General Motors unveiled the all-new, 2018 Chevrolet Traverse at the North American International Auto Show, and it’s a great upgrade over the first-generation model in virtually every way imaginable.
Starting off with design, the new Traverse looks more like an SUV than its minivan-esque predecessor, featuring slightly boxier proportions reminiscent of the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban. It’s a very attractive vehicle that doesn’t try too hard to be attractive.
The more practical shape combined with a longer wheelbase of course means more passenger volume, third-row legroom and cargo room.
Speaking of passengers, the cabin of the second-generation looks and feels more premium and boasts a slew of available new connectivity technologies that include 7- and 8-inch MyLink infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, an OnStar 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, a bevy of USB charging ports, and Chevrolet’s Rear Seat Reminder feature.
The naturally-aspirated, 3.6-liter V6 of the previous Traverse has been significantly upgraded to now produce an estimated 305 horsepower, up from 281 ponies. Buyers also have the option of a new Ecotec 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 255 horses and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, more than the V6’s 260 lb.-ft.
Both engines are mated to a Hydra-Matic nine speed transmission and feature fuel-saving stop/start technology. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is an available option and can be equipped with twin-clutch technology that optimizes traction in all conditions such as snow and ice.
On the safety front, the Traverse is a lot safer than before, thanks to a host of safety features that include automatic emergency braking, a surround vision system, front pedestrian braking, forward collision alert, and lane-keeping assist.
As with the Chevrolet Malibu, GM even saw it fit to add the Teen Driver function as part of the package, allowing parents to set certain controls and performance limits to the Traverse when their teenage children take it for a spin.
The 2018 model year introduces two new trim levels: A blacked-out RS edition with a dark chrome grille, black chevy logo and unique 20-inch wheels, and a luxury-oriented High Country edition with such premium highlights as Loft Brown leather upholstery and just about every optional feature on offer.
Sales of the all-new, 2018 Chevrolet Traverse begin in fall 2017. Are you happy with the end result? Will you consider it as your next family vehicle? Share your impressions in the comments below.