Following the release of the redesigned GMC Acadia at the 2016 Detroit motor show, GM is getting ready to launch the all-new version of its Chevrolet sibling, the Traverse SUV. The model was introduced back in 2008, riding on the Lambda platform that has become pretty outdated in the meantime. Once the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse bows featuring thoroughly overhauled underpinnings, it will be much lighter and more efficient than its predecessor. On the other hand, it will retain its current level of comfort and utility. According to some reports, the redesigned Traverse could make its world debut in early 2017.
2018 Chevy Traverse Next Generation
The upcoming Chevy Traverse will share its architecture with the new Acadia that came 7 inches shorter and 700 pounds lighter than its predecessor. Traverse will actually ride on a longer wheelbase version of the same platform. In fact, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will offer more passenger and cargo space than the outgoing model. As shown by a recently taken spy shots, the redesign will give this three-row SUV a bigger cabin and a boxier shape. New front grille is more upright than before. In that way, the company will differentiate the positioning of the two SUVs that had been almost identical in the first generation.
Despite its larger dimensions, the overhauled Traverse will be much lighter thanks to the use of high-strength steel and other lightweight materials such as aluminum and magnesium. As for the interior, GM intends to introduce substantial changes that will make the new model much more competitive in the race with its numerous rivals. Expect to see a slew of improved materials and the brand’s latest infotainment system.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse Engine Specs
Being a larger and heavier vehicle than the redesigned Acadia, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is not likely to share its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Instead, it will be offered with an upgraded version of the gasoline-powered 3.6-liter V6. While the outgoing generation had 288 horsepower at its disposal, the redesigned Traverse will get a power increase to 310 horses. The engine will be mated to either a six-speed automatic or GM’s new nine-speed automatic gearbox for front-wheel drive cars, while all-wheel drive should be available as an option. Thanks to its significantly reduced curb weight, the next-generation Travers will be much more frugal than the current model.
After the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse redesign, GM will be in a better position to rival the likes of the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot and Mazda CX-9.