Replacing one of the oldest crossover SUVs in their showroom, the all-new redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Traverse made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show.
Having been around marginally changed for almost eight years, Chevrolet has thoroughly redesigned their largest crossover SUV, the Traverse. Competing against heavy hitters like the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot, it’s about time.
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse remains the largest three-row crossover in class, growing an inch in wheelbase and almost an inch in length. Styling is evolutionary of the Chevrolet family DNA and won’t surprise too many people.
Up front is a larger chrome grille matched with headlights that feature LED signature lighting. A new D-Optic LED headlight can be optioned that steps up the premium a bit. Alloy wheels range across the board from 18 to 20-inches in size.
Two new trim grades come to the Traverse, a sporty RS with the blacked out wheel and trim treatment and the new High Country that draws from the pickup truck line with a higher end level of interior and exterior trappings like 20-inch wheels, and the loft brown leather you see here among other things.
With seating options for up to eight people, Chevrolet says the Traverse will offer best-in-class third-row leg room which means adults can actually use it. Additionally, because of its length you can still have cargo behind them.
Second-row seats will offer the original smart slide capability but now the curb-side seat can tip and and slide forward even with a child seat strapped in it to allow quicker access to that third row. A power rear gate has a new foot activated hands-free opening feature too.
Powering the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will be a more powerful version of the 3.6 liter V6 now with 305 horsepower. It will come mated to an all-new nine-speed automatic transmission that combined with a curb-weight reduced by some 350 pounds should provide some healthy performance. Towing capacity will be 5,000 pounds.
Also available in the new RS trim grade will be a new 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 255 horsepower and a healthy 295 pound-feet of torque – also driving the wheels through the new nine-speed transmission.
Both engines will come with an auto start/stop system and a new traction mode select knob for both front-wheel and all-wheel drive models. On all-wheel drive you can also opt to disconnect completely the rear axle to save additional fuel.
Like virtually all new vehicles now, the new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will be available with a host of new driver assistance and preventative safety systems like radar based cruise control, lane departure warning, forward emergency braking and a whole lot more.
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse goes on sale later this year with pricing and more detailed specifications to be announced closer to then.