Chevrolet this morning unveiled a completely redesigned 2018 Traverse — the brand’s fourth updated crossover SUV within the year — as the North American International Auto Show kicked off at Detroit’s Cobo Center.
“The all-new Traverse offers the ultimate in style and convenience for the segment, with the versatility customers need and a thoughtful, spacious design they’ll love,” says Alan Batey, president of GM North America and brand chief, Global Chevrolet. “It’s the midsize SUV designed to help keep you safe, comfortable and connected.”
With seating for up to eight and a longer wheelbase than the current model, Batey says the 2018 Traverse is projected to bring best-in-class third-row leg room, maximum cargo room, and passenger volume, along with a number of available safety features to Chevrolet’s SUV lineup.
Batey says the Traverse’s new look is inspired by Chevrolet’s full-size SUVs, with chrome accents, LED signature lighting, and available D-Optic LED headlamps combining form and function. The two new trim levels — the sporty RS and luxurious High Country — offer customers more options for personalized appearance.
The 2018 Traverse also offers technology options designed to keep passengers safer and more comfortable, including an available seven and eight inch diagonal MyLink infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an OnStar 4G LTE wifi-hotspot. Batey adds adaptive crash-avoidance features such as surround vision, D-Optic LED headlamps, lane keep assist and lane departure warning, front pedestrian braking, forward collision alert, and low and high-speed automatic braking are also available, giving drivers better peace of mind when they’re on the road.
The 2018 Traverse is also expected to deliver nearly 10 percent more horsepower than the current model and supports an estimated 5,000-pound trailering capacity and 25 miles per gallon highway.
Additionally, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV — the company’s long-range electric vehicle — was named this morning as the 2017 North American Car of the Year. This is the fourth time in as many years Chevrolet has earned the distinction.