After countless sightings of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, it seems General Motors might be preparing to reveal the brand’s largest crossover at the 2017 North American International Auto Show.
The Wall Street Journal reports Chevrolet plans to take the wraps off the three-row crossover at the 2017 NAIAS, according to the paper’s sources that are familiar with the programs. The 2018 Traverse will ride on an extended version of the new C1XX platform, which the smaller 2017 GMC Acadia and 2017 Cadillac XT5 also share, and will more than likely utilize its space more efficiently.
WSJ continues with saying that the world can expect to see weight savings of around 300 pounds over the current Traverse, with a V6 engine to serve as the range-topping powertrain.
As far as styling goes, we could see some design cues similar to that of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. We also imagine that Chevrolet could take the opportunity to move away from the more round, bulbous looks and more towards a squared-off design to mimic a traditional SUV.
The current-generation Chevrolet Traverse has been around since calendar year 2009, which puts it pretty long in the tooth. A 2013 model year refresh helped keep the product relevant, and the crossover has routinely sold over 100,000 units in America annually. The Lambda platform that the current Traverse is based on first debuted with the Buick Enclave, back in 2007. In short, GM’s large crossover family is as old as it has been successful.
Should the report be correct, we won’t have much longer to wait for something fresh, as the 2017 NAIAS kicks off January 9.