been discontinued for the middle of the 2019 model year, and is no longer available to order.

That makes the lineup of Traverses simpler. Both for consumers and at the plant. The only engine now is that V6 with the nine-speed auto it already came with. No word on the fate of the RS model, which also offered black 20-inch wheels, black trim for the grille and window surround.

Of course, the turbo four could return with the model that’s being offered in the refreshed for 2020 GMC Acadia. Though that platform mate is smaller and lighter, it’s going to be offered with a 230 hp version of GM’s latest four. The lower power and cylinder deactivation on that one might offer a more substantial fuel economy improvement.

GM Authority