Chevy says its midsizer will have segment-best cargo space and third-row legroom.
The new Chevrolet Traverse is coming to the Detroit Auto Show – but we knew that already. And while this official teaser image doesn't show more than a shadowy silhouette, there are a few things we can guess based on what we see here, along with some of Chevy's preliminary details.
Chevy says the 2018 Traverse is "expected to offer the segment’s best third-row legroom and maximum cargo space," as well as seating for up to eight passengers. With more spacious accommodations inside, that means it'll actually be larger than GMC's midsize Acadia – remember, the last-generation Acadia was basically the same size as the Traverse, but now, there will be a bit more differentiation. See how the 2018 Traverse's profile compares in size to the new Acadia in this slide-over comparison:
We can't confirm anything else about the new Traverse just yet. The powertrain lineup should include GM's 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6, as well as some sort of four-cylinder option, and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. It's definitely going to be called Traverse, too – not Blazer or TrailBlazer like earlier reports suggested. If one of those names is resurrected, it'll be for something else.
We'll have the complete spread of 2018 Chevy Traverse photos and information when it officially debuts on Monday, January 9. Stay tuned.
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All-New 2018 Chevrolet Traverse to Debut Jan. 9
Bold new look expected to offer segment-best cargo space, third-row legroom
DETROIT — Chevrolet will complete the transformation of its crossover and SUV lineup with the introduction of the next-generation Traverse on Jan. 9 at the North American International Auto Show.
The all-new Traverse features a bold and refined design with seating for up to eight passengers. It’s expected to offer the segment’s best third-row legroom and maximum cargo space.
Premium interior and exterior design cues and new technologies abound, including available exclusive D-Optic headlamps that provide a natural daylight effect with a seamless light quality.
The 2018 Traverse will be Chevrolet’s latest crossover/SUV offering, joining the 2017 Bolt EV and Trax, the 2018 Equinox revealed in September and the full-size Tahoe and Suburban.
“Nobody in the industry offers a broader, fresher lineup of SUVs and crossovers than Chevrolet,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and brand chief of Global Chevrolet. “From the all-electric Bolt EV to America’s longest-running nameplate, Suburban, we’ve got something for every customer and lifestyle.”
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Named the MOTOR TREND 2017 CAR OF THE YEAR®, Chevrolet’s affordable long-range electric vehicle offers an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range per full charge with roominess and versatility.
With sales up 23 percent this year, Trax enters 2017 with a fresh look, turbocharged performance and 10 standard air bags, expected to be the most of any competitor in its segment.
All-new for 2018, the Equinox is a fresh and modern SUV designed to help keep passengers safe, comfortable and connected. Three new turbo engine choices will include what is expected to be the segment’s first turbo-diesel.
Redesigned for 2018, the next-generation Traverse is expected to offer best-in-class third-row legroom and cargo room. Premium cues, new technologies and all-new trim levels expand customer choices.
Along with Suburban, Chevrolet’s full-size SUVs represent nearly 50 percent of the segment — and Tahoe was the highest-ranked large SUV in the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Initial Quality Survey.*
Suburban is the original SUV. Introduced in 1935, it is the oldest continuously produced vehicle nameplate in the industry. The 2017 Suburban offers up to 8,300 pounds of trailering capacity when properly equipped, and up to 121.7 cubic feet of cargo space.
*The Chevrolet Tahoe received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles among large SUVs in the J.D. Power 2016 Initial Quality Study, based on 80,157 total responses, evaluating 245 models, and measures the opinions of new 2016 vehicle owners after 90 days of ownership, surveyed in February-May 2016. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.