The next Chevrolet Traverse promises to be one the largest crossovers on the market.
With the much-anticipated 2017 Detroit Auto Show just over a couple of weeks away, Chevrolet has announced it will be unveiling a newly redesigned Traverse crossover SUV at the show. It will be released in 2017 as a 2018 model. This marks the first redesign of the popular crossover since it launched way back in 2008. A new model has certainly been long overdue. Chevrolet is promising a "bold new look" for the next Traverse, but we'll have to wait until the show to see if it can live up to that claim.
Official photos of the 2018 Traverse have yet to be revealed, but Chevrolet did provide a blacked-out teaser image. It will be the company's largest crossover SUV on the market, with a spacious three-row interior providing what the automaker claims is the best legroom of any vehicle in the segment. That generous legroom will be coupled with seating for eight and copious cargo space. It's reassuring, then, that the new Traverse won't be downsized like the crash-dieting GMC Arcadia. (The old Traverse and Acadia shared a platform.) Introducing a new model based on a hot-seller may seem low-risk, but Chevy needs to get this one right the first time out.
The American automaker has become more competitive in the crossover market, which is a good thing as its small car sales are dropping precipitously. It'll need to continue winning the crossover sales war, with models like the Trax and the new Traverse leading the way. "Nobody in the industry offers a broader, fresher lineup of SUVs and crossovers than Chevrolet," said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and brand chief of Global Chevrolet. "From the all-electric Bolt EV to America's longest-running nameplate, Suburban, we've got something for every customer and lifestyle." We'll see if that holds true once the 2018 Traverse makes its world debut in Detroit next month.