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Refreshed Chevy Equinox, Traverse shelved until 2022

The 2022 Chevrolet Traverse High Country was revealed earlier this year.

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General Motors (GM) has confirmed that it is moving its planned refresh of the Chevrolet Equinox and Traverse to the 2022 model year. It was previously announced that they would be refreshed for 2021.

It is likely that the delays are caused by the work stoppage for both GM and suppliers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. GM has shut down production at its assembly plants until a date TBD. Officially they're evaluating reopening facilities on a week-by-week basis in tandem with the UAW.

2022 Chevrolet Equinox RSThe 2022 Chevrolet Equinox RS is a model with blacked out features including wheels, window surrounds, and badging. Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Chevy was set to revise the interior and exterior of the Traverse as part of its mid-cycle refresh. It also is slated to receive a tech upgrade and safety features while retaining its best-in-class cargo space.

The Equinox was told to be getting similar revisions, as well as a new RS trim.

Neither model was said to be getting an engine change.

The full impact of the production delays are not yet known for GM, which was originally scheduled to kick off the electrification strategy for its various vehicle brands in earnest, beginning with the now-postponed unveiling of the Cadillac Lyric SUV. Officially, the debut of the GMC Hummer EV is still on the books for May.

Chevrolet has already debuted refreshed versions of its Suburban, Tahoe, and Colorado for the 2021 model year and there is no word yet if those changes have been impacted by the shutdown though some level of disruption in their timeline is inevitable.

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The Denali Ultimate trim is new for 2023.

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The GMC Yukon has always been a luxurious family hauler with beefy capability, but it moved even more upmarket in recent years with added tech and upscale interior materials. GMC just announced an even cushier version of the SUV for the 2023 model year. The Yukon Ultimate Denali gets unique styling touches and upgrades that take the already plush SUV to another level.

2023 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate22-inch wheels are standard GMC

The Denali Ultimate gets exclusive upgrades over other trims that include 22-inch wheels and chrome accents outside. The full-size SUV just got a complete redesign for 2021, which brought updated boxy styling, and a sleek look, so there are no additional exterior changes for 2023.

GMC offers three engines in the standard Yukon, but only two make it into the Ultimate. The standard powertrain includes a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 420 horsepower. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel is also available that makes 277 horsepower and a whopping 460 pound-feet of torque. A ten-speed automatic transmission is standard for all engines, and four-wheel drive is available.

Inside, the Ultimate comes with Alpine Umber full-grain leather upholstery with 16-way power front seats and massaging. Trim-exclusive contrast stitching and aluminum trim accent the space, and the top model gets an 18-speaker Bose audio system with stainless steel speaker grilles.

2023 GMC Yukon Denali UltimateGrained leather upholstery and upscale interior finishes are standard. GMC

A 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen comes standard, and offers Google services built in. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard, along with wireless phone charging. A Wi-Fi hotspot and Amazon Alexa functionality are available. GMC also offers Super Cruise hands-free driving system in the Denali Ultimate.

GMC hasn’t detailed pricing for the new SUV yet, but we expect it to start at a premium over the standard Denali, which starts at just over $70,000.

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The Z06 isn't on sale yet, but it's already raising money for charities.

Chevrolet

Just a couple years ago, the Chevrolet Corvette got a major overhaul that completely changed its design, personality, and performance. The car moved to a mid-engine layout for the first time, and its V8 produces thundering performance at a reasonable price. As it has always done with the Corvette, Chevy's laying out special editions for the car, and one of the first in the new generation will be the 2023 Corvette Z06. An early Z06 sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction this weekend to raise money for charity, and the final dollar amount crested the $1 million mark.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06The car raised $1 million at the Palm Beach Auction. Chevrolet

The car crossed the block at the Palm Beach Auction, which took place on April 9. It's the first production model of the car, which builds on the mid-engine eighth-generation Corvette. It's powered by a 670-horsepower 5.5-liter flat plane-crank V8, which sends its power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The engine revs much higher than a standard V8 and features a distinct sound. Chevy says the Z06's engine offers the most horsepower of any naturally aspirated V8 on sale.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06Rick Hendrick was the winning bidder for the car. 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The car's $1 million price tag raised money for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The organization supports training of educators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI). This auction, together with the first retail version of the car auctioned earlier this year, brings the Corvette's total charity haul to $4.6 million in 2022.

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