The new 2013 Chevrolet Traverse crossover-utility vehicle offers families a new gathering space with greater style, refinement and safety. It goes into production later this year, building on the space, comfort and efficiency that have made Traverse popular.
“The new Traverse is a family vehicle without compromise,” said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet Global Marketing and Strategy. “It is more capable than many sport-utility vehicles, with as much room as a minivan and better functionality than both. The Traverse is clever, capable and confident – and there when you need it most.”
The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse has a new, athletic exterior design, complemented by a more expressive front end that introduces a new face for Chevrolet crossover utilities.
The front features a new shape supported by a powerdome hood, a three-bar upper and two-bar lower grille design, new lamps, chrome accents around the grille and fog lamps, and sculpted front corners similar to the Malibu sedan. The new design captures the overall character of Chevy’s new car lineup, for a consistent family resemblance.
“We have injected a stronger presence into the Traverse exterior by focusing on the details,” said Phillip Zak, GM director of exterior design. “The small but important changes give it a more vibrant personality that more closely reflects the lifestyles of the families who rely on the Traverse to get them through their busy lives.”
At the rear, redesigned lamps and the license plate pocket are positioned in the new liftgate for a sportier look.
New family gathering space
Space is the hallmark of the Traverse interior. With its class-leading spaciousness, comfortable and flexible seating for up to eight adults, and more cargo-carrying capacity than any other vehicle in its segment, the 2013 Chevy Traverse builds on these established attributes by offering an interior environment with new features and refined appointments.
Upgraded materials include soft-touch surfaces on the instrument panel and front door uppers, contrasting stitching, chrome and silver accents, and available blue ambient lighting that flows through the cabin.
A new center stack showcases a 6.5-inch color touch radio with the available Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system. MyLink allows customers to seamlessly integrate their smartphones for hands-free calling through the audio system and Bluetooth streaming of popular internet radio favorites Pandora and Stitcher. The center stack also has large and illuminated climate controls that are easier to use and have a more upscale feel.
The front seats now feature articulating head restraints that can be adjusted up or down and fore and aft for greater comfort. The eight-way power passenger seat includes leather trim. New wood trim treatments are standard on LT and LTZ.
Adding to the overall feel of quality, the fit and finish of the interior panels have been improved on all models. The new Traverse will come with three interior color choices, in cloth or leather, including Ebony and Mojave, Light Titanium and Dark Titanium, and Ebony.
Passes the parent test
The Traverse passes the parent test with three rows of seating standard on all models, flexible seating configurations, class-leading people and cargo-carrying capacity, and family-friendly entertainment and other features.
Traverse’s second-row seat comes with a pair of captain’s chairs or a three-passenger bench. Each incorporates Traverse’s child-friendly, second-row SmartSlide feature that enables unobstructed access to the third-row bench seat with one hand – and is easy for children to operate.
The third-row seat can comfortably accommodate three adult passengers. Traverse’s 24.4 cu. ft. (691 liters) of cargo room behind its third row is larger than many full-size utility vehicles. Traverse also has easy-to-operate safety belts, up to 12 cup holders and an available rear-seat entertainment system.
Efficient power and car-like ride
Traverse has a long 118.9-inch (3,019 mm) wheelbase, with a wide 67.8-inch (1,721 mm) front track and 67.4-inch (1,712 mm) rear track – a combination that enables smooth, stable ride and handling characteristics.
Efficiency in the Traverse comes from a technically advanced 3.6L V-6 with fuel-saving direct injection technology and continuously variable valve timing. It is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission with improved shift feel that results in more confident acceleration when the driver needs additional power to enter the highway or pass another motorist.
The engine is SAE-certified at 288 horsepower (215 Nm) and 270 lb.-ft. of torque (366 Nm) with dual exhaust (281 hp/210 kW and 266 lb.-ft./361 Nm with single exhaust). Its direct injection fuel delivery helps produce power similar to many V-8 engines and uses regular unleaded gasoline.
The transmission controls have been revised to provide quicker and more consistent shifts. Along with additional transmission hardware changes, the Traverse is expected to continue to deliver among the best fuel economy ratings of any eight-passenger (FWD) utility vehicle.
Ride and handling improvements have been made through the use of rebound springs in the front struts that increase roll control. New shock valving has been employed for low-velocity control to deliver a smoother ride at lower speeds.
