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2009 Chevy Traverse unveiled….. February 7, 2008

Posted by wilsonniblett in Auto News, Enthusiastic Commentary.

The all new 2009 Chevrolet Traverse has been unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show.  Below is a transcript of the General Motors Press Release.  But first, here is a video that show the Traverse out for a drive.

Enjoy it!  This is one more Chevy that is worth waiting for……

The Chevy Enthusiast

Chevrolet Announces the All-New 2009 Traverse

New Crossover Features Bold Styling, Sophisticated Details and
Best-in-Class Fuel Economy from a Direct-Injected 3.6L V-6

CHICAGO Introduced at the Chicago Auto Show, the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse is an expressively styled, well-equipped crossover that gives customers people-hauling and cargo-carrying capability typically found in larger SUVs.

With styling cues inspired by the acclaimed ’08 Chevy Malibu, the Traverse delivers refined details with strong proportions and the bold front-end appearance found on all new Chevrolets. Traverse will start production in the third quarter of 2008 at GM’s Spring Hill, Tenn. manufacturing facility.

“We think the Traverse is the right vehicle at the right time,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “It has great looks, utility and safety, with a driving experience typically found in smaller vehicles. But it delivers this with three rows of seating – including a third row that fits adults – and class-leading cargo space. The Traverse is following the formula that is bringing Chevy back to a new generation of consumers – great styling, loads of class-leading features and tremendous value.”

The ’09 Traverse is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models, in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. Product highlights include:

  • Distinctive design that highlights the new face of Chevrolet
  • Optimized aerodynamics that enhance fuel economy and reduce wind noise
  • Four-wheel independent suspension system
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
  • Family of 17-, 18- and 20-inch wheels
  • Second-row Smart Slide seat feature, for easy access to the third-row seats
  • Rear-seat entertainment system with second-row controls
  • Six standard air bags, including side curtain air bags that deploy over all three seating rows
  • OnStar with Turn by Turn Navigation and Direction Download (with navigation system)
  • XM Satellite Radio with XM NavTraffic, a real-time traffic feature (with navigation system)
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity
  • Cruising range of more than 500 miles (800 km)
  • Exceptional attention to detail and strong build quality

Sleek, sophisticated design

The Traverse casts a unique profile with a sleek, smooth and flowing design that characterizes the new, global face of Chevrolet. Elements such as chrome-ringed grille inserts, available projector-beam headlamps and large wheel-and-tire combinations highlight the vehicle’s finely honed attention to detail.

Taut body lines and minimal overhangs convey the image of a smaller vehicle, reinforcing the Traverse’s feeling of a large vehicle that drives smaller, while tight tolerances between body components – enhanced by the vehicle’s unitized body structure, which enables wraparound, single-piece fascias – emphasize a highly precise build quality.

“The Traverse delivers a design that is unexpected from Chevrolet,” said Michael Burton, director of design for the exterior. “Many of the details are typical on higher-priced vehicles, but the Traverse brings them to a level that is accessible to more customers.”

Some of the upscale design details include:

  • Deep-set grille inserts with chrome-ringed trim
  • Turn signals integrated in the outside mirrors
  • Expressive taillamps
  • Rear spoiler integrated over the tailgate window
  • Roof rails designed to enhance the sleek appearance when a roof rack is not in place
  • 20-inch Ultra-Bright aluminum wheels (standard on LTZ models)
  • Dual, bright exhaust outlets
  • Panoramic, power-operated sunroof

“The headlamps, for example, are more than merely projector beam units; they are integrated in stylized housings that are rich and detailed, reinforcing the high-tech features found throughout the Traverse,” said Burton.

Like the exterior, the Traverse’s interior is a confluence of refined styling, technology and attention to detail. The instrument panel has a dual-cockpit design that is a hallmark of Chevrolet’s heritage; it flows into the door panels, creating a sleek, highly detailed appearance. The instrument panel is mounted in a “low and away” position that enhances outward visibility.

The instrument panel houses a pair of large gauge binnacles that are accented with bright trim rings; and for so-equipped vehicles, the available navigation system screen is integrated prominently at the upper-center of the instrument panel.

The Traverse’s interior can be configured for seven or eight adults, including two front bucket seats, a 60/40-split second-row bench (three passengers) or two second-row captain’s chairs (two passengers) and a 60/40-split third-row bench seat. Perforated leather seats and second-row captain’s chairs are available. The third-row seat is capable of comfortably seating adults while simultaneously providing best-in-class storage space behind it.

