These two crossovers will play an integral part in Chevrolet’s vehicle strategy, as buyers shift towards CUVs more permanently. Both will be joined by a new midsize crossover to slot between Equinox and Traverse.
We can’t comment much on design, because camouflage is caked on to the max, leaving the imagination to work out the details. Imagine a much more angular front end, taking cues from Chevrolet sedans, while the rear remains for a mystery.
The biggest news on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is its size. While the 2017 GMC Acadia shrinks to a midsize crossover, the Traverse will remain a full-size vehicle with a third row. The jury is still out on what GMC will do to replace the vacated space the Acadia once held, but it will likely arrive sooner rather than later. This market is booming, after all.
Underpinning the 2018 Traverse will be the same platform the 2017 Acadia and 2017 XT5 are riding on: C1XX. The new architecture ditches the old Lambda bones, and should help the Traverse shed a couple hundred pounds in the process. Expect all-wheel drive as an option, and a 3.6-liter LGX V6 to provide the power to a six-speed automatic. That is, unless the all-new, nine-speed automatic is ready by this time.
Much like the current Equinox, the current Traverse is hot. Don’t expect a rush to bring this vehicle to market, as Chevrolet milks the first-generation’s sales until the end. Do expect a possible 2017 Detroit debut, though.