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Let's cut right to the chase. Everything about the 2009 Chevy Traverse that will be unveiled later today in Chicago is stuff we pretty much already know. As the fourth Lambda-platform crossover from General Motors, the basics have been introduced already in the GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook and Buick Enclave. The Traverse is a roomy seven (or eight)-passenger crossover with a well-organized cockpit, whose details differ only slightly from its platform sibs. That's been GM's M.O. thus far, so why should the Traverse be any different? Power, like the other Lambdas, comes from the 3.6L V6 with direct injection, which makes 281hp/253 lb-ft or 286hp/255 lb-ft in the Bowtie version depending on whether the vehicle is equipped with a single or dual exhaust. GM promises "best in class" fuel economy (final numbers are still TBD), but our experience with the other Lambdas (non-DI 3.6 VVT models) has been that they averaged in the mid teens during real-world driving.

The Traverse comes in third in the looks race behind the Enclave and Acadia and ahead of the Saturn Outlook. In front, the jumbo-sized Chevy grille is the dominant element, flanked by some rather angry-looking headlamps. In profile, the Traverse has a lot of Enclave to its looks, with pronounced but less-sculpted rear haunches and similarly-shaped glass. The rear end is highlighted by some very funky-looking taillights. Other than that, you feel like you've been here before, mostly because you have. GM hasn't announced pricing yet, but there'll be LS, LT and LTZ trim levels with both 2WD and AWD available. Given that the Chevy should be competitively priced and has a large dealer network, we wonder how many sales it's going to cannibalize from its siblings -- particularly the Outlook. We'll find out this Summer when it starts appearing in showrooms.

[Source: GM]

Chevrolet Announces the All-New 2009 Traverse

New Crossover Features Bold Styling, Sophisticated Details and
Best-in-Class Fuel Economy from a Direct-Injected 3.6L V-6

CHICAGO – Introduced at the Chicago Auto Show, the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse is an expressively styled, well-equipped crossover that gives customers people-hauling and cargo-carrying capability typically found in larger SUVs.

With styling cues inspired by the acclaimed '08 Chevy Malibu, the Traverse delivers refined details with strong proportions and the bold front-end appearance found on all new Chevrolets. Traverse will start production in the third quarter of 2008 at GM's Spring Hill, Tenn. manufacturing facility.

"We think the Traverse is the right vehicle at the right time," said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. "It has great looks, utility and safety, with a driving experience typically found in smaller vehicles. But it delivers this with three rows of seating – including a third row that fits adults – and class-leading cargo space. The Traverse is following the formula that is bringing Chevy back to a new generation of consumers – great styling, loads of class-leading features and tremendous value."

The '09 Traverse is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models, in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. Product highlights include:

* Distinctive design that highlights the new face of Chevrolet
* Optimized aerodynamics that enhance fuel economy and reduce wind noise
* Four-wheel independent suspension system
* StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
* Family of 17-, 18- and 20-inch wheels
* Second-row Smart Slide seat feature, for easy access to the third-row seats
* Rear-seat entertainment system with second-row controls
* Six standard air bags, including side curtain air bags that deploy over all three seating rows
* OnStar with Turn by Turn Navigation and Direction Download (with navigation system)
* XM Satellite Radio with XM NavTraffic, a real-time traffic feature (with navigation system)
* Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity
* Cruising range of more than 500 miles (800 km)
* Exceptional attention to detail and strong build quality

Sleek, sophisticated design

The Traverse casts a unique profile with a sleek, smooth and flowing design that characterizes the new, global face of Chevrolet. Elements such as chrome-ringed grille inserts, available projector-beam headlamps and large wheel-and-tire combinations highlight the vehicle's finely honed attention to detail.

Taut body lines and minimal overhangs convey the image of a smaller vehicle, reinforcing the Traverse's feeling of a large vehicle that drives smaller, while tight tolerances between body components – enhanced by the vehicle's unitized body structure, which enables wraparound, single-piece fascias – emphasize a highly precise build quality.

"The Traverse delivers a design that is unexpected from Chevrolet," said Michael Burton, director of design for the exterior. "Many of the details are typical on higher-priced vehicles, but the Traverse brings them to a level that is accessible to more customers."

Some of the upscale design details include:

* Deep-set grille inserts with chrome-ringed trim
* Turn signals integrated in the outside mirrors
* Expressive taillamps
* Rear spoiler integrated over the tailgate window
* Roof rails designed to enhance the sleek appearance when a roof rack is not in place
* 20-inch Ultra-Bright aluminum wheels (standard on LTZ models)
* Dual, bright exhaust outlets
* Panoramic, power-operated sunroof

"The headlamps, for example, are more than merely projector beam units; they are integrated in stylized housings that are rich and detailed, reinforcing the high-tech features found throughout the Traverse," said Burton.

Like the exterior, the Traverse's interior is a confluence of refined styling, technology and attention to detail. The instrument panel has a dual-cockpit design that is a hallmark of Chevrolet's heritage; it flows into the door panels, creating a sleek, highly detailed appearance. The instrument panel is mounted in a "low and away" position that enhances outward visibility.

The instrument panel houses a pair of large gauge binnacles that are accented with bright trim rings; and for so-equipped vehicles, the available navigation system screen is integrated prominently at the upper-center of the instrument panel.

