I've seen that on a couple of boards talking about the V8's - possibly available in 2009 models. I'm hesitant to trust in those rumors until I see something published from GM or a creditable news source.
copy and past from the enclave forum... all indications is they are sticking with v6 for now.
Just being discussed on GMI, there's a link to the Canadian International Auto Show that lists the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse, and has brief details:
2009 Chevrolet Traverse
Based on GM’s popular midsize crossover architecture, the Traverse delivers a robust and satisfying combination of power, efficiency, ride and safety. The driving experience is supported by a sophisticated, 3.6L DOHC V6 that features variable valve timing and gasoline direct-injection technology. It is designed to provide excellent power and efficiency that translates to usable, power-on-demand performance and is expected to deliver the best highway fuel economy in the segment.
There will not be a V8. It had been a likely move with the new OHC V8 GM had in development for use in a lot of Cadillacs, but the push for better mileage by CAFE, etc. killed the engine before it was ever used.
But as linked, the 2009 Lambdas are supposedly getting the higher output Direct Injection 3.6L, AS WELL AS revised interior components centering on the center stack which should be the "new" integrated variety, which means buttons and such of the head unit and HVAC are integrated right into the main dashboard and not separate units sitting in there, as now.
That's the expectation, at least, based on information that is known.
The last order date for 2008's is mid April, and then 2009 order banks should be open in May. Information as to what the 2009's will have should be out in March sometime, when GM releases the ordering guides.
I'm waiting for the '09. I had an XE as a loaner last week and managed 13 mpg in mixed driving. Hopefully the '09 will have better gas mileage with the 3.6L DI. That aside, I've heard the '09 will get a bit of a refresh.....