Report: Next Chevy Traverse, Buick Enclave Will Retain Larger Size
Family Sized Crossovers Won’t Follow Same Downsizing as New Acadia
The GMC Acadia went on a massive diet for the 2017 model year, losing as much as 700 pounds compared to its predecessor and shrinking down to a size closer to the segment sales leaders Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Toyota Highlander. However Automotive News, citing GM global product chief Mark Reuss, the Acadia’s former platform mates, the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, will likely retain their current larger format. “The brand separation in size and mission and positioning of these vehicles have never been more differentiated,” Reuss said.
The Traverse essentially replaced the Uplander minivan in the Chevrolet lineup, and its large, versatile size and roomy third row made it an effective replacement for a traditional minivan. Likewise, Buick, with its recently introduced Envision midsize crossover, now has an intermediate model between the subcompact Encore and fullsize Enclave. The new Traverse and Enclave are expected to share their basic platform with the new Acadia but with a longer wheelbase and larger overall size closer to that of the current models.
Chevrolet is expected to introduce an intermediate model between the Equinox, which will likely get smaller than the current generation, and the Traverse. If true, that would give Chevrolet four crossovers in its lineup, excluding the fullsize body-on-frame Tahoe and Suburban SUVs.
Source: Automotive News