Yet another Chevy with black wheels and red hash marks

Unveiled for the 2018 model year, the second-generation Chevrolet Traverse is as fresh as it gets in 2017. Built around the new C1XX platform, which is shared with the Cadillac XT5 and replaces the old GM Lambda underpinnings, the redesigned Traverse is actually a tad shorter than its predecessor but, at the same time, it’s slightly wider and has a longer wheelbase. The new, fresh design is backed by a roomier interior with state-of-the-art technology, while the 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes the entry-level version an attractive proposition to those concerned about fuel economy. At the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, the Traverse gained its first-ever special edition, called the Redline Edition.

Part of a bigger effort that includes Redline Edition versions of the Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, Trax, Equinox, Colorado, and Silverado, the limited-edition Traverse stands out by means of blacked-out exterior features. It’s also based on the range-topping Premium model, which means it comes with plenty of standard equipment. On the flipside, it’s also the most expensive model in the lineup.

The Redline Edition is based on a couple of concepts that Chevy unveiled at SEMA Show events in 2015 and 2016 and will go on sale by the end of 2017.

“Redline is another example of Chevrolet bringing SEMA concepts to showrooms,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “The SEMA show has proven to be a great way to identify customization trends in the industry, and quickly apply those trends to our most popular Chevrolet models. Based on the strong interest Redline attracted at the show, we believe they will be very popular with customers looking for standout cars, trucks, and crossovers.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Traverse Redline Edition.

What makes the Chevrolet Traverse Redline Edition special

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Just like the rest of the new Redline Edition lineup, the Traverse gets four distinctive features on the outside. Up front, massive grille that takes up more than 50 percent of the fascia is finished in black instead of chrome. This gives the Traverse a sportier appearance, especially if paired with body colors such as silver or black. The black Chevrolet "bowtie" emblem, also fitted on the rear tailgate, completes the look. The remaining two features are mostly visible when the SUV is viewed from the side. The most noticeable are the twin-five-spoke wheels, which are finished in black and sport the package’s trademark red dash marks. Finally, the black "Traverse" lettering on the front door has red outline for a contrasting effect.

Everything else remains unchanged on the outside, but needless to say, these small add-on change the SUV’s appearance quite a lot. For utilitarian vehicle designed for families, the Traverse Redline Edition looks pretty menacing.

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For utilitarian vehicle designed for families, the Traverse Redline Edition looks pretty menacing.

There’s no information as to what’s new on the inside, but don’t expect much in this department. If anything, Chevy probably added "Redline Edition" side sills and a set of sports pedals.

Likewise, the drivetrain is as standard as they get, with the Redline Edition adding nothing to horsepower. However, those concerned about the amount of oomph will be happy to know that the package is exclusive to the range-topping Premier trim, which means that the 3.6-liter V-6 engine is standard. Revised for 2018, the powerplant cranks out 305 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of twist. The front-wheel-drive configuration is standard, but AWD can be added for an extra $2,000.

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Speaking of which, there’s no word on pricing yet, but this is also because Chevrolet hasn’t announced how much the new Traverse will cost. However, expect to pay around $1,000 more than the standard Premier model, which should retails from around $43,000 before options.

Press Release

Today, Chevrolet announced the introduction of the Redline special edition series at the Chicago Auto Show. Available on nine Chevrolet cars, trucks and crossovers, Redline is the broadest cross-portfolio special edition ever offered by the brand.

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Redline made its debut in concept form at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Inspired by a strong positive reception from customers and the success of special editions across the portfolio, Chevrolet expanded Redline across nine vehicles in the car, truck and crossover segments:

Cruze LT (sedan and hatchback)
Malibu LT
Camaro LT/SS (coupe and convertible)
Trax LT
Equinox LT
Traverse Premier
Colorado LT
Silverado Double Cab LT Z71, Crew Cab LTZ Z71

“Redline is another example of Chevrolet bringing SEMA concepts to showrooms,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “The SEMA show has proven to be a great way to identify customization trends in the industry, and quickly apply those trends to our most popular Chevrolet models. Based on the strong interest Redline attracted at the show, we believe they will be very popular with customers looking for standout cars, trucks, and crossovers.”

All Redline vehicles are equipped with black wheels featuring distinct red hash marks, black nameplates with a red outline, blacked-out grilles and black Chevrolet bowtie logos.

From there, vehicles feature design elements tailored to the preferences of those specific customers. For example, the Silverado and Colorado Redlines feature red tow hooks, while Camaro Redline features unique black hash marks above the wheels, a design cue taken from Chevy’s long heritage in motorsports.

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“Our special edition lineup has been popular with customers and dealers, alike” said Sweeney. “Since the introduction of special editions on vehicles the like Silverado and Camaro, vehicle average transaction prices have increased, time to turn has decreased, and conquest rates have risen, which has contributed to making Chevrolet the fastest-growing brand in the industry two years in a row.”

Silverado Redlines are the first available for purchase; orders can be placed at Chevrolet dealerships now. Availability will be cadenced, and all Redline vehicles will be available for purchase by the end of 2017 calendar year.

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