Chevrolet Traverse

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Chevrolet Traverse
Chevrolet Traverse LS 1 -- 11-13-2009.jpg
Manufacturer General Motors
Model years 2009–present
Assembly Spring Hill, Tennessee (2009) and Delta Township, Michigan (2010–present)
Body and chassis
Class Full-size crossover SUV
Body style 5-door SUV
Layout Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
Platform GM Lambda platform/GMT561 (Series GMT960)
Related GMC Acadia
Buick Enclave
Saturn Outlook
Engine 3.6 L LLT  V6
Transmission 6-speed 6T75 automatic
Wheelbase 118.9 in (3,020 mm)
Length 2009-2012: 205.0 in (5,207 mm)
2013-: 203.7 in (5174 mm)
Width 78.4 in (1,991 mm)
Height 2009: 69.7 in (1,770 mm)
2010–12: 70.4 in (1,788 mm)
2013-: 72.8 in (1849 mm)
Curb weight 2136 kg (4700 Lbs)
Predecessor Chevrolet Uplander
Chevrolet Astro (passenger van)
Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT
Chevrolet Blazer (South America)
Saturn Outlook

The Chevrolet Traverse is a full-size crossover SUV built on the GM Lambda platform that underpins the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave. It is a successor to both the Chevrolet Uplander and Chevrolet TrailBlazer. The Traverse was built in Spring Hill, Tennessee from its introduction until late 2009, when production was moved to the same Delta Township Assembly plant in Lansing, Michigan that produces the other Lambda-platform crossovers as a replacement for the Saturn Outlook because of GM phasing out the Saturn brand. However, Saturn Outlook production resumed for a short time during early 2010 at the same plant. The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse debuted at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show and arrived at every dealer in October 2008.

First generation (2009-2017)[edit]


The Chevrolet Traverse features the LLT engine, a 3,564 cc (3.564 L; 217.5 cu in) DOHC V6 with VVT and direct injection.[1] The other Lambda-based vehicles also have this powertrain in the 2009 model year. A 6-speed automatic transmission gives power to the front or all wheels.[2] The Traverse delivers 281 hp (210 kW) with the torque at 266 lb·ft. in the LS and LT models. The LTZ model, with dual exhaust, delivers 288 hp (215 kW) and the torque comes in at 270 lb·ft.[citation needed]

Year Exhaust Engine Power Torque Transmission
2009– Single 3.6 L LLT V6 281 hp (210 kW) 266 lb·ft (361 N·m) 6-speed 6T75
2009– Dual 3.6 L LLT V6 288 hp (215 kW) 270 lb·ft (366 N·m)


The Traverse name was originally used for a concept car at the 2003 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but that concept gave way when the Chevrolet Equinox launched for the 2005 model year. The production Traverse's design was inspired by the 2005 Chevrolet Sequel concept, and has a chevron-shaped grille similar to the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The Traverse has unique sheet metal different from the other Lambda crossovers, with the exception of the doors.


The Traverse was part of a product placement by GM in the NBC drama My Own Worst Enemy, along with the new Chevrolet Camaro; the show was cancelled in mid-November 2008. The vehicle also appears on the remake of Hawaii Five-0 and The Mentalist.

Updates and facelifts[edit]

2011 Chevrolet Traverse LT (Chile)


On the LT models, the early 2010 update caused the Traverse to lose the "TRAVERSE" badges on the front doors. Shortly after the production shift to Lansing, the GM badges were removed from the front doors,[3] particularly for the 2010.5 model year run. Like the Chevrolet Impala, the 2010 model year of the Traverse made it one of the few Chevrolet vehicles to have been updated twice.

2013 Facelift[edit]

2013 facelift
2013 facelift

A smiling facelift of the Chevrolet Traverse was unveiled at the 2012 New York Auto Show. The 2013 Traverse receives a new grill and front fascia, a redesigned rear liftgate, and reworked Camaro-inspired tail lights, and the transmission has been reworked for improved shift quality and timing. Pictures were released by GM on March 28, 2012. Chevrolet's new color touch-screen and MyLink radios are standard, as well as wood interior trim. Both cloth and leather seating surfaces will be available, depending on the model. Cloth is standard on the LS and 1LT models, and leather is standard on the LTZ. Both are available on the 2LT model. Some new wheels will be available, and models will continue to be offered in both front wheel drive and all wheel drive versions, ranging from the base LS to the top-of-the-line LTZ. Base price for the 2013 Traverse LS is at $30,510. A Bose audio system will be standard on 2LT and LTZ models.[4][5]


While there were no cosmetic changes made for the 2014 model year, Chevrolet did add new features to the Traverse: Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. Also, the audio system feature was updated, with a dual charge USB port now located at the rear of the center console.[6]


No cosmetic changes. Only two new features, a revised 18-inch wheel appearance and Siri Eyes Free, were added. Siren Red Tintcoat, Sable Metallic, and Blue Velvet Metallic became available as exterior colors, while Ebony/Saddle Up became available as an interior color option.[7]


The 2016 Traverse received minor changes. The trim level were reduced to LS, LT1, LT2, and LTZ. New features include OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot, Iridescent Pearl and Mosaic Black Metallic as color palettes, Leather and Driver Confidence Packages for the LT trims, and 20-inch aluminum wheel designs, painted and machined finishes.

