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  1. Zane Merva Executive Editor, GM-Trucks.com 6/4/2018 Chevrolet (and the rest of General Motors) is weeks away from the start of production of the 2019 Model Year. This week we're taking about what's new and the changes you can expect to see if you visit a dealership in the coming year. Check out our other "What's New For 2019 Articles" Here's what's new for the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Options That Have Been Retired (RT1) 18" Bright Silver machined face painted aluminum wheels (UVD) Heated steering wheel New Features, Colors & Options for 2019 (CXH) LT Premium Package, includes (IO6) 8" diagonal color touch-screen with Navigation and Chevrolet Infotainment, (UQA) Bose premium 10-speaker system, (DRZ) Rear Camera Mirror, (UVH) Surround Vision, (KI6) 120-volt power outlet and (SP6) 20" machined face aluminum wheels with Technical Gray pockets (3LT) and (SS9) 20" Dark Android painted aluminum wheels (2LT) (KI3) Automatic heated steering wheel (automatically turns on when selectable automatic activation enabled) (VQP) LPO, Bright roof-rack cross rails for 1LZ Premier and 2LZ High Country only Small Changes In Trim & Packaging for 2019 Exterior "Premier" badge design change on liftgate (PXJ) 18" Bright Silver painted aluminum wheels are now standard on 2FL and 1LT (replaces [RT1] 18" Bright Silver machined face painted aluminum wheels) (PDG) LPO, Cargo Package no longer includes (CAV) LPO, integrated cargo liner ([CAV] will now be included in [PDF] Floor Liner Package) (PCV) LPO, Premium Carpet Mat Package is now only available on 2LZ High Country (was available on LS, LT and 1LZ in 2018 model year) (PCX) LPO, 'Hit The Road Package now includes (VQP) Bright roof-rack cross rails, LPO on 1LZ Premier and 2LZ High Country (replacing [VLL] Black roof-rack cross rails, LPO) (VLL) LPO, Black roof-rack cross rails are now only available on LT, RS and (WBL) Redline Edition (replaced by (VQP) LPO, Bright roof-rack cross rails on 1LZ Premier and 2LZ High Country)
  2. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 2-7-2018 The 2.0-liter turbo is the new default “upgrade” engine in everything from the Hyundai Sonata to some AMG Mercedes cars. Automakers like Subaru, Ford, and others moved the 2.0-liter turbo into compact and midsize crossovers eons ago, and many premium crossover manufacturers like Jaguar and Lexus now use a blown four with two liters as the engine for their sporty makes. Chevy’s Traverse joins the party this year. Calling the new trim the 2018 Traverse RS, Chevy says the new three-row vehicle, “injects a distinctive dose of fun-to-drive sportiness into the midsize SUV segment.” The engine in the new Traverse RS will generate “up to” 257 hp and 295 lb ft of torque. The “up to” part means that Chevy is using pricey Premium fuel to generate those numbers, but you can use regular without burning holes in the pistons. Oddly, the peak torque arrives after 2,100 RPMS. That is actually high for a turbo. Many reach peak torque well below that engine speed. Chevy promises a “confident feeling of power on demand at all speeds." The transmission is a 9-speed auto. Chevy doesn’t say so in its press release, but as far as we can tell, the Traverse RS is front wheel drive only. It looks to us like the smaller, less powerful turbo Traverse has a $250 per year HIGHER fuel cost than the 310 hp 3.6-liter V6 Traverse with FWD. Even the AWD 3.6-liter Traverse beats the fuel economy number of the new turbo. Here are the fuel economy numbers for all combinations of Traverse. Here is the content list for the RS. Prices start at $43K. § HID headlamps and LED daytime running lamps § Upper and lower active aero shutters § Chevrolet MyLink radio with 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen and navigation § OnStar® 4G LTE and available built-in Wi-Fi® hotspot (3-month/3GB data trial)2 § Multicolor driver information center display § Jet Black leather-appointed seating surfaces § Heated front seats § Universal Home Remote § Tri-zone automatic climate control § Bose premium 10-speaker audio system § Power liftgate § Keyless Open with extended-range Remote Keyless Entry § Remote start § Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert § Rear Cross Traffic Alert § Rear Park Assist § Surround Vision § Rear Camera Mirror § Rear Seat Reminder § Teen Driver
  3. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 7-27-2017 Chevy teased out a bit of price info today. Most notably, that the 2018 Traverse will start at just $30,875 including destination and delivery. Chevy says that the Traverse will come in L, LS, LT, Premier, and a new sporty RS trim as well as the top-of-the line High Country. A Redline package will be available on Premier, with blacked-out and red accents. We went to the on-line configurator and priced out an AWD High Country Traverse with the optional Iridescent Pearl Tricoat paint, powered universal tablet holder, a year of OnStar Guidance and came up with as price of about $55k. The configurator bails out at the end and won't display a final buy price, but refers the person shopping to a dealer. The entry price is up about $2K from last year, which started at $28,700.
  4. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1-11-2017 Family and other commitments/conflicts kept the GM-Trucks.com staff away from the North American International Auto Show this year, an event we rarely miss. However, we do have friends, (well, one anyway), and he put eyeballs on the new Chevy Traverse for us and was kind enough to send us these images. Patrick Rall lives in Michigan right across from GM's proving grounds and is a long-time concept car spotter. We know him from Torque News and other publications at which he writes and works in editing. Patrick gave us his first-hand impressions of the new Traverse, and what we like about his comments is that they are very much like those offered by our members in the comments section of our Traverse launch story Monday. Patrick says that in person the Traverse does look like the larger Suburban and he says that was the general opinion at the show of those in attendance. That is certainly intentional and we suspect most of our members will say that is a good direction for the three-row Traverse. Patrick says that the new styling makes the Traverse look more big-SUV and less curvy little crossover. He also added, "The segment favors crossovers that are more like old school SUVs and less like big station wagons - which is why we are seeing Jeep do their best to make their smaller vehicles look like the Grand Cherokee or Wrangler." Good perspective. Our thanks for Patrick Rall's input and images.
