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2009 Chevrolet Traverse Preview

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http://www.thecarconnection.com/Vehicle_Re...181.A13873.html

Chevrolet will join the trio of big GM crossovers with a fourth family vehicle, the Traverse.

On display at the Chicago auto show, the Traverse is based on the same mechanicals as the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook. Chevrolet says it's targeting the likes of the Ford Edge, Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot with the new seven- or eight-passenger Traverse.

The Traverse, which goes on sale in the fall as a 2009 model, shares some of the styling themes applied to the award-winning 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, GM says in a release. It's a distinct look with more crisp lines than either the Enclave or Outlook; details like the tailgate spoiler and a chromed grille surround give it a personality separate from the other big GM triplets. The Traverse's dual-cockpit design and large gauges tie it with other recent Chevrolet efforts.

The Traverse will be offered in three trim levels: LS, LT, and LTZ. Each trim will be available in front- or all-wheel drive. A range of 17-, 18-, and 20-inch wheels will be offered, as will interior features like XM, OnStar, a rear-seat entertainment system, a panoramic sunroof and Bluetooth.

The standard engine is GM's 3.6-liter V-6 with 281 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is the sole transmission. Standard safety features include six airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction and stability control.

Other options will include a rearview camera, rear parking assist, a power liftgate; a DVD entertainment system; a navigation system; heated mirrors; and remote start.

The Traverse will be built at the former Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tenn.

Stay tuned for more on the Traverse as TheCarConnection.com reports from the 2008 Chicago auto show.

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I really like the Malibu-inspired interior. Chevy's interiors are really on a role! The Exterior looks really nice too, and actually different from its cousins. The only thing I don't like are the taillights which seem too small.

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I think this looks really good! I was kinda pissed about Chevy getting one, but it's differentiated enough to not be a rebadge.

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Mmm.... Best looking Lambda, hands down.

*kicks self*

Maybe in 2.5 when we replace the Cavalier with a new car, this would be something to watch (it'd better be cheaper than an Acadia tho)

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no negative comments. what i was expecting. and, it does not render the other lambdas useless. good job chevy!

pricing and options will be key.

ugh! another possible choice now!

as the edge populates the earth, more and more, the less i want one. and a third row would be nice. the traverse will duke it out well with the highlander. You can buy this over a CX-9 also. It also makes the Flex look like it might have a rough go of it. and it strengthens the case for CUV's being cool and vans not although the routan does hold promise now that i have seen that.

i can use my GM card on this, not the saturn.

i think we should applaud GM for coming out with a timely product that has no major malfunctions. you can see now why are ditching vans.

if you do not like this vehicle then i will send you to time out for 4 hours in an uplander.

by the way, Joshiepoo on a sub board of BON called chevytraverseforum or something says the traverse will get a blind spot warning system.

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Nice...I like the Malibu-inspired dash....the taillights are neat, not at all what I expected. Looks like all the sheetmetal (except roof) is unique. GM has done a really good job differentiating the design of each Lambda overall, IMHO.

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I like it a lot. The exterior has some hints of the other Lambdas, but it's way more differentiated then I expected. I'm starting to wish the lease on my mom's Enclave wasn't so long.

BTW, wasn't the Traverse supposed to show Chevy's first version of the new center stack (integrated controls or something?)? The Nav and HVAC look the same as in the others...

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I'm not as enthusiastic about it as most. The front end looks pretty good, but the rest is an odd mish-mash of the other Lambdas, it seems. I'll have to see it in person to really judge. The interior, while nice, still has the black ties! I saw info that said the black ties would be gone soon in the Lambdas. Perhaps the Traverse won't get an integrated radio to save costs initially.

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I'm not as enthusiastic about it as most. The front end looks pretty good, but the rest is an odd mish-mash of the other Lambdas, it seems. I'll have to see it in person to really judge. The interior, while nice, still has the black ties! I saw info that said the black ties would be gone soon in the Lambdas. Perhaps the Traverse won't get an integrated radio to save costs initially.

Since this is a preview, I'm guessing they are just using the current controls as a stop-gap until the real ones are available. I remember the GMC Acadia preview website showed a slightly different center stack than the one that ultimately made production.

