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Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevrolet Traverse is a full-size crossover SUV with three-row seating built by General Motors. It is built on the same platform as the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave, known as the Lambda platform for the first generation, and the C1XX for the second generation. It also shares the C1XX platform with the Cadillac XT6. It is the successor to the TrailBlazer body-on-frame SUV and the Uplander minivan.

The second-generation model debuted in showrooms in the summer of 2017. Starting with the 2019 model year, the Traverse was slotted above the new mid-size Chevrolet Blazer as part of Chevrolet's plans to expand its SUV lineup.

The Traverse name was originally used for a concept car at the 2003 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but that concept gave way when the Equinox launched for the 2005 model year.

First generation (2009)

The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse debuted at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show and the Traverse had arrived at every Chevrolet dealer in October 2008. The first Traverse was built at GM's Spring Hill, Tennessee, assembly plant during 2009, until its production was moved to GM's Delta Township, Michigan assembly plant in 2010.

The production Traverse's design was inspired by the 2005 Chevrolet Sequel concept, and has a chevron-shaped grille similar to the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The Traverse has unique sheet metal different from the other GM crossovers on the Lambda platform, with the exception of the doors.

The Chevrolet Traverse features the LLT engine, a 3,564 cc (217.5 cu in) DOHC V6 with VVT and direct injection, like other Lambda crossovers in 2009. A 6-speed automatic transmission delivers power in either front or all-wheel drive guise. The Traverse delivers 281 hp (210 kW; 285 PS) and 266 lb⋅ft (361 N⋅m) of torque in the LS and LT models. The LTZ trim, with dual exhaust, delivers 288 hp (215 kW; 292 PS) and 270 lb⋅ft (370 N⋅m) of torque.

2013 facelift

A facelift of the Chevrolet Traverse was unveiled at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. The 2013 Traverse received a new grille and front fascia, a redesigned rear liftgate, and reworked Camaro-inspired tail lights, and the transmission was reworked for improved shift quality and timing. Chevrolet's new color touchscreen and MyLink radios were standard, as well as wood interior trim. Both cloth and leather seating surfaces were available. Cloth was standard on the LS and 1LT models, and leather was standard on the LTZ. Both were available on the 2LT model. Some new wheels were available, and models continued to be offered in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions, ranging from the base LS to the top-of-the-line LTZ. A Bose audio system was standard on 2LT and LTZ models.

For 2014, Chevrolet added Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning to the Traverse. For 2015, a revised 18-inch wheel and Siri Eyes Free were added. For 2016, the Traverse included OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot. For 2017, the LTZ trim was renamed to Premier.

Second generation (2018)

On January 23, 2017, General Motors unveiled the second generation Traverse at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Introduced as a 2018 model, it went on sale in July 2017. The Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse where still on the same platform, however, both cars got smaller and lighter and got reclassified as midsize SUVs. While Chevrolet is making the vehicle available in North America, plans include expanding the Traverse to the Middle East and selected South American countries. The Traverse was launched to the Russian market in 2018, and was sold in South Korea in the second half of 2019, where it is touted as a "Super SUV" and its largest Crossover SUV in that region.

The second-generation Traverse adopted a more truck-like design, similar to the Tahoe, while taking some cues from the now mid-size Acadia, with the Chevrolet front grille design. It is similar in dimension to the first generation model, adding an extra 2 inches (51 mm) of wheelbase and 0.7 inches (18 mm) more overall length, and it loses 111 pounds (50 kg) to come in at a weight of 4,362 pounds (1,979 kg). It remains an 8-seat (or 7-seat optional) passenger vehicle.

There are five trim levels available for the second-generation Traverse: L, LS, LT, Premier, and High Country (see below for trim level content). All the trim levels are available in either Front Wheel Drive (FWD) or All Wheel Drive (AWD) drive type configurations except for the L trim level, which is only available in FWD, and the High Country trim level, which is only available in AWD. In addition, there are two types of all-wheel-drive systems available for this generation of Traverse: the standard AWD system that allows user to disconnect the prop-shaft until rear traction is needed and the twin-clutch Twinster version (available only with High Country trim) with two rear clutches to more directly apply torque to the rear wheel that needs it most, both are developed by GKN Driveline.

At the introductory period, a 3.6L V6 gasoline engine making 310 horsepower (230 kW; 310 PS) and 266 pound-feet (361 N⋅m) of torque was one of two engine options available, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission with either Front Wheel Drive or All Wheel Drive. A 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 making 257 horsepower (192 kW; 261 PS) and 295 pound-feet (400 N⋅m) of torque was the other available engine, but could only be optioned in RS Front Wheel Drive models from 2017 to 2019.

