With the 2017 Detroit Auto Show going on, we have the chance to see exciting new announcements. This time, we will talk about the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, an interesting bet on full-size SUVs.
The market has its own voice, which comes to be more important that the manufacturer itself. What we are trying to say is that the US market loves huge trucks and General Motors is paying attention to what people actually wants.
The previous Traverse was already big. Now, this revamp of a fairly successful model comes with a notably bigger size. With three rows of seats, not a single passenger, not matter how big he or she is, will enjoy comfort at its best, with all the headroom and legroom they could possibly ask. Let’s get straight into the details.
Powertrain and Specs
As expected, the 2018 Traverse will come in many different trims, so there will be multiple setups. On most of the available trims, this SUV is getting a 3.6-litre V-6 powerplant that is capable of generating up to 305 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of maximum torque. The L, LS, LT, Premier, and High Country trims, which are the ones getting the V-6 setup, complete it with a debuting 9-speed automatic transaxle transmission.
On the other hand, the 2018 Traverse RS model, which comes to be the sportier presentation, will have a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine, generating up to 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of maximum torque. This seems odd because it is. It’s confusing how a sporty trim is getting a significantly smaller engine in comparison with regular trims. The RS will get the same 9-speed gearbox.
In terms of fuel efficiency, which is a tough matter on big trucks, the 2018 Traverse reports 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway when it comes to the V-6 FWD models. The RS and its 4-cylinder engine get 20 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway.
All-wheel drive system will come as optional for all the trims with the V-6 engine, while the RS has AWD as standard. As the most expensive trim, the High Country gets plenty of exciting things as standard, as a cutting-edge torque-vectoring rear axle, also found in the amazing Cadillac XT5.
Outstanding Look and Space
The greatest attractive on the 2018 Traverse is its size. Seven- and eight-passenger setups will be available, neither of both affecting negatively the comfort of all people aboard.
With two inches more in its wheelbase, the 2018 model is exponentially bigger, both in feels and looks. In order to provide more space for passengers, the cargo area was reduced. The funny thing is that even with its cargo area reduced down to 23 cubic feet, it remains way bigger than competitors’.
The redesign involves more edges and a square feeling. The hexagonal grille at the front end is simply astonishing, along with the narrow, fresh headlights. It gives a techy, cutting-edge impression on purpose, trying to say us that bigger doesn’t mean clumsy or unappropriated.
The Bottom Line
The 2018 Traverse, in any of its refreshed trims, represent a solid bet on huge SUVs, now becoming a serious trend in the US market. Up to eight passengers will enjoy all the luxurious amenities this spectacular model has to offer.
Prices haven’t been announced yet but the estimated range is between US$30,000 and US$40,000.