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.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

 The all-new 2009 Traverse crossover, available at Chevrolet dealers this fall, starts at $28,990, including a $735 destination charge. The Traverse is a stylish, well-equipped crossover that can still carry part of the hockey team and their gear, but with fuel consumption typical of smaller vehicles.


Product highlights include:

  • Optimized aerodynamics that enhance fuel economy and reduce wind noise
  • Four-wheel independent suspension system
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
  • Six standard air bags, including side curtain deployment over all three seating rows
  • Offered in LS, LT and LTZ models, in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations
  • Seating for up to eight adults
  • Smart Slide seat feature, allows easy one-handed movement of the second-row seats to provide easy access to the third-row seats
  • Rear-seat entertainment system with second-row controls (optional)
  • OnStar with Turn-by-Turn Navigation and Direction Download and eNav (with navigation system)
  • XM Satellite Radio including NavTraffic real-time traffic feature (with navigation system)
  • Family of 17-, 18- and 20-inch wheels
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity (optional)

Traverse was recently 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.

With seating for up to 8 adults, the Traverse (FWD) achieves an impressive 8.4 L/100km of highway and 12.7 L/100km city fuel consumption thanks in large part to its sophisticated 3.6L engine with direct injection and variable valve timing technologies. Producing 281-horsepower it delivers better-than-expected fuel consumption and a 25-percent reduction in cold-start emissions. The 3.6L engine is mated to the fuel-saving Hydra-Matic 6T75 six-speed automatic transmission.

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