After nearly 10 years on the market, Chevrolet has given its full-size crossover a major rehaul. This is the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.
“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.”
Up front, the grille is larger with chrome accents and LED signature lighting. D-Optic LED headlamps are also optional equipment. At the rear, the 2018 Traverse again takes cues from the Equinox, ditching its round rear for a squared-off one.
Speaking of the rear, the 2018 Traverse now features a Chevy bowtie logo lamp, which illuminates the ground for the driver to activate the hands-free power liftgate. It’s just one of the many new features to enhance the functionality and convenience of the 2018 Traverse.
The longer wheelbase also houses what Chevrolet hopes to be the segment’s best passenger and cargo space at 98.5 cubic feet with a split folding second-row seat.
As for powertrains, the 2018 Traverse will be powered by a 3.6-liter LGX V6 engine, but General Motors’ 2.0-liter LTG turbocharged four-cylinder engine will be available. Both engines will be mated to the automaker’s all-new nine-speed automatic gearbox. But, unlike the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, there is no diesel powertrain available. Boo. But we can forgive the Traverse for other improvements.
Both the V6 and turbocharged four-cylinder will be equipped with a standard start-stop system to enhance fuel economy, as is a Traction Mode, which allows for drivers to make real-time adjustments to the vehicle’s driving mode. For greater fuel efficiency, all-wheel drive models will feature the availability to disconnect the system to operate as a front-wheel drive vehicle to further increase fuel economy.
Other notable features to the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse are two all-new trim levels; Chevy will introduce a High Country and RS trim level, the latter available exclusively with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine.
As for safety, the 2018 Traverse will feature a suite of active safety features and crash-avoidance including:
- Surround vision
- Lane keep assist with lane departure warning
- Front pedestrian braking
- Forward collision alert
- Low and high-speed forward automatic braking
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will go on sale this fall with its incremental updates and new trim levels as it looks to dethrone its full-size competition.