The Chevrolet Traverse underwent a mid-cycle refresh in 2022, albeit with some delays. However, the American automaker is already working on a significantly revamped successor for this mid-sized crossover. Although the recent update brought some improvements, the Traverse is now scheduled for a complete overhaul, and Chevrolet appears to be up to the task.
Spy photographers have managed to capture images of the upcoming Traverse, revealing minimal camouflage. What can we anticipate from this mid-size crossover? We offer you an exclusive first look with our illustrated sneak peek.
Upon first glance, the upcoming Traverse maintains similar dimensions to its current iteration, but its overall appearance exudes a more captivating and muscular aesthetic. The front of the car showcases a distinctive two-piece headlamp arrangement, with daytime running lights (DRLs) positioned beneath the hood’s leading edge, while the primary headlamp units are situated lower within the front bumper. At the top grille, a horizontal bar spans across, commanding attention, with the iconic Chevrolet emblem prominently placed at the center.
When shifting focus to the side, one can observe sculptured fenders, intricately designed lower door detailing, and a unique C-pillar inspired by aircraft tailfins. The rear section retains its upright and boxy shape, with the tailgate featuring sleek, Rivian-inspired horizontal taillamps and high-series variants equipped with quad exhausts.
Additionally, spy shots have captured what appears to be an off-road-inspired version known as the Activ, showcasing red recovery hooks, a front bash plate, and a ruggedly styled front bumper.
More Upscale Interior With All The Latest Tech
Chevrolet’s Traverse and its GMC Acadia counterpart have not been widely recognized for offering top-tier interior quality. However, General Motors aims to rectify this with the next-generation Traverse by introducing enhanced materials, advanced technology, and improved fit and finish. The upcoming Traverse will retain its three-row seating configuration, and we anticipate that the larger size will provide improved space for all occupants.
The interior will feature a spacious digital instrument cluster complemented by an impressive 11-inch infotainment display. This display will come equipped with wireless phone charging capability, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto (although GM plans to transition to a Google-based setup and phase out the latter two as it moves towards an all-electric lineup). Additionally, the Traverse will offer over-the-air updates (OTA) for software upgrades and a wide range of level 2 semi-autonomous driver assistance features, enhancing both convenience and safety.
Under The Skin
The upcoming Traverse will be built upon a heavily revised version of the current C1 platform, referred to as C1-2. This platform will also be shared with the upcoming GMC Acadia and third-generation Buick Enclave. The primary enhancements of the C1-2 platform include improved crashworthiness and the integration of GM’s new Global B electrical architecture.
Regarding the powertrain options, while there is a possibility that the 3.6-liter LFY V6 engine could make a return with certain enhancements to enhance both performance and fuel efficiency, rumors suggest that GM intends to equip the new Traverse with the same 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado. This four-cylinder engine currently offers power outputs ranging from 237 to 310 horsepower and is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The power generated by the engine will be transmitted to the front wheels, with the availability of all-wheel-drive as an optional feature.
Rivals & Reveal
The new Traverse will face strong competition in the midsize SUV segment, with several models vying for market share. This includes recently launched cars like Toyota’s Grand Highlander, as well as established contenders such as the Ford Explorer, Buick Enclave, Nissan Pathfinder, Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, Volkswagen Atlas, Jeep Grand Cherokee L, Honda Pilot, Subaru Ascent, and potentially Mazda’s upscale new CX-90, depending on pricing.
The official reveal of the new Traverse is expected to take place in the coming months, entering the market as a 2024 model year car. Production will continue at GM’s Lansing Delta plant in Michigan.
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