The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Country has been introduced. Completely redesigned, the new model comes wrapped in a bold and attractive styling on the outside and stays comfortable and connected on the inside. Furthermore, it comes with an even advanced roster of active safety features, laudable utility, and best-in-class third-row legroom.
According to Alan Batey – president of GM North America, the new Traverse offers the versatility occupants need and a spacious and thoughtful design customers will love. He further said that the 2018 Traverse injects a sense of style and convenience to the midsize SUV segment.
For 2018, the new model gains new technology, more space and power while cutting back on weight. Speaking of space, it now has more of it than the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot can offer – these two being the most formidable rivals nipping its heels. Besides the extra occupant space, cargo volume has also increased.
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Interestingly, while the new model’s dimensions have grown a tad bit, the GMC Acadia, which happens to be its fraternal twin, has shrank in dimensions. This becomes the first time the two vehicles have been sized opposite one another.
Away from dimensions, the new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse also gets a redesigned engine with better output. Paired with a new nine-speed transmission, the new engine now cranks out 310 horsepower – an increase of 29 hp. And in addition to the power bump, it also has better fuel economy ratings than before. To better illustrate this, the EPA says fuel economy ratings of 21mpg of combined city and highway cruising should be expected, representing a fuel economy bump of 3 mpg.
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Exterior Redesign & Colors
The new-look 2018 Traverse High Country design derives its inspiration from the brand’s full-size SUVs. The purposeful proportions are thoughtfully complemented by premium cues such as D-Optic LED headlamps, LED signature lighting, and chrome accents.
The High Country model is a new entrant this year together with the sporty RS Package bringing the total trim models to seven. The trims in question are – L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premiere, and the top-of-the-range High Country.
The new High Country trim model is a leather-draped trim offering that brings with it all Chevy’s safety tech, driver aids, and LED lighting. Additionally, there’s the all-wheel-drive system that has been designed to improve not only traction but also get better handling regardless of the terrain.
Exterior Chevrolet traverse colors include Summit White, Graphite Metallic, Black Currant Metallic, Cajun Red Tintcoat, Mosaic Black Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Sable Brown Metallic, Satin Steel Metallic, Iridescent Pearl Tintcoat, and Pepperdust Metallic.
2018 Chevrolet traverse High Country Interior
For the new model year, the whole traverse range has purposefully been designed to keep passengers connected, comfortable, and safe. Speaking of connected, users of the Traverse High Country should expect features such as an eight-inch diagonal MyLink infotainment system available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
For convenience, passengers will be able to access USB charging ports, steering wheel mounted control, and wireless charging.
Other features available on the Traverse High Country 2018 model include automatic high beam, unique interior leather upholstery, an auto-locking rear differential, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive headlights, driver-seat memory settings, a power-adjustable steering column, ventilated front seats, a hands-free liftgate operation, and auto-dimming side mirrors.
Besides the aforementioned features, a ton of safety features are also available to aid the driver during driving. The ones to expect include front pedestrian braking, surround vision, low and high speed forward automatic braking, forward collision alert, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, and D-Optic LED headlights.
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Engine Specs & Performance
Beneath the hood of the Traverse High Country is a 3.6L V6 engine capable of generating 310 horsepower and 266 pounds feet of torque. It is a carry-over engine that comes mated to Chevy’s new 9-speed automatic transmission system. A choice of FWD and AWD is offered.
Unlike the previous model however, the new one has been improved and delivers 10% more horsepower than the current model. GM also says it can tow a maximum capacity of 5,000 pounds.
To ensure the Traverse achieves better fuel economy, the latest lot feature a new intelligent start/stop technology that ensures the engine gets improved fuel economy ratings. Currently, the EPA estimates the new model should return 21 mpg of combined city and highway cruising.
2018 Chevrolet traverse High Country Release Date & Price
The new model goes for sale this fall according to the latest announcement from GM. When it comes to pricing, buyers should expect to pay an MSRP starting from $45,000 for the top High Country trim model.
But the Chevy Traverse 2018 isn’t the only option in the three-row crossover SUV segment. Shoppers in this segment will probably come across other solid options such as the Mazda CX-9 and the Toyota Highlander. The Toyota Highlander is a well-rounded option in this niche of vehicles due to its do-everything demeanor. Among its list of strengths you’ll find features such as plenty of standard high-tech features, quiet and compliant ride quality, and a brawny V6 engine. Pricing for this perennial leader of the mid-size crossover SUV starts from an MSRP of $31,625.
The Mazda CX-9 on the other hand offers more than just a pretty face. A growing family will without a doubt appreciate its loaded feature list, three-rows of seating, pleasurable ride quality, comfortable, quiet interior. And buyers get all this and more for only $45,255. Expensive, yes, but it does a great job of delivering value for every buck spent.