GM Taps Into Midsize SUV Market With New Turbocharged Chevrolet Traverse RS


Detroit-based General Motors Co. has released the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS, a turbocharged midsize SUV.

The new model, based on the redesigned 2018 Traverse, offers best-in-class maximum cargo room (98.2 cubic feet), more technologies than the previous model, and an enhanced roster of available active safety features.

“The 2018 Travers offers a full product lineup positioned to effectively compete across the segment,” says Steve Majoros, Chevrolet’s marketing director for cars and crossovers. “By offering customers more choice with higher-end entries like the RS, which has a more street-inspired look, and top-of-the-line High Country (features), Chevrolet now offers a comfortable and connected Traverse for every lifestyle.”

The RS’s unique styling elements include a black grille, black window trim, black roof rails, black bowtie emblems, along with 20-inch aluminum wheels featuring a Dark Android finish.

The RS is also the first Traverse model to offer turbocharges performance, delivering a spirited driving experience that is unique within the lineup. It also has a direct-injected Ecotec 2.0L turbo engine that can generate up to 257 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.

In addition, it features a nine-speed automatic transmission, and provides an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

Other features on the Traverse RS include HID headlamps and LED daytime running lamps, Chevrolet MyLink radio with 8-inch diagonal color touch screen, Jet Black leather-appointed seats, Bose premium 10-speaker audio system, power lift gate, remote start, and rear park assist.

The Traverse RS is on sale now with an MSRP of $43,095. The price includes the destination charge, but excludes tax, title, and other dealer fees.