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    Chevrolet Traverse revealed ahead of NY Auto Show

    Drew Dowdell - March 28th, 2012 - CheersandGears.com

    Not wanting to be outdone by Ford's announcement today of the Ecoboost V6 powered 2013 Ford Explorer Sport, Chevrolet release a full photo spread and press release of the refreshed 2013 Chevrolet Traverse crossover.

    The new Traverse sports a new face that steps away from Chevy's traditional horizontal split grill design. Along with gaining the industry wide standard traditional trapezoid grill with 3 horizontal bars and chrome ring, the traverse gains new front fender sculpting and new tail light treatments.

    The refreshed interior gets a new dash and a 6.5-inch color touch screen radio and available MyLink system.

    Press release on page 2

    2013 Chevy Traverse Gives Families New Gathering Space

    · New athletic exterior debuts Chevrolet crossover utility face

    · More refined interior with class-leading space for cargo and up to eight passengers

    · New and industry-exclusive safety features including front center air bag

    · Improved car-like ride and handling

    NEW YORK – 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 systemwith 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 Features

    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.

    Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com

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    Chevrolet Traverse

    Body style / driveline:

    crossover-utility vehicle / front-engine; front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive


    body-frame integral

    EPA vehicle class:

    sport utility vehicle

    Manufacturing location:

    Lansing Delta Township Assembly, Lansing, Mich.

    Key competitors:

    Honda Pilot; Ford Explorer



    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


    DOHC; four valves per cylinder; continuously variable valve timing

    Fuel delivery:

    direct, high-pressure fuel injection

    Compression ratio:


    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):


    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)




    Hydra-Matic 6T75 6-speed FWD/AWD automatic transmission

    Gear ratio (:1)















    Final drive ratio:


    Chassis / Suspension


    coil-over strut; direct acting stabilizer bar; full perimeter isolated cradle


    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

    Steering ratio:


    Steer wheel turns, lock-to-lock:


    Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / m):

    40.4 / 12.3



    four-wheel disc

    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

    Wheels / Tires

    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

    Shoulder room

    First row (in / mm):

    61.5 / 1563

    Second row (in / mm):

    61 / 1549

    Third row (in / mm):

    57.6 / 1463

    Hip room

    First row (in / mm):

    58 / 1472

    Second row (in / mm):

    57.8 / 1467

    Third row (in / mm):

    48.3 / 1227

    Cargo volume

    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)

    *SAE certified.

    Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.

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    Interesting...strong Honda or Toyota feel to the front end w/ the horizontal grille lines...odd they would move away from the current Chevy signature grille style..

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    Over all I love the interior, the rear end is much better, but the Nose, Why oh Why did they go with this nose????? Time WARP back to FootLoose of the 90's. I think they have lot the mojo they had going. Who signed off on this mess of a face???

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    the nose is a huge improvement. it has more detail, is bolder, and the horizontal lines minimize uprightness. I am sure making it a bit more importy (read global products) was also part of the deal.

    interior upgrades are very welcome.

    until they can address a few of the real problems with this vehicle (way too heavy and drinks too much fuel, poor 2nd row leg and footspace), they have done about what they can with it.

    I am pretty satisfied with the upgrades, which being a possible future traverse leaser, really makes me think in LS or LT1 trim would be a good rig.

    I like the front end........not what i expected but maybe we will see this nose on other chevy's now....I bet the impala gets it.

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    Drinks too much fuel? It's one of the most fuel efficient for it's size. It's identical to the Flex in MPGs and the Pilot only does 1mpg better while being a much smaller vehicle with less power. Even the 4-cylinder Highlander is only mpg better highway and you give up over 100hp in the process. The Traverse is no speed demon, so I can't imagine what kind of slug a 4-banger Highlander must be.

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    The new nose is cleaner and addresses the complaints of many non GM fans of the center bar.

    To me it is the same change from 1970 Chevelles to the 1972 Chevelle. There is a lot of heritage if both grilles and from what I see History repeats.

    While I am not a big fan of this vehicle I see this as an improvment for those it is intened to appeal too. I still like the Arcadia better. The non Denali one.

    If they put the new viberating Cadillac seats in it they could increase the number of female buyers for the segment. LOL!

