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New Traverse takes on big SUV looks

Debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse boasts seating for up to eight.

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DETROIT: Wearing all new styling inspired by its full-size SUV siblings, Chevrolet unveiled the three row 2018 Traverse at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Chevrolet says it expects Traverse to offer best-in-class third row legroom (856 mm) along with maximum passenger and cargo volumes (2,789 litres).

With seating for up to eight, the 2018 Traverse is longer than the outgoing model with a new split-folding second-row seat improves on the Traverse’s original Smart Slide feature.

The second row curbside seat tips up and slides forward, even with a forward-facing child seat in place, to provide open and easy access to the third row.

Powering the Traverse is a new 3.6-litre V6 with nine-speed automatic transmission that gives an estimated (US) 25 mpg while making it able to tow up to 2,268 kg (5,000 lb).

It new RS trim model will be fitted with a 2.0-litre inline twin turbo four-cylinder with the same nine-speed automatic.

Both engines feature new intelligent stop/start technology that determines the best times for fuel-saving engine-stop events, based on a variety of driving factors.

Standard is Teen Driver that lets parents lock in things like speed and audio limits that can be reviewed with a young driver to point out any areas of concern.

Also standard is a new Traction Mode Select function that lets the driver adjust the powertrain to match changing road conditions.

On available AWD models, it also allows the system to be completely disconnected from the rear axle, which helps save fuel and enhances refinement.

Traverse is fully connectivity equipped with available seven- or eight-inch-diagonal MyLink infotainment systems designed to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

All three rows will have USB access. Available is wireless charging and steering wheel mounted phone and audio controls.

2018 Traverse

General Motors North America President and brand chief Global Chevrolet Alan Batey introduces the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse (left) and Traverse High Country Monday, January 9, 2017 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Traverse will deliver what is expected to be best-in-class third-row legroom, maximum cargo room and passenger volume with an enhanced roster of active safety features. (Photo by John F. Martin for Chevrolet)

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