Chevrolet produces a wide variety of sport utility vehicles ranging from the Trax crossover, to the fleet favourite Equinox, all the way to the full size Tahoe and Suburban. In between the Equinox and Tahoe is the all-new for 2018 Traverse. It has been completely redesigned inside and out, with all-new front and rear fascia with new Chevrolet grille, LED DRLs, available LED headlights, new side profile, and rear end look. Inside is also all-new with a more refined design, improved amenities and fit and finish.
A new 3.6 litre engine produces 305 horsepower with 260 foot/pound of torque mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The combination offers fuel economy of 12.9/8.7 L/100 kilometres (city/highway), a big fuel economy improvement over the outgoing model. A 2.0L turbocharged engine is available on RS trim models in front-wheel drive, it offers 255hp and 295 ft/lbs of torque and is also mated to nine-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is 11.7/9.0 L/100km. All-wheel drive is available on 3.6L models, and towing is rated at 5,000 pounds for 3.6L and 1,500 lbs for 2.0L models.
Overall, Traverse is lighter (4,362 lbs for LS FWD model, outgoing model was 4,694 lbs), longer (204.3 inches compared to 203.7”), wider (78.6” compared to 78.5”), longer wheelbase (120.9” compared to 118.9”), and shorter (70.7” compared to 71”). All this leads to more front and rear headroom, rear legroom, passenger volume and cargo volume.
The 2018 Traverse also adds a selection of standard technology to the mix, previously available on certain packages. These include: stop/start technology, seven-inch colour touchscreen, teen driver, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, push button start, and tip/pitch/slide third row. Available options include heated and ventilated front seats and heated second row seats.
Traverse offers a wide selection of safety technologies. New for 2018 are intellibeam headlights, adaptive cruise control, rear camera mirror, surround vision, front pedestrian braking and forward automatic braking. These are in addition to other available features; lane keep assist with lane departure warning, rear parking assist, rear cross traffic alert, rear camera, and side blind zone alert.
Innovations on the Traverse include an enhanced smart slide second row seat, which can be slid and aligned even when a child seat is anchored in place, rear seat reminder is standard, the hands free power liftgate projects an emblem making it easy to see where to place your foot to activate, models with eight-inch colour touchscreen also have a hidden storage compartment.
Trim levels for Traverse are base LS, LT Cloth, LT True North, Premier and High Country. True North also offers a RS package that includes a turbo engine and unique styling. Premier also offers a Redline package that offers blacked out styling and a unique look. In all 11 build combinations are available, down from 136 that were available in 2017, simplifying the ordering process.