First Look: 2018 Chevrolet Traverse
Chevy’s Big Crossover Gets Available I-4 Turbo Power, High Country Trim
When the GMC Acadia was redesigned for 2017, it was repositioned in size and style closer to the Jeep Grand Cherokee and more mainstream midsize entries like the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot. Since the first-generation Acadia shared its Lambda platform with the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse, many wondered if its platform-mates would follow suit with a trimmer silhouette. With the official unveiling of the 2018 Traverse, we can definitively say that the answer is no. The second-generation C1XX-platform Traverse is actually marginally larger in length, width and wheelbase than its predecessor. Styling-wise, the new Traverse takes cues from the recently unveiled 2018 Equinox crossover, while showing a family resemblance to the Tahoe, with some subtle Land Rover and Durango influences. Despite being larger than its predecessor, the new Traverse has a leaner, more contemporary appearance.
Chevrolet is claiming the new Traverse will have “class-leading” interior volume, third row room and cargo area with improved storage options and versatility. USB charging ports will be available for all three rows, and wireless charging for front seat occupants will be optional. Adding to the big crossover’s versatility is a SmartSlide second row seat allowing for the curb side section of the second row to tilt and slide forward, even with a child seat to allow easier access to the third row, with a claimed class-leading legroom of 33.7 inches.
Adopting a feature originally offered by Ford, the new Traverse offers an available foot-activated rear liftgate. At night, a bowtie is projected onto the ground below to prompt people where to place their foot to activate the liftgate.
Available 7 and 8-inch center touchscreens feature Chevrolet’s MyLink interface with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The GM-ubiquitous 4G LTE hotspot is naturally offered on the new Traverse. As is expected in a family-oriented vehicle, safety features get top billing, with an available surround vision camera system, lane keep assist and lane departure warning, front pedestrian braking, forward collision alert and high and low-speed automatic braking.
New for 2018 is an available 2.0L I-4 turbo with 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, available on the RS trim level. The standard engine on most Traverse models is the latest generation of GM’s ubiquitous 3.6L direct-injected DOHC V-6. In the Traverse, the engine makes 305 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to a new 9T50 nine-speed automatic transmission. All models will feature non-defeatable auto stop-start. In addition to the RS trim, the new Traverse adds the High Country trim made popular on the Silverado as the top-of-the-line model, featuring Loft Brown leather trim with suede accents, 20-inch wheels, D-Optic LED headlights, a standard trim-exclusive dual-clutch all-wheel-drive system, and power folding third-row seats.
The Traverse will go on sale in fall 2017, and will be built at GM’s Lansing Delta Township plant. Pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date.