In order to picture how the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will be, one has to first look into the recently released GM Acadia. This is important because both models come from the GM’s Lambda crossover platform and for sure the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will adopt the long-wheelbase style of the released 2017 GM Acadia.

Consequently, the traverse will retain its present size which will be a closer version of the Chevy Trailblazer. So what does this mean? Well, if you are looking for a “beast” of a car, with ample space for up to 8 passengers, amazing entertainment, safety and room for gear. Your search has come to an end.

Engine and Performance

Given that the current Traverse uses a V6 engine with a 281 horsepower, we can expect the new version to eclipse it since the new Traverse is expected to be bigger and weightier than the new Acadia, its 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder is not going to be good enough. Consequently, the 3.6-liter v6 unit will be a better alternative, as it can output a 360 horsepower. This will make it a greater improvement on the previous version. In terms of a transmission system, the 6-speed automatic gearbox is a contender, however, GM is developing a 9-speed automatic transmission that may be ready for the Transverse release. Front-wheel drive will be standard and an option for all-wheel drive available. It will be able to attain 60mph in 8 seconds. Its estimated EPA evaluations include, 17mpg in the city.• 24mpg on a highway.• 19mpg joined for the front wheel drive.• Towing capacity of 5200 pounds.

Exterior

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The new traverse is expected to come with some big changes in its outlook. Chief among the changes is the reduction of load. This is mainly because the car is based on new chassis, a stretched form of GM’s new C1XX platform. Therefore, it will be 300 pounds lighter as compared to the current traverse. In addition, the new traverse will be longer since it has 3 rows of seats, making it longer and wider.

Despite there being no official word regarding its design, testing mules have been seen to be covered in fascinating disguises, which alludes to the fact that it will retain a similar size to the current version. At the front, it has a striking resemblance to the Malibu with its bumper design and bellicose appearance.

Interior

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The new traverse is going to come in three trim levels, the LS, LT and the LZT. This does not mean the LS will not provide some of the amazing features. In fact, the LS will so much to offer in terms of equipment and features. Some of the features you can expect include, Bluetooth and USB connectivity.• Dual-zone air conditioning.• 10-speaker Bose audio system.• 60/40-split foldable 2nd and 3rd row seats.• OnStar telematics system.• CD player.• 6.5-inch LCD touchscreen.• Satellite and HD radio.The LT will come with additional features like rear packing sensors, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 10 speakers Bose audio system among many others. The more luxurious LTZ will come with even more sophisticated features like built-in navigation system, collision warning system, and leather upholstery.

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Price and Release Date

It is becoming increasingly likely that the new traverse could be accessible at this year’s Los Angeles Motor Show. However, this is by a long shot given that its earliest release was initially in early 2017. Meaning we are more likely to see it at the Detroit Auto Show next year In regards to its price, putting into consideration the price of the current model and competition, it is expected to go for around $30,000 . In conclusion, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has promising features and compared to its competitors it can surely hold its own.