A First Look at the Family-Focused Redesigned Chevy Traverse

December 22nd, 2016 by


The Chevy Traverse was first introduced to the bowtie brand’s lineup for the 2009 model year. After spending nearly ten years on the market without any major redesigns, the full-size crossover SUV is finally getting a makeover. As soon as Chevrolet debuted the Traverse at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show, SUV drivers and Chevy fans were anxious for its arrival. With seating for up to eight passengers, the Chevy Traverse is big enough for a large family and all of their belongings. Aside from its ample accommodations, the Traverse has earned its fair share of awards and industry accolades over the past decade, including the title of Top-10 Family Car from KBB.com. With so much interior space, a high towing capacity, and plenty of bang for your buck – it’s no wonder why so many people have chosen to add the Traverse as an honorary member of their families.

Perhaps just as anticipated as the SUV’s initial release back in 2009 is the arrival of the redesigned 2018 Traverse to Chevy car dealerships. Albany, NY residents can hardly wait to come test drive the new Traverse here at DePaula Chevrolet – but until then, we have the inside scoop on all that this version of the large SUV has to offer.

A First Look at the 2018 Traverse

The official unveiling of the redesigned Traverse has not yet taken place, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to talk about regarding the newest version of the SUV. Chevrolet plans to debut the next generation 2018 Traverse at its hometown auto show in Detroit this coming January, and we can’t wait to see it. The Traverse hasn’t seen a redesign in its lifetime, making it one of the most outdated nameplates in the Chevrolet lineup.

While the Traverse is proud of other titles it has earned over the past ten years, “most outdated” is not one of them. Thanks to the arrival of the brand new SUV this January, that title will soon expire. We don’t know too many specifics regarding the newest Traverse, but what we do know is exciting. In a press release this month, Chevrolet says that the 2018 Traverse will feature a “Bold and refined design with seating for up to eight passengers.” As vague as that may sound, it is enough to entice buyers to wait another few months until the brand releases the new Traverse to dealerships around the nation. Other officially announced changes include D-Optic headlights that offer enhanced lighting quality, segment-best third-row legroom and cargo space, and a weight reduction of just over 700 pounds. As far as in-vehicle tech goes, we expect the new Traverse to offer a similar array of features as the 2018 Equinox. With technology like OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the latest version of the Chevy MyLink infotainment system, you can expect that Chevrolet will pull out all the stops to bring an incredible new version of the SUV to its 2018 lineup.

As if the utter lack of information regarding the 2018 Traverse isn’t enough to send us all into a deep-rooted misery, add to it a mysterious photo that Chevrolet recently published. Featuring a blacked out border along the top and bottom of the photo, while the newly redesigned Traverse sits in the middle, disguised by well-calculated shadows. From this cryptic photo, it is clear that the new Traverse features a restyled exterior body with sculpted lines, but aside from that small insight, we are still very much left in the dark.

Why Families Flock to the Chevy Traverse

Despite the fact that the Traverse is technically the most outdated model in the Chevrolet lineup, it has remained a top choice among American families since it was first introduced to the market. Now classified as a mid-size SUV, the Traverse offers plenty of interior space for all eight possible passengers, and a maximum cargo capacity of 116.3 cubic-feet. Unlike other vehicle shoppers, family car buyers look for added safety, convenience, and amenities that make their daily lives easier to handle. Whether that means hustling the kids off to school each morning, or transporting half the soccer team to practice in the evening, family cars need to be able to deliver more than the average model.

The Chevrolet Traverse more than fits the bill when it comes to versatility and convenience, which is why so many family buyers are opting for it over other options in the same segment. With a starting MSRP of just $28,700, the 2017 Traverse not only struck a chord with families who value on-board amenities, but also with those who value fiscal savings. While other brands offer a similar SUV in their lineups, the Traverse is one of the more affordable, and better-equipped options. One of the best things about the Chevy Traverse is that it will grow with your family. While the built-in rear entertainment system will keep your little ones occupied on long excursions, the built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capable of connecting up to seven devices at one time, will keep them from getting restless as they enter their teenage years. No matter where you plan on going and when, the Chevy Traverse will take you there.

Aside from providing endless hours of convenience and on-road entertainment, the Chevrolet Traverse will also keep you and your most precious cargo safe during those short commutes, and longer trips. With available rear vision camera, rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, and forward collision alert – your Traverse has you covered from all possible angles.

Get a Great Deal on the 2017 Traverse

DePaula Chevrolet has plenty of new 2017 Traverse models in stock if you don’t want to wait for the newest version of the SUV to come available. Our knowledgeable and friendly sales team can help direct you toward the perfect Traverse model to fit your lifestyle, budget, and unique needs. Albany residents have put their trust in the DePaula family name for years, so why not come down and see what makes our location different from all the rest?

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