After releasing the new 2017 GMC Acadia in Detroit this year, GM is prepping a alternative for its Chevrolet sibling, the Traverse, that’s scheduled for a mid-2017 launch, as a 2018 model.
Our man Brett Borgard joined stealth mode in Colorado snapping pictures of a 2018 Chevrolet Traverse prototype covered game testing.
Whereas the brand-new Traverse will certainly discuss its core architecture along with GMC’s downsized 2017 Acadia that is concerning 7 inches shorter and 700 pounds lighter compared to its predecessor, cutting down the max lot of seats from eight to seven, Chevy’s SUV will certainly ride on a much longer wheelbase offering much more passenger and luggage space.
The reasoning behind GM’s decision to sustain the brand-new Traverse about the very same dimension as the latest model, while at the very same time, downsizing the Acadia, is to differentiate the positioning of the 2 SUVs, which in their initial generations, were virtually identical.
As such, the Acadia will certainly comply with consumer demands for much better fuel economy in a much more compact and efficient package, along with the 2018 Traverse catering to customers looking for a roomy three-row crossover, while likewise leaving a distance in between it and the compact Equinox so Chevy can easily slot an additional midsize crossover in to their range.
Nevertheless, the brand-new Traverse must appreciate notable weight savings over the latest model, simply love its platform twins, the 2017 GMC Acadia and the 2017 Cadillac XT5 that replaced the SRX, albeit not the 700 pound loss of the former.
It’s challenging to tell just what design direction Chevy is taking along with the brand-new Traverse, yet the tester looks boxier overall along with a much more dominant and upright front end compared to today’s model.
The brand-new Acadia’s base 2.5-liter four-pot isn’t expected to be available on the 2018 Traverse because it will certainly be a bigger and larger car, along with the Chevy SUV most likely obtaining the former’s upgraded 3.6-liter gasoline V6 creating 310hp versus the latest model’s 288hp 3.6L V6, fitted as standard, and connected to either a six-rate automatic or GM’s upcoming nine-rate auto for front-wheel drive-based cars. every one of wheel drive will certainly be readily available as an option.
Thanks to Brett for the scoop!