When the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse had its reveal at 7:45am on Monday the North American International Auto Show went bananas. Its smooth, clean lines, comfort level, and all around beauty made it to my short list for stunners of the Detroit Auto Show. Officially released this summer, I had the chance to check it out before it hits the showroom floors. Here’s the scoop on the 2018 Traverse High Country.
Chevrolet is pegging the 2018 Traverse as a “command center” for families, couples, singles – you name it. It’s also priding itself on having the latest in tech and safety. With two classic exterior colors (I reached out to the official website and they weren’t able to give me the official color name so we’ll go with dark cherry) my eyes were immediately drawn to it. It reminds me of my first car exterior color, a Chevy Cavalier.
After the array of flashbulbs that seemed to go on forever, it was finally my chance to get up close with the all-new 2018 Traverse. First impression? The exterior was beautifully made. Comparing it to the 2017 model, there’s a distinctive difference in its shape, too: last year’s model reminded me much more of a minivan in its shape than the 2018.
As for the headlights, the 2018 Traverse High Country is the first vehicle in the industry to offer D-optic headlamps. Providing light beams similar to daylight, they are not only fully functional (and figuratively speaking) easy on the eyes, they’re literally easy on the eyes.
A Peek at the Inside
While I didn’t have a chance to get comfy in the seats, it was super easy to see how comfy they look. Easily fitting six passengers (but designed for eight) the interior is spacious and luxurious, especially on the premium models. There is leather interior availability, but honestly, I’d be happy without it. My previous car had leather interior and it’s cold in the winter, hot in the summer. Just my two cents.
One of its top features is the Chevrolet MyLink Display. It features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so, no matter what type of smart phone you dig, you’ll be able to connect with little effort for up to seven devices with the available wifi connection.
But there’s also a fun kicker: the MyLink Display slides up to reveal a hidden storage compartment.
Safety on Safety
There’s up to 14 advanced safety features in the 2018 Traverse – and I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to vehicle safety upgrades. One of the standouts is the Surround Screen that uses four strategically placed cameras to create a “virtual bird’s-eye view of the vehicle”. There’s also Lane Keep Assist and alerts like Lane Change, Side Blind Zone, and Rear Park. My Chevy doesn’t have all of these safety bells and whistles and I was loving how the company is increasing its safety features with each new model and year.
As for family safety features, there’s plenty of those to go around as well. If the second-row door is opened or closed right before a trip, a chime and message will remind you to check the back seats. The Kid will be hitting driving age in a few months to the teen safety features were very impressive to me. Muting the audio until the front seats are buckled to in-vehicle reports to make sure she’s staying safe on the road at all times is right up my alley. Call it the hovering mom in me, but I want her to be as safe as possible when behind the wheel.
From Steel City to Steel Made
One of Pittsburgh’s nicknames is the “Steel City” and you can see the influence the metal has everywhere in town. From its sports teams (Go Steelers!) to its revitalization in the Rust Belt, you can bet we all root for steel-made vehicles. This week the North American International Auto Show in Detroit press preview made my heart happy compliments of Chevrolet’s commitment to using steel parts. Truth? Not every metal part in the 2018 Traverse is made from steel, but they use it whenever it fits. Thinner, lighter steel parts (since the 70’s the strength of steel has increased over six times!) equals improved performance and also provides more value to purchasers.
I had a chance to watch a conference at NAIAS with the folks from SMDI (they’re all about growing steel markets in the automotive industry!) and they’re super confident in steel’s advancements as well as its value. Advanced, high strength’s steel has exceeded its forecasts – and continues to be on the rise.
That makes sense for everyone.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post compliments of SheBuysCars to give you fine folks the scoop on what makes the 2018 Traverse so stunning. All opinions are my own!