2018 Chevrolet Traverse is larger, bolder and more appealing than outgoing model

Article by Christian A., on December 21, 2016

The first generation of the Chevrolet Traverse has been on the market for a while. In fact, it has been sold around the world since 2008, when it was first sold for the 2009 model year. And guess what? The long overdue new model is finally coming, and it will make its global debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (also known as Detroit Auto Show) on January 9 to 22.

According to Chevrolet, the next-generation Traverse will complete the transformation of its crossover and SUV lineup. The Traverse is the last of Chevrolet’s SUVs and crossovers to receive a major overhaul. The new Chevrolet Traverse will be laden with a wide array of changes in both the exterior and the interior. It will also be fitted with new technologies available.

For instance, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse could be specified with the available D-Optic headlamps that could deliver a natural daylight effect. Inside, the new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will feature a refined interior that could comfortably accommodate up to eight passengers while offering the most cargo room in its segment. Moreover, passengers sitting in the third row would be able to enjoy leg room that is also the best in its segment.

A successor to both now defunct Chevrolet Uplander and TrailBlazer, the first generation of the Chevrolet Traverse made its debut at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show and arrived at dealerships in October 2008 as the 2009 model. Since then, the Chevrolet Traverse has been refreshed and slightly modified through the years. Its 2013 model year iteration received a major facelift, receiving a new grill and redesigned rear liftgate.

For those who can’t wait for the next-generation Traverse, the 2017 model is still up for grabs. Available from a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $29,595, the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse is powered by a 3.6L DOHC V6 engine -- with Direct Injection -- that delivers 281 hp (288 hp with dual exhaust) of output and 266 lb-ft (270 lb-ft with dual exhaust) of torque.

Exterior Design

The halls of the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, are pleasantly full with the displayed vehicles for the 2017 North American International Auto Show (2017 Detroit Auto Show). General Motor’s Chevrolet took the chance to unveil the next generation of its fully transformed 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.

While the Traverse has witnessed the transformation of its SUV and crossover siblings at Chevrolet, the first generation of this midsize SUV has been on the market since 2008, with a couple of facelifts implemented through the years. In December, Chevrolet confirmed that a new generation is coming with a blacked-out teaser image of the Traverse.

Days before the much-awaited official reveal in Detroit, Chevrolet has released a bevy of images showing the true appearance of the Traverse. At first look, it is pretty easy to see how the second generation of the SUV differs from the first-gen models. It features a bolder yet more refined exterior styling, with everything from the grille and headlights to its lines and shape.

Instantly recognizable is the new Traverse’s grille that is marked by the brand’s logo on the upper center. The part of the grille below the logo features a hexagonal shape. The Traverse’s new grille features slats and borders finished in chrome. Chrome accents are also found on certain parts of the SUV’s exterior, like those on fog lamp housing, around the windows, on the side sills and on the rear. For the next generation, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse features new headlights –with LED signature lighting – and tail lights.

As for the shape, the current generation looks sleek but the next-gen Traverse looks bolder and much more aggressive. This is to be expected since the next-gen Traverse isn’t a mid-sized SUV anymore. In fact, it surpasses the used-to-be-larger Chevrolet Tahoe full-size SUV. For instance, the new Traverse measures 204.3 inches in length and 120.9 inches in wheelbase.

These make the new Traverse 0.4 inches and 4.9 inches longer in both overall length and wheelbase than the Tahoe. In terms of cargo capacity, the Traverse could accommodate around 98.5 cubic feet (both row of seats folded) – 0.8 cubic feet more than the Tahoe. However, Chevrolet is quick to point out that the Tahoe’s main advantage over the Traverse is its towing capacity of 8,600 pounds.


For the 2018 Traverse, two new trim levels will be available: the sporty RS and premium High Country. The new RS trim adds certain blacked-out exterior design elements like its black chrome grille, black bowtie and 20-inch wheels.

The RS trim is only powered by a 2.0L turbocharged engine. The High Country trim, meanwhile, injects more premium content and technology into the Traverse like D-Optic headlamps, power-fold third row seats and standard twin-clutch AWD.

The High Country trim also features Loft Brown leather appointments with suede accents, 20-inch polished wheels and High Country badging. All trim levels aside from the RS package are powered by a new 3.6L V-6 and nine-speed automatic transmission, as standard.

Press Release


Chevrolet today introduced the all-new 2018 Traverse. Wrapped in bold and refined styling, the completely redesigned Traverse offers technologies to help keep passengers of all ages and lifestyles comfortable and connected.

Traverse will deliver what is expected to be best-in-class third-row legroom, maximum cargo room and passenger volume with an enhanced roster of available active safety features.

