2013 Chevy Traverse Gives Families New Gathering Space
New athletic exterior debuts Chevrolet crossover utility face
More refined interior with class-leading space for cargo and up to
New and industry-exclusive safety features including front center
Improved car-like ride and handling
NEW YORK The new 2013 Chevrolet Traverse crossover-utility vehicle
offers families a new gathering space with greater style, refinement
and safety. It goes into production later this year, building on the
space, comfort and efficiency that have made Traverse popular.
"The new Traverse is a family vehicle without compromise,"
said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet Global Marketing and
Strategy. "It is more capable than many sport-utility vehicles,
with as much room as a minivan and better functionality than both. The
Traverse is clever, capable and confident and there when you need it
The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse has a new, athletic exterior design,
complemented by a more expressive front end that introduces a new face
for Chevrolet crossover utilities.
The front features a new shape supported by a powerdome hood, a
three-bar upper and two-bar lower grille design, new lamps, chrome
accents around the grille and fog lamps, and sculpted front corners
similar to the Malibu sedan. The new design captures the overall
character of Chevy's new car lineup, for a consistent family
"We have injected a stronger presence into the Traverse exterior
by focusing on the details," said Phillip Zak, GM director of
exterior design. "The small but important changes give it a more
vibrant personality that more closely reflects the lifestyles of the
families who rely on the Traverse to get them through their busy
At the rear, redesigned lamps and the license plate pocket are
positioned in the new liftgate for a sportier look.
New family gathering space
Space is the hallmark of the Traverse interior. With its class-leading
spaciousness, comfortable and flexible seating for up to eight adults,
and more cargo-carrying capacity than any other vehicle in its
segment, the 2013 Chevy Traverse builds on these established
attributes by offering an interior environment with new features and
Upgraded materials include soft-touch surfaces on the instrument panel
and front door uppers, contrasting stitching, chrome and silver
accents, and available blue ambient lighting that flows through the
A new center stack showcases a 6.5-inch color touch radio with the
available Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system. MyLink allows
customers to seamlessly integrate their smartphones for hands-free
calling through the audio system and Bluetooth streaming of popular
internet radio favorites Pandora and Stitcher. The center stack also
has large and illuminated climate controls that are easier to use and
have a more upscale feel.
The front seats now feature articulating head restraints that can be
adjusted up or down and fore and aft for greater comfort. The
eight-way power passenger seat includes leather trim. New wood trim
treatments are standard on LT and LTZ.
Adding to the overall feel of quality, the fit and finish of the
interior panels have been improved on all models. The new Traverse
will come with three interior color choices, in cloth or leather,
including Ebony and Mojave, Light Titanium and Dark Titanium, and
Passes the parent test
The Traverse passes the parent test with three rows of seating
standard on all models, flexible seating configurations, class-leading
people and cargo-carrying capacity, and family-friendly entertainment
and other features.
Traverse's second-row seat comes with a pair of captain's chairs or a
three-passenger bench. Each incorporates Traverse's child-friendly,
second-row SmartSlide feature that enables unobstructed access to the
third-row bench seat with one hand and is easy for children to
The third-row seat can comfortably accommodate three adult passengers.
Traverse's 24.4 cu. ft. (691 liters) of cargo room behind its third
row is larger than many full-size utility vehicles. Traverse also has
easy-to-operate safety belts, up to 12 cup holders and an available
rear-seat entertainment system.
Efficient power and car-like ride
Traverse has a long 118.9-inch (3,019 mm) wheelbase, with a wide
67.8-inch (1,721 mm) front track and 67.4-inch (1,712 mm) rear track
a combination that enables smooth, stable ride and handling
Efficiency in the Traverse comes from a technically advanced 3.6L V-6
with fuel-saving direct injection technology and continuously variable
valve timing. It is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission with
improved shift feel that results in more confident acceleration when
the driver needs additional power to enter the highway or pass another
The engine is SAE-certified at 288 horsepower (215 Nm) and 270 lb.-ft.
of torque (366 Nm) with dual exhaust (281 hp/210 kW and 266
lb.-ft./361 Nm with single exhaust). Its direct injection fuel
delivery helps produce power similar to many V-8 engines and uses
regular unleaded gasoline.
