The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS adds a new 2.0T engine to its lineup.
Since the redesigned Chevrolet Traverse was introduced last year, the only engine you could get was a 310 HP and 266 lb-ft NA V6. But now, Chevrolet has doubled the engine choices for Traverse by offering a smaller turbo engine with less HP but with more torque. According to a Chevrolet on their press release they dropped earlier yesterday (Feb. 8, 2018) Chevrolet added an all-new range-topping Traverse trim level bringing the number to six with their RS. RS rounds out a lineup that includes the base model L, LS, LT, Premier, and High Country.
Priced at $43,095, the RS is $13,000 more expensive than the base model L. But for that extra money, Chevrolet is giving you more features. First, there’s that DI 2.0T Ecotec underneath the hood that Chevy calls “power dense.” As mentioned, with more torque, 90 percent available below 2,100 RPM, Traverse RS drivers will appreciate that power around town and merging on the freeway. Paired to the standard 9-speed AT, expect to get 20 MPG city 29 Highway.
Outside, it’s blacked out everything. Traverse RS gets a black grille, black window trim, black roof rails, black emblems, and 20-inch aluminum wheels in Dark Android Finish.
Additionally, you get a whole slew of standard content not available on other trims including HIDs, aero shutters up front for better MPG on the highway, heated front seats, and three months of free w-fi.
Safety isn’t scrimped on with Lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear park assist, surround vision, rear camera mirror, rear seat minder, and Teen driver which monitors certain parameters you can control with your teen behind the wheel.
Traverse is Chevrolet’s second best selling SUV in its lineup behind the more affordable and smaller Equinox. But that doesn’t mean this larger crossover doesn’t sell all that well. According to Good Car Bad Car, Traverse continues to sell more than 11,000 units a month since August. Chevrolet unloaded 11,627 units in January with no signs of slowing.
The Traverse RS is a welcome addition to the Traverse lineup and should bolster sales for February.
I’ll be curious to see how this car handles in the hands of some journalists once the RS starts making its rounds.