Great amenities

Complementing the Traverse’s exterior and interior designs is a comprehensive roster of standard and available amenities that enhances the driving experience for the driver and passengers alike. They include:

  • Rear ultrasonic parking assist
  • Rear-view camera
  • Outside mirrors with spotter mirrors
  • Power liftgate
  • Extended-range remote vehicle start
  • Heated windshield fluid
  • DVD entertainment system
  • DVD navigation system (with OnStar Destination Download and XM traffic routing)
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • XM Satellite Radio with XM NavTrafic, a real-time traffic feature
  • Heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors with blind-spot mirrors
  • Power folding outside mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • OnStar (with one year of Directions & Connections service) with Turn by Turn Navigation and, with the navigation system, Direction Download.

GM’s Five-Year/100,000 Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty continues to make GM a better choice for customers. GM’s coverage focuses on the complete ownership experience and includes other provisions that competitors do not offer, including transferability to the next owner, more complete coverage of parts, and coverage for new and certified used vehicles. In addition, GM offers complementary programs such as courtesy transportation and roadside assistance.


Models: Chevrolet Traverse
Body style / driveline: crossover SUV / front-engine; front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive
Construction: body-frame integral
EPA vehicle class: sport utility vehicle
Manufacturing location: Spring Hill , Tenn.
Key competitors: Toyota Highlander; Honda Pilot; Ford Explorer


Type: 3.6L V-6
Displacement (cu in / cc): 217 / 3564
Bore & Stroke (in / mm): 3.70 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6
Block material: aluminum
Cylinder head material: aluminum
Valvetrain: DOHC; 4 valves per cylinder; variable valve timing
Fuel delivery: direct, high-pressure fuel injection
Compression ratio: 11.4:1
Horsepower (hp / kW): 281 / 210 @ 6400 (single exhaust)*
286 / 213 @ 6400 (dual exhaust)*
Torque (lb-ft / Nm): 253 / 343 @ 5500 (single exhaust)*
255 / 345 @ 5500 (dual exhaust)*
Recommended fuel: regular unleaded
Max. engine rpm (fuel cutoff): 7000 rpm
Emissions controls: dual close-coupled converters; 2 pre- and 2-post oxygen sensors
Estimated fuel economy: TBD

Transmission & Power Take Off Unit (PTU)

Manufacturer: GM Powertrain
Type: Hydra-Matic 6T75 6-speed FWD/AWD automatic transmission
Gear Ratio (:1)
First: 4.48
Second: 2.87
Third: 1.80
Fourth: 1.47
Fifth: 1.0
Sixth: 0.742
Reverse: 2.88
Final drive ratio: 3.16 (FWD / AWD) 2.73 (FWD)


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: 4-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


Wheel size and type: 17 x 7-in; steel
18 x 7.5-in; cast aluminum
20 x 8-in; Ultra-Bright 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): 205 / 5206
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): 4720 / 2141 (FWD)
4925 / 2234 (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): 37.8 / 690
Shoulder room
First row (in / mm): 62 / 1575
Second row (in / mm): 61.3 / 1558
Third row (in / mm): 57.6 / 1463
Hip room
First row (in / mm): 59.1 / 1502
Second row (in / mm): 57.8 / 1467
Third row (in / mm): 48.3 / 1227
Cargo volume
Second and third row folded (cu ft / L): 117.9 / 3340
Second row up, third row folded (cu ft / L): 68.3 / 1934
Behind third row (cu ft / L): 26.1 / 739


Fuel tank (gal / L): 22.0 / 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): 4500 / 2041
GCWR (lb / kg): 9500 / 4309 (FWD)
9700 / 4400 (AWD)
GVWR (lb / kg): 6459 / 2930

* Preliminary, pending SAE certification.

Note: Information shown is current at time of publication



1. Karen Spedding - February 24, 2008


2. Audrey - March 17, 2008

Hi…We’ve owned & loved minivans for years….We’re VERY disappointed to hear Uplander is the last Chevy Van to be made. We need the flexible cargo room where the back 2 rows of seats can be removed. The 2009 Traverse….are any of the seats going to be removable??
How soon will they know the miles per galloon it gets? Thank you. Audrey

3. Nargg - June 30, 2008

Karen, Starting about 28,500 I’d hoped cheaper. One place said maybe 25,000 but we didn’t see that.

Audrey, No the back seats only fold. For some reason the press hates removable seats, so the makers don’t listen to owners much on that one. I’d recommend a Tahoe/Suburban if you need room. Not much real difference in price once you add it rebates etc…

4. Marcel Metcalfe - August 8, 2008

will a V8 be available?

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