Since its launch around 9 years ago, the Chevrolet Traverse had
never received a comprehensive upgrade until now. During the
2017 Detroit Auto show, Chevrolet released the all-new Traverse
with an attractive design. The new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has
received a modern look, which had been missing for a long time.
The model had started to look out of place as all of its rivals
had all received major revisions. The Travers has been received
well in the market and despite the lack of an upgrade; the
model has been returning excellent sales figures. GM has hooked
up the new model with a truck-like look. Read along for more
2018 Chevrolet Traverse Exterior
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has adopted a completely new
exterior styling compared to the outgoing model. The new look
is sleeker and more mature. The Traverse now looks almost
similar to Chevrolet’s other SUVs such as the Suburban and
At the front, the SUV has borrowed its grille design from
smaller crossovers. Flanking the grille are D-Optic LED
headlights. These are however standard on the Premier and High
Country trims and optional on other trims. There are distinct
character lines near its fog lights with a huge dose of chrome.
These character lines stretch rearwards. Its beltline stretches
between the door handles and windows resulting in a masculine
shoulder. The Traverse also flaunts this masculinity at
the front where it has a short and flat hood similar to that of
the Colorado pickup.
The rear features a wrap-around rear window, attractive
taillights, imbedded exhaust outlets as well as chrome
accenting. It also features a spoiler and a shark-fin antenna.
Other exterior features include a large C-pillar, sturdy wheel
arches as well as huge approach and departure angles not
forgetting its humongous ground clearance that makes it an
awesome beast for the off-roads.
2018 Chevy Traverse Interior
The interior has also been modified. It features a new dash as
well as a new center console. The dash looks sophisticated and
is wrapped in leather on higher trims. The cabin features a
satin chrome and piano black trims that add a premium feel to
the cabin. Analogue gauges are still retained for the
tachometer, speedometer, coolant temperature and fuel level.
However, the automaker has added a regular-size screen for
displaying details of mileage, navigation, trip data and other
An 8.0-inch MyLink infotainment system is featured on the
center console. Lower trims will, however, get a 7.0-inch
screen. Both screens will feature physical buttons for easier
access like other GM models.
At the rear, the automaker has added more legroom to the second
row by using a longer wheelbase. A bench seat is standard but
buyers can opt for captain chairs. The automaker offers a Smart
Slide mechanism to help access the third-row seats which by the
way provides segment-leading legroom at 33.7 inches. This is
courtesy of the longer wheelbase. The Traverse offers 98.5
cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are folded flat.
Although it is commendable it is way below the
first-generation’s 116.3 cubic feet of cargo space.
Other available features include dual-zone climate control, a
pair of USB ports, a 12-volt plug in socket and a wireless
For safety, Chevy offers modern active safety systems such as
Surround Vision cameras, lane departure warning, lane keep
assist, forward collision warning, front pedestrian braking and
automatic braking. It offers passive systems such as crump
zones, a package of airbags and 3-point seat belts for every
passenger. It also offers a Teen Driver System that allows
parents to set some operation functions that control how teens
use the vehicle.
Engine specs and performance
The new 2018 Chevy Traverse will be offered with two engine
options. The standard mill is a new 3.6 L unit that pumps out
305 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The engine is hooked up to a
9-speed automatic gearbox. The model is offered with
front-wheel-drive as standard. To save on gas, the V-6 has an
automatic start/stop technology. The automaker estimates that
the model will return 18 mpg in city and 25 mpg on highway
The second mill, which is less powerful, is only offered for
the RS trim. It is a turbocharged 2.0 L, 4-cylinder power-plant
that produces 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Like the V-6,
this mill is also mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox and
features automatic engine start/stop system. The mills less
economical with ratings of 20 mpg in city and 23 mpg on highway
drives. The mill also powers the front wheels but both engines
have an optional for all-wheel-drive.
There are two types of AWD though; the basic one disconnects
the rear wheels to reduce frictional losses and boost economy.
The High Country trim gets an exclusive twin-clutch advanced
ADW system for extra off-road capability. All trims get
Traction Mode Select, a system that provides Normal, Snow as
well as Haul/Tow modes. Adding the AWD adds Off-Road and 4×4
Price and release date
Chevrolet did not release details about prices of the 2018
Traverse. Due to the upgrades, the price will increase
slightly. The current model’s price ranges from $29,595 to over
$42,000 for the top trim. The 2018 model will likely have a
starting price of around$31,000 and even exceed $50,000 for top
trims. The 2018 Traverse will be delivered to dealer showrooms
The top competitors of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse include the
Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota