2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS gets sporty upgrades sans actual power boost

Article by Christian A., on February 10, 2018

Last year, Chevrolet revealed to us their new Equinox RS. And this year, it seems that the automaker has decided to use the RS moniker again, but this time, on the Traverse SUV. Of course, the Traverse RS gets a complete makeover inside and out. As its name suggests, the “Rally Sport” variant gives it a more distinct kind of fun to drive sportiness, according to Chevy. Too bad it does not improve the engine’s horsepower here.

Having said that, the Traverse RS remains with the same 2.0 liter turbocharged Ecotec engine, delivering 257 horsepower (192 kilowatts) and 295 pound feet (400 Newton metres) of torque. This engine should then come with a nine speed automatic transmission, giving the Traverse RS better fuel economy figures of 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.

When looking at the RS version from the outside, one would notice a sportier looking Traverse - this includes a black grille, black window trim, black roof rails, and black bowtie emblems. It also now comes standard with HID headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, upper and lower active aero shutters, as well as a set of 20 inch aluminum wheels finished in what they call the Dark Android shade.

That’s not all as the new Traverse RS also features a good amount of cargo space, at 98.2 cubic feet, as well as a handful of active safety features. Other standard features that it comes with include things like rear cross traffic alert, rear park assist, surround vision, as well as a rear camera mirror. All these come standard on the RS trim.

Steve Majoros, Chevrolet marketing director for Cars and Crossovers, said that the 2018 Traverse can compete against the whole crossover segment because they offer a full lineup of products. He supports his point by saying that Chevrolet now offers a variant for every lifestyle with the Traverse - especially now that they offer the RS variant with a more street inspired look, and top-of-the-line High Country, offering a more comfortable ride.

United States buyers are lucky enough to get their hands on the Traverse RS, when it becomes available, unlike the Equinox RS, which never became available in the United States. The Traverse RS will also have a price tag of $43,095, including destination.

In other news, it seems like the automaker is not doing so well in the UK. According to reports, the automaker only sold a total of one car during the whole month of January, and even in December and November last year, the American automaker has not been doing very well. Good thing that it still is doing well in the United States, as they delivered 141,947 units.

Press Release


With turbocharged performance and aggressive, blacked-out styling cues, the 2018 Traverse RS injects a distinctive dose of fun-to-drive sportiness into the midsize SUV segment.

Based on the redesigned 2018 Traverse, which offers best-in-class maximum cargo room (98.2 cubic feet1), more technologies than the previous model and an enhanced roster of available active safety features, the Traverse RS is part of an expanded six-trim lineup focused on capability, convenience and choice.

“The 2018 Traverse offers a full product lineup positioned to effectively compete across the segment,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. “By offering customers more choice with higher-end entries like the RS, which has a more street-inspired look, and top-of-the-line High Country, Chevrolet now offers a comfortable and connected Traverse for every lifestyle.”

The RS’s unique styling elements include a black grille, black window trim, black roof rails and black bowtie emblems, along with 20-inch aluminum wheels featuring a Dark Android finish.

The RS is also the first Traverse model to offer turbocharged performance, delivering a spirited driving experience that is unique within the lineup. A power-dense, direct-injected Ecotec 2.0L turbo engine generates up to 257 horsepower (192 kW) and 295 lb-ft of torque (400 Nm). Ninety percent of the peak torque is available at only 2,100 rpm, for a confident feeling of power on demand at all speeds.

A nine-speed automatic transmission is matched with the engine, contributing to EPA-estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg in city driving and 26 mpg on the highway.

Additional standard content on the Traverse RS includes:

HID headlamps and LED daytime running lamps
Upper and lower active aero shutters
Chevrolet MyLink radio with 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen and navigation
OnStar® 4G LTE and available built-in Wi-Fi® hotspot (3-month/3GB data trial)2
Multicolor driver information center display
Jet Black leather-appointed seating surfaces
Heated front seats
Universal Home Remote
Tri-zone automatic climate control
Bose premium 10-speaker audio system
Power liftgate
Keyless Open with extended-range Remote Keyless Entry
Remote start
Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert3
Rear Cross Traffic Alert3
Rear Park Assist3
Surround Vision3
Rear Camera Mirror3
Rear Seat Reminder4
Teen Driver3
The Traverse RS is on sale now with an MSRP of $43,095. The price includes the destination charge but excludes tax, title and other dealer fees.

Source: Chevrolet

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