The 2024 Chevrolet Traverse is right here, and it’s rocking completely new duds, a brand new engine and tons of fancy tech.
We’ll begin with design because it’s such an enormous departure from the minivan-looking current-day Traverse. GM designers say the objective was to offer the Traverse a extra truck-like and rugged presence than earlier than, which might be a smart thought for in the present day’s market of more and more extra succesful household SUVs. The entrance finish is decidedly extra Tahoe-like, and the ruggedness is augmented with stylish LED lights each in entrance and rear. Like many different Chevys lately, look varies a very good bit relying on which trim you spring for.
The flowery, new trim for 2024 is the Z71 mannequin that’s designed to deal with some gentle off-roading (learn: brief, rutted path to the campsite). GM provides it a lot of model-specific options that makes it extra succesful off the pavement, together with a trim-specific twin-clutch all-wheel drive system, a little bit over an inch of further floor clearance (0.79 inch from the suspension and 0.39 inch from the tires) over the usual mannequin, specially-tuned dampers with hydraulic rebound management, all-terrain tires wrapping 18-inch wheels, distinctive entrance fascia for a greater strategy angle, crimson tow hooks, hill descent management and a particular “Terrain” mode within the drive mode selector. In fact, the Traverse remains to be an enormous three-row crossover, so don’t anticipate it to be way more than mildly succesful off-road.
One other large change for 2024 is the Traverse’s powertrain. Say goodbye to the three.6-liter V6 and hiya to a brand new 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 315 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque — that’s an enchancment on each accounts. Engineers inform us the two.5-liter is a smaller displacement model of the boosted 2.7-liter you will discover in autos just like the Chevy Silverado and Cadillac CT4-V. It additionally trades the earlier mannequin’s 9-speed auto for an 8-speed automated transmission. Entrance-wheel drive stays normal, and all-wheel drive is offered on each trim degree. Max towing remains to be a decent 5,000 kilos. The platform beneath the Traverse is much like the earlier technology, however Chevy tells us it needed to make a lot of adjustments to facilitate the brand new four-cylinder engine.
One of the best-to-drive (on-road) Traverse would be the RS mannequin. It will get a novel suspension tune that GM says supplies sportier experience and dealing with traits along with a set of 22-inch wheels. You’ll additionally get all of the RS look components you’re used to from different Chevy RS fashions, which provides it a sportier look than the opposite trims.
Count on the Traverse to nonetheless be as family-friendly as all the time as a result of it’s nonetheless monumental. These within the entrance will get pleasure from the brand new 17.7-inch infotainment show that comes as normal gear on each trim. This display screen is augmented by an 11-inch instrument cluster show. Followers of buttons and knobs can be glad to see all of the vitals stick round for the local weather controls. Plus, there’s an enormous quantity knob built-in into the huge show panel. The middle console ought to show itself extra helpful than earlier than as a result of Chevy moved the gear selector from the console to a stalk location much like what you would possibly discover on a Mercedes-Benz. Moreover, Chevy designed a brand new pass-through console design to supply even extra storage.
As for the seating configuration choices, the bottom LS mannequin comes with an 8-seat setup, whereas all different trims get a 7-seat structure with second-row captain’s chairs as normal gear. If you would like the 8-seater in the next trim, the most effective you are able to do is choice it on the LT, as a result of the opposite trims don’t provide it. The RS, in contrast to all different trims, comes with a power-folding third row as normal, too.
Identical to you’d anticipate, the Traverse comes with a bevy of driver help techniques as normal gear with some highlights being adaptive cruise management, lane-keep help, automated entrance and rear emergency braking, blind-spot warning and an entire lot extra. New for Chevy within the Traverse is an enhanced “Buckle to Drive” function that requires each the driving force and passenger to be buckled earlier than driving. It additionally has a rear seat belt reminder, which is able to chime if anybody within the second or third row isn’t sporting a seatbelt. Chevy says its Tremendous Cruise driving assistant know-how with towing functionality can be optionally available on each trim degree however the base mannequin.
Pricing isn’t obtainable fairly but for the brand new Traverse, however Chevy says will probably be constructed at GM’s Lansing meeting plant and hit the market in early 2024.