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    Great, another Chevrolet that lacks identity. If GM released these press shots of the new Traverse without the gold Bowtie mounted in the grille, I'd almost confuse this thing with some sort of Mazda.

    I'm starting to fear GM is designing cars during coffee breaks again.

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    Drew, all of these types of vehicles take too much fuel. It's irrelevant whether the Flex gets 1 mpg less etc. Gas prices ever higher and govt mpg mandates always higher and people's pocketbooks out of slack...even these three row vehicles will need to give and up their mpg or the market for them will die. the only other thing is that they need to start to get cheaper if they want to maintain or expand the market.

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    I like the new grill. The center chrome bar has got to go.

    Reg, you know how these are going to lose 500 pounds? Stop making them 6 foot tall... lowering the beltline by chopping 10% of the body out... 500 pounds gone... but then you have... a... gasp! A station wagon! ;-) Then you can save a fortune in development costs by using the front end of a Malibu.

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    I like all the updates except the front end...just echoing some of the other comments, but it really has no Chevy identity compared to the rest of the family. I always though the face of the old one was a little awkward, but that grille is just boring...

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    Boring grille. I like the old one more. To me this reminds me a bit of the 2006-07 Malibu, and there is a bit of Honda feel to that front end. Very generic and boring.

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    Very generic and boring.

    Chevy's historically have not had a strong grill language. The usual Chevy grill was generic and boring with a big-ole BowTie on it. Chevy's made up for this by having the typical strong overall styling GM cars had without the gimmicks. Even most Chevy musclecars tended more towards the sleeper side, appearance-wise. The idea here is to buy upmarket (Pontiac, Olds, Buick, etc.) if you wants gimmicks and a eye-candy grille.

    Now that Chevy is trying to be everything to everyone, I suppose some strong grille language is in order, but I still maintain that the chrome crossbar is not it.

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    The way that SUV's will get more MPG is people will buy smaller. they will remain tall but they will either cram a 3rd seat in the back or just go with 5 people.

    This is why you see 10 times as many smaller SUV's than the Traverse of late. Since gas is up most larger SUV's sit on the dealer lots over the 79 day average but the smaller ones are 30-40 days and in many cases less. I found this out when we bought our smaller one. we had located 3 like what we wanted locally here and in less than a week they all were gone. Even the ones that were close were sold. This may change again if gas get back to $2.50 again but for now the market regulates itself. The key is for GM to have something for each segment that is solid and have inventory for what is selling.

    The crazy part is 1 MPG makes a big difference to many buyers. Just look at Ford F150 now selling the same or more V6 half tons now than V8's at less money and only 1 MPG is the difference. High gas prices do strange things.

    As for stling flash Chevy lost much of that starting in the 50 and 60's. The 58 Chevy started it and it ended by 62 when the chrome went away. Chevys have a history of being stylish but understated. The 70 Monte Carlos is a prime example vs the 69-70 GP.

    I think we will find the bar being missing will do fine. So far the greatest comments from non GM people I have seen were about the gold Bow Tie. Many would like to see the color change.

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    The NY auto show will be interesting to see what people think if it was the right move to go back to being bland or if they should have held onto the more edge nose design.

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    Now that Chevy is trying to be everything to everyone, I suppose some strong grille language is in order, but I still maintain that the chrome crossbar is not it.

    Chrome crossbar?! That design language ended more than 5 years ago!

    On topic:

    I'm quite surprised by this grille design. On one hand, its more balanced and proportional to the whole vehicle, but then, its more watered down, and less distinctive. It's still an upper and lower grille (dual port), but less defined as such. They also cheated. To give the headlights a more horizontal look, they blacked out the tops!

    The new tails have that euro-Camaro goggle look?! Better use of space, moving the licence plate from the bumper.

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    Drew, all of these types of vehicles take too much fuel. It's irrelevant whether the Flex gets 1 mpg less etc. Gas prices ever higher and govt mpg mandates always higher and people's pocketbooks out of slack...even these three row vehicles will need to give and up their mpg or the market for them will die. the only other thing is that they need to start to get cheaper if they want to maintain or expand the market.

    It hauls just as much cargo as a Tahoe but doesn't have the towing. You're looking at this from the wrong end. The Traverse is the future of the Tahoo/Suburban for people who don't have to tow.

    But you are going to get your wish, the next gen of Lambdas are getting downsized too.

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