2018 Chevrolet Traverse to Debut in Detroit
Redesigned Fullsize Crossover Expected to Be Larger than Acadia
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will be revealed on January 9, 2017 at the Detroit Auto Show. Based on a silhouette image released by Chevrolet, the new Traverse is going to be significantly larger than the GMC Acadia and will maintain its status as having one of the largest interiors of three-row crossovers. The new-generation C1XX fullsize crossover models are going to show more product differentiation than before, with the GMC going the short-wheelbase route and now sharing a platform with the Cadillac XT5. The new Buick Enclave is expected to share its wheelbase with the Traverse.
Mechanically, expect the new Traverse to use the 3.6L LGX V-6 engine, possibly in a slightly lower-power tune than the 310 hp and 271 lb-ft as in the Acadia and XT5, at least in entry-level models. Considering the larger size and heavier weight of the long-wheelbase configuration, the base 194hp 2.5L I-4 from the Acadia may or may not make an appearance. In the release, Chevrolet teases new “D-Optic” headlamps featuring a “natural daylight effect” and “seamless light quality.” In terms of trim levels, expect the new Traverse to follow the Chevrolet convention of LS, LT, and Premier, which has replaced the LTZ trim on its passenger car and SUV models.
General Motors’ Lambda fullsize crossovers have soldiered on for nearly a decade without a full redesign. The family included the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, and the late Saturn Outlook. The new GMC Acadia debuted for 2017 with a shorter wheelbase and trimmer overall package, presumably to differentiate it from the Traverse and Enclave and better position it against the Jeep Grand Cherokee.