Chevrolet kept details surrounding the sportier 2018 Traverse RS locked up following its mention at the crossover’s debut in 2017, but the brand finally placed a price on the vehicle. On Wednesday, Chevy announced the 2018 Traverse RS will start at $43,095, which includes destination.
Previously, a report sourced unofficial pricing and pegged the full-size, sporty CUV to start at $42,995, which was near spot on. For the money, the RS trim will subtract the base 3.6-liter V6 engine and add a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mill. The engine does not produce more power, but makes more torque—257 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque with the four-cylinder turbo compared to 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque with the V6.
The EPA estimates fuel economy ratings of 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. Strangely enough, the highway figure is actually worse than the 3.6-liter V6 engine, which returns an EPA-estimated 27 mpg.
The RS trim includes a boatload of standard equipment for the price, however. Niceties include HID headlights, a suite of active safety features, an eight-inch infotainment screen, heated front seats, tri-zone climate control and a power liftgate.
On the styling front, the sporty RS trim adds a black grille, black window trim, black roof rails and black bowtie emblems, and 20-inch aluminum wheels featuring a Dark Android finish.
Buyers should see the Traverse RS at dealership lots at present. For more insight, check out the GM Authority review of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.