Jumping on the band-XUV, Chevrolet has introduced the new Chevrolet Traverse to their model line-up. Sitting on GM’s Lambda platform, the Chevrolet Traverse claims to have as much seating room as a minivan [7-8 adult passengers] while delivering the performance of a sport utility vehicle.
Offered in three trim levels, the LS, LT, and LTZ, the Traverse LS begins with a base price of $28,255 – placing it squarely in the typical price range for the attainable-crossover market.
Although the Traverse shares a similar platform with the Enclave, Outlook, and Acadia, the Chevrolet Traverse features unique front and rear styling that immediately sets it apart from its family members. Currently only offered in FWD, there are rumors that the Traverse’s premium trim, the LTZ, will be offered in optional AWD by the time the Traverse hits dealer lots in 2009. Standard equipped with a Hydra-Matic 6-sp automatic transmission, the Traverse LS & LT models boast 281-hp and 253 lb-ft of torque. For a couple grand extra, the Traverse LTZ will get you 288-hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. In keeping with the “sport utility” half of its crossover image, the also Traverse possesses a 5,200lb towing capacity, proactive roll avoidance, and an EPA estimate of 17 mpg city/24 hwy.
It seems like the Traverse is more than capable of giving similar XUV’s a real run for their money, but with an ever-decreasing large-vehicle market and gas mileage that isn’t that much better than that of a sport utility vehicle, it’s difficult to predict how successful the Traverse will be.