2018 Chevy Traverse – Cincinnati, OH
In the crossover world, there are very few vehicles that retain the SUV qualities they’re partially based on. Enter the redesigned 2018 Chevy Traverse in Cincinnati, OH, which has a new bold design that shows off its SUV roots when compared to its predecessor. Not only that, it also has a few trim levels on board: the RS and High Country, both of which have their own unique features and design cues. Meaning, the Traverse received a true overhaul on the design. With that new design comes potential class-leading passenger and cargo space. At least, that’s what GM is predicting. On top of that, the Traverse has a new 3.6-liter engine leading the way and an 2.0-liter engine can be found exclusively on the RS trim.
The Traverse is a crossover that has a bold, true SUV-based design, predicted best-in-class passenger and cargo space, along with a powerful V6 engine. It’s slotted to become the most SUV-like crossover there is.
98.5 cu. ft.
5,000 lb (est.)
Making its debut on the 2018 Traverse, the 3.6-liter V6 engine is all new for this model. It’s paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, and is said to offer nearly 10 precent more horsepower compared to the current engine, rated at 281 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque standard. Meaning, the Traverse should see some pretty significant gains in horsepower. It should be able to tow around 5,000 pounds, approximately the same as the current model, which makes sense as the engine focused on a horsepower upgrade, not torque. Torque is the main component that determines how much a vehicle can tow. Then again, it’s a midsize crossover. So, hanging around the 5,000 pound towing mark won’t hinder it too much.
Fuel-efficiency is still unknown, but GM is estimating about 25 mpg highway. Not too shabby for a larger midsize crossover SUV with a V6 under the hood.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is only going to be available on the RS trim. As disappointing as that news is, it’s still an upgrade over the current model that only has one engine. The turbocharger is obviously going to boost the output of the engine, and it’s going to get more torque than the V6 engine found on the other models. How much? Not sure, considering the Traverse is still fairly far away from a release date. But, that increased torque definitely adds to the sporty feel Chevrolet is going for with the RS trim.
FWD and AWD
The Traverse will be a FWD or AWD model, with the AWD on the High Country trim getting an added bonus from a twin-clutch. This twin-clutch is going to help optimize traction for whatever type of road hazard you come across. Giving you a safe and secure drive, regardless of what Mother Nature throws at you.
Again, fuel-efficiency is still unknown. But, you can expect a slight decrease if AWD is added.
Since the 2018 Traverse is predicted to lead the segment in storage and passenger space — especially in the third row — don’t be surprised if this midsize crossover feels larger than it really is. It has a longer wheelbase than the current model, and is able to seat up to eight full-grown passengers comfortably. That last fact alone makes this crossover SUV stick out in a crowd.
This last fact is bolstered further by the 33.7-inches of predicted best-in-class legroom for those in the third row – quite a large amount of legroom for this segment, and an amount the competition will have a hard time beating.
How will passengers gain access to this? With the Smart Slide feature found on the current Traverse that carries over to to the new model. This Smart Slide feature makes moving the second-row seats forward a breeze, allowing easy access for third-row passengers. The new Traverse enhances this by adding split-folding capability into the second row seats. Now, the second row seat on the passenger side will be able to tip up and slide forward, even with a child seat in place.
What does this all mean? It means that if you’re looking for a midsize crossover SUV with exceptional passenger space, you’ll want to go for the 2018 Traverse.
Along with a lot of third-row passenger space, the Traverse is going to offer a grand amount of cargo space. With all the seats folded down, the Traverse gets 98.5 cu. ft. of storage, complemented by plenty of extra storage options spread throughout the ergonomically-designed cabin.
Not only that, the 2018 Traverse is on the larger end of the midsize class, making it look even more like an SUV. Actually, the Traverse’s design is largely based on the other full-size SUVs found in the Chevrolet line up. Taking styling cues from both the Tahoe and Suburban, the Traverse is just slightly smaller in stature. It has that aggressive and bold stance that SUVs are notorious for, and doesn’t have nearly as many rounded corners or edges as your typical crossover SUV. Compared to others on the market, the Traverse appears like a grown-up version of the SUV, more sophisticated and smoother.
RS and High Country Trims
The 2018 Traverse also gets two new trim levels: the RS and High Country. The RS is geared towards a sportier ride, whereas the High Country is focused more on luxury. The unique looks of both trims reflect these ride realities well.
The RS package will include a unique paint job, with a blacked-out exterior, a black chrome grille, black bowtie, 20-inch wheels, and other related badging and styling cues. Since the High Country trim focuses on luxury, a lot of the changes will be found on the inside, such as leather and suede. On the outside though, there will be High Country badging signifying this trim’s status.
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