The available intelligent all-wheel-drive (AWD) system provides increased traction on slippery roads by actively managing the torque distribution between the front and rear axles, based on factors such as wheel speed, throttle and surface conditions. There is no driver intervention; the system automatically decides how much torque to apply and delivers it to the wheels that have the best traction.
Traverse maintains capability to deliver improved ride and handling, offering utility-like towing capacity of up to 5,200 pounds (2,358 kg).
Smart and safe family hauler
The Traverse is among the safest vehicles on the road today, previously earning top honors and recognition from leading third-party organizations and in government crash testing.
For 2013 it enhances its safety reputation with the industry’s first front center air bag. It is engineered to provide additional restraint to drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes, where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle.
When a severe impact occurs, the air bag deploys in milliseconds from the inboard side of the driver’s seat and inflates between the driver and front passenger, providing added protection for both front occupants.
“While no restraint technology or feature can address all body areas or all potential injuries, the front center air bag is designed to address field-relevant, side-impact crashes that are not addressed by current regulatory or consumer metric test conditions,” said Gay Kent, GM executive director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness. “It works with the vehicle’s other air bags, safety belts and structure to deliver a safer occupant environment.”
Additional safety and security features:
- Available Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems (standard on LTZ) use radar to watch spots the driver may not see – and provide visible and audible warnings to help prevent collisions.
- Standard head curtain side air bags with rollover protection for outboard occupants in all seating rows. In addition to providing protection in moderate-to-severe side crashes, the roof-mounted head curtain air bags will deploy in a rollover to help provide increased occupant protection and containment.
- StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation technology is standard on all models and incorporates full-function traction control.
- Standard rearview camera system is designed to provide the driver with added capability to view what is in the rearward path of the vehicle.
- Standard four-wheel-disc brake system with ABS featuring smooth, quiet operation, longer pad life and more resistance to brake pulsation.
- Safety belt pretensioners reduce forward movement during a collision, and are standard on the front safety belts, along with load-limiting retractors that help limit the belts’ impact on the occupants’ chest. The dynamic locking latch plate locks to hold the occupants’ pelvis in place.
- LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat attachment system is included in outboard second-row seating positions.
- Tire pressure monitoring system is standard on all models.
- Strong body structure to absorb crash energy and provide a protective “safety cage” around occupants.
- Standard hill start assist brakes help reduce the tendency of a vehicle to roll forward or backward on a hill after the brake pedal is released by momentarily retaining pressure on the brake discs.
OnStar is standard on all Traverse models. It uses GPS and cellular phone technology to automatically call for help in the event of a crash. OnStar subscribers also can use the service to be Good Samaritans by sending help to other motorists, and to call for help in other non-crash emergencies.
- OnStar is the leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security and information services in the United States and Canada.
- Six months of complimentary OnStar Directions and Connections service with Turn-by-Turn Navigation for easier route guidance comes on all Traverse models. The feature is easy to use because all directions are sent to the car by an advisor, without the need to stop. Turn-by-Turn can be cost-effective, since map updates and aftermarket navigation systems are not needed.
- Stolen Vehicle Assistance helps police track the vehicle.
- OnStar Mobile App allows owners with Android™ or Apple™ smart phones to remotely start the engine, lock and unlock doors and view vital vehicle information such as tire pressure, fuel tank level, range, remaining oil life, etc.
For 2013, Traverse is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models (with two LT packages: 1LT and 2LT), in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. It is built in Lansing, Mich. Pricing is not announced.
