[Photos] 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Looks Fancy, Gets High Country and RS Trims
Chevrolet has revealed the all-new 2018 Traverse in the wee hours leading up to the kick-off of the 2017 North American International Auto Show, boasting a redesigned SUV that the brand anticipates will provide best-in-class third-row legroom, maximum cargo room, and passenger volume in addition to its snazzy new look.
“The all-new Traverse offers the ultimate in style and convenience for the segment, with the versatility customers need and a thoughtful, spacious design they’ll love,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and brand chief, Global Chevrolet. “It’s the midsize SUV designed to help keep you safe, comfortable and connected.”
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The 2018 Traverse will carry on the design nomenclature of Chevrolet’s newest SUVs, and it will be offered with aesthetic touches including chrome accents, LED signature lighting, and available D-Optic LED headlamps.
New for the next-generation will be two new trims: a Traverse RS for the sport-minded customer and the High Country for lovers of luxury. The former will feature a blacked-out look through black badges, chrome grille, wheels, and various other exterior touches. The latter will receive exclusive Loft Brown leather interior appointments and suede accents, 20-inch polished wheels, standard D-Optic lighting, twin-clutch Advanced AWD, power-third row seating, and unique badging.
“The all-new Traverse blends Chevrolet’s characteristic SUV cues with capability and refinement,” said John Cafaro, executive director, Global Chevrolet Design. “Inside and out, it offers style with a purpose.”
Irrespective of trim, Chevrolet anticipates that the 2018 Traverse’s 98.5 cubic feet of max cargo room and 33.7 inches of third-row legroom will provide best-in-class utility and comfort. Additional convenience features include an available bowtie puddle lamp to help illuminate where a foot should be placed to activate the hands-free power liftgate; a split-folding second row; and safety features including Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Teen Driver, Rear Seat Reminder, Surround Vision, and Low- and High-Speed Forward Automatic Braking.
Of particular interest is a feature that will allow the driver to slide the Traverse’s touchscreen upward for convenient behind-the-center-stack storage. How fancy!
The 2018 Traverse will be powered at base level by a new 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to Chevy’s all-new nine-speed automatic transmission, a combination that is expected to offer more power and better fuel economy than the outgoing pair. The Traverse RS will be offered with the same 2.0-liter turbo that will feature in the 2018 GMC Terrain and 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. All models will feature standard intelligent stop/start technology and Traction Select Mode.
“Nobody in the industry offers a broader, fresher lineup of SUVs and crossovers than Chevrolet,” said Batey. “From the all-electric Bolt EV to America’s longest-running nameplate, Suburban, we’ve got something for every customer and lifestyle.”