The new and long awaited 2013 Chevrolet Traverse Crossover is now offering greater style, refinement and safety. The vehicle will go in production later this year and will deliver confidence, comfort and capability.

First to be seen in the crossover is its new athletic exterior design, complemented by a more expressive front end. The latter features a new shape supported by a powerdome hood, a three-bar upper and two-bar lower grille design, new lamps, chrome accents around the grille and fog lamps, and sculpted front corners. They remind very much of the new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.

Observed from the back, the rear carries redesigned lamps. In addition the license plate pocket is positioned in the new liftgate for a sportier look.

2013 Traverse is all about spaciousness and comfort. It offers flexible seating for up to eight adults, and more cargo-carrying capacity than any other vehicle in its segment. Of course, no less than high-quality materials are used in the interior. This results soft-touch surfaces on the instrument panel and front door uppers. In addition, what is also uniquely featured in the interior is the contrasting stitching, chrome and silver accents, and available blue ambient lighting that flows through the cabin.

A new center stack has the 6.5-inch color touch radio, which of course has the latest Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system. The latter system allows customers to easily integrate their smartphones for hands-free calling through the audio system and Bluetooth streaming of popular internet radio favorites Pandora and Stitcher. The center stack also has large and illuminated climate controls.

The new 2013 Chevrolet Traverse is going to be offered in three interior color choices, in cloth or leather: Ebony and Mojave, Light Titanium and Dark Titanium, and Ebony.

2013 Chevrolet Traverse Crossover Interior

What is more important here is that the three rows of seating now come as a standard on all models. In addition, it delivers flexible seating configurations, class-leading people and cargo-carrying capacity, and family-friendly entertainment.

In details, the second-row seat comes with a pair of captain's chairs or a three-passenger bench. It include SmartSlide feature which enables ease of access to the third-row bench seat with one hand.

On the other hand, the third-row seat can comfortably accommodate three adult passengers.

This leads to the conclusion that Traverse's wheelbase dimensions has to be remarkable for the segment: it has a long 118.9-inch (3,019 mm) wheelbase, with a wide 67.8-inch (1,721 mm) front track and 67.4-inch (1,712 mm) rear track.

2013 Chevrolet Traverse Crossover Three Row Interior Space

Moreover, the vehicle is not only comfortably spacious for the passengers, but is also significantly fuel efficient. This efficiency comes from the advanced 3.6L V-6 with fuel-saving direct injection technology and continuously variable valve timing. The innovative engine is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission with improved shift feel. As a consequence, this results in more confident acceleration when the driver needs additional power to enter the highway or pass another vehicle.

In particular, the engine develops 288 horsepower (212 kW) at 366 Nm (270 lb.-ft.) of torque thank to it dual exhaust (281 hp/210 kW and 266 lb.-ft./361 Nm with single exhaust).

The crossover offers as well intelligent all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, which provides increased traction on slippery roads by actively managing the torque distribution between the front and rear axles.

2013 Chevrolet Traverse Crossover

As a matter of fact, 2013 Chevy Traverse is considered to be one of the safest vehicles in the world. The reasons for this are several. First of all, the model was the first one ever to include a front center airbag. The latter was engineered to provide additional restraint to drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes, where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle. Secondly, the vehicle is also equipped with Available Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems, which uses radar to watch spots the driver may not see. Then it provides visible and audible warnings to help prevent collisions. Thirdly, the Standard head curtain side air bags with rollover protection serves for outboard occupants in all seating rows. Next comes the StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation technology, which is standard on all models and incorporates full-function traction control. In addition, the Standard rearview camera system is designed to provide the driver with added capability to view what is in the rearward path of the vehicle. The Standard four-wheel-disc brake system with ABS include smooth, quiet operation, longer pad life and more resistance to brake pulsation. Safety belt pretensioners reduce forward movement during a collision. Next, come the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, which is a child seat attachment system included in outboard second-row seating positions. The Tire pressure monitoring system is standard on all models. In addition to all this, the Strong body structure in cases of accident, can absorb crash energy and provide a protective "safety cage" around occupants. At last, the Standard hill start assist brakes help reduce the tendency of a vehicle to roll forward or backward on a hill after the brake pedal is released by momentarily retaining pressure on the brake discs.

What is left to be mentioned about the all new Traverse is its innovative OnStar system, which goes as a standard on all models. To be more precise it uses GPS and cellular phone technology to automatically call for help in the event of a crash.

2013 Chevrolet Traverse Crossover is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models with two LT packages: 1LT and 2LT. It comes in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations.

