2018 Chevrolet Traverse Gains Size, Tiny Turbo Engine

Dan Ilika
by Dan Ilika

The already-sizable Chevrolet Traverse is getting a little larger, with a new version featuring slightly stretched dimensions to go with an available turbocharged engine.

The burly crossover will enter its second generation riding on a wheelbase that stretches 120.9 inches (3,071 millimeters), a gain of two inches (51 mm) compared to its predecessor. It’s also slightly longer overall this time around, measuring 204.3 inches (5,189 mm) from bumper to bumper.

Chevy says the increased dimensions translate directly to more passenger and cargo room, with best-in-class designations expected for both categories. Its anticipated 98.5 cu-ft (2,789 liters) of cargo room with both rows of rear seats folded would exceed that of the Ford Explorer (81.7 cu-ft, 2,313 liters) and the three-row Hyundai Santa Fe (80 cu-ft, 2,265 liters). The automaker also expects the Traverse’s third-row legroom to lead the segment, with an impressive 33.7 inches (856 mm) on offer.

Despite the larger dimensions, the Traverse will actually shed weight, with preliminary figures putting the heft of base models at 4,362 lb (1,978 kg). That compares to 4,713 lb (2,138 kg) in the outgoing version. The slighter weight of the 2018 Traverse also allowed engineers to incorporate a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. The same four-cylinder engine will also make its way under the hood of the smaller 2018 GMC Terrain, albeit with much less power. Available exclusively with the newly added RS trim, the engine is good for an estimated 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.

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Joining the new turbocharged engine is the existing naturally-aspirated V6, with output estimated at 305 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque — the former of which is as much as 24 horsepower more than the same engine in the existing Traverse, while the latter is a reduction of 10 lb-ft.
Regardless of engine, the Traverse uses a nine-speed automatic transmission to put power to the choice of front- or all-wheel drive.

The design of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse draws on the looks of the Tahoe and Suburban sport utilities, while retaining a slightly more rounded shape that helps set it apart from its body-on-frame siblings. When decked out in RS trim, the Traverse rides on black 20-inch wheels and gets blacked-out exterior trim bits, while the new High Country trim adds a brown leather and suede interior and power folding third-row seats, as well as polished 20-inch wheels.

When it comes to the mechanical bits, the High Country trim also adds a twin-clutch all-wheel drive system to the Traverse like the one offered on the 2017 Cadillac XT5. Like the XT5, the all-wheel drive system can be decoupled for more efficient front-wheel drive cruising.

The 2018 Traverse is set to go on sale this fall. Check back with AutoGuide.com between now and then for more info, including pricing.

Dan Ilika
Dan Ilika

Dan is AutoGuide.com's Road Test Editor, a long-suffering Buffalo Bills fan, and a car guy since childhood. He enjoys long walks on the beach and long drives just about anywhere the road, track or trail will take him. You'll see him driving around evaluating cars and in front of a camera talking about them. Dan is a member of the World Car of the Year jury.

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  • Danwat1234 Danwat1234 on Jan 09, 2017

    They should make a plugin hybrid version.. Voltec 4 cylinder.

  • I seriously don't know who would want to pay extra for 255 horsepower, especially in a sporty RS trim. People already don't buy V6 Dodge Challengers and there's a reason for that. It's a very heavy car and paying for a vehicle that looks like it's badass and ready to go but isnt is just a waste of money. If GM offered the Cadillac CT6 Twin Turbo V6 engine for the RS trim and made it AWD, it would be absolutely worth the extra money. With that said, it may cost the High Country trim $2k more but if they offered that same engine as an upgrade engine, it would make the high price highly worth it. And why not offer a diesel option for that trim and the Premier too. But now, the RS trim is not worth the extra money. So if GM really wants to sell more Traverses, they should really offer the Twin Turbo V6 from the Cadillac CT6 for the RS and High Country trims and a diesel for the High Country and Premier trims, as well as add an Eco trim with the same engine the RS trim has now and other things to help make it more fuel efficient.