Chevrolet has, somewhat strangely, kept official photos and details surrounding the 2018 Traverse RS locked up. We say that because the RS trim was announced at the vehicle’s debut this year, however, it’s still missing in action. For that reason, the Traverse Redline Edition is pictured above.
But, all of this didn’t stop Cars Direct from sourcing official pricing and fuel economy numbers.
Ahead of its official launch—we’re not sure when that will be—the report states the 2018 Traverse will arrive with a $42,995 price, which includes a $995 destination charge. For the money, the full-size crossover comes equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive and various sporting touches.
Overall, the Traverse RS is sort of an oddball within the CUV’s lineup. It’s supposedly sportier, but the turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes less power than the standard 3.6-liter V6 engine—257 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque with the four-cylinder turbo compared to 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque in the V6. We suppose the additional torque is the differentiator here.
Additionally, fuel economy isn’t much better than the V6, either. In the city, the 2.0L turbo is estimated to return 20 mpg, versus 18 mpg with the V6 engine paired sans all-wheel drive. Highway fuel economy for the four-cylinder engine is actually worse than the V6 at 25 mpg compared to 27 mpg. All-wheel drive Traverses match the RS with 25 mpg on the highway.
Outside, the sporty CUV will come with black bowties, 20-inch black wheels, black roof rails, gloss black window trim and a black ice grille and foglamp bezels.
When it joins the Traverse lineup, Chevrolet will position the RS between the LT Leather and Premier trims.