The parade of 2018 vehicle introductions continues with Chevrolet’s multi-featured SUV, Traverse.
“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.”
Set to go 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 & 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, according to the company.
The new RS package includes 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 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 new Traverse is expected to offer best-in-class passenger volume as well as max cargo room at 98.5 cubic feet, while greater storage options and larger bins throughout the ergonomically optimized cabin are designed to enhance convenience and versatility.
CONNECTED & 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.
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 to help encourage better habits for young drivers.
PERFORMANCE & EFFICIENCY
A new 3.6-liter V-6 and 9-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 trailering capacity when properly equipped.
Sporting the new RS trim, the Traverse will exclusively feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with more maximum torque than the V-6. It is also paired with the 9-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 in all conditions. It is engineered for optimal performance in wet, snowy and icy conditions, while also providing enhanced stability in dry conditions.