Big sells, and Basic Motors knows that much better than any individual. Its truck-primarily based full-size Chevrolet, GMC, and Cadillac SUVs dominate their respective segments, and the outgoing Lambda three-row crossovers (the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave) racked up massive numbers over their lengthy life spans as effectively. Now those crossovers are getting into their second generation—we’ve already driven the new, smaller sized Acadia, although the Buick has yet to make its debut—and Chevrolet’s redesigned 2018 Traverse is still pondering large.
The new Traverse is undiminished in size, with a wheelbase that’s two inches longer than that of its predecessor and a complete eight inches longer than the new Acadia’s (though it nonetheless shares its basic architecture with the GMC). This pays dividends for passengers: Chevrolet claims that the new Traverse supplies far more headroom and legroom for the second- and third-row riders—impressive, considering that the outgoing Traverse already had one particular of the most spacious cabins in its class. The cargo location shrinks compared with the old Traverse, although the new model’s space behind the third row, 23 cubic feet, nevertheless beats competitors such as the Honda Pilot (16 cubic feet) and the Ford Explorer (21 cubic feet). Likewise, total cargo space with all seats folded goes from 116 cubic feet down to 99 cubic feet, although that figure manages to leading the similarly huge-boned Volkswagen Atlas’s 97 cubic feet.
Chevrolet’s designers have wrapped the 2018 Traverse in sheetmetal that adopts a a lot more squared-off appear than its predecessor. The new front end, with a huge hexagonal grille flanked by narrow headlights, mirrors that of the smaller 2018 Chevy Equinox crossover. A physique-color C-pillar breaks up the side glass region for a far more upright, trucklike profile, and the rear finish is comparable to that of the Acadia, albeit with diverse taillights.
Under the skin, Chevrolet claims a weight savings of 351 pounds (comparing front-wheel-drive base models), which brings the Traverse a lot more in line with slightly smaller sized competitors such as the Pilot and the Toyota Highlander. On most models, GM’s familiar three.6-liter V-6 gives the motive force (and a 5000-pound tow rating) with its 305 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. We are scratching our heads as to why the larger Chevrolet has a less potent, older version of this engine than the smaller sized Acadia, which makes 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft from its newer-generation three.6-liter.
The Traverse’s new RS trim level is also perplexing, as the purportedly sporty version of the Traverse comes only with front-wheel drive and a turbocharged 2.-liter four-cylinder making 255 horsepower. The turbo four does have much more torque than the V-6, with 295 lb-ft, but it does not appear poised to reside up to the RS model’s black trim and claimed racier suspension tuning with any true efficiency advantage.
Each the RS and the V-6–powered trim levels (comprising L, LS, LT, Premier, and High Nation) come regular with GM’s new nine-speed automatic transaxle and an engine cease/start off system. These upgrades support fuel economy significantly Chevrolet estimates that front-wheel-drive V-six models will earn 18/25–mpg city/highway ratings, although the front-drive-only 4-cylinder RS will get 20/23 mpg. Even if that two.0T highway quantity seems low, either engine offers a massive jump more than the present Traverse V-six, which gets 15/22 mpg city/highway regardless of driven wheels.
All-wheel drive will be optional on V-six models, and the leading Higher Country variant comes with the same torque-vectoring rear axle found in the Acadia All-Terrain and the Cadillac XT5. The new High Nation model is also poised to increase the Traverse’s profitability although the existing Traverse sells at reduced typical transaction rates than its competitors, this new top-of-the-line model (which shares its name with a Silverado trim level) could start about $ 50,000 and will compete with other fully loaded crossovers such as the Ford Explorer Platinum and the Honda Pilot Touring Elite.
Both seven- and eight-passenger configurations will be supplied, with the lower trim levels having three-seat benches for the second and third rows and the fancier versions sporting two captain’s chairs in the middle row. Households will appreciate the swift-release second-row seat that makes it possible for easy access to the third row, even though Chevrolet limits the tumbling function to the passenger side only. Even so, the Traverse’s list of offered functions is predictably long and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a hands-cost-free energy liftgate, GM’s rear-seat reminder system, a 360-degree camera, and active-safety characteristics such as adaptive cruise manage and automated emergency braking.
Chevrolet will not announce pricing details until closer to the 2018 Traverse’s on-sale date later this year, but expect the lower L, LS, and LT trim levels to stay in the $ 30,000-to-$ 40,000 range. The RS ought to slot in between the LT and the Premier models slightly above that, even though the Higher Country will sit at the leading of the lineup.