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2013 Chevrolet Traverse Crossover Specifications:


Model: Chevrolet Traverse
Body style / driveline: crossover-utility vehicle / front-engine; front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive
Construction: body-frame integral
EPA vehicle class: sport utility vehicle
Manufacturing location: Lansing Delta Township Assembly, Lansing, Mich.
Key competitors: Honda Pilot; Ford Explorer


Type: 3.6L V-6 DI VVT
Displacement (cu in / cc): 217 / 3564
Bore & stroke (in / mm): 3.70 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6
Block material: cast aluminum
Cylinder head material: cast aluminum
Valvetrain: DOHC; four valves per cylinder; continuously variable valve timing
Fuel delivery: direct, high-pressure fuel injection
Compression ratio: 11.3:1
Horsepower (hp / kW): 281 / 210 @ 6300 (single exhaust)*

288 / 215 @ 6300 (dual exhaust)*

Torque (lb-ft / Nm): 266 / 361 @ 3400 (single exhaust)*

270 / 366 @ 3400 (dual exhaust)*

Recommended fuel: regular unleaded
Max. engine speed (rpm): 6700
Emissions controls: dual close-coupled converters; two pre- and two post-oxygen sensors
EPA fuel economy: 17 / 24 (FWD)

16 / 23 (AWD)

Transmission & Power Take Off Unit (PTU)

Manufacturer: GM
Type: Hydra-Matic 6T75 6-speed FWD/AWD automatic transmission
Gear ratio (:1)
First: 4.48
Second: 2.87
Third: 1.80
Fourth: 1.41
Fifth: 1.00
Sixth: 0.74
Reverse: 2.88
Final drive ratio: 3.16

Chassis / Suspension

Front: coil-over strut; direct acting stabilizer bar; full perimeter isolated cradle
Rear: linked H-arm independent suspension; coil springs with twin-tube shock absorbers mounted on isolated sub-frame
Steering type: hydraulic rack-and-pinion; straight ratio and variable effort
Steering ratio: 16.1
Steer wheel turns, lock-to-lock: 2.89
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / m): 40.4 / 12.3


Type: four-wheel disc
Rotor diameter (in / mm): front: 12.8 x 1.1 / 325 x 29, ventilated

rear: 13 x 0.8 / 331 x 20, ventilated

Anti-lock braking system (ABS): Bosch 8.0 Chassis Controls: ABS / ETC / ESC w/rollover mitigation

Wheels / Tires

Wheel size and type: 17 x 7-in; steel

18 x 7.5-in; machined cast aluminum

20 x 8-in; machined cast aluminum

Tire size and type: P245/70R17 ALS blackwall

P255/65R18 ALS blackwall

P255/55R20 AL3 blackwall



Wheelbase (in / mm): 118.9 / 3019
Overall length (in / mm): 203.7 / 5173
Overall width (in / mm): 78.4 / 1991
Overall height (in / mm): 72.8 / 1846 (w/roof rails); 69.7 / 1770 (w/o roof rails)
Front (in / mm): 67.8 / 1721
Rear (in / mm): 67.4 / 1711
Curb weight (lb / kg): 4713 / 2138 (FWD)

4956 / 2248 (AWD)

Min. ground clearance (in / mm): 7.2 / 183 (FWD and AWD)


Seating capacity: 7 or 8
First row (in /mm): 40.4 / 10264 (w/o sunroof); 38.6 / 979 (w/ sunroof)
Second row (in / mm): 39.4 / 1000 (w/o sunroof); 38.73 / 983 (w/ sunroof)
Third row (in / mm): 37.8 / 960 (w/o sunroof); 38.1 / 968 (w/ sunroof)
First row (in / mm): 41.3 / 1049
Second row (in / mm): 36.8 / 937
Third row (in / mm): 33.2 / 843
Shoulder room
First row (in / mm): 61.5 / 1563
Second row (in / mm): 61 / 1549
Third row (in / mm): 57.6 / 1463
Hip room
First row (in / mm): 58 / 1472
Second row (in / mm): 57.8 / 1467
Third row (in / mm): 48.3 / 1227
Cargo volume
Behind first row (second-row seat folded and third-row seat and cargo management system removed (cu ft / L): 116.3 / 3293
Behind second row with third-row seat and cargo management system removed (cu ft / L): 70.3 / 1990
Behind third row with cargo management           system removed (cu ft / L): 24.4 / 691


EPA passenger volume (cu ft / L): 150.8 / 4269
Fuel tank (gal / L): 22 / 83.3
Engine oil (qt / L): 5.5 / 5.2
Transmission fluid (qt / L): 9.5 / 9.0 (Dexron VI only)
Cooling system (qt / L): 11.8 / 11.18
Max towing capacity (lb / kg): 5200 / 2358
GCWR (lb / kg): 10250 / 4649 (FWD)

10450 / 4740 (AWD)

GVWR (lb / kg): 6411 / 2908 (FWD)

6459 / 2930 (AWD)

Source: Chevrolet