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|Body style / driveline:||crossover-utility vehicle / front-engine; front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive|
|EPA vehicle class:||sport utility vehicle|
|Manufacturing location:||Lansing Delta Township Assembly, Lansing, Mich.|
|Key competitors:||Honda Pilot; Ford Explorer|
|Type:||3.6L V-6 DI VVT|
|Displacement (cu in / cc):||217 / 3564|
|Bore & stroke (in / mm):||3.70 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6|
|Block material:||cast aluminum|
|Cylinder head material:||cast aluminum|
|Valvetrain:||DOHC; four valves per cylinder; continuously variable valve timing|
|Fuel delivery:||direct, high-pressure fuel injection|
|Horsepower (hp / kW):||281 / 210 @ 6300 (single exhaust)*
288 / 215 @ 6300 (dual exhaust)*
|Torque (lb-ft / Nm):||266 / 361 @ 3400 (single exhaust)*
270 / 366 @ 3400 (dual exhaust)*
|Recommended fuel:||regular unleaded|
|Max. engine speed (rpm):||6700|
|Emissions controls:||dual close-coupled converters; two pre- and two post-oxygen sensors|
|EPA fuel economy:||17 / 24 (FWD)
16 / 23 (AWD)
Transmission & Power Take Off Unit(PTU)
|Type:||Hydra-Matic 6T75 6-speed FWD/AWD automatic transmission|
|Gear ratio (:1)|
|Final drive ratio:||3.16|
|Front:||coil-over strut; direct acting stabilizer bar; full perimeter isolated cradle|
|Rear:||linked H-arm independent suspension; coil springs with twin-tube shock absorbers mounted on isolated sub-frame|
|Steering type:||hydraulic rack-and-pinion; straight ratio and variable effort|
|Steer wheel turns, lock-to-lock:||2.89|
|Turning circle, curb-to-curb
(ft / m):
|40.4 / 12.3|
|Rotor diameter (in / mm):||front: 12.8 x 1.1 / 325 x 29, ventilated
rear: 13 x 0.8 / 331 x 20, ventilated
|Anti-lock braking system (ABS):||Bosch 8.0 Chassis Controls: ABS / ETC / ESC w/rollover mitigation|
|Wheel size and type:||17 x 7-in; steel
18 x 7.5-in; machined cast aluminum
20 x 8-in; machined cast aluminum
|Tire size and type:||P245/70R17 ALS blackwall
P255/65R18 ALS blackwall
P255/55R20 AL3 blackwall
|Wheelbase (in / mm):||118.9 / 3019|
|Overall length (in / mm):||203.7 / 5173|
|Overall width (in / mm):||78.4 / 1991|
|Overall height (in / mm):||72.8 / 1846 (w/roof rails); 69.7 / 1770 (w/o roof rails)|
|Front (in / mm):||67.8 / 1721|
|Rear (in / mm):||67.4 / 1711|
|Curb weight (lb / kg):||4713 / 2138 (FWD)
4956 / 2248 (AWD)
|Min. ground clearance (in / mm):||7.2 / 183 (FWD and AWD)|
|Seating capacity:||7 or 8|
|First row (in /mm):||40.4 / 10264 (w/o sunroof);
38.6 / 979 (w/ sunroof)
|Second row (in / mm):||39.4 / 1000 (w/o sunroof);
38.73 / 983 (w/ sunroof)
|Third row (in / mm):||37.8 / 960 (w/o sunroof);
38.1 / 968 (w/ sunroof)
|First row (in / mm):||41.3 / 1049|
|Second row (in / mm):||36.8 / 937|
|Third row (in / mm):||33.2 / 843|
|First row (in / mm):||61.5 / 1563|
|Second row (in / mm):||61 / 1549|
|Third row (in / mm):||57.6 / 1463|
|First row (in / mm):||58 / 1472|
|Second row (in / mm):||57.8 / 1467|
|Third row (in / mm):||48.3 / 1227|
|Behind first row (second-row seat folded and third-row seat and cargo management system removed (cu ft / L):||116.3 / 3293|
|Behind second row with third-row seat and cargo management system removed (cu ft / L):||70.3 / 1990|
|Behind third row with cargo management system removed (cu ft / L):||24.4 / 691|
|EPA passenger volume (cu ft / L):||150.8 / 4269|
|Fuel tank (gal / L):||22 / 83.3|
|Engine oil (qt / L):||5.5 / 5.2|
|Transmission fluid (qt / L):||9.5 / 9.0 (Dexron VI only)|
|Cooling system (qt / L):||11.8 / 11.18|
|Max towing capacity (lb / kg):||5200 / 2358|
|GCWR (lb / kg):||10250 / 4649 (FWD)
10450 / 4740 (AWD)
|GVWR (lb / kg):||6411 / 2908 (FWD)
6459 / 2930 (AWD)
Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.
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The 2011 Traverse is available in three trims: the base LS, the mid-range LT and the luxury LTZ. Each is available with either front- or all-wheel drive. All trims are powered by a 3.6L V6 engine with direct fuel injection. All LS and LT engines deliver 281 horsepower and 266 foot-pounds of torque.
The LTZ gets a slightly more powerful version of the same engine, which delivers 288 horsepower and 270 foot-pounds of torque at 3400 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission is the only transmission available. The 2011 Traverse comes with variable-effort rack-and-pinion steering and a low center of mass for stable cornering. The 4-wheel independent suspension allows for a compliant ride and a maximum towing capacity of up to 5,200 pounds, comparable to some truck-based mid-size SUVs.