Also, remember the Bel Air concept? The press photos did not reflect the actual showcar in a lot of areas due to last-minute changes made by Lutz.

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I'm interested in pricing the most... the OUTLOOK XE starts at $28,995, and I assume this Chevy variant would be a bit less, with its 17" wheels (as opposed to standard 18") and so on.

The Equinox desperately needs help with the Traverse coming. The cheapest 'Nox with a modern V6 is the $28,435 Sport.

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I'm interested in pricing the most... the OUTLOOK XE starts at $28,995, and I assume this Chevy variant would be a bit less, with its 17" wheels (as opposed to standard 18") and so on.

The Equinox desperately needs help with the Traverse coming. The cheapest 'Nox with a modern V6 is the $28,435 Sport.

I wonder if they will make the NG Equinox smaller and cheaper..it's a bit big for the compact SUV class, I think..

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I'm not as enthusiastic about it as most. The front end looks pretty good, but the rest is an odd mish-mash of the other Lambdas, it seems. I'll have to see it in person to really judge. The interior, while nice, still has the black ties! I saw info that said the black ties would be gone soon in the Lambdas. Perhaps the Traverse won't get an integrated radio to save costs initially.

To me they made sacrifices in styling trying to differentiate it from other Lambdas. But still, that's better than having a rebadged Outlook or something.

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Nice Focus headlights! lol

It looks contrived to me. Different for the sake of difference. Maybe if GM was wise enough to give Chevy a Lambda to begin with, they could have gave them the Outlook's skin and gave the Outlook itself something more European.

The interior however looks amazing. The dual cockpit theme is a winner.

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After thinking about it for a few minutes, I'd say it's a winner. The three crucial Lambdas all look fantastic IMO and will do very well in the marketplace. The OUTLOOK is the only real "stinker" of the bunch, and I use quotations because it's a relative comparison--compared to the other three, it's just bland.

My Ranking:

1. Enclave (tie)

1. Traverse (tie)

3. Acadia (by slimmest of margins)

4. OUTLOOK

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I can't help but think "updated Volt" when looking at the front.

It looks good inside and out. It's a win for Chevrolet. Toyota, Nissan, Ford, & Honda should be worried. Minivan & mid-size CUV sales will be hit hard if the Traverse is priced right.

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Eat it, Pilot.

exactly. doesn't that pilot concept look even more stupid now? (not that it will effect the behavior of a typical kool aid drunken honda banger)

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I'm interested in pricing the most... the OUTLOOK XE starts at $28,995, and I assume this Chevy variant would be a bit less, with its 17" wheels (as opposed to standard 18") and so on.

The Equinox desperately needs help with the Traverse coming. The cheapest 'Nox with a modern V6 is the $28,435 Sport.

o c'mon and show some love for the pushrod motor made in china!!!!!!!!!

i bet this traverse is a damn good indicator of what the next NOX will look like also, inside and out.

wow does this make the dodge journey seem irrelevant.

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Looks good from just about every angle, but I still wish for a 2-row Lambda, and Chevrolet should be the brand to offer it. This is the LTZ, top of the line, so I am wondering what a base model looks like, remembering the low pricing rumors we heard.
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I really don't know what to say. It looks wonderful, but coming a year late to the party, I doubt it will do much in the GTA market, other than further destroy Trailblazer and Equinox sales. I would have preferred a competitive minivan. I don't want to be the sole nay-sayer around here, but this is a classic case of GM trying to cover their tracks in the market place. GM had better price these right, because at a $36k starting price, the Acadias are too much. Only Honda and Toyota can get away with gouging their customers.

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Looks good from just about every angle, but I still wish for a 2-row Lambda, and Chevrolet should be the brand to offer it. This is the LTZ, top of the line, so I am wondering what a base model looks like, remembering the low pricing rumors we heard.

Maybe similar but with huge wheel covers

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Front end good, back end bad. I saw this(Traverse)8 months ago and I wondered, really?, their going to use those tailights? There were other variations I saw for the tailights that they were playing with that looked much better. Overall not bad, I really do like the interior, the one I saw was unfinished so it is nice to see the final product.

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