The Chevrolet Traverse is General Motor’s seven/eight seat full-size crossover SUV. Take a look under the Traverse’s skirt and you’ll find the same GM Lambda platform as found in the Buick Enclave, the GMC Acadia, and the Saturn Outlook. All of them have just about the same look and feel, minus the Enclave which gets a bump up because of its more appealing exterior style and upgraded interior.
The current Chevrolet Traverse is powered by a 3.6L V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine setup delivers 281/288hp and 266/270 lb-ft of torque, while providing 16-17mpg in the city and 23-24mpg on the highway.
Earlier this month we teased you with some basic information on the 2013 Chevy Traverse and were awaiting its release at the New York Auto Show so we could provide more information. Fortunately, Chevy decided to not make us wait any longer and release a ton of information on the upcoming 2013 Chevrolet Traverse.
In the 2013 model year, the Traverse is entering its fifth model year, which is the typical timeframe for a refresh. Chevy is being careful not to shake up things too much by just adding slight touches to the exterior, keeping it from falling behind other models. The interior was another focal point of this redesign, as Chevy tries to make the Traverse a vehicle that the whole family can enjoy riding in.
With the Traverse coming into an extremely crowded SUV realm, which includes the newly redesigned 2013 Ford Explorer and the 2013 Honda Pilot, Chevy needs to come to the table with something that the others do not. To be perfectly honest, Chevy hasn’t done a great job at keeping its SUVs at the front of the class. Let’s see what kind of information GM is giving us before its New York Auto Show release.
Next to the 2014 Impala, Chevrolet will be unveiling a more-refined version of the family-friendly Traverse crossover utility vehicle at the 2012 New York Auto Show. The 2013 Traverse has received a series of exterior and interior updates, as well as new and industry-exclusive safety features.
The new Chevrolet Traverse has received the industry’s first front center air bag that has been engineered to protect drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes. The air bag deploys in milliseconds and inflates between the driver and front passenger, providing added protection for both front occupants.
"The new Traverse builds on the success of the current model offering a wide variety of improvements to ride and handling, interior materials and exterior styling without compromising the functionality and capability families need to support their busy lives,” said Chris Perry, Vice President of Global Chevrolet Marketing.
More details will be revealed next month during the car’s official debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show, so stay tuned!
GM is working on leasing four retail spaces to open a “Test Drive Studio” that would offer consumers a chance to test drive cars from rival manufacturers, including three of rival Chevrolet’s vehicles before purchasing them, The test drive program will launch in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and Philadelphia and will include the Equinox, Traverse, and Malibu as well as rival vehicles by Ford, Toyota, and Honda.
"You come in and drive any of these competitive products at your leisure," Steve Tihanyi, GM’s general director of marketing services, said during a conference in Chicago. "You don’t have to go running around town to go to a bunch of dealerships."
"It fits perfectly with ’May the best car win,” Tihanyi said of a slogan used by GM in recent advertising. "We’re going to see how it plays out."
General Motors hopes to satisfy the needs and wants of both minivan and SUV buyers with the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse CUV. The crossover that debuted last year at the Chicago Auto Show has 10 cup holders, seating for 7, a potent direct injected V6, optional 4 wheel drive, third row seating and promises return on average 20 miles per gallon. Starting at just under $30,000 the Traverse is an attractable package that offers the amenities of a minivan with the outward appearance of an SUV.
The large grill is the first thing that you see on the Traverse and it is distinctly Chevrolet. The opening is cut in half by a horizontal bar that displays a bowtie front and center. The piece is almost identical to the grill of the Chevrolet Malibu and hints at a possible design theme for the future.
The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse was officially unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show early this year. It will go on sale this fall at a price starting from $28,990. Recently the crossover was awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick for 2008. This significant safety award results from the Traverse meeting the Institute’s highest rating for performance in its demanding front, side and rear impacts in addition to providing standard Stabilitrak, GM’s electronic stability control system.
Chevrolet announced the 2009 Traverse crossover will carry a MSRP of $28,990, including a $735 destination charge, for the 2WD LS model. It goes on sale this fall.
“With its great styling, leading fuel economy and comprehensive roster of equipment, the Traverse is a great expression of Chevrolet value,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager.
The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse is an expressively styled, well-equipped crossover that delivers people-hauling and cargo-carrying capability typically found in larger SUVs. It is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models, in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations.
The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse will be powered by a 3.6-liter direct injection V-6 engine that produces 288 hp and a torque of 270 lb-ft. This means more power, but also better fuel efficiency than its 2008 brothers, the Saturn Outlook, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia.
The front-wheel drive Traverse will hit 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel drive Traverse will have an EPA mileage rating of 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
All of the seven- or eight-person crossovers offered by GM will include this new engine. However, not all of them will offer the 5,200-pound towing capacity of the Traverse. The Outlook can tow 4,500 pounds.
The 2009 Traverse will be offered in three trim levels, the LS, LT and LTZ. Pricing is expected to be released later this week.
GM launched at the Chicago Auto Show the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse, an expressively styled, well-equipped crossover that gives customers people-hauling and cargo-carrying capability typically found in larger SUVs. production will start in the third quarter of 2008.
The 2009 Traverse takes its styling cues from the acclaimed ’08 Chevy Malibu. It will be available in LS, LT and LTZ models, in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations.
The new crossover is powered by a 3.6 liters direct-injection engine that delivers 286 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to the Hydra-Matic 6T75 six-speed automatic transmission, an advanced transmission with clutch-to-clutch shift operation for front- and all-wheel-drive vehicles. The transmission’s six-gear configuration allows for a “steep” 4.48:1 first gear, which helps deliver exceptional launch feel, and a 0.74:1 overdrive sixth gear – the “tall” overdrive gear lowers rpm at high speeds, reducing noise and vibration. Also, the 6T75 offers automatic grade braking, shift stabilization and precise shift control.
Traverse rides on a long 118.9-inch (3,019 mm) wheelbase, with a wide 67.8-inch (1,721 mm) front track and 67.4-inch (1,712 mm) rear track – a combination that lowers the center of gravity and enables smooth, stable ride and handling.