File this under things we missed, but absolutely still need to share. Chevrolet built a Traverse Popemobile for Pope Francis this past summer for use during a visit to Colombia and it’s an odd looking thing.
The rear roof is, of course, gone and makes room for the Pope’s single leather chair, which can rotate 360 degrees, and metal structure to encase the rear. Two additional leather seats accompany the Pope’s chair for archbishops. Tempered glass surrounds the Pope’s box, rails provide points for the Pope’s guards to hang on to and leather lines the entire rear cabin. Additionally, the rear features an automatic staircase for ease of use. Chevy said the work took five months to complete.
The Chevrolet Traverse Popemobile is probably the closest thing Chevy has built to a ute since the El Camino exited production. It’s a wild looking thing. The brand also delivered a Chevrolet Sonic for the Pope for trips not involving the public.
Following the trip, both the Traverse and Sonic remained with the Episcopal Conference of Colombia.