2017 Chevrolet Traverse Redesign
The next iteration of the full-size Traverse SUV is about to receive substantial changes and updates. Just like the rest of the GM’s model lineup, the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse will get the new Lambda platform and all sorts of enhancements.
The Chevrolet Traverse will be based on the same GM Lambda platform that underpins the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave. Its configuration allows it to carry seven or eight passengers. The Traverse is actually the successor to the famous Chevrolet TrailBlazer SUV. It was initially made in Spring Hill, Tenneessee, but the production was later moved to the Delta Township Assembly plant in Lansing, Michigan in 2010. The same plant produces other GM’s SUVs that are underpinned by the Lambda platform.
2017 Chevrolet Traverse Changes
The Chevy Traverse SUV has undergone several facelift so far. In 2010, the ’’Traverse’’ badge was removed from its front doors, only to return by the end of the year. As part of the 2013 facelift, the model received a revised front fascia with a new grille. Its liftgate and tail lights were redesigned as well. It also received an updated transmission and a number of advanced infotainment and safety features. The 2014 model came basically unchanged, apart from a longer list of standard equipment. As for the 2015 model year, it brought new exterior colors and redesigned wheels.
The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse will mark the new generation of this popular model. It is expected to be based on a new Scalable Chi (C1XX) platform, just like the new-generation 2016 Cadillac SRX, 2017 GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave SUVs. The new C1XX platform’s flexibility provides a lot of room for construction variations such as the short and long wheelbase versions. According to the company, the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse will come as a long wheelbase model. While the new Buick Enclave is expected to follow in its footsteps, the 2017 Acadia and 2016 Cadillac SRX (XT5) will use the short wheelbase.
Besides the new platform, there will be significant changes when it comes to exterior styling and engine range. Visual changes will include a redesigned front fascia with a new grille. Both the front and rear LED light clusters will be reshaped as well.
The 2017 Chevy Traverse will be motivated by the tried and tested 3.6-liter DOHC V6 engine with VVT and direct injection. It makes 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque in the single exhaust variation. As for the LTZ model with dual exhaust, it generates 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The power is transmitted to the front or all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Among the most anticipated changes is the enhanced fuel efficiency. Some speculate about the introduction of four-cylinder engines and enhanced V6 units.
2017 Chevrolet Traverse Price and Release
The upcoming generation will be available with the same configurations as the current one. Chevrolet is expected to retain the current pricing policy as far as the next Traverse is concerned. The entry-level 2017 Chevrolet Traverse LS should cost around $33,000. The model with 1LT trim level is expected to start at $36,000, the 2LT version around $38,500, while the range-topping 2017 Traverse LTZ will cost around $44,000. The model is expected to go on sale by mid-2016.