The arrival of the next generation of the Chevrolet Traverse (2018 model year) is much anticipated. Following the unveiling the 2018 Traverse at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (2017 Detroit Auto Show), Chevrolet has finally revealed how much a customer needs to part with just to avail one of its newest SUVs.
According to Chevrolet’s Web site, the base version of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse (Traverse L trim) has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $29,930. However, when the destination freight charge of around $945 is taken into the equation, the next-gen Traverse has a total price of $30,875. Of course, that excludes other matters like optional equipment, which when availed hikes the price of Chevy’s newest SUV considerably.
As per Chevrolet’s Web site, the Traverse L already offers a 3.6-liter V6 engine -- with stop/start technology – that delivers 310 hp of max output and 266 lb.-ft. of peak torque, respectively. This power is sent to the front wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Traverse L also comes with StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control, frontal and side-impact air bags, OnStar Guidance with limited service trial, rear vision camera, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, heated power-adjustable manual-folding Black mirrors. The Traverse L also features black bodyside moldings and rocker moldings, body-color door handles and 18" bright silver-painted aluminum wheels.
Advanced technologies installed in the 2018 Traverse L include Chevrolet MyLink Radio with seven-inch diagonal color touch-screen, Bluetooth wireless technology for select phones with steering wheel-mounted controls, Driver Information Center with 3.5-inch diagonal monochromatic display, Keyless Open and Start as well as Steering wheel-mounted controls for audio, phone and cruise. Also included are tri-zone automatic climate control, interior lighting with theater dimming and Premium Cloth seating.
Five other trims are also available: LS (from $32,995), LT Cloth (from $35,495), LT Leather (from $45,395), Premier (from $45,395) and High Country (from $52,995). All prices are MSRPs and already include a destination freight charge of $995. Of course, the features, equipment and technologies differ from one trim to another. For instance, the L trim is specified as a front-wheel drive model. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available on the LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather and Premier. The High Country trim is specified only as an all-wheel drive model.
The next generation of the Traverse – when compared to the first generation that was launched in 2008 -- features a bolder yet more refined exterior styling. It comes with a new grille marked by the brand’s logo on the upper center. The part of the grille below the logo features a hexagonal shape. While the previous generation already looks sleek, the next-gen Traverse looks bolder and much more aggressive. This was to be expected since the next-gen Traverse isn’t a mid-sized SUV anymore. In fact, the new Traverse measures 204.3 inches in length and has a 20.9-inch wheelbase.