• Sep 11, 2007
We've seen spy shots of the 2009 Chevy Traverse, the bowtie brand's upcoming large Lambda-based CUV. Whether those spy shots are of the same vehicle we see above is a matter of debate. The image you see here, while grainy and potentially a photoshop experiment, appears to be an official image of the '09 Traverse that made it's way out GM's hands somehow. Being a stablemate of the Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia, and Buick Rendezvous, you can see that the Traverse pictured shares its doors and perhaps its roof with those vehicles, but everything before the A-pillar is all new, as well as the C-pillar out back, which features an upkink not seen on the other Lambdas. The other thing that suggests to us that this picture may be real is the background, which appears to be one of the many standard backdrops against which GM photoshops its press shots. While there's no conclusive evidence this is the production 2009 Chevy Traverse, we can't imagine the real deal will look much different.

[Source: The Hollywood Extra]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Malibu called and want its grill back.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why does GM keep shooting themselves in the foot. Why do u need 4 CUVS on the same platform, 2 with no major difference and 1 with pretty different styling but same overall performance and now this. They just cant stand having the number #2 spot for volume. Why? Toyota is gonna get the number one spot for one reason they already have a stable line-up and customer loyalty. GM is doing good but all the products arent what they should be yet. Just focus on quality ,performance and design, they'll slip from the #1 number one spot for a little but people will eventually recognize the awesome cars they make and return. LET THE QUANTITY RACE GO!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why does Chevy keep putting that strip across the front of all their vehicles with the Chev bowtie on it? It's an ugly design that distracts from some otherwise good designs coming out of the GM design studio. I don't care for it at all. Oh, but wait, Chevy wants to try and brand image their product -- something distinctive about Chevy's. This design is off the mark and shows the dumb mentality of the branding people at GM. At least if it was a good design it might do something for the product line. All this strip does is ugly up their vehicles.

      Toyota doesn't do it, Honda doesn't do it. Some do it with distinctive grill designs like Audi or BMW, but at least their designs look decent. Chrysler is doing the same thing with their crosshatch design they put on everything too -- a little better but even I'm getting sick of that design. The mentality of the branding people at the big 2.8 really is really pathetic.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Perhaps someone should send a telegram to The Hollywood Extra to advise them that the Buick Rendezvous is dead.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hear that? Thats thw sound of more people moving out on the cesspool known as Detroit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i think the most secure job at GM is in the group that is responsible for names....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Little dull. Exactly what you would expect the Chevy Lambda to look like though. I'm sure the colour isn't doing anything for it in this "photo".
      • 7 Years Ago
      Don't you mean its a stablemate to the Buick Enclave?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Might be new, but still looks like another american retread. Can't these US car makers each come up with their own body styles rather then simply changing bumpers, grills and head lights?! (exaggerating to prove a point) Nissan Sentra shares with the hideous Dodge fair killer Caliber and yet Nissan's looks completely unique. Why is it so hard for US car makers to realize that rebranding the exact same design across name plates might not be the best approach when asking $20k-$30k +?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Traverse is stablemate of the Rendevous?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I thought Saturn was moving into the slightly upmarket brand niche that Olds once had, and Chevrolet was going to be the stripped down junk brand. That's certainly what they've done with the Chevrolet name in every other country (where it means "Daewoo")

      I'd focus on the Outlook in this case. And get rid of the Acadia. GMC is supposed to be "professional grade." When is the last time you saw a crossover pulling cement mixer?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't mind it, but I would rather Chevy get a real minivan off of this platform for two reasons:

      1) The minivan market is not dead.
      2) GM could finally give Chevy a distinct product other than the Corvette that no other brand would share.
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