Room for eight, new styling, and high-tech headlights

Chevrolet is bringing its next-generation Traverse to the 2017 North American International Auto Show. The full-size, three-row crossover is currently one of the oldest vehicles in Chevy’s lineup and is said to receive a bold and refined design with “exclusive D-Optic headlamps” that provide more natural lighting that is comparable to daylight.

The Traverse will continue offering room for up to eight people. Chevy anticipates the Traverse, which will likely be a 2018 model, will have segment-leading legroom for its three, third-row passengers. No details were given in the short press release announcing the Traverse’s debut at Detroit.

However, one important detail is noted. The Traverse, because of its eight-passenger seating, will be larger than the 2017 GMC Acadia – a vehicle that used to share its platform with the Traverse. The new Acadia is now smaller than its previous generation and only provides a maximum of seven seats.

Alan Batey, president of GM North American and brand chief of Global Chevrolet, said, “Nobody in the industry offers a broader, fresher lineup of SUVs and crossovers than Chevrolet. From the all-electric Bolt EV to America’s longest-running nameplate, Suburban, we’ve got something for every customer and lifestyle.”

The revamped Traverse will sell along side Chevy’s other crossovers, including the all-new 2018 Equinox and the 2017 Bolt EV (though some might argue the Bolt is a four-door hatchback). Other crossover and SUV models include the Trax, Tahoe, and Suburban.

Though Chevy wasn’t forthright with information on the new headlights, a quick search reveals D-Optic headlights are a new generation of LED leadlight design with multiple 1x1 LEDs close coupled with injection molded lens optics that provide strong forward lighting with minimal energy requirements.

The Traverse will debut on January 9, 2017. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for official information and photos as they become available.

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Why It Matters

The Traverse is an important vehicle for Chevrolet. It offers the same amount of seating as the Suburban, though with less storage capacity, but at a lower price that’s more palatable for middle-class families. The next-generation Traverse is expected to continue using a unibody platform design with a transversely mounted engine with an optional AWD system.

Chevy is likely to continue using the 3.6-liter V-6 as the main engine choice for the Traverse, though the GMC Acadia’s 2.5-liter gasoline four-cylinder could become the base powertrain. And though we have no proof nor have heard rumors, Chevy could offer the 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel borrowed from the Colorado pickup truck within the Traverse. After all, the 2018 Equinox is getting a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel as an option. Why not offer such in the Traverse?

The 2.8-liter Duramax would be the logical choice due to the Traverse’s larger size and hauling needs. GM engineers would have to rework the Duramax to mount transversely between the crossover’s front wheels. The Colorado has the four-cylinder mounted longitudinally and sending power to the rear wheels. A Duramax-powered Traverse could set the bar for fuel economy and towing capacity in the three-row unibody crossover segment.

Speculation aside, we will have all the details come January 9 when the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse breaks cover at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Mark McNabb
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Press Release

Chevrolet will complete the transformation of its crossover and SUV lineup with the introduction of the next-generation Traverse on Jan. 9 at the North American International Auto Show.

The all-new Traverse features a bold and refined design with seating for up to eight passengers. It’s expected to offer the segment’s best third-row legroom and maximum cargo space.

Premium interior and exterior design cues and new technologies abound, including available exclusive D-Optic headlamps that provide a natural daylight effect with a seamless light quality.

The 2018 Traverse will be Chevrolet’s latest crossover/SUV offering, joining the 2017 Bolt EV and Trax, the 2018 Equinox revealed in September and the full-size Tahoe and Suburban.

“Nobody in the industry offers a broader, fresher lineup of SUVs and crossovers than Chevrolet,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and brand chief of Global Chevrolet. “From the all-electric Bolt EV to America’s longest-running nameplate, Suburban, we’ve got something for every customer and lifestyle.”

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