“The all-new Traverse offers the ultimate in style and convenience for the segment, with the versatility customers need and a thoughtful, spacious design they’ll love,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and brand chief, Global Chevrolet. “It’s the midsize SUV designed to help keep you safe, comfortable and connected.”

When it goes on sale this fall, the 2018 Traverse will be the fourth updated crossover or SUV from Chevrolet within a year, joining the Trax, Bolt EV and 2018 Equinox, further strengthening the brand’s crossover and SUV lineup.

“Nobody in the industry offers a broader, fresher lineup of SUVs and crossovers than Chevrolet,” said Batey. “From the all-electric Bolt EV to America’s longest-running nameplate, Suburban, we’ve got something for every customer and lifestyle.”

Bold and refined
The 2018 Traverse has a new look inspired by Chevrolet’s full-size SUVs, with purposeful proportions complemented by premium cues such as chrome accents, LED signature lighting and available D-Optic LED headlamps.

Chevrolet is adding two new trim levels for the 2018 Traverse — the sporty RS and luxurious High Country — to offer customers more choices for a personalized appearance.

The new RS package includes unique, blacked-out exterior cues with a black chrome grille, black bowtie, 20-inch wheels and more.

The High Country trim features premium content and technology, including a unique interior trim featuring Loft Brown leather appointments with suede accents, 20-inch polished wheels, High Country badging, D-Optic headlamps, standard twin-clutch AWD and power-fold third row seats.

“The all-new Traverse blends Chevrolet’s characteristic SUV cues with capability and refinement,” said John Cafaro, executive director, Global Chevrolet Design. “Inside and out, it offers style with a purpose.”

With available seating for up to eight and a longer wheelbase than the current model, the Traverse has few peers when it comes to capacity and roominess. In fact, the new Traverse is expected to offer best-in-class passenger volume as well as max cargo room at 98.5 cubic feet (2,789 liters), while greater storage options and larger bins throughout the ergonomically optimized cabin are designed to enhance convenience and versatility.

Loading the Traverse is a breeze with a new Chevrolet bowtie logo lamp feature illuminating the ground to show where drivers need to place a foot to activate the available hands-free power liftgate.

A new split-folding second-row seat improves on the Traverse’s original Smart Slide® feature. The curbside seat is capable of tipping up and sliding forward, even with a forward-facing child seat in place, to provide open and easy access to the third row. Third-row legroom is expected to be the most spacious in the segment at 33.7 inches (856 mm).

Connected and protected
The 2018 Traverse offers purposeful technology designed to help keep passengers safe, comfortable and connected.

Chevrolet’s latest connectivity technologies include available 7- and 8-inch-diagonal MyLink infotainment systems designed to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are products of Apple and Google and their terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible smartphone and data plan rates apply.)

Passengers will have access to USB charging ports in all three seating rows, available wireless charging and steering wheel-mounted phone and audio controls. Chevrolet’s Rear Seat Reminder feature is standard on all trim levels.

When it comes to helping to protect passengers, a comprehensive suite of available safety technologies and adaptive crash-avoidance features offers ease of use and added peace of mind, with new available features including:

Surround Vision
D-Optic LED headlamps (standard on High Country and Premier)
Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
Front Pedestrian Braking
Forward Collision Alert
Low and High-Speed Forward Automatic Braking.
Teen Driver is standard, allowing parents to set certain controls and review performance in order to help encourage better driving habits, even when parents are not in the vehicle.

Performance and efficiency
A new 3.6L V-6 and nine-speed automatic transmission form the standard propulsion system, expected to offer nearly 10 percent more horsepower than the current model and a GM-estimated 25 mpg highway (FWD). The combination also supports an estimated 5,000-pound (2,268 kg) trailering capacity when properly equipped.

Sporting the new RS trim, the Traverse will exclusively feature a 2.0L turbocharged engine that provides a unique driving experience, with more maximum torque than the V-6. It is also paired with the nine-speed automatic transmission.

Both engines feature new intelligent stop/start technology that determines the best times for fuel-saving engine-stop events, based on a variety of driving factors.

New Traction Mode Select is standard on all models and allows the driver to make real-time adjustments to the vehicle’s driving mode to account for varying road conditions. On available AWD models, it also allows the system to be completely disconnected from the rear axle, which helps save fuel and enhances refinement.

High Country’s exclusive Advanced AWD system employs twin-clutch technology that optimizes traction for every condition it encounters. It is engineered for optimal performance in wet, snowy and icy conditions, while also providing enhanced stability in dry conditions.


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