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