The all-new 2018 Traverse will feature best-in-class cargo space and third-row leg room, making it the most spacious SUV in the segment, Chevrolet announced at the model’s unveil January 9 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Thanks to a stretched wheelbase, the new Traverse, as well as its GMC-badged cousin, the Terrain, can seat up to eight occupants, and sports a maximum cargo volume of 2,789 liters.
A new hands-free power lift-gate feature shows where drivers need to place their foot to trigger the lift-gate using a Chevrolet bowtie-logo-shaped lamp.
The all-new SUV features styling cues borrowed from its big-brother SUV siblings in the Chevy family. A more upright, larger front grille gives the vehicle a more imposing stance, complemented by smooth exterior surfacing treatment.
LED signature lighting is standard and a new D-Optic LED headlamp system is optional for improved illumination of the road during nighttime driving.
When it goes on sale this fall, the 2018 Traverse will be offered with a new 3.6-litre V6 and nine-speed automatic transmission standard.
Equipped with that new base V6, the new Traverse is expected to attain a highway fuel consumption rating of 9.4 L/100 km while offering nearly 10 percent more horsepower than the outgoing model. When properly equipped, the new Traverse is expected to manage a towing capacity of 2,268 kilogram (5,000 pounds).
When ordered in its new, sporty RS trim, the Traverse arrives with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that churns out more maximum torque than the V-6. Chevrolet promises “a unique driving experience” with the RS trim level, which shares the same nine-speed automatic as the V6-powered Traverse.
A plethora of safety features come standard on the new Traverse, including Surround Vision, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Front Pedestrian Braking, Forward Collision Alert, and Low- and High-Speed Forward Automatic Braking.
Pricing has yet to be announced for the all-new Traverse, but don’t expect the starting price to stretch too far from the outgoing model’s mid-$30,000 MSRP when the vehicle arrives in dealerships this fall.