The new Traverse gained some new technology, some of which is currently available on other models such as the Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Tahoe, and Chevrolet Suburban. Some of this technology included a hands-free power tailgate, the latest-generation MyLink infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a power-folding 60/40 split third-row rear bench seat, and standard keyless access with push-button start.

The updated Traverse was to go on sale in late 2020, but was delayed due to production issues caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. It went on sale in late 2021 as a 2022 model instead. The 2022 Traverse retained the 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine with the 9-speed automatic transmission. The base L trim was dropped from the lineup.

The Traverse received a facelift for the 2022 model year. The 2023 model year was originally anticipated to be the last for the second generation to make way for the third generation. However, due to a slow ramp-up of production of the third generation, partially attributed to the 2023 United Auto Workers strike, a 2024 model year was produced for the second generation, called the Chevrolet Traverse Limited.

Trim levels

The second-generation Chevrolet Traverse was offered in five different trim levels: L, LS, LT (with Cloth and Leather variants), Premier, and High Country. Most are available with either front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), except for the base L, which is only available with FWD, and the top-of-the-line High Country, which is only available with AWD. There are also two appearance packages available: RS and Redline Edition.

Model year changes

For the 2019 model year, the Blackout Package was added as an available option on LS, LT, and Premier trim levels.

The 2.0L I4 turbo engine (exclusive to the RS trim level) was discontinued for the 2020 model year (starting midway through the 2019 model year). Also, the MyLink system was replaced by the Infotainment 3 system and a buckle-to-drive feature was added to the Teen Driver system.

For the 2021 model year, the optional rear seat infotainment (which was available on LT, RS, Premier, Redline Edition, and High Country trim levels) was discontinued on the Traverse.

Originally planned for the 2021 model year, Chevrolet gave the Traverse a refreshed look for 2022, adopting a grille similar to the redesigned Suburban/Tahoe vehicles and featuring thin LED headlights and taillights, plus new daytime running lights with integrated LED turn signals. Also new are interior seating options, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a new available eight-inch infotainment display. Several safety features are now standard: Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, IntelliBeam auto high beams, and a Following Distance Indicator. Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control is added to the 3LT, RS and Premier trims, while GM's Safety Alert Seat is now standard on Premier and High Country models. These changes were based on feedback from consumers.

Third generation (2024)

Chevrolet unveiled the third-generation Traverse on July 17, 2023, and will go on sale in early 2024 as a 2024 model year vehicle. Production of the third-generation Traverse was initially planned to begin in late 2023, but the date to begin production of the 3rd-generation Traverse was delayed to early 2024, partially due to the 2023 United Auto Workers strike. The updated version sports a more SUV-like appearance although it will continue to be a full size crossover. The vehicle follows the Chevrolet SUV's DNA as the Equinox featuring a new grille and rear side windows as well as a new dashboard design that is also used across the SUV lineup.

Also new is the Z71 trim level (available exclusively with AWD) which is joined by the existing LS, LT, and RS trim levels, with either FWD or AWD available for the US market, and the Premier trim level becoming available for the 2025 model year. The L and Redline Edition trim levels will be discontinued, while the High Country Trim level will be unavailable at least initially but could be reintroduced at a later date.

The Chevrolet Traverse will be powered exclusively by a 2.5 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission in North American markets.


In addition to being available in North America and China, the 3rd-generation Traverse will be available in select Latin American countries, the Middle East, the Commonwealth of Independent States (excluding Belarus and Russia), and South Korea.


The Canadian market Traverse will be similar to the US market version except that the LS trim level will not be available. Other differences include standard all-wheel drive, outside heated mirrors, heated front and rear outboard seats, and heated steering wheel.


For the first time, the Traverse will also be available in Mainland China, effectively replacing the now discontinued China-only 2nd-generation Chevrolet Orlando in Chevrolet's Chinese lineup, and will surpass the Chinese version of the Chevrolet Blazer as the largest Chevrolet vehicle sold there. The Traverse for the Chinese market will be manufactured locally in China by SAIC-GM and will be available exclusively with a 2.0 L turbocharged in-line four-cylinder hybrid powertrain. GM also plans to offer the hybrid powertrain in other markets at a later date.


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The Traverse was part of a product placement by GM in the NBC drama My Own Worst Enemy, along with the new Chevrolet Camaro; the show was cancelled in mid-November 2008. The vehicle also appears on the remake of Hawaii Five-0 and The Mentalist.

The Traverse is also used in the Minnie Van Service in conjunction with Lyft at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.



External links

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