While prototype hunting in the high country, Roman spies several cars and SUVs undergoing high altitude testing. Is this the next generation 2018 Chevrolet Traverse being tested in the thin air of the Colorado Rockies?
The Chevrolet Traverse is a 3-row, 8-passenger crossover SUV and one of GM’s biggest family haulers. The standard engine is a 281 horsepower V-6 that drives the front or all four wheels through a six-speed automatic. Originally introduced in 2009, the 2013 model year was the last year it received any significant updates to the exterior and interior.
For 2016, the Traverse picked up some new technology like OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot. Other new features include Leather and Driver Confidence packages for the LT trims and 20-inch aluminum wheel designs with machined and painted finishes.
It’s been reported that the next generation Traverse will ride on the same platform as the GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5. The current Traverse is front-wheel drive and available with all-wheel drive and it is probably a safe guess that the new Traverse will be the same. The Acadia has an optional 310 horsepower V6 and would be a perfect powerplant for the bigger and visibly longer SUV sibling.
If everything goes according to plan, we expect the second-generation 2018 Chevy Traverse to debut at next year’s Detroit auto show.