Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
Chevrolet launched the all-new 2018 Traverse today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. The major themes of this full redesign are more cargo room, more third-row space, and safety technology improvements. Available D-Optic LED headlamps will be a welcome improvement and may help the Traverse earn a Top Safety Pick Plus rating from IIHS.
Chevy claims the new Traverse will have the most passenger and cargo volume (98.5 cubic feet) in its class. The second-row Smart Slide® seats have been improved. These seats now split and fold, and the outboard two seats can tip forward while a forward-facing child seat is left in place (presumably with the child not in the seat). A third-row middle seat means that the Traverse will join the Toyota Highlander in being 8-passenger capable on trims that have the 3-seat bench in the middle (instead of captains' chairs).
New trims include a black-out themed RS and a High Country which features Loft Brown Leather with suede accents. The High Country will also feature premium content and technology. We noticed the cool lifting dash cubby we know from the larger GM SUVs. Was this part of Traverse in the past?
The RS will have an exclusive 2.0L Turbocharged gasoline engine with more torque than the new 3.L engine found on other trims. Both are paired to a nine-speed transmission. Like it or not, all Traverse engines are now equipped with stop-start technology. Both front-wheel drive and AWD will be available. The new Traction Traction Mode Select allows a driver to tailor power and grip to the driving situation, and can decouple the rear-drive portion fully, for better fuel economy.
Like all GM products, technology continues to be an emphasis. Everything we have seen before is available, plus USB ports in all three rows. GM Summarized the active safety with this rundown:
-D-Optic LED headlamps (standard on High Country and Premier)
-Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
-Front Pedestrian Braking
-Forward Collision Alert
-Low and High-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
A teen driver mode is also available (and we reported on this yesterday evening in the Terrain summary). Chevy says "Teen Driver is standard, allowing parents to set certain controls and review performance in order to help encourage better driving habits, even when parents are not in the vehicle."
The all-new Traverse arrives in the fall of 2017 as a 2018 model year vehicle.