Everything Just Gets Better…
For 2018, the handsome Chevrolet Traverse loses weight and gains power, boasts increased passenger space and has the superior up-to-the-minute technology, both inside and underneath.
The all-new Traverse for 2018 is 400 pounds lighter than the previous model. It has the same V6 from the last generation but improved to give 29 more horsepower making a total of 310 hp; it is also paired with a new nine-speed transmission which, apart from delivering the huge power super smoothly, also improves the fuel economy.
This means when you are driving the Traverse, you enjoy it!
It’s light, quiet, roomy, with a commanding driving position and when you need it, what seems like unlimited power on tap to make overtaking so easy.
However, there’s no economy when it comes to passenger comfort with all those extra inches of legroom in all three seat rows, and by now you may not be surprised to learn that with the extra passenger – and cargo – space, the new Traverse is leader in its class when it comes to interior space.
ENGINE 3.6 litre DOHC SIDI V6 with direct injection and Variable Valve Timing
MAX POWER 310 hp (231 kW) @ 6,800 rpm
MAX TORQUE 353 Nm (266 lb-ft) @ 2,800 rpm
MAX SPEED 180 kph
TRANSMISSION Nine-speed automatic with manual mode
EXTERIOR The all-new design is bold and eye-catching with just the right proportions of tough, muscular and sleek. This mid-size SUV is no workhorse truck but a sophisticated, comfortable, technology-driven transport for the family that likes to go places – in style!
INTERIOR It’s easy to get into the cavernous interior with the vehicle’s large doors and a manageable step-up height. The front seats are wide and accommodating, with ample legroom to spread out comfortably. The large movement range on the tilt/telescope steering wheel helps you set it at exactly the position that’s right for you.
Outward visibility is truly panoramic, helped by tall front and side windows. Glancing over the shoulder, rear corner visibility is limited only by the rear pillar. Reversing is helped significantly by the 360-degree aerial view in addition to the traditional straight-back reversing rear camera. And if you need more light, there are two huge glass roof panels.
The Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system is very attractive to see and use, with its bright, colourful, intuitive screen and abundant, sophisticated features. (And, don’t tell anyone, there’s a secret cubby hole behind the retractable screen).
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility are standard, enabling seamless smartphone integration, and there are two USB charge points for the second row, along with a 110-volt outlet.
The 10-speaker Bose audio system, of course, sounds superb.
The second-row provides generous legroom, with enough space for an adult to truly stretch out.
With the third row and yet more available cargo space you’ll never be constrained by your Traverse, even if you’re taking the whole family on a shopping expedition to IKEA.
SAFETY/SECURITY The smart Traverse boasts a long list of Chevrolet proven safety equipment and systems, augmented now by more state-of-the-art high technology systems like forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Chevrolet, as the main brand of General Motors, are at the forefront of the new age of motoring safety systems where computerised, digital software is being adopted increasingly by the auto industry with the aim of making our motoring experience a much safer and less stressful event in our daily lives.
Did I forget to mention the adaptive cruise control and 360° surround vision? I have to plead guilty, but there are so many features to remember…!
WHERE CAN I SEE IT
The friendly staff who work in the Jaidah showrooms at Jaidah flyover and Airport Street will tell you everything you need to know about the all-new Traverse and which version best suits your wishes and your wallet; all your questions will be answered, and they’ll even arrange a test drive of the new Traverse or any of the Chevrolet cars, SUVs and pick-up trucks that you may be interested in. Call 800 0100 or visit the Chevrolet website
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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