The original Chevrolet Traverse, although classified as a crossover, helped GM court the minivan crowd with a little more style. That ethos absolutely carried on when designing the second-generation 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.
Rick Spina, GM chief engineer for crossovers, brought the 2018 Traverse to Autoline for an in-depth discussion on the vehicle and provided some context on how the team identified trends that shaped the final product.
From a design perspective, the goal was to emulate a truckier design, but increase functionality for families. Again, minivan amenities with a more stylish package. Spina also says engineers also ensured every passenger has a “space” in the 2018 Traverse. Phone charging ports, cup holders and storage were paramount.
He also talks about how he works to differentiate every GM crossover when so many share essential components, platforms and engines. The Traverse’s extended C1 platform also underpins the 2018 Buick Enclave. The C1 platform itself underpins the Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia. Soon, the new Chevrolet Blazer will share the C1 platform, too.
It’s a great discussion for those seeking the finer details on the crossover, so press play above and start learning.