The 2024 Chevrolet Traverse
SUVs with three rows of seating have emerged as the preferred choice for suburban North American families, and Chevrolet foresees an even greater surge in their popularity over the next five years. With an eye on harnessing this growth, they've introduced the 2024 Chevrolet Traverse, showcasing a bold and assertive design, a more powerful powertrain, and an extended lineup that features the addition of an off-road-oriented Z71 model.
Distinct Configurations and Upgrades for Each Trim
The base LS and LT trims come with a standard eight-passenger configuration, providing ample seating for large families. The Z71 and top-of-the-line RS trims, on the other hand, offer an exclusive seven-seater setup due to the inclusion of second-row captain's chairs.
For added comfort, various heated elements are available throughout the lineup. These include heated front seats, second-row outboard seats, steering wheel, and sideview mirrors, enhancing coziness during colder weather.
A remarkable feature exclusive to the 2024 Chevrolet Traverse RS trim is the power-folding second row. With a simple press of a button, the second-row seats automatically move, allowing easy access to the third row, adding convenience to the passenger experience.
In terms of upholstery, the LT and Z71 trims can be equipped with General Motors' Evotex faux-leather upholstery, offering a premium feel without compromising on sustainability. The RS trim takes it up a notch by wrapping the first two rows in genuine leather, exuding a touch of luxury.
Beyond the upholstery, the RS model boasts several striking visual enhancements. It flaunts black 22-inch wheels, complemented by blacked-out exterior trim, exuding a bold and sleek appearance. Inside, a three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel and red accents on the black interior elevate the cabin's sporty and flashy vibe.
Moreover, the RS's suspension receives a sportier tune, ensuring an engaging driving experience. As a unique touch, a captivating lighting animation plays when owners approach the vehicle with the key, making for a delightful entry.
Adding to the allure of the LT and Z71 trims (and standard on the RS) is an optional panoramic sunroof with a power sunshade. This feature allows occupants to enjoy expansive views and abundant natural light, further enhancing the overall driving experience.
Enhanced Performance and Capability
In the 2024 Chevrolet Traverse, significant upgrades have been made to its power and capability. Replacing the previous naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V-6 is a new and more potent turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This inline-four powerplant impressively generates 315 horsepower, a five-horsepower increase compared to the V-6, and delivers a substantial 51 pound-feet torque boost, reaching a total of 317 pound-feet. To handle this power efficiently, the new engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, replacing the older nine-speed unit.
Offering versatility, the Traverse is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, accommodating various driving preferences and needs. Furthermore, Chevy claims that the new engine yields improved fuel efficiency, surpassing the outgoing V-6, which was rated at a combined 11 L/100Km with front-wheel drive.
Beyond its robust performance, the 2024 Traverse showcases its towing prowess, capable of towing up to an impressive 5000 pounds, depending on the chosen configuration. This enhanced capability makes it a reliable companion for adventures and hauling needs, adding to its appeal as a versatile and powerful SUV.
Introducing the Adventurous Z71 Model for the First Time
In a thrilling move, Chevy has introduced the Traverse's first-ever Z71 model, designed for those seeking a more adventurous driving experience. The Z71 model distinguishes itself with a higher ride height, approximately one inch higher, and a slightly wider track, significantly improving stability and handling on various terrains.
Embracing its off-road prowess, the Z71 boasts a brawnier front end featuring a robust bumper, complemented by an aluminum skid plate and eye-catching red tow hooks. Notably, the Z71 also boasts a superior approach angle compared to other Traverses, enabling it to navigate challenging landscapes with ease.
To tackle rough terrains with confidence, the Z71 is equipped with a specialized twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system tailored explicitly for off-roading. This advanced feature enhances traction and control, ensuring a smooth and engaging off-road experience. Moreover, the Z71 is equipped with special dampers featuring hydraulic rebound control, further enhancing ride comfort and stability over uneven surfaces.
Sporting a rugged appearance, the Z71 confidently rolls on tough-looking 18-inch wheels wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires, capable of conquering various landscapes. The model also includes a dedicated Terrain mode, hill descent control, and a standard trailering package, making it well-prepared for any adventure or towing needs that may arise.
With the Traverse Z71, Chevy presents a dynamic and capable SUV that opens up new possibilities for those who seek thrilling journeys off the beaten path.
Safety as a Priority
Ensuring the utmost safety for families, the Traverse comes equipped with a comprehensive array of driver assistance technologies. Standard features include lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, and forward-collision warning, providing a strong foundation of safety measures.
For those seeking additional safety enhancements, the Traverse offers optional features such as adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, reverse automatic braking, and a suite of parking cameras and sensors, further bolstering protection on the road.
To promote responsible driving practices, every 2024 Chevrolet Traverse comes with the new "Buckle to Drive" system. This innovative feature requires front occupants to fasten their seatbelts before the vehicle can be driven, while a rear seatbelt reminder prompts passengers in the back to do the same, prioritizing safety for all occupants.
For an even higher level of driving assistance, the Traverse offers the latest version of Super Cruise, GM's advanced hands-free driver assistance system. This system takes control of steering, acceleration, and braking duties on divided highways, and it now even automatically executes lane changes. Remarkably, Super Cruise continues to operate flawlessly when towing a trailer, making it a reliable companion for extended journeys.
The 2024 Chevrolet Traverse will be available for sale early next year, with production taking place at GM's Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan. While pricing details will be disclosed closer to the start of production, a slight increase is anticipated over the outgoing model.
As for the lineup, while it currently culminates with the RS trim, there are plans to potentially introduce a luxurious High Country trim in the near future, offering even more opulence and refinement for discerning buyers.