Up­scale Tra­verse fea­tures more cargo and pas­sen­ger space

Cape Breton Post - - Wheels - BY RICHARD RUS­SELL WHEELS Richard Rus­sell owns and op­er­ates Ad­vanced Driv­ing Con­cepts and is past­pres­i­dent of the Au­to­mo­bile Jour­nal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion of Canada. Email: rus­sell@ad­vanced­driv­ing.com

As con­sumers flee cars and rush head­long into util­ity ve­hi­cles, car com­pa­nies are do­ing their ut­most to en­sure they have some­thing for them. Chevro­let, for ex­am­ple, has five util­ity ve­hi­cles in its fleet rang­ing from the diminu­tive Trax to the big Sub­ur­ban.

To en­sure Joe or Jane Con­sumer has plenty of choice, the 2018 Tra­verse comes in LS, LT, RS, Premier and High County trim levels rang­ing in price from $35,00 to $59,000.

The RS and High Country trims are new, one on the sportier side and the other for those who want, and can af­ford, premium ev­ery­thing. The new Tra­verse can be had in two or three row con­fig­u­ra­tions, front- or all-wheel drive and with four or six-cylin­der mo­ti­va­tion. There is some­thing for al­most everyone.

The 2018 Tra­verse, now avail­able at your lo­cal Chevro­let store, is wrapped in at­trac­tive new clothes. The look is much more up­scale, less truck and more style. The general ap­pear­ance is akin to its larger Ta­hoe and Sub­ur­ban sib­lings.

Com­pared to the out­go­ing model, the wheel­base has in­creased by 5.0 cm, but over­all length is up only 1.5 cm. Both width and height re­main prac­ti­cally un­changed.

In ad­di­tion to look­ing bet­ter, the new Tra­verse has lost weight, about 150 ki­los of it. While weight has gone down, cargo and pas­sen­ger space, es­pe­cially in the sec­ond and third rows, has in­creased.

The stan­dard pow­er­train con­sist of 3.6-litre V6 pro­duc­ing 310-horse­power, cou­pled to a nine-speed au­to­matic driv­ing the front wheels in the lower trim levels and all four wheels on oth­ers, through one of two all-wheel-drive sys­tems.

A 255-horse­power, four-cylin­der en­gine is stan­dard on the RS model with the same trans­mis­sion, but with front wheel drive only. All V6-equipped mod­els carry a 5,000-lb. tow rat­ing.

That RS comes with nu­mer­ous unique trim touches and is ex­pected to be pop­u­lar in ur­ban ar­eas where fuel mileage is a higher pri­or­ity than all-wheeldrive. It is ex­pected to ac­count for less than five per cent of to­tal sales. A diesel may be on the way as well, judg­ing from the sound from at least one of the sup­port ve­hi­cles.

The de­sign team’s work is ev­i­dent not only in the ex­te­rior, but in­side as well, where ev­ery­thing from seats to the in­stru­ment panel have come in for a thor­ough makeover.

Not only is the new de­sign fresh and more up­scale, the choice of ma­te­ri­als and man­ner in which they have been uti­lized shows great at­ten­tion to de­tail.

Tech­nol­ogy is at the fore­front with a stan­dard MyLink sys­tem that in­cludes an 18-cm touch­screen on the base model and 20-cm screen on all oth­ers.

Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto com­pat­i­bil­ity are stan­dard as is a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot with con­nec­tiv­ity for up to seven de­vices. De­pend­ing on trim level, there are up to seven USB ports.

Par­ents will ap­pre­ci­ate the new sec­ond row seats. They slide for­ward and tilt for bet­ter ac­cess to the third row and do so with­out hav­ing to re­move a child seat.

GM says the new Tra­verse has best-in-class in­te­rior vol­ume, cargo vol­ume and third row legroom. The sec­ond and third row seats fold all the way down to al­low a flat floor and a four-foot sheet will fit between the wheel wells.

There are more than a dozen use­ful stor­age spa­ces, in­clud­ing one hid­den be­hind the dis­play screen, a mas­sive one un­der the cargo floor and one in the cen­tre con­sole large enough to hide a lap­top.

The new Tra­verse also boasts an ar­ray of stan­dard or avail­able safety fea­tures, in­clud­ing: lane change alert, for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing, rear park as­sist, rear cross traf­fic alert, rear view cam­era, blind spot alert, lane keep alert and as­sist, sur­round view cam­era, all-speed au­to­matic brak­ing, pedes­trian brak­ing, adap­tive cruise con­trol and “in­tel­li­gent” head­lights.

The 2018 Chevro­let Tra­verse is bet­ter-look­ing, lighter, more fuel ef­fi­cient, and pro­vides more pas­sen­ger and cargo space — a list of ac­com­plish­ments that should con­tinue to at­tract a wide au­di­ence.

PHO­TOS BY LU­CAS SCAR­FONE

The 2018 Chevro­let Tra­verse is pow­ered by its 3.6-litre V6 en­gine, which gen­er­ates up to 310 horse­power and 266 lb.-ft of torque

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