Safety was given priority in the Traverse’s engineering and feature list. Stabilitrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation technology, is standard, as is anti-lock brakes, panic brake assist and six airbags, including head-curtain side bags that cover all three rows of seating. An extremely roomy interior is one of the Traverse’s strengths. The three rows provide seating for up to seven or eight, depending on whether buyers opt for captain’s chairs or 60/40-split bench seat for the second row. The bench slides fore and aft for easier access to the third row or added seating space. There are plenty of bins and cubbies all around, as well as ten cup holders.
The Traverse’s look is quite different between trims, thanks to a wide range of wheel offerings. LS models get 17-inch wheels, the LT upgrades to 18-inch machined aluminum wheels, and LTZ models get flashy, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels as standard. The base LS models are well-appointed and include keyless entry, cruise control, front and rear air conditioning and MP3-compatible CD audio. The 1LT trim adds as standard heated mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls, rear parking aid, trip computer, aluminum wheels and power driver seat. The 2LT trim adds climate control, dual zone A/C, premium sound system, electrochromic rearview mirror, backup camera, power liftgate and four bucket seats. The top-line LTZ adds a power passenger seat, heated and cooled seats, passenger lumbar, seat memory, mirror memory, remote engine start, universal garage door opener, wireless cell phone hookup, power folding mirrors and performance tires. Noteworthy options include a DVD entertainment system, dual-panel sunroof, leather upholstery and navigation system.
The 2010 Chevy Traverse has a smooth eye-catching exterior, highlighted by the big twin-port, chrome-rimmed front grille and projector-beam headlights.
The 2010 Chevy Traverse is once again a Top Safety Pick from The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and it once again receives ‘excellent’ ratings in federal government crash tests. MSRP starts at just under $30,000. Mileage performance is 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway with the front-wheel drivetrain and 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway in all-wheel drive form.
The Traverse is available in three trims:
- The base LS
- The mid-range LT
- The luxury LTZ
*Each is available with either front- or all-wheel drive.3
All trims are powered by a 3.6L V6 engine with direct fuel injection. All LS and LT engines deliver 281 horsepower and 266 foot-pounds of torque. The LTZ gets a slightly more powerful version of the same engine, which delivers 288 horsepower and 270 foot-pounds of torque at 3400 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission is the only transmission available.
The 2010 Traverse comes with variable-effort rack-and-pinion steering and a low center of mass for stable cornering. The 4-wheel independent suspension allows for a compliant ride and a maximum towing capacity of up to 5,200 pounds, comparable to some truck-based mid-size SUVs.
Safety was given priority in the Traverse’s engineering and feature list. Stabilitrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation technology, is standard, as is anti-lock brakes, panic brake assist and six airbags, including head-curtain side bags that cover all three rows of seating.
An extremely roomy interior is one of the Traverse’s strengths. The three rows provide seating for up to seven or eight, depending on whether buyers opt for captain’s chairs or 60/40-split bench seat for the second row. The bench slides fore and aft for easier access to the third row or added seating space. There are plenty of bins and cubbies all around, as well as ten cup holders.
The Traverse’s look is quite different between trims, thanks to a wide range of wheel offerings. LS models get 17-inch wheels, the LT upgrades to 18-inch machined aluminum wheels, and LTZ models get flashy, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels as standard.
The base LS models are well-appointed and include keyless entry, cruise control, front and rear air conditioning and MP3-compatible CD audio. The 1LT trim adds as standard heated mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls, rear parking aid, trip computer, aluminum wheels and power driver seat. The 2LT trim adds as standard climate control, dual zone A/C, premium sound system, electrochromic rearview mirror, backup camera, power liftgate and four bucket seats. The top-line LTZ adds a power passenger seat, heated and cooled seats, passenger lumbar, seat memory, mirror memory, remote engine start, universal garage door opener, wireless cell phone hookup, power folding mirrors and performance tires (front and rear).
Noteworthy options include a DVD entertainment system, dual-panel sunroof, leather upholstery and navigation system.
