The Chevrolet Traverse is full-size crossover marketed by General Motors primarily in North America.
Currently spanning two generations, the Traverse actually has larger exterior proportions as compared to its body-on-frame Chevrolet Tahoe corporate cousin. The Traverse nameplate was originally used for another concept car, displayed at the 2003 North American International Auto Show.
The first generation Chevrolet Traverse debuted at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show in February 2008, and reached dealership lots by October 2008. The Traverse’s design was inspired by the 2005 Chevrolet Sequel concept car, and featured a grille shape similar to that of the 2008 Malibu, as the two were both penned using the same design language.
The first-gen Traverse was based on GM Lambda platform, which it shared with the first-gen GMC Acadia, first-gen Buick Enclave and Saturn Outlook. Initially, the Traverse was manufactured at the GM Spring Hill plant in the Tennessee until the 2010 calendar year, when production was moved to the GM Delta Township plant in Michigan. Aside from the doors, most of the sheet metal was unique as compared to the other Lambda-based crossovers.
A mid-cycle refresh was introduced for the 2013 model year, and featured a revised front fascia, redesigned rear liftgate and Camaro-inspired taillights.
In the powertrain department, the first-gen Traverse was only offered with one engine and transmission option throughout its entire run: the naturally aspirated 3.6L LLT V6 gasoline engine, rated at 281 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, was mated to the GM six-speed automatic transmission. It’s worth noting that the LLT V6 engine made 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the dual-exhaust system. FWD was standard while AWD was available.
The trim level lineup included LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ, and production spanned the 2009 thru the 2017 model years.
The second-generation Chevrolet Traverse was unveiled on January 23rd, 2017 at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and went on sale in July 2017 as a 2018 model year vehicle. Originally launched in the North American market, the full-size crossover eventually expanded to the Russian market in 2018, followed by South Korea in 2019.
The second-gen Traverse rides on the long-wheelbase version of the GM C1 platform, which it shares most directly with the Buick Enclave. A different variant of the same architecture is also used on the Cadillac XT5, GMC Acadia, Cadillac XT6, and Chevrolet Blazer. Two models – the three-row Chevrolet Blazer and Buick Enclave – sold exclusively in China, use a variant of the C1 platform more directly shared with the aforementioned XT6.
Production of the second-gen Traverse place at the GM Delta Township plant in Michigan.
The trim lineup ranges from LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier, and High Country. FWD and AWD is offered across the entire model lineup, although the LS trim is only available with FWD and the High Country trim is only available with AWD.
A mid-cycle refresh was introduced for the 2022 model year, one year later than it was originally planned due to complications related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The refreshed Traverse features a revised grille similar to that of the redesigned Tahoe, a new dual-level headlight arrangement inspired by the 2019 and newer Chevy Blazer, a new eight-inch infotainment display, and the inclusion of several standard safety technologies.
In regards to powertrain, the second-gen Traverse originally launched with two powerplants. The first, available only on the RS trim, was the turbocharged 2.0L LTG I4 gasoline engine. It was rated at 257 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The boosted four-pot was dropped following the 2019 model year. The naturally aspirated 3.6L LFY V6 gasoline engine was standard across the entire lineup, and produced 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Regardless of engine option, all second-gen Traverse models are equipped with the GM nine-speed automatic transmission.
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- 2016 Chevrolet Traverse
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- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Awards & Accolades
- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Changes, Updates, New Features
- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Chassis, Suspension & Brakes
- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Colors
- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Equipment Packages
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- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Chrome Assist Steps Exterior Option
- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Front License Plate Bracket Package
- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Hit The Road Package
- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Molded Assist Steps Exterior Option
- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Roof Rack Exterior Option
- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Wheel Locks
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- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Tires
- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Trunk And Liftgate
- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Wheels
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- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Instructions & How-Tos
- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Interior
- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse In-Vehicle Technology
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- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Seats
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- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Trunk & Cargo Area
- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Lineup, Trim Levels And Pricing
- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Order Guide
- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Performance
- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Platform
- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Production & Manufacturing
- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Safety
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- 2018 Chevrolet Traverse
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