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REPORT: Chevy Traverse to join GM's group of Lambda CUVs

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REPORT: Chevy Traverse to join GM's group of Lambda CUVs

Posted May 29th 2007 9:29AM by Sam Abuelsamid

Filed under: SUVs, Crossovers/CUVs, Chevrolet, GM

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courtesy of autoblog.com

Like the Ford Explorer, Chevy Trailblazer sales have been in a tailspin lately, dropping 33 percent in the first four months of 2007. Unfortunately for Chevrolet dealers, there's not a full lineup of crossovers to take up the slack. When General Motors was developing its "Lambda" crossovers that include the Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave, it didn't foresee the Trailblazer dropping off so quickly and left Chevy completely out of the plan.

GM is now scrambling to create Chevrolet a variant of the Lambda platform that underpins the Outlook, Acadia and Enclave. The Spring Hill, Tennessee plant that until recently was the home of Saturn will now be the production site for the Chevrolet crossover that the Detroit News is reporting will be called the Traverse. The new model will probably debut next January at the Detroit Auto Show and the Trailblazer will like roll off into the sunset by 2010.

[source: Detroit News]



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I'd love to see Chevy put an aggressive front end clip on the Outlook, with a new Malibu-like grille, but do a Nomad-inspired rear tailgate, with long fin-type taillights, and the stainless steel strips on the tailgate. The one design flaw on the Outlook and Acadia is the tailgate and taillight set-up, so maybe Chevy will come up with something to separate the new model from those two.

Not at all hot for the name "Traverse" -- doesn't sound Chevy-like at all; if not Nomad, maybe Parkwood, Brookwood, Lakewood, Cheyenne, Greenbrier, or just call it the new Blazer. Nomad sounds so cool though...

This wagon, if done right, can be the new Tahoe or Impala Wagon, and sell like hotcakes --- I'm ready to trade my '05 Tahoe for one of these, if they do it right...

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