2018 Chevrolet Traverse – Chevrolet characterized itself as the fastest growing full-line car manufacturer in the U.S. But not all models fit the overall score. Traverse is a case in point. SUV Chevy SUVs are among the most comprehensive in the business with six nameplates, and Traverse operates at the larger end of the lineup. Based on the front-drive architecture, the SUV is categorized as a crossover SUV, different from the large rear body-on-frame kids like Tahoe and Suburban.
It’s a solid player for Chevrolet-but not solid enough, following the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Ford Explorer, the Toyota Highlander, the Honda Pilot, and the Nissan Pathfinder in the sales derby. Introduced in 2008 as a 2009 model year, with its latest refresh until 2014, Traverse is clearly undergoing major changes. And that’s what the Chevy declared at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The result is more floating on the next generation – and less: the expanded dimension and reduced cliff weight, as well as the new sheetmetal, which Chevy characterized as “a bold and refined new look.”
Crossover 2018 The new Chevrolet is larger in some dimensions than its predecessor, and comes with a greater price to go with it. When it goes on sale in the fall, it starts at $ 30,875, which is $ 1280 more expensive than the cheapest 2017 model. The wider set of trim levels also stretches further into the stratosphere, with the top version of a new three-line SUV that runs into the $ 50,000-plus range.
In a relatively simple, front-wheel-drive-only L trim, the Traverse comes standard with automatic climate control, backup camera, and 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay compatibility and Android Auto. The more complete Traverse LS starts at $ 32,995, while the LT trim is divided into two versions. The $ 35,495 Model 1LT has a cloth seat, while the 3LT $ 42,095 has leather and adds 20-inch wheels, power lift lifts, Bose audio systems, warm seats, and 360-degree cameras. Optional all-wheel drive on LS and LT, at an additional cost of $ 2000 on LS and 3LT and $ 3800 extra on the 1LT model.
Shooting $ 45,395 for Traverse Premier nets, even more buyers, including LED headlamps, cooled front seats, heated rear seats, and hot steering wheels. The all-wheel-drive option rang for $ 2900. But the hierarchy does not stop there; There is a new High Country model for 2018 that rings at an affordable price of $ 52,995. For that prince number, you get a chrome front grille, various active safety features, and a standard all-wheel-drive system that incorporates a twin-coupling configuration as well as optional on GMC Acadia.
All Traverse models come with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission with automatic stop / start capability. Chevrolet has yet to announce the price for the Traverse RS, a performance-oriented variant with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is slightly more efficient.
The new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is not reduced in size, with the wheelbase two inches longer than its predecessor and a full eight inches longer than the new Acadia (although it still has its basic architecture with GMC). This gives dividends to passengers: Chevrolet claims that the new Traverse provides more headroom and leg room for second and third riders-impressive, given the outgoing Traverse already has one of the most spacious cabins in its class. The cargo area is shrinking compared to the old Traverse, although the new model space behind the third row, 23 cubic feet, still beats competitors such as the Honda Pilot (16 cubic feet) and Ford Explorer (21 cubic feet). Likewise, the total cargo space with all seats is folded from 116 cubic feet to 99 cubic feet, although that number has reached the peak of the Atlas 97 foot cubic feet.
The Chevrolet designer has wrapped the Traverse 2018 in a sheetmetal that adopts a more squared look than its predecessor. The new front end, with a large hexagonal grille flanked by narrow headlamps, mirrors of the smaller 2018 Chevy Equinox crossover. A body-color C pillar breaks up the side glass area for a more upright and truck-like profile, and the back end is similar to Acadia, albeit with different taillights.
Under the skin, the Chevrolet claims a 351 pound weight savings (comparing the basic model of the front-wheel drive), which brings Traverse more in line with slightly smaller competitors like the Pilot and Toyota Highlander. In most models, the GM is familiar with the 3.6 liter V-6 engine providing motive styles (and 5,000 pound tow rating) with 305 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Surprisingly, the larger Chevrolet has a less powerful engine version than the smaller Acadia, which produces 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of 3.6 liters.
The new Trim RS trim level is also confusing, as the sporty version of Traverse only comes with front-wheel drive and four-cylinder four-liter turbocharged which produces 255 horsepower. The four turbo has more torque than the V-6, with 295 lb-ft, but it does not seem set to live up to the RS model’s black trim and racer suspension suspension with real performance benefits.