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Chevy Shows Its Hand: 2013 Traverse

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On: Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 4:33PM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy Shows Its Hand: 2013 Traverse

The 2012 New York Auto Show had a few big SUV debuts, one of which was the all-new Chevy Traverse. Chevy unveiled the 2013 model just before the show got underway last week.

Chevy describes the exterior design as new and athletic, though we're not sure we're seeing much more athleticism. The front-end gets updated with a "powerdome" hood and a new grille. Chevy keeps the same general shape and two-part design of the grille, but uses slats in place of the mesh on the current Traverse. The headlamps also get a new shape and look. On the flip side, the 2013 Traverse gets a new set of taillamps and a new liftgate. Overall it's a subtle but discernible redesign in terms of styling.

The interior redesign is also subtle. Chevy focuses on touching up its spacious, three-row cabin with soft-touch materials, chrome and silver accents, available blue ambient cabin lighting, and a new center stack with 6.5-inch display and available MyLink system.

Like the outgoing Traverse, the new Traverse offers a 3.6-liter V-6 engine under the hood. Chevy uses direct injection to make "power similar to many V-8 engines" (288-hp) while offering a more efficient ride. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic with quicker, more consistent shifting. An intelligent all-wheel drive system is available.

The 2013 Traverse is equipped with what Chevy calls an "industry first front center air bag," designed to provide additional restraint to drivers and front passengers on far-side impacts.

The 2013 Traverse will be offered in LS, LT (1 and 2) and LTZ packages, just like the 2012 model. It will come in front - and all-wheel drive.

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