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    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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    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.

    Better use of the Enclave tailgate, moving the licence plate from the bumper.


    To me, interior and exterior, this is an Enclave with a nose job.

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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.

    Better use of the Enclave tailgate, moving the licence plate from the bumper.


    To me, interior and exterior, this is an Enclave with a nose job.

    Badge engineering is alive and well with the New GM??? Say it ain't so!!

    I guess I better be thankful that the Acadia wasn't forced to use the Enclave shell to then :duck:

    Walking out in the parking lot leaving yesterday I noticed an Enclave and then a Traverse not too much further down the lot. Both parked head in, I thought to myself, "Geez, the rear of those two vehicles look an awful lot alike" (I was well aware the Traverse used the Buick's shell). At least with the Acadia and the Outlook, they had different uses of the rear glass to separate them (which the '13 Acadia now uses). I always liked the Outlook's wrap-around rear glass but noted that the separated rear side glass of the Acadia had a nod to the Envoy XL's rear glass shape:



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    To me, interior and exterior, this is an Enclave with a nose job.

    As far as the exterior, I don't see a resembalance to the Enclave...it's just the current Traverse w/ a nose job. The side contours are still the same as the current Traverse, which are different than the Enclave..

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    Re: the new Traverse, I find it starnge that I actually like the new frontend styling much more than the current model, but will agree that Chevy remained rather conservative rather than going bold. While I concur with Oldsmoboi re: the new Impala, I'm more worried about the upcoming 2014 Silverado. Too many GMC haters that are Chevy fan boys will go ballistic if the GMC Sierra has the bold new face while the Chevy Silverado gets treated as the red-headed step child again. While I like the Tahoe/Suburban frontend, I can't say the same about the Silverado 1500's frontend (the 2500 & 3500 with the split grille is something I like, and makes those trucks acceptable to me). I think GM/Chevy should have put the Tahoe/Suburban frontend on the 1500's and left the 2500/3500's as they are to separate the models (just my opinion).

    The one major peeve I had with the Traverse since it's intro was the taillight design (looked too small on such a large space). The '13s are better, especially since the hatch has some shape and content to it now, but I reserve final judgement until I see it in person at the NYIAS in just over a weeks' time.

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    Massive kudos to the interior upgrades. So the exterior is a little bland.... so what? GM put the money where it belongs -- the interior. External generic styling is not the disaster some people here are making it out to be. It was not that long ago that GM cheaped out on interiors and put their cash in external flash. Good thing that lesson has been learned (and the trend reversed).

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    I like the new nose much better, it looks more balanced and less tacked on. Likewise with the tail lights. They look more proportionate and less like an afterthought. The rear end overall is a huge improvement and no longer looks like a vast void of emptiness. The new interior looks nice as well. Overall much better.

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    it actually appears to me like the hood, headlight openings, and front fenders are actually all unchanged....the bumper and grille and internals of the headlight are changed. the headlight in particular is constructed to really give an entirely different 'outline', even with the same opening?

    I really like the crispness of the new front end. love the new back, too. I really did not ever expect to get into a lambda ever. i wish I knew why the Explorer just sort of doesn't connect with me. I sort of like the simplicity of the traverse. If Ford ever stopped making a goofy looking Flex I may be into it. The traverse just looks natural compared to a lot of other large three row. Now that they have connectivity, it really makes it an option for me. If and when I ever get coin, LOL

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    Ya know, the internet forums were in the same uproar back when a similar thing was done to the Chevelle in 1972. :smilewide:

    Looking at the two side by side, I much prefer the newer version. It's cleaner in the front and much more interesting around the back. The interior modifications are fantastic. I think once ppl see it in the metal, the front end will be sufficiently detailed as to not appear generic.

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    Ya know, the internet forums were in the same uproar back when a similar thing was done to the Chevelle in 1972. :smilewide:

    Looking at the two side by side, I much prefer the newer version. It's cleaner in the front and much more interesting around the back. The interior modifications are fantastic. I think once ppl see it in the metal, the front end will be sufficiently detailed as to not appear generic.

    That was my pointy too we are just moving from 1970-71 to 1972 again.

    Welcome back stranger I hope all is well.

    The new nose has a note of the new VW in it too. While not exciting it has done well with the public. Many time clean and unoffensive are what the general public wants in a daily driver.

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    Looks better here.

    :puke: Now it looks like a freakin mini van in this picture.

    It is just the the photo. I also looks lower and wider too.

    In person it will still look like a crossover.

    I can say once many here see this in person they will have little issue with the restyling.

    Now to me the greater crime is the wood trim that looks like it is out of an old Caprice. You know that real cheap platic looking stuff.

    I hope it too looks better in person.

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    Thanks hyper, yup. I took a munt off from C&G to recharge my batteries, as it were.

    No problem I just was starting to wonder if something happened.

    I tossed out a few how great the Chevy 130R comments for you while you were gone. LOL!

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