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2018 Chevy Traverse Debuts


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#1 OFFLINE   rmc523

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 09:15 AM

http://www.autoblog....ssover-detroit/

 

The design gets a much-needed update. The outgoing model received a refresh a few years back, but it still felt behind both the competition and Chevrolet's other offerings. Outside, the Traverse looks far more masculine, poaching some design cues from the full-sized 
Tahoe and Suburban. Up front, the Traverse adopts the current corporate face, but out back you wouldn't be faulted to thinking this was a Ford Explorer, not a Chevrolet.

Inside, the Traverse gets the latest and greatest tech that Chevrolet has to offer. This means Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, a seven or eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, and USB ports for all three rows. There are a number of optional safety features, like surround view cameras, lane-keep assist with lane-departure warnings, pedestrian braking, forward collision alert, and automatic braking.

The AWD system allows the rear to be completely disconnected from the front, increasing fuel economy. Front-wheel drive models are rated at 18 city/25 highway for the V6 and 20 city/23 highway. Combined and AWD ratings haven't been announced.

When asked about if the Traverse may cannibalize Tahoe sales, a Chevy spokesperson said that there isn't much cross-shopping between the two models. Tahoe owners tend to want a tough, truck-like vehicle with an big tow rating. The Traverse is more calm and car like.

Chevrolet also hinted at another crossover that will slot between the wide gap between the Traverse and the Equinox. This will most likely be based on the GMC Acadia, which shrank for its second generation. The previous Acadia shared a platform with the Traverse and the Buick Enclave. Expect more news of that in the coming months.

 

More at the link above.

 

So since it stayed large, looks like a "Blazer" will indeed slot between this and the Equinox.

 

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#2 OFFLINE   Anthony

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 09:22 AM

That looks pretty good, but they are right....that rear-end screams Explorer.

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 09:44 AM

I like the styling but yeah, Explorer rear with an Edge front end.  I guess that's why I like it!



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Posted 09 January 2017 - 09:57 AM

GM seems to have this trend of one material on the top of the dash with the same color, but a different material on the lower part....see the passenger dash, the upper part is brown "leather" while the lower part is brown suede.

 

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 11:31 AM

It's ok, but not much of a wow factor.

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 12:35 PM

This is okay...but it will sell because the segment is hot, and there isn't anything here to offend anyone.

 

The new Chevrolet "face" works best on the Malibu and the revised Trax. As others have noted, the front on this looks like a rehashed Ford Edge.



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Posted 09 January 2017 - 12:48 PM

The new Chevrolet "face" works best on the Malibu and the revised Trax.

 

I actually like the Malibu face.



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Posted 09 January 2017 - 12:50 PM

The Malibu is handsome from the front. The problem is around the rear wheels, where several disjointed character lines seem to converge, and the result is a car that looks fat at a critical point. This also makes the smaller wheels standard on the lower trim levels look too small.


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Posted 09 January 2017 - 01:02 PM

 

I actually like the Malibu face.

 

I'm not a big fan of it....probably because of the horizontal top of it....makes it look.....eh.....tired maybe?


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Posted 09 January 2017 - 03:33 PM

I like that! I looks like they took a lot of the "bulk " out of the look by using vertical lines like they did with the Tahoe/Surburban. The Maulbu front works surprisingly well!


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Posted 09 January 2017 - 06:32 PM

This front end theme on the Malibu looks dopey and sad, but this works quite nicely.

After what seems like an eternity on the market, it's nice to see GM invest in this segment again.

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 09:17 AM

This thing looks like a pig, typical boring chevy.

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 01:54 AM

Funny thing.............. the new Terrain, a compact CUV has a panoramic sunroof available. The much bigger Traverse has NO panoramic sunroof available. Only the old style little sunroof. 

 

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 07:38 AM

Funny thing.............. the new Terrain, a compact CUV has a panoramic sunroof available. The much bigger Traverse has NO panoramic sunroof available. Only the old style little sunroof. 

 

Weird.

 

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 09:05 AM

The front reminds me of the Highlander in some ways.

I think Chevy was smart to make this slightly larger and cut the weight out.

The Blazer made off of the Colorado should be slightly smaller, and with a lot less usable cargo space, as it will be aimed more toward the 4-Runner market.



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Posted 12 January 2017 - 10:47 AM

The front reminds me of the Highlander in some ways.

 

Yeah, I can see that:

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 11:11 AM

The front reminds me of the Highlander in some ways.
I think Chevy was smart to make this slightly larger and cut the weight out.
The Blazer made off of the Colorado should be slightly smaller, and with a lot less usable cargo space, as it will be aimed more toward the 4-Runner market.


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 01:32 PM

Funny thing.............. the new Terrain, a compact CUV has a panoramic sunroof available. The much bigger Traverse has NO panoramic sunroof available. Only the old style little sunroof. 

 

Weird.

 

 

This is somewhat similar to the Explorer, the Escape and Edge have true panoramic roofs but the Explorer has a small roof over the driver and a big one over the back.  From the front seats it really just looks like a standard sunroof because of the big roof section between them.  This is actually the main reason I chose the MKX over the Explorer. 


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 02:04 PM

Could the roof size have something to do with the roof crush structure and the larger vehicle needing the extra support in the middle?


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 02:43 PM

Could the roof size have something to do with the roof crush structure and the larger vehicle needing the extra support in the middle?

 

I don't know about Traverse, but it's not necessarily true on the D4 vehicles either.  Flex and Explorer take the approach of the small sunroof in front with a big (non-opening) one in the back, whereas MKT (and of course Edge/MKX) has a large one up front with a small one in the back.


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