2018 Chevy Traverse pricing released; new design, new features, costs a bit more

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Chevrolet today released pricing details for the all-new 2018 Traverse crossover, and the configurator at Chevy's website is up and running if you're eager to design your own. Pricing starts at $30,875 including destination charges, an increase of $1,280 over the base price of the outgoing model. In the new top-level High Country trim, if you check all the boxes you can hit an MSRP north of $55,000.

The ground-up redesign is roomier and represents a huge leap forward in comfort and amenities from the ancient previous generation, which had been on the road nine years - it offers technology to compensate for teen drivers, a system to remind you that a child is in the backseat, active noise-canceling technology, connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and USB ports for all three rows. There are a number of optional safety features, like surround view cameras, lane-keep assist with lane-departure warnings, pedestrian braking, forward collision alert, and automatic braking.

Chevy touts its cargo and passenger space as beating the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot or Toyota Highlander, with seating for up to eight. The wheelbase is a massive 120.9 inches - that's 8-10 inches more than the aforementioned competitors - meaning the third row doesn't have to sit right on top of the wheels. And to help with third-row access, the second row will slide forward even with a child seat in place.

The new Traverse will be available in seven trims, from base L to the new High Country. That model features LED headlights, leather and suede seats, standard twin-clutch AWD, a power folding third row, trailering package and driver's assist features like forward-collision alert and a following-distance indicator.

Seems everybody's got to have a blackout version now, so in the Premier trim level, a Redline package will feature blacked-out trim with red accents.

All-wheel drive will be available on all trim levels but the sporty RS, and all but the RS will get General Motors' 3.6-liter V6 and a new nine-speed automatic transmission. The engine makes 305 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The sporty RS trim level only comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and front-wheel drive, making 255 horsepower and beating the V6 with 295 pound-feet of torque.

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