2018 Chevrolet Traverse Preview Jan 27, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is an all-new model that replaces the previous styling with a new look, three rows of seats, and plenty of other upgrades. The new Traverse has a longer wheelbase than the current version, meaning that everyone will get more room to stretch out. Chevrolet is hoping that the new look will attract new interest in a crowded field of top-notch crossovers.
Under the Hood
Drivers will be in control of a 3.6LV6 engine that works with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Together, they give you a 10% increase in power which should mean that the newest version has over 300 horsepower. (Chevy will also offer a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that works for those who prefer that configuration, but we don’t recommend it.) Of course, Chevrolet also says that the new engine and transmission combination should improve fuel economy. They expect the front-wheel drive model to get 25 mpg on the highway, an improvement of 3 mpg. The Traverse can also tow as much as 5,000 pounds when configured correctly. Every 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will come with Traction Mode Select, a system that lets you make adjustments in real time so you can adjust the vehicle’s performance. Models with all-wheel drive also have the ability to be switched to just front-drive operation as a way to enhance fuel economy.
Size and Styling
The Traverse used to be the same size as the GMC Acadia, but the new Traverse has outgrown its corporate twin. The next generation has a wheelbase that is 8.4 inches longer and an overall increase in length of 10.7 inches. Thankfully, the Traverse has lost 350 pounds despite its growth in size, making this crossover leaner and more efficient than ever. The new model has a more muscular style with a new fascia, narrower headlamp assemblies, and a longer and more angular rear. The roof pillars are blacked out to create the impression of wraparound glass and floating rear roof. You can enjoy the LED lighting on both ends of this SUV, and top trims also add D-Optic LED headlights.
Driving the 2018 Chevy Traverse will always be a safe adventure thanks to the range of available advanced features. You can add a lane-departure warning that includes lane-keep assist, pedestrian detection with braking, automatic braking at low and high speeds, and forward-collision warning. There is also a standard teen driver system that lets you review your teen’s driving performance or set restrictions on their speed and use of the vehicle. You can also make use of the innovative rear-seat reminder—just in case.
Inside the Cabin
There will be an incredible array of available convenience and technology features inside the new model. You can get the MyLink infotainment system with a seven or eight-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. You can also opt for Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities for connectivity on the go. Every single row of seats has a USB charging port, and there is available wireless charging as well, enough to charge every phone in the family. More advanced and efficient than ever, Chevrolet is banking on a new look to win new sales in a tough market.