General Motors will unveil the restyled 2013 Chevrolet Traverse at the New York auto show scheduled early next month. Similar in size and mechanically identical to the outgoing 2012 Chevrolet Traverse, the 2013 model carries Chevy's new corporate face for crossovers and features a few but significant safety upgrades.
Most noticeable is the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse’s new front end. The front end features a variation of the power dome hood of the Malibu and the Camaro, highlighted by a three-bar upper and two-bar lower grille design sans the split mesh. The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse also features chrome accents, new headlights, and fog lights as well as sculpted front corners seen on the Malibu sedan. The front end now dons less plastic cladding while the fog lights look sportier than those on the 2012 model.
The rear end of the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse carries redesigned the taillights and license-plate pocket, giving it a cleaner look. The interior, meanwhile, features more soft-touch materials on the instrument panel as well as front-door uppers. The seats show contrast stitching with blue light accents flowing through the cabin.
The car’s new center stack includes a 6.5-inch touch-screen display that features Chevy's MyLink system, which allows drivers to integrate their cell phones for hands-free usage. Chevy also made the controls larger for a more upscale feel. The front seats of the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse now have articulating headrests and eight-way power.
The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse’s direct-injection 3.6-liter V6 engine produces a whopping 281 hp of power that is transmitted to either the front wheel or to all wheels. Chevy also ensured that the Traverse provides improved handling and ride by using rebound springs in the front struts, resulting in increased roll control.
The car’s shock valving offers better ride at slower speeds. The 2013 Chevy Traverse features all the safety features of the 2012 model, with the addition of the front-center airbag that provides safety during side impacts. The 2013 Chevy Traverse is one of the models based on the Lambda platform that GM is currently freshening up.
Other updated models are GMC Acadia, unveiled at the Chicago auto show, and the Buick Enclave, to be shown ahead of the New York auto show. Chris Perry, vice president of global marketing and strategy for Chevrolet, hopes that the refreshed Traverse will increase the sales of the model, which has been stagnant.