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.