The transmission controls have been revised to provide quicker and
more consistent shifts. Along with additional transmission hardware
changes, the Traverse is expected to continue to deliver among the
best fuel economy ratings of any eight-passenger (FWD) utility
Ride and handling improvements have been made through the use of
rebound springs in the front struts that increase roll control. New
shock valving has been employed for low-velocity control to deliver a
smoother ride at lower speeds.
The available intelligent all-wheel-drive (AWD) system provides
increased traction on slippery roads by actively managing the torque
distribution between the front and rear axles, based on factors such
as wheel speed, throttle and surface conditions. There is no driver
intervention; the system automatically decides how much torque to
apply and delivers it to the wheels that have the best traction.
Traverse maintains capability to deliver improved ride and handling,
offering utility-like towing capacity of up to 5,200 pounds (2,358
Smart and safe family hauler
The Traverse is among the safest vehicles on the road today,
previously earning top honors and recognition from leading third-party
organizations and in government crash testing.
For 2013 it enhances its safety reputation with the industry's first
front center air bag. It is engineered to provide additional restraint
to drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes, where the
affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle.
When a severe impact occurs, the air bag deploys in milliseconds from
the inboard side of the driver's seat and inflates between the driver
and front passenger, providing added protection for both front
"While no restraint technology or feature can address all body
areas or all potential injuries, the front center air bag is designed
to address field-relevant, side-impact crashes that are not addressed
by current regulatory or consumer metric test conditions," said
Gay Kent, GM executive director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness.
"It works with the vehicle's other air bags, safety belts and
structure to deliver a safer occupant environment."
Additional safety and security features:
Available Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems
(standard on LTZ) use radar to watch spots the driver may not see
and provide visible and audible warnings to help prevent collisions.
Standard head curtain side air bags with rollover protection for
outboard occupants in all seating rows. In addition to providing
protection in moderate-to-severe side crashes, the roof-mounted head
curtain air bags will deploy in a rollover to help provide increased
occupant protection and containment.
StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation
technology is standard on all models and incorporates full-function
Standard rearview camera system is designed to provide the driver
with added capability to view what is in the rearward path of the
Standard four-wheel-disc brake system with ABS featuring smooth,
quiet operation, longer pad life and more resistance to brake
Safety belt pretensioners reduce forward movement during a
collision, and are standard on the front safety belts, along with
load-limiting retractors that help limit the belts' impact on the
occupants' chest. The dynamic locking latch plate locks to hold the
occupants' pelvis in place.
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat attachment
system is included in outboard second-row seating positions.
Tire pressure monitoring system is standard on all models.
Strong body structure to absorb crash energy and provide a
protective "safety cage" around occupants.
Standard hill start assist brakes help reduce the tendency of a
vehicle to roll forward or backward on a hill after the brake pedal is
released by momentarily retaining pressure on the brake discs.
OnStar is standard on all Traverse models. It uses GPS and cellular
phone technology to automatically call for help in the event of a
crash. OnStar subscribers also can use the service to be Good
Samaritans by sending help to other motorists, and to call for help in
other non-crash emergencies.
OnStar is the leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security and
information services in the United States and Canada.
Six months of complimentary OnStar Directions and Connections
service with Turn-by-Turn Navigation for easier route guidance comes
on all Traverse models. The feature is easy to use because all
directions are sent to the car by an advisor, without the need to
stop. Turn-by-Turn can be cost-effective, since map updates and
aftermarket navigation systems are not needed.
Stolen Vehicle Assistance helps police track the vehicle.
OnStar Mobile App allows owners with Android or Apple smart phones
to remotely start the engine, lock and unlock doors and view vital
vehicle information such as tire pressure, fuel tank level, range,
remaining oil life, etc.
For 2013, Traverse is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models (with two LT
packages: 1LT and 2LT), in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive
configurations. It is built in Lansing, Mich. Pricing is not
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