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Chevy Traverse RS Introduces More Customization and Vivacity

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2018 Chevy Traverse RS, at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show
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While the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has been heralded as an ample family-hauler, the brand’s Traverse RS offering promises to extend the personalized options and performance capabilities of this ride even further. As Steve Majoros, Chevrolet marketing director for cars and crossovers, articulated, “By offering customers more choice with higher-end entries like the RS, which has a more street-inspired look, […] Chevrolet now offers a comfortable and connected Traverse for every lifestyle.”

The most obvious cosmetic tweaks on the Traverse RS are manifested in the black window trim, grille, roof rails and bowtie emblems, as well as the 20-inch aluminum wheels detailed in Dark Android for added drama.


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The key factor that elevates the Traverse RS above its Traverse siblings is that it boasts the first turbocharged engine in the history of the Traverse lineup. Underneath the hood, Chevy has incorporated a direct-injected Ecotec 2.0-liter turbo engine which revs with 257 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, you can expect an agile, responsive performance when accelerating and hugging curves in the road.

Additional features include those found on the traditional Chevy Traverse model, since the automaker’s goal for the RS version is not to replace but to elaborate on the base model’s quintessential characteristics. Thus, you will find the following safety features on the RS Traverse: Teen Driver mode, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Surround Vision, a rear camera mirror, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist, and a rear seat reminder.

You can also enjoy the modern conveniences of remote start, a power liftgate, and trizone automatic climate control. Passengers will enjoy the Bose premium 10-speaker audio system paired with Chevrolet MyLink radio and OnStar 4G LTE with an available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, which will help you feel at home when you’re on the go.

Any fans of the conventional 2018 Traverse model should definitely check out this stylish addition to the Traverse lineup. As more drivers opt for SUVs over passenger cars, this well-rounded model should continue to do quite well for the automaker as the year unfolds.


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