The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse has been announced for showcasing at the upcoming New York Auto Show where we might also get the exact and official release date for the car. The long wait is over as there are going to be some new information released about the car and Chevy has already given us a lot to work with so we prepare for the showcasing. This calls for a good time to make a review about the new Traverse.
As this is the fifth-model year this car has been on the market, it is the perfect time for the model to get a refresh. In fact Chevy is brining a lot of them while at the same time being careful not to go overboard and do too much of it. Thus we get a slight revision of the exterior which is going to keep it on point with the competition while at the same time adding a larger enhancement for the interior of the car.
Actually the 2017 Traverse is already coming to a very crowded segment so the updates may still prove to be very significant for this brand. The SUV segment already has models like the Ford Explorer or the Honda Pilot models which have also gone through their own separate designs. Chevy has started falling behind already by being late with the redesign so they can only hope that the design proves to be a good one and brings the brand back in a favorable way.
The exterior of the car is the part that goes through the least amount of changes as they mostly keep the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse the same. The basic body style from before is the same but there is still a significant amount of changes. To start with the grille, there is a three bar one added now instead of the honeycomb one and in the center of it is a Chevy Bowtie emblem. The upper grille does not change much and there is still some chrome on it and in fact there is a lot of chrome added to the entire surrounding of the grille area.
The headlights have also been restyled and have an edgier look but the fog lights have been dumped in favor of some thinner ones. The front end also benefits form a new style of the hood which is a great substitute for the bland one see in the previous Traverse model.
The rear end adds some stylish looking headlights which go in favor of the odd looking ones that we had before. The rear end has also been updated with a step-style bumper with a chrome trim piece which graces the back end of the 2017 Chevy Traverse. The side profile is very similar and although looking at the car both form the rear and front gives you an impression of a new car, it does not boast the same when looking at it from the side.
The interior of the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse was the main point of the redesigned and what they have focused the most. The seating capabilities and the overall spaciousness have been expanded and the car receives an 116.3 cubic feet of cargo space and that is when we removed the third row of seats and fold the second one down. If we remove the third row only we get 70.3 cubic-feet of space and the regular amount of cargo space without touching anything is measured at 24.4 cubic feet of space.
The interior is in fact a lot different from before as it does not only changes the setting but adds a lot of great soft-touch surfaces and premium materials. The soft touch surfaces are now found on instrument panel and the top side of the door panels. This expands the setup of the cabin in a great way as the cheap looking plastic additions are gone and will not be used anymore. The atmosphere of the cabin is also expanded with some accentuated ambient lights and contrastive stitching features.
The front seats also get a redesign as there are some articulating headrests that you can slide up, down and forward. Added is an eight-way power passenger’s seat While the LT and LTZ models have a standard wood trim added. On the center console is a 6.5-inch LCD touch screen which is offered as standard.
As the changes to the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse have been added to a major part of the car, the engine remains the same. Under the hood you will still find a 3.6-liter V-6 direct-injected engine which is able to churn out 281 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 266 pound-feet of torque at 3,400 rpm, which are the numbers when the car is equipped with a single exhaust. Dual exhaust brings us an output of 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque at the same rpm. The power is transferred via a a six-speed automatic transmission, which has been modified and it is perhaps the only change done to the dirvetrain as it is not capable of shifting gears much faster. The FWD fuel economy ratings come at 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, while the specs for the AWD come to 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
Release date and price
Currently the price is one of the biggest mysteries and we have almost no information abut the price for the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse. But as things seems we are looking at a rate which starts at around 30,000 USD and may rise up to about 50,000 USD for the highest rated trim level. The model is going to be available by the end of this or the beginning of this year which is going to be concluded at the showcasing of the car at New York.