Chevrolet introduces 2013 Traverse

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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This month's New York International Auto Show has seen its share of revised 2013 models on display from various automakers, and Chevrolet is no exception, displaying its updated 2013 Traverse crossover at the world-renowned event.

The 2013 Traverse sports an entirely new front grille, restyled headlights, a "powerdome" hood and new taillights. Inside, there's seating for up to eight passengers, and cabin materials have been upgraded to include soft-touch surfaces along the instrument panel and sections of the front doors. The new centre stack houses a 6.5-inch colour touch radio with an available Chevrolet MyLink information and entertainment system that allows for such uses as smartphone integration for hands-free phone calls. With rear-seat passengers in mind, the 2013 Traverse can be outfitted with a rear-seat entertainment system as well.

Power for the 2013 Traverse is supplied by a 3.6-litre, direct injected V6 engine that generates 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. For 2013 Chevrolet has revised the transmission shift control for quicker, more consistent shifts. Chevrolet has also refined the 2013 Traverse's suspension with rebound springs in the front struts that increase roll control when cornering, and new shock valving for an improved ride at low speeds. Consumers interested in traversing rough and rugged terrain will likely be pleased to know that in addition to front-wheel-drive, the 2013 Traverse can also be specified with all-wheel-drive. The system manages torque distribution between the front and rear axles depending on factors such as throttle load, wheel speed and road surface conditions. Additionally, the 2013 Traverse offers a towing capacity of up to 2,358 kg.

With regard to vehicle safety, the updated Traverse features StabiliTrak electronic stability control, a standard rearview camera, standard four-wheel-disc brakes with an anti-lock braking system, and standard head curtain side airbags. The 2013 Traverse even features a centre airbag that deploys from the inboard side of the driver's seat, inflating between the driver and front passenger. Other notable safety features include a side blind zone alert and rear cross traffic alert, both of which use radar technology to monitor the driver's blind spots and provide visible and audible alerts in order to help prevent a collision. As was the case before, the 2013 Traverse also comes standard with an OnStar in-vehicle safety, security and information system which features stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.

The updated Chevrolet Traverse goes into production later this year and will contend with the likes of the Ford Flex, Toyota Highlander and Mazda CX-9. "The new Traverse is a family vehicle without compromise," said Chris Perry, Vice President, Chevrolet Global Marketing and Strategy. "It is more capable than many sport-utility vehicles, with as much room as a minivan and better functionality than both. The Traverse is clever, capable and confident – and there when you need it most."

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Topics: Crossover, Chevrolet, 2013, Traverse,

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