2017 and 2018 Limited[edit]

The Traverse LTZ trim is renamed to Premier and received CarPlay. Most of the features from the 2016 model year are carried over to the 2017 models, which will be its last before becoming a fleet exclusive vehicle.


2016 Chevrolet Traverse on NHTSA[8]
Overall: 5/5 stars
Frontal Driver: 5/5 stars
Frontal Passenger: 5/5 stars
Side Driver: 5/5 stars
Side Passenger: 5/5 stars
Side Pole Driver: 5/5 stars
Rollover AWD: 4/5 stars 15.5%
2015 Chevrolet Traverse on IIHS:[9]
Category Rating
Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset Not tested1
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good2
1 vehicle structure rated "Good"
2 strength-to-weight ratio: 4.00

Second Generation (2018-present)[edit]

Chevrolet Traverse
Production 2017-present
Model years 2018-present
Assembly Delta Township plant, Lansing, Michigan
Body and chassis
Class Full-size crossover utility vehicle (CUV)
Platform C1XX
Transmission 9-speed 9T65 automatic
Wheelbase 120.9 in (3,071 mm)
Length 204.3 in (5,189 mm)
Width 78.6 in (1,996 mm)
Height 70.7 in (1,796 mm)

On July 20, 2015, Chevrolet confirmed plans to expand its SUV lineup, which made the Traverse and the Buick Enclave the only large Crossover SUVs, as its cousin GMC Acadia was shortened to mid-size status and made the Equinox and the Trax smaller in order to compete with the Ford Explorer and Flex, Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, Volkswagen Atlas, and Hyundai Santa Fe LWB.[10] The updated crossover SUV will debut in showrooms in Summer 2017.[11]

The second generation Traverse moves away from its egg-shaped design to one similar to the Tahoe while taking the same cues from the now-midsize Acadia, with the Chevrolet front grille design (the same grille as the Equinox) now used and rear lights redesigned. While similar in dimension to the first generation model, it adds an extra 2.0 inches of wheelbase and 0.7 inch more overall length, while it loses 111 pounds overall to come in at a weight of 362 pounds, thus retaining its status as a 8-seat (or 7-seat optional) passenger vehicle. There will be six trims, L, LS, LT, Premier, a new sport-styled RS, and a top of the line High Country level.

A choice of engines will be offered: a V-6 that generates 305 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, while the Ecotec turbo I-4 puts out 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to the new nine-speed automatic transmission that GM developed with Ford, allowing it to provide better mpg ratings. The new features include a switch-mode device that can allow drivers to switch drivetrains from 2WD to AWD, USB outlets and wireless phone charging capability, and a hands-free liftgate, which illuminates the Chevrolet bowtie on the ground upon touching.[12]

Sales in the United States[edit]

Year Sales
2008 9,456[13]
2009[14] 91,074
2010[15] 106,744
2011[16] 107,131
2012 85,606
2013 96,467[17]
2014 103,943
2015[18] 119,945


  1. ^ "2009 Chevrolet Traverse" (Press release). GM. 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  2. ^ "2009 Chevrolet Traverse, with Enhanced Powertrain, Delivers Efficient, Responsive and Safe Driving Experience" (Press release). GM. February 6, 2008. 
  3. ^ "GM to drop corporate logo from vehicles – Detroit News". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  4. ^ "2013 Chevrolet Traverse at the 2012 New York Auto Show - KickingTires". Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  5. ^ John Neff RSS feed. "2013 Chevy Traverse debuts with new face, minor tweaks". Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  6. ^ "2014 Chevrolet Traverse Gets One New Feature: RPO Central" from GM Authority (June 18, 2013)
  7. ^ 2015 Chevrolet Traverse from GM Media (Posted August 2014)
  8. ^ "2016 Chevrolet Traverse SUV AWD". National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "2015 Chevrolet Traverse Large SUV / 2008 GMC Acadia SLE 4-door 4wd". IIHS. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Chevrolet Clears Space For A New Crossover" from Automotive News (July 20, 2015)
  11. ^ "2018 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE FIRST LOOK: GOING FOR A TRUCKIER LOOK" from Motor Trend (January 9, 2017)
  12. ^ "Chevrolet Introduces the 2018 Traverse" Press Release from Chevrolet (January 9, 2017)
  13. ^ "GM Reports 221,983 Deliveries in December; 2,980,688 Vehicles Sold in 2008" (Press release). GM. 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2009-10-16. [permanent dead link]
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  15. ^ "December 2010 Sales: General Motors - Cheers & Gears Forums". Retrieved 2011-01-04. 
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  17. ^ "GM U.S. Deliveries for December 2013" (PDF). General Motors. 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
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