2018 Chevrolet Traverse Review, Price, Release Date – The Traverse current models has been around the road for years with few changes, so the redesign is a nice welcome which means bringing lots of new stuff into Traverse.
Talk about redesign, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse goes in a different direction from its twin, the GMC Acadia. While Acadia is shrinking, 2018 Traverse grows to better accommodate the third row. In the process, the Traverse now looks more like a Tahoe than an midsize SUV.
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse gets a thinner headlamp and larger grille. Not only that, but the hood is more squared. Chrome accents adorn the prominently grille integrated, while sophisticated and attractive designs are present in several trim levels, such as the new High Country and RS models. These models will essentially be in the Traverse lineup as a top-of-the-line version.
Besides getting new styling and trim levels, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse also gets two new engines and a nine speed automatic transmission. The first engine is a new version of the current 3.6-liter V6, which produces 305 horsepower (20HP increase) and 260 pound-feet of torque.
The second engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder generates 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. This engine is only available on the new RS trim, which also gets unique black exterior accents. Both engines are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy has increases by 1 or 2 mpg depending on trim.
With dimensional changes, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is slightly longer than the current model (about half inch) and the wheelbase has increased by 2 inches (120.9 inches overall). Of course, that change means giving more interior space. The second row of seats gets an additional 3-inch leg room, while the third row adds about half an inch. Unfortunately the maximum cargo space decreased, with the second and third rows folded, the new Traverse has a cargo space of 98.5 cubes, from the previous 116.3 cubic feet. It’s still quite a lot of space, but 2018 Traverse may lose some appeal for maximum storage.
Some of the latest technology features are now standard or optional in the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, such as forward collision alert with automatic braking, lane-departure warning and a surround-view camera. Also standard is a Teen Driver mode which allows parents to set parameters for young drivers, like maximum speed and radio volume. The Chevrolet Traverse also gets a larger 7 or 8 inch touch screen compared to the old 6.5 inch screen. No more area around the screen surrounded by buttons and knobs. Chevy has also freed up space just below the central screen and in front of the shifter for a more open cabin view.
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will goes on sale in the fall, it’ll carry a starting price of $30,875 for L trim. The better-equipped Traverse LS starts at $32,995, while LT trims start from $35,495 for 1LT model and $42,095 for 3LT models. The Traverse Premier start from $45,395 and the new High Country model will start from $52,995.