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NowCar 2018 Chevrolet Traverse

Chevrolet Changes the Traverse and Upgrades the Silverado

Written By, Jordan R.

Chevrolet has always been well-known for its trucks, having been in the truck industry for 100 years. The automaker celebrated this milestone with a release of Chevrolet Centennial Special Edition trucks for the Colorado and Silverado. As Chevrolet (part of General Motors) grew, so did the lineup, expanding into high performance vehicles like the Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro, and later into vehicles, such as SUVs and crossovers. One of these well known crossovers is literally making the cross over into SUV territory - the Chevrolet Traverse.

Known as a crossover to most Chevrolet consumers, there has been a bit of a spur in the auto industry concerning the two conflicting classes - crossover and SUV. At times, consumers will be looking at one or the other and find themselves scratching their heads, wondering, “Is this vehicle an SUV or a crossover?” In the auto market today, automakers are starting to give crossovers more coupe-like style to not only set it apart from the SUV, but also give crossovers a more sporty look, especially when it comes to the quickly growing in popularity, compact crossover vehicle class.

Chevrolet is doing the opposite. Based on consumer opinion, Chevrolet is ditching the soft wagon look many crossovers share, and is going for a more rugged look, like that of an SUV. To make it easy, the new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is taking on the look of an SUV, finding a nice middle ground between the Tahoe and Equinox. This leaves consumers with a crossover that is bold, offers higher visibility, better headroom and cargo capacity, and overall, makes it easier to figure out which is which if the two vehicle classes are essentially being fused into one.

When it comes to the powertrain and driving the new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, the standard engine on the majority of the lineup is a 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine (optimized with direct fuel injection and variable valve timing) that generates 266 lb-ft of torque. Paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, the 2018 Chevy Traverse offers a powertrain that’s responsive, handles power transfer well, and drives smoothly. The undercarriage is really the shining star of the new Traverse, built with modifications that give the consumer the sense of driving a capable sedan rather than a minivan. This is thanks to the addition of MacPherson struts in front (bolstered with hydraulic ride-control mounts), a five-link rear with a hydraulic mounts, an isolated cradle, and upgraded shocks all around.

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse isn’t the only vehicle getting an upgraded powertrain for better handling, though. Chevrolet is also upgrading the vehicles that makes up their roots. Back in January, the new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was launched and there was talk of a new engine option being added later on.

New 2019 Silverado 1500 Engine

We can’t say who came up with the new design for FCA’s “Global Medium Engine,” but either way it’s quickly becoming popular amongst automakers. Like the FCA Group, General Motors decided to pull back on making larger, more powerful engines, and is instead making smaller engines that are also more powerful with turbocharging technology. The standard engine in the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 truck is a 285-horsepower 4.3-liter EcoTec V6 engine that generates 305 lb-ft of torque, but only offers 22 mpg on the highway.

General Motors clearly has no intention of being outdone by their competitors, and thus, will soon be removing the V6 engine for its own take on the “Global Medium Engine.” For the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, the newcomer is a turbocharged 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine. This new beauty will be able to produce 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque. Yep, although the new engine is 1.5 liters smaller and has four cylinders instead of six cylinders like the 4.3L EcoTec V6 engine - it generates 22 percent more torque. This new engine option is one of several iotas of news that gives Chevrolet and Ram the upper hand over Ford trucks in 2018. There just hasn’t been any announcement of when this new powertrain option will be made available for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.

Sounds exciting though doesn’t it? Share your love with us on NowCar social media. We’ll find out when this bad boy will be an available option, or if it’s the new standard going forward for Chevrolet.

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