Since its launch around 9 years ago, the Chevrolet Traverse had never received a comprehensive upgrade until now. During the 2017 Detroit Auto show, Chevrolet released the all-new Traverse with an attractive design. The new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has received a modern look, which had been missing for a long time. The model had started to look out of place as all of its rivals had all received major revisions. The Travers has been received well in the market and despite the lack of an upgrade; the model has been returning excellent sales figures. GM has hooked up the new model with a truck-like look. Read along for more information:
2018 Chevrolet Traverse Exterior
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has adopted a completely new exterior styling compared to the outgoing model. The new look is sleeker and more mature. The Traverse now looks almost similar to Chevrolet’s other SUVs such as the Suburban and Tahoe.
At the front, the SUV has borrowed its grille design from smaller crossovers. Flanking the grille are D-Optic LED headlights. These are however standard on the Premier and High Country trims and optional on other trims. There are distinct character lines near its fog lights with a huge dose of chrome. These character lines stretch rearwards. Its beltline stretches between the door handles and windows resulting in a masculine shoulder. The Traverse also flaunts this masculinity at the front where it has a short and flat hood similar to that of the Colorado pickup.
The rear features a wrap-around rear window, attractive taillights, imbedded exhaust outlets as well as chrome accenting. It also features a spoiler and a shark-fin antenna.
Other exterior features include a large C-pillar, sturdy wheel arches as well as huge approach and departure angles not forgetting its humongous ground clearance that makes it an awesome beast for the off-roads.
2018 Chevy Traverse Interior
The interior has also been modified. It features a new dash as well as a new center console. The dash looks sophisticated and is wrapped in leather on higher trims. The cabin features a satin chrome and piano black trims that add a premium feel to the cabin. Analogue gauges are still retained for the tachometer, speedometer, coolant temperature and fuel level. However, the automaker has added a regular-size screen for displaying details of mileage, navigation, trip data and other information.
An 8.0-inch MyLink infotainment system is featured on the center console. Lower trims will, however, get a 7.0-inch screen. Both screens will feature physical buttons for easier access like other GM models.
At the rear, the automaker has added more legroom to the second row by using a longer wheelbase. A bench seat is standard but buyers can opt for captain chairs. The automaker offers a Smart Slide mechanism to help access the third-row seats which by the way provides segment-leading legroom at 33.7 inches. This is courtesy of the longer wheelbase. The Traverse offers 98.5 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are folded flat. Although it is commendable it is way below the first-generation’s 116.3 cubic feet of cargo space.
Other available features include dual-zone climate control, a pair of USB ports, a 12-volt plug in socket and a wireless phone charger.
For safety, Chevy offers modern active safety systems such as Surround Vision cameras, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, front pedestrian braking and automatic braking. It offers passive systems such as crump zones, a package of airbags and 3-point seat belts for every passenger. It also offers a Teen Driver System that allows parents to set some operation functions that control how teens use the vehicle.
Engine specs and performance
The new 2018 Chevy Traverse will be offered with two engine options. The standard mill is a new 3.6 L unit that pumps out 305 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The engine is hooked up to a 9-speed automatic gearbox. The model is offered with front-wheel-drive as standard. To save on gas, the V-6 has an automatic start/stop technology. The automaker estimates that the model will return 18 mpg in city and 25 mpg on highway drives.
The second mill, which is less powerful, is only offered for the RS trim. It is a turbocharged 2.0 L, 4-cylinder power-plant that produces 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Like the V-6, this mill is also mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox and features automatic engine start/stop system. The mills less economical with ratings of 20 mpg in city and 23 mpg on highway drives. The mill also powers the front wheels but both engines have an optional for all-wheel-drive.
There are two types of AWD though; the basic one disconnects the rear wheels to reduce frictional losses and boost economy. The High Country trim gets an exclusive twin-clutch advanced ADW system for extra off-road capability. All trims get Traction Mode Select, a system that provides Normal, Snow as well as Haul/Tow modes. Adding the AWD adds Off-Road and 4×4 modes.
Price and release date
Chevrolet did not release details about prices of the 2018 Traverse. Due to the upgrades, the price will increase slightly. The current model’s price ranges from $29,595 to over $42,000 for the top trim. The 2018 model will likely have a starting price of around$31,000 and even exceed $50,000 for top trims. The 2018 Traverse will be delivered to dealer showrooms this summer.