The All-New 2018 Traverse from Chevrolet will be a Different Vehicle with the same engine

Chevrolet introduced the Traverse to the world back on 2009, it’s a full-sized crossover SUV with three-row seating and competes in a strong market – the Ford’s Explorer and Flex, Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, Volkswagen Atlas and the Hyundai Santa Fe LWB all compete for sales within this segment.

It shares the same platform as the GMC Acadia and the Buick Enclave, although for 2018, the Acadia and Enclave use a revised version which puts them in to the mid-size SUV segment. The 2018 Traverse will be the second-generation, and there is plenty of change.

The 2018 Traverse from Chevy gets extended


1. The 2018 Traverse gets extended
2. Significant Updates
3. The same engine
4. 6 Choices
5. Fall 2017 

For 2018, the Chevrolet Traverse will get a 2-inch extension to the overall length, although we suspect that it is just bodywork – the actual wheelbase won’t be changing because that would require a whole new development to the platform.

Chevrolet say that the slightly increased size will allow for better leg-room and head-room for the second and third-row passengers, which is impressive – the Traverse was already right up there with near best-in-class room for the second and third-row passengers, so this new Traverse should feel extra roomy on the inside without adding too much to the exterior.

The downside to this extra room is that cargo space will get a slight reduction, but having said that, it will still be better than some of the competition – it seems that Chevrolet have found the sweet-spot!

Significant Updates

It seems that Chevrolet have been busy in the styling department also – the outside of the new 2018 Traverse will look noticeably different from the outgoing model.

Overall, the Traverse looks more … squared off, giving it a slightly more rugged look. It will also have a completely new front-end with a larger hexagonal grille and narrower headlights. At the rear, you’ll notice that the Traverse shares more than a passing resemblance to the updated GMC Acadia, this is perhaps the one area that Chevy have compromised on – rather going for the full update, they’ve incorporated other styling elements from the range.

This is no bad thing, it still looks stylish and to be honest, it’s only gearheads that will pick up on it.

We are also expecting some new colors for this year, and of course Chevrolet will be looking to dazzle us – flat colors just aren’t the thing now, you positively need something with a bit more shine!

The 2018 Chevy Traverse will use the same engine

Under the hood, we have the same 3.6 liter V6 giving 305 horsepower and 260 pounds feet of torque, and here’s where there is some confusion – the exact same engine in the Acadia is rated at 310 horsepower and 271 pounds of torque. Marketing ploy?

Although Chevrolet haven’t spoken of updating the engine software and mapping, they have increased the official claimed gas-mileage for the engine, so either they have been playing with the mapping and ignition (with no change whatsoever in power figures) or they’re … doing a Volkswagen? Or maybe they just don’t see that announcing any engine updates as important. Either way, you decide.

Having said all of that, it’s true that the new Traverse has been put on a diet, and that could entirely explain the difference in gas-mileage. Chevrolet claim that it’s (on average) 351 pounds lighter than the predecessor, and that sort of weight is going to be very noticeable, especially when it comes to accelerating or stopping that mass – this should feel positively sprightly compared to the old model.

Despite the weight change, we still have a 5,000-pound tow capacity.

There will also be the RS version which will have a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine, good for 255 horsepower and 295 pounds feet of torque. All models will come with the new 9-speed automatic transmission and Chevrolet quote figures of 18/25 (city & highway) MPG for the front-wheel drive V6 and 20/23 for the turbo RS. Both of these figures are significantly better than the current model, which gives 15/22 MPG.

If you want all-wheel drive, you’ll have to pick the V6 over the turbo.

6 Choices

For 2018, there will be five different trim levels; L, LS, LT, Premier and High Country. We don’t yet know what equipment will be fitted as standard, what will be optional and what trim levels will include (watch this space), but we do know the sort of equipment that will be available.

There’s a choice between bench seats or Captain’s chairs for the second-row, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, hands-free power liftgate, GM’s rear seat reminder system, 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise-control, automatic emergency braking (essential to score the high safety awards) and a whole host of other technology that you would expect to find in a vehicle such as this.

Fall 2017

Chevrolet haven’t yet announced the pricing structure for the new 2018 Traverse, but you know it can’t possibly increase too much – that would just price it out of the market.

The High Country trim is expected to start in the region of $50,000, while the L, LS, LT trim levels will be between the $30,000 to $40,000 area, with the premier around $45,000 and the RS (which is intended to sit between the LT and the Premier) should be around the $43,000 mark.

Of course, these prices are going to change when you start adding toys, but it’s a good baseline figure for each trim.

As regards the release date, Chevrolet have only said sometime in Fall 2017, but our guess would be around September – that’s when the market usually starts hotting up with new releases. We would expect to see an official launch at one of the larger auto shows around mid-year and a national roll-out a little later.

If you’re thinking of buying a new Chevrolet Traverse, our advice would be to hold-on for the new model – it’s significantly different and won’t be that much more expensive (unless you just have to get a deal, then head on down around August for some inventory clearing prices).

2017-06-6 by Luke Widmeyer