General Motors, automobile maker has decided to launch a new Chevrolet accessory that will convert cars into a hot-spot for Wi-Fi. This device will be called a Chevrolet Wi-Fi and the service will be provided by Autonet Mobile. The device is given on dealership basis and it will be installed in a dock inside the car, which is compatible to empower a 3G mobile Wi-Fi router that can interchanged between various vehicles. This device can be installed in Chevrolet’s Equinox, Traverse, Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Avalanche and Express cars. General Motors state that Chevrolet’s Wi-Fi can download at a speed of 1.5 mbps. It can be used by several people at one go. The Wi-Fi can be accessed by not only people sitting inside the car, but also those who are at a distance of 150 feet. Towards the end of 2009 the device will cost $199, but after a mail in rebate of $200 had been sent a two years service agreement has been signed. The service costs are $29 and $59 for downloading data up to 1GB and 5GB, respectively, on a monthly basis.
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It has capacity seat up to 8-passengers, has the largest cargo space than any rival and gives an incomparable estimated 24 mpg highway (FWD) fuel economy. Traverse’s 3.6L V6 engine (281 hp, 266 ft lbs) is stronger than Toyota Highlander (270 hp, 248 ft lbs), Ford Flex (262 hp, 248 ft lbs), Honda Pilot (250 hp, 253 ft lb) yet gives equivalent highway fuel economy! Traverse can haul up to 5,200 lbs. when properly outfitted greater than Highlander (5,000 lbs), Pilot (4,500 lbs AWD with premium fuel, 3,500 lbs FWD) or Flex (4,500 lbs.). Traverse has got a 5-Star (driver) / 5-Star (ft. passenger) safety rating superior than Toyota Highlander’s 5-Star (driver) / 4-Star (ft. passenger) ranking. Traverse gives 116.4 cu ft of total interior cargo capacity with all-rows down, 24.4 cu ft behind the 3rd row alone. Compare to Highlander with 95.4 cu ft total, 10.3 cu ft behind the 3rd row; Pilot with 87.0 cu ft total, 20.8 cu ft behind the 3rd row; or, Flex with 83.2 cu ft total, 20.0 cu ft behind the 3rd row. Traverse is presented with 17 steel wheels (LS), 18 aluminum wheels (LT) or 20 aluminum wheels (LTZ.). Traverse’s to be had features consist of: 7-passenger seating with 2nd row captain’s chairs, heated/cooled perforated leather-appointed seats, power liftgate, remote starter, navigation radio, SunScape panoramic sunroof, rear audible back-up sensor, body-colored outside rearview mirrors with integral turn-signals and the first blind-spot mirrors in the segment. Traverse gives usual OnStarwith 1-year Directions and Connections service giving usual Navigation that Toyota, Honda or Ford can not match! eNavand downloadable directions are an additional Traverse / OnStarexclusive. Traverse has usual XM satellite radio on all models. LTZ’s or LT’s equipped with navigation radio also feature XM NavTraffic, a competitive exclusive. Traverse’s Rear Entertainment (DVD) system features Bose 5.1 Surround Sound system. It is offers the option of cloth seat which is a combination not found on Honda Pilot.
The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse, the ultimate family crossover with seating for eight, is available in three trim levels. The base LS which starts at $28,990, the LT which starts at $31,545 and the LTZ which starts at $39,810. There are also two V6 engine choices, one puts out 281 horsepower and 253 pound feet of torque, as a single exhaust and can be found powering the LS and LT models. The other engine has 288 horsepower and 270 pound feet of torque. Exterior features include a deep set grille with chrome-ringed trim, turn signals integrated in the outside mirrors, a rear spoiler over the liftgate window and a panoramic sunroof. Inside, the Traverse with available navigation system, is at the upper-center position, and seating for seven or eight adults, including two front bucket seats and a 60/40 second row bench seat or two second row captains chair and 60/40 third row bench seat.
The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse has shouldered its way into the competitive world of large SUV/Crossovers. The Traverse is a 7-8 seater with a mix of luxury, performance, technical features, seating flexibility and fuel economy. The Traverse sets out to be better than the rest, and with affordable pricing, a wide range of trim levels, technical sophistication and option features, the Traverse is doing just that. The Traverse comes with either FWD or AWD and in four models. The base LS starts at $29,990, the LT starts at $32,470 and the LTZ starts at $40,700. Power is provided by a 3.6 liter V6 engine with smooth shifting and 6-spped overdrive automatic transmission. It has 281 horsepower and 266 lb ft of torque, which makes the Traverse perform as though it is a V8 but with the fuel economy of a V6.