The Traverse's interior can be configured for seven or eight adults, including two front bucket seats, a 60/40-split second-row bench (three passengers) or two second-row captain's chairs (two passengers) and a 60/40-split third-row bench seat. Perforated leather seats and second-row captain's chairs are available. The third-row seat is capable of comfortably seating adults while simultaneously providing best-in-class storage space behind it.

Great amenities

Complementing the Traverse's exterior and interior designs is a comprehensive roster of standard and available amenities that enhances the driving experience for the driver and passengers alike. They include:

* Rear ultrasonic parking assist
* Rear-view camera
* Outside mirrors with spotter mirrors
* Power liftgate
* Extended-range remote vehicle start
* Heated windshield fluid
* DVD entertainment system
* DVD navigation system (with OnStar Destination Download and XM traffic routing)
* Heated and cooled front seats
* XM Satellite Radio with XM NavTraffic, a real-time traffic feature
* Heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors with blind-spot mirrors
* Power folding outside mirrors with integrated turn signals
* OnStar (with one year of Directions & Connections service) with Turn by Turn Navigation and, with the navigation system, Direction Download.

GM's Five-Year/100,000 Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty continues to make GM a better choice for customers. GM's coverage focuses on the complete ownership experience and includes other provisions that competitors do not offer, including transferability to the next owner, more complete coverage of parts, and coverage for new and certified used vehicles. In addition, GM offers complementary programs such as courtesy transportation and roadside assistance.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      As much as I wanna like , cause it is beautiful, I can't because it looks to much like the Enclave from a distance. It can hurt Buick sales .Isn't Gm supposed to be changing the perception of people thinking Buicks are nothing but dressed up Chevys. Its was a bad move in my opinion. They should have stopped at the first 3. The first 3 looked totally different, this looks like a bastard.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree its redundant to have 4 different versions of the same vehicle.... isn't Cadillac supposed to get a version of this as well?

        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree. This is the main reason why Saturn is irrelevant and should go.

        Outlook -> Traverse
        Aura -> Malibu
        Sky -> Solstice
        Vue -> Should have been new Equinox
        Astra -> Add a sedan variant and it replaces the crummy Cobalt.

        With just a little effort GM could merge Saturn into Chevy making for a fantastic lineup while saving tons of money.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh, and I hope it's priced right to go against the Dodge Journey.
      • 7 Years Ago
      After mentioning the 3.6 DI in the opening, nothing else was said after that. I would think that with only a 10 hp increase over the non-DI engine, perhaps they focused on using the DI more to increase fuel economy. Where are the mileage numbers for the DI engine?
      • 7 Years Ago
      @Bob-omb - If you where refering to the Trailblazer EXT that would be plausable. Dimensions of the Acadia prove to be bigger and wider than the regular Trailblazer, so my original thought is not a far out suggestion. I know that GM has discountinued the EXT version. I really do want to test drive one for myself to gain that experinence, and would really hope it is a postive experince. I really like the looks of the Acadia the best overall, but the new chevy model looks as good or better to me.

      Acadia = Length 200.7" ( 8.9 inches longer) Width 78.20" ( 3.5 inches wider ) Wheelbase 118.90" ( 5.9 inches Longer )

      Trailblazer = Length 191.8" Width 74.7"
      Wheelbase 113.0"

      @Rich - You said "The Trailblazer is dead!! This is going to replace it." How do you know that is true for sure? Has there been an official statement regarding your so promising reply? I'm am curious to know, as then I I'll start planning on getting something else.
      I thought that this new platform was to replace the minivans ( or at least EXT versions of trailblazer and Envoys ), through out the GM line.
      I was hoping to upgrade my 1999 Blazer with a next generation trailblazer, so if this is true then I will have to plan/decide on something else......bummer. I will miss my 4.2L for sure.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Because most people buy a certain car because of looks, isn't it possible that is why GM have more than one vehicle of the same platform? You have to admit--none of than look alike. At least GM has learned that lesson.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What ever happened to the GMC Acadia Denali?? I thought we were going to see one soon. This is the model that I am waiting for!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Damn, GM is stepping their interior game way yup.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I was actually thinking that compared to the luxo-sexy Enclave and the all-business Acadia that they went a little off with this interior. It looks overdone to me, especially in comparison to the Acadia. It's not awful or anything, just lots of extraneous shapes. Compare it to the cleaner look of the Acadia.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Agreed. All four Lambdas are nice places to be.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Trailblazer is dead!! This is going to replace it. I have an Acadia and in my experience it drives a lot smaller than it looks - it's very stable at high speeds and has a much more confident feel than the Envoy it replaced. Also, I've never had any issues parking it. However, you do have to take care when you turn in tight spaces - it is a long vehicle. I also think the Traverse will cannibalize from Saturn more than the others.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like this style,s qtr window treatment, doesn,t look like an afterthought
      like most cuvs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      With regard to the redundancy in the platform, I think it is a good marketing move, as people have loyalties to certain brand names. These are also hot selling vehicles, might as well put them in as many stores as possible.
      • 7 Years Ago
      to polly

      wellcome to the present. saturn is not plastic anymore. they are opel now. they are not the crappy product it used to be. and by the way the sky sells alot more than solstice. the astra is not the same as the cobalt, the bond between the ion and cobalt is over. i belive that pontiac needs to go because saturn has both green and performance tecnology, pontiac doesnt
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