The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Gains Edgy Styling, Four Cylinder Turbo

Chevy’s big boy SUV shoots for a different goal.

byCaleb Jacobs| PUBLISHED Jan 12, 2017 9:18 PM
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Gains Edgy Styling, Four Cylinder Turbo

Years past have defined the Chevrolet Traverse as a long-SUV with an emphasis on people hauling. It’s soft appearance made it obvious that it was intended for large families with stuff to carry, leaving a lot to be yearned for when it comes to toughness. For 2018, GM has made the Traverse’s styling bolder with more unique detail, setting it apart from previous generations.

The 2018 Traverse breaks off from the design language of other new GM SUVs. It’s been given more creases and angles, straying away from the van-like appearance it once had. The large grill up front looks menacing as opposed to comforting, something that Chevrolet thinks buyers will prefer. While others move In the direction of smoother, more streamlined shapes, the Traverse looks to bring a stronger design to the table.

Two new trim levels have also been added to the Traverse’s lineup. A sport-themed RS model brings a host of features like black wheels and a blacked out bowtie, resembling the same trim across other Chevrolet models. It will feature the 2.0L Ecotec turbo engine mated exclusively with front wheel drive. The manufacturer’s familiar High Country trim will also be available in the new Traverse, giving a fair amount of luxury to the big SUV. This trim brings with it a premium feel that stands atop the range. Upscale technology and interior materials make the difference from other models clear, as does the embroidery of the “High Country” logo in the headrests and floormats. By adding these two trims, the Traverse aims to cover a broader demographic with various tastes.

The Traverse will have two engine options; the familiar 3.6L V6 and then new 2.0L Ecotec turbo. The turbo four ushers in more torque than its naturally aspirated brother, but the V6 will still remain as the vehicle’s top performer as it has 50 more HP than the Ecotec.  A new start/stop function can be had with each powerplant. Both engines will be mated with GM’s new nine-speed automatic that’s used in several other models, helping to maximize fuel economy.  All wheel drive be available with front wheel drive as standard.

The 2018 Traverse veers off from old models. It looks to change its targeted customer base, giving it an audacious look that it used to lack. Various trims ranging from sport appearance to luxury feel make the Traverse ambidextrous in terms of interior comfort and styling. Lastly, the new turbo I4 markets a fuel saving option that rounds out the group. The Traverse has no veered off from its old self, making it a real competitor with its rivals at Ford and Toyota.