With turbocharged performance and aggressive, blacked-out styling cues, the 2018 Traverse RS injects a distinctive dose of fun-to-drive sportiness into the midsize SUV segment.
Based on the redesigned 2018 Traverse, which offers best-in-class maximum cargo room (98.2 cubic feet), more technologies than the previous model and an enhanced roster of available active safety features, the Traverse RS is part of an expanded six-trim lineup focused on capability, convenience and choice.
“The 2018 Traverse offers a full product lineup positioned to effectively compete across the segment,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. “By offering customers more choice with higher-end entries like the RS, which has a more street-inspired look, and top-of-the-line High Country, Chevrolet now offers a comfortable and connected Traverse for every lifestyle.” The RS’s unique styling elements include a black grille, black window trim, black roof rails and black bowtie emblems, along with 20-inch aluminum wheels featuring a Dark Android finish.
The RS is also the first Traverse model to offer turbocharged performance, delivering a spirited driving experience that is unique within the lineup. A power-dense, direct-injected Ecotec 2.0L turbo engine generates up to 257 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Ninety percent of the peak torque is available at only 2,100 rpm, for a confident feeling of power on demand at all speeds.
A nine-speed automatic transmission is matched with the engine, contributing to EPA-estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg in city driving and 26 mpg on the highway.
Additional standard content on the Traverse RS includes: • HID headlamps and LED daytime running lamps • Upper and lower active aero shutters • Chevrolet MyLink radio with 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen and navigation • OnStar 4G LTE and available built-in Wi-Fi® hotspot
(3-month/3GB data trial)
• Multicolor driver information center display
• Jet Black leather-appointed seating surfaces
• Heated front seats