A lot can be said about the new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse but most important is that it’s an ideal family mover with ground clearance for the occasional adventure.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse Premier AWD Review
Who would be the competitor to the Traverse? Well it does have pretty strong colleagues such as the Honda Pilot, GMC Acadia and the Nissan Pathfinder. The Traverse could be had as a 7 or as an 8-seater option, and the one we tested was the Premier trim 7-seater. With a starting price of AED 119,000 for the Nissan Pathfinder, AED 122,400 for the Honda Pilot EXL trim and the GMC Acadia at AED 126,100; the Traverse fits in between at the same starting price as the Honda Pilot at AED 122,400; though you get a more powerful engine in the Traverse which gives out 310Hp as compared to the Pilot’s 280Hp.
Chevrolet has been changing recently as they have been adding a lot of categories. Their venture into lowering fuel consumption has led to cylinder de-activation in their V8’s to the all-electric vehicle, aptly called “Chevrolet Bolt EV” which should be launching in the UAE in the coming months. Our Traverse however comes with an Auto Start/Stop feature which for some reason cannot be deactivated, much like that in the Cadillac XT5. This was probably my only complaint.
Chevrolet has the all-purpose Tahoe, which in my previous review was an ideal family hauler in the Middle East. It moves 7 people in comfort to any place you would want to go. The Traverse is a smaller package but still manages to move 7 people with easy and almost anywhere in the UAE. And let’s not even get to connectivity, there are 6 usb outlets throughout the vehicle, enough to keep the most power hungry family happy through-out any journey.
What the Traverse is, that it’s larger than GMC’s equally impressive Acadia. One might, at a glance perhaps, feel that they might be the same vehicle. But if you look at the two together than its easy to notice that the Traverse is actually significantly larger, though it is able to hide its shape, thanks to it curvy sheet-metal. The increased length of the Traverse is concentrated towards the rear cargo area making the Traverse the ideal 7-seater vehicle over the Acadia. Once you fold down the 3rd row seats, there is plenty of space to move large boxes and those IKEA runs.
This makes the Traverse fit into families who tend to shy away from large SUV’s. They still want large SUV’s space and usability and the ability to move their family in comfort but not the size associated with it. Yes, we have seen soccer moms taking ages navigating their large SUV’s in mall parking’s, you can’t blame them, mall parking’s are really not large SUV friendly.
The all new Traverse, has been trimmed by 300 pounds from its 2017 model year, though you cannot tell by looking at it. And with a bump in horsepower and more ratios in the gearbox, 3 more to be precise, the new Traverse is a significant improvement. With its new brawny looks and the oomph in its stride the 2018 Traverse is as much as a highway crusader as it is a city dweller. Chevrolet really does know how to keep a family happy on the go.
Price and Specs: 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Premier AWD Review
|2018 Chevrolet Traverse Premier|
|Displacement||3.6L V6, AWD|
|Gearbox||9 Speed Automatic|
|Rated Output||310 Hp|
|Rated Torque||360 Nm|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||6.6 seconds claimed|
|Fuel Consumption||9.6L/100KMS Combined as tested|
|Price (AED)||LS AWD | AED 122,400|
|LT AWD | AED 126,736|
|LT LEATHER | AED 150,170|
|PREMIER AWD | 157,629 as tested|
|HIGH COUNTRY | AED 183,058|