|Assembly||Spring Hill, Tennessee, USA|
|Class||Full-size crossover SUV|
|Body style(s)||4-door SUV|
|Layout||Front engine, front-wheel drive / All-wheel drive|
|Platform||GM Lambda platform|
|Engine(s)||3.6L VVT DI High Feature V6|
|Wheelbase||118.9 in (3020 mm)|
|Length||205.0 in (5207 mm)|
|Width||78.4 in (1991 mm)|
|Height||69.7 in (1770 mm)|
|Curb weight||2136 Kg (4700 Lbs)|
|Fuel capacity||22 US gal (83 L; 18 imp gal)|
The Chevrolet Traverse is a full-size crossover SUV built on the GM Lambda platform that underpins the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook. It replaces the Uplander minivan, Ascender SUV and Chevrolet TrailBlazer SUV. The Traverse is built in Spring Hill, Tennessee, at the former Saturn plant where the S-Series, Ion, and Vue were produced from 1990 to 2007.
The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse debuted at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show and arrived at dealerships in October 2008, competing with the Ford Flex which debuted around the same time. The Traverse was part of a product placement by GM in the NBC drama My Own Worst Enemy, along with the new Chevrolet Camaro; the show was cancelled in mid-November 2008.
It is speculated that the Traverse is GM's replacement for their new lack of minivans. The Traverse offers seating for 8, and has less ground clearance than its sister crossovers (on the lambda platform). The only minivan feature missing are the trademark sliding side doors.
The Chevrolet Traverse features the LLT engine, a 3.6 L (3564 cc, 217 cu in) V6 engine with VVT and direct injection. The other Lambda-based vehicles also have this powertrain in the 2009 model year. A 6-speed automatic transmission gives power to the front or all wheels. The Traverse delivers 281 hp (210 kW) with the 3.6L VVT engine and one exhaust tip, or 288 hp (215 kW) with dual exhaust tips (the LTZ model).
The Traverse name was originally used for a concept car at the 2003 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but that concept gave way when the Chevrolet Equinox launched for the 2005 model year. The production Traverse's design was inspired by the 2005 Chevrolet Sequel concept, and has a chevron-shaped grille similar to the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The Traverse has unique sheet metal different from the other Lambda crossovers, with the exception of the doors.
- "2009 Chevrolet Traverse, with Enhanced Powertrain, Delivers Efficient, Responsive and Safe Driving Experience". http://media.gm.com/us/gm/en/news/events/autoshows/08chicago/brands/chevrolet080206/08_Chicago_09_Chevrolet_Traverse%20Driving_R.html. Retrieved on 2008.
- Official Chevrolet Traverse website
- Chevrolet Announces the All-New 2009 Traverse
- Edmunds InsideLine: 2008 Chicago Auto Show: 2009 Chevrolet Traverse
- Chevy Traverse wins SEAMO 2009 Family Car of the Year Award
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