GM knows that when it’s big, it sells. Just one example is the Traverse. Even with the first generation being nine years old, it still sells well. Traverse was sold 837.067 times from its release in October 2008 until end of 2016. Even with facelifts, GM knows that Traverse lags behind the competition like Mazda CX-9, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Ford Explorer. Thus new generation has unveiled this January. And 2018 Chevrolet Traverse brings longer wheelbase, bigger dimensions, and much-needed redesign.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse – Interior
Wheelbase is extended by 2 inches, while overall length is increased by 8 inches. That will surely be enough to provide more space inside, (like that was even needed). Not only that, but Chevrolet claims that new Traverse is 351 pounds lighter than its predecessor. Due to increase in dimensions, Chevrolet claims that more headroom and legroom will be available for second and third-row occupants. That is even more admirable when we know that outgoing Traverse has the most spacious cabin in its class.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse will be available in seven or eight seat configuration. There is now what Chevrolet calls Enhanced Smart Slide second-row seat, to provide easier access to the third row. There is also a long list of features. Most notable ones are Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 360° camera, hands-free power liftgate that even projects Chevrolet logo on the ground. Behind the multifunctional steering wheel, there is available driver information center on 4.2-inch color display. The center-mounted infotainment screen can go up to unveil hidden storage compartment for valuables.
The only downside is that cargo space behind the third row is now smaller (23 cubic feet). But then again, it remains bigger than its competitors. For example, Ford Explorer has 21, while Honda Pilot even less, 16 cubic feet. When all seats are folded, cargo space is again smaller than before, it went from 116 to 99 cubic feet. But again it still provides more than Volkswagen’s Atlas which has 97 cubic feet.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse – Design
As for design on front, boxy look is disappear. New lines and flow beautify this model and catches up the design of key competitors. On front, there is new large hexagonal grille with new narrow D-optic headlights. Lighting units have adaptive high beams. On the side, we can see that C-pillar in body color cuts the glass surface to give it more truck-like look. On the other hand rear end is similar to GMC Acadia but with different set of rear lights.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse – Engine Lineup
The main powertrain for Traverse is GM’s familiar 3.6-liter V6 engine. It provides 305 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque and 5000-pound tow rating. It comes with nine-speed automatic transmission that and Stop/Start system. FWD is standard on all trims, but AWD is optional on all except new RS trim which is the only that comes with different engine. 2018 Chevrolet Traverse also gets better fuel economy. The current Traverse has 15/22 mpg city highway, while new model goes to 18/25 mpg.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse – New Trims
The RS is introduced as sportier variant of Traverse. With this selection, buyer will get 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine. It provides less horsepower than V6, 255. On the other hand, it provides more torque, 295. But even with racier suspension and black trim, RS isn’t something that remarkable quick. The fuel economy for this engine is 20/23 mpg. In addition to standard L, LS, LT, and Premier, there is now High Country trim that will be top offer. It will come with torque-vectoring rear axle like on Cadillac XT5 if the buyer wants to upgrade to AWD.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse – Safety
Outgoing Traverse had simple crash prevention systems. That will change since 2018 Chevrolet Traverse when comes with number of active safety features. Those are forward collision alert, front pedestrian braking, lane keeping assist and forward automatic braking in both low and high speeds. So, the IIHS will rate front crash prevention more than just basic. But we are still waiting for the IIHS to evaluate the Traverse in crash test that is nightmare for majority of automotive industry, small overlap crash test. While mentioned test wasn’t conducted on first generation, we hope that 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will be the first one to hit 5-foot tall rigid barrier with front corner going 40 mph.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse – Price
New SUV will be available in summer this year. And pricing options will be closer to its sale start date. But expect that entry trims (L, LS, and LT) remain on $30.000-$40.000 range.