  5. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1-9-2017 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmyERG_QOxA 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: -Surround Vision -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.
  6. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 12-19-2016 Chevrolet plans to show off its all-new Traverse on January 9th. The new mid/large size crossover will seat up to eight passengers to match the segment-sales-leading Highlander's capacity. Aside from the promise of up to eight passengers, Chevy says the new Traverse will have the most third-row legroom of any vehicle in its class. Coupled with that, Chevy says the Traverse will have the most cargo area. The new Traverse will have more modern technology and also a more premium look and feel. One specific technology that Chevy is highlighting in its previews are available D-Optic headlamps. Chevy says they will "...provide a natural daylight effect with a seamless light quality." This may be an effort by Chevy to meet the requirements by IIHS for its Top Safety Pick Plus designation, that requires a qualifying vehicle to have "Acceptable" or "Good" headlight performance. These new aspects aside, what would you like to see Chevy do with the new Traverse to make it better suited to your lifestyle? What do you think Chevy should do to make it more competitive with the Highlander, which is outselling it in past months by 2 to 1?
  7. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 8-2-2016 Chevrolet rolled out new special edition trims today for the 2017 Equinox and Traverse crossovers. Crossovers are the hottest non-truck segment in the automotive industry and Chevy is planing to take full advantage of buyer interest with these great-looking enhancements. The Equinox Midnight and Sport Editions and Traverse Graphite Edition will join the lineup starting immediately. Equinox: Mosaic Black Metallic is the color of the 2017 Equinox Midnight Edition. The Sport Edition will be Summit White. The LT model is the starting point for these trims and also required is the Convenience Package. Here's what makes them special: Black grille and Chevrolet bowties Black 18-inch aluminum wheels Jet-black perforated leather-appointed seats, giving customers the opportunity to have leather on an LT model Memory settings for the driver’s seat and exterior mirrors Black mirror caps and roof rack crossbars Traverse: The 2017 Traverse Graphite Edition starts with the 2LT model and includes: Mosaic Black Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, Siren Red Tintcoat and Iridescent Pearl Tricoat exterior colors 20-inch Dark Charcoal wheels Dual exhaust Black Chevrolet bowties Integrated Assist Step Image Note: We have reached out to GM's media division asking for images other than above. We will update the story when they are available.
  8. Our take on the crossovers from GM is that they will be changing and they will be more aligned with the competition's model sizes. It is too early to tell how it will all shake out.
  9. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1/21/2016 The recently revealed 2017 GMC Acadia gets smaller, lighter and more fuel efficient for 2017. With such close model alignment between GMC, Buick, and Chevy one would assume that the 2017 models of the Traverse and Enclave would follow suit. However, Automotive News (AN), a publication we hold in very high regard, is reporting that it thinks otherwise. This is based partly on a short comment by GM's Mark Reuss (who our own Zane Merva interviewed recently and who was kind enough to spend some time with this writer chatting off the record). In the context of whether the Chevy and Buick large crossovers would follow this smaller design of the GMC, Reuss is quoted as saying “The brand separation in size and mission and the positioning of these vehicles has never been more differentiated.” This makes Automotive News think GM will not keep the three amigos aligned. AN further speculates that GM will create a new crossover to slot in between the Equinox/Enclave. The problem with that logic is that Buick has just launched the new Envision, which is smaller than the Equinox by a little bit. Our take on the crossovers from GM is that they will be changing and they will be more aligned with the competition's model sizes. It is too early to tell how it will all shake out.
  10. GM also announced it is recalling 90 (yup, just 90) 2016 Silverados and Sierras because a mounting stud for an airbag sensor was improperly positioned during assembly. All 90 were built on October 13th and 14th. Again, this was during the period of the voting for the new contract, in this case just before the vote. The defect also occurred on the Tuesday and Wednesday following a Monday holiday, Columbus Day. You can check right here at this link to see if your vehicle is affected by either recall.
  11. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1/6/2016 General Motors is recalling 2,633 Acadia, Traverse, Enclave 2016 models all made at the Lansing Michigan plant. The affected vehicles could have a defective weld in the third-row seat assembly that is a safety concern according to NHTSA. The welds were applied during November from the 6th to the 12th of the month. A few days before that the Union that represents the line workers held a vote on the new contract. It narrowly passed. 43% of the workers at the plant voted against it. The period also coincided with a holiday (Veterans Day) and a weekend. This is almost certainly a coincidence. Recalls happen so often now, and often to so few vehicles it is hard to know what we should highlight. GM also announced it is recalling 90 (yup, just 90) 2016 Silverados and Sierras because a mounting stud for an airbag sensor was improperly positioned during assembly. All 90 were built on October 13th and 14th. Again, this was during the period of the voting for the new contract, in this case just before the vote. The defect also occurred on the Tuesday and Wednesday following a Monday holiday, Columbus Day. You can check right here at this link to see if your vehicle is affected by either recall.
  12. GM claims no fatalities have occurred as a result of any of these safety defects.
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