2017 NAIAS: 2018 Chevrolet Traverse becomes fullsize SUV image

Because bigger is always better, Chevrolet has recently taken the latest generation of the Traverse sport utility vehicle to this year’s edition of the North American International Auto Show.

And while the Traverse has always flirted with the top end of the midsize segment, it has now grown into a fullsize offering, even bettering the Tahoe in certain dimensional aspects. The new Traverse will also be on offer with the biggest choice of trims ever and two powertrains – it’s 204.3 inches long, with a 120.9-inch wheelbase. When compared to the Tahoe the Traverse is 0.4 inches longer overall, and also carries a 4.9-inch bigger wheelbase. The Tahoe now becomes an option apparently only if you need its 8,600-pound towing capacity, while the Traverse is also seriously different from its platform sibling – the smaller GMC Acadia.

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The 2018 Traverse comes in new Premier, High Country, and RS trim levels – the latter even gains bespoke blacked-out elements, and a model-specific powertrain. The model’s standard engine option is the naturally aspirated, 3.6-liter V6, packing 305 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque – front wheel drive will bring a fuel economy of 18 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg highway – while AWD is not available on the RS. The latter, dubbed as a sporty version, is oddly using a less-powerful, 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine, with 255 hp, and 295 lb-ft of torque.

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Technology is also front and center – Surround Vision camera, LED headlamps on superior trims, front pedestrian braking, forward collision alert, a Traction Mode Select system for AWD, and others. Inside there’s enough room for eight persons, and there are USB ports for all rows – while the seven- and eight-inch touchscreen infotainment systems get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as Chevy’s own MyLink interface.