The Chevy Traverse is among popular midsize crossover SUVs you will find on roads these days. The model, originally built on Lambda platform of GM, is all set for a grand makeover. Since its debut in 2009, the Traverse received minor revamps. But the 2nd generation is now being readied for release. In January 2017, the second generation Traverse was shown by GM at the Detroit International Auto Show. The new version, 2019 Chevrolet Traverse, will be sold in newer markets along with its home turf, as per company sources. The updates include new exterior styling and new technologies. The new 2019 Chevrolet Traverse will battle it out with contenders like Mazda CX-9, Volkswagen Atlas, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander.
2019 Chevrolet Traverse – Appearance of Exterior and Interior
The new 2019 Traverse sports a bold and aggressive design, discarding the bulbous and egg-shaped design of its predecessor. Design similarities with siblings like Tahoe and Suburban are there and some traces of Equinox’s styling can be found too. You will find the grille at front somewhat aggressive and lamps are also redesigned. The nice thing is new 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is bigger than the existing model but still weighs 111 pounds less.
This is possible owing to GM’s usage of C1XX platform which is what the Cadillac XT5 is also based on. The cabin can accommodate up to 8 passengers. It will be sold in 6 trims- LS, LT, Premier, RS, styled Redline Edition and High Country, the top notch trim. Wheel sizes vary from 18 to 20 inches, based on which trim you choose. The new D-Optic LED headlights, found on high country trim add to the oomph. The rear side is similar to the 2013’s Dodge Durango. The wrap-around style back window, embedded exhaust tips, and chrome accents look enticing. It will be made available in various enticing exterior hues.
The cabin of 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is spacious and quite lavishly designed. It is roomy and builds quality of cabin materials is quite good. Dashboard design is updated and centre console houses enhanced version of 8-inch display unit – used to operate MyLink infotainment system of GM. In entry level trim- the display unit is 7 inches. A storage compartment lies beneath with USB charging port. The cabin is comfortable owing to the implementation of Dual-zone climate control. You also get 12-volt plug and wireless phone charger.
The new Smart Slide mechanism makes folding and adjusting seats a breeze. The cargo space is decent and with 2nd and 3rd row of seats folded, cargo space shoots up to 98.5 cubic feet. There are seven USB ports and 10 cup holders- ideal for long trips with the entire family! The centre console storage bin is also huge. The leg room in all rows of seats is decent.
2019 Chevrolet Traverse – Engine
The RS trim of 2019 Chevrolet Traverse gets a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It makes 255 hp. The upper trims get a 3.6-liter V6 which produces 305 hp. Both engines get a 9-speed automatic transmission gearbox. FWD is offered as standard and AWD optional. The car gets a special Traction Mode Select feature with exclusive mode selectors like Off-Road, Normal, and Snow. It will enhance ride quality and boost fuel economy. Its engines also come laden with start/stop system for enhancing fuel economy. The High Country trim gets a special dual-clutch AWD system. The 2019 Traverse has a maximum rated towing capacity of 5000 pounds.
Technology and Safety Features:
The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is loaded with advanced entertainment and safety features. Airbags, Traction control, and stability control are standard on all trims. You will also get the new Teen Driver Management system. Available safety features are adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking system, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring. Also, there are features like 360-degree surround view camera, parking assist sensors, and Automatic high-beam headlights.
On the technology front, you get OnStar subscription services which include automatic collision notification. Through OnStar, the Traverse becomes a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and you can use 7 devices to use it at the same time. MyLink also supports Bluetooth connectivity, Smartphone projection. The inclusion of hands-free litigate is also quite convenient.
2019 Chevrolet Traverse – Price and Release Date
In conclusion, the 2019 Chevy Traverse is likely to be released in late 2018. GM has not revealed final pricing for the model. However, the base trim price may be around $31,000 while top trim may get a price tag of $50,000.
The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is a well equipped midsized SUV from GM stable. The styling revamp deserves applauds and same can be said about changes in the cabin. GM has also stepped up safety and entertainment features in the car. While the car is now bigger in size, GM has managed to reduce the weight- which is commendable. While pricing is not clear at this moment, GM may raise it only by a small margin- given the steep competition in this segment.