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Refreshed Chevy Equinox, Traverse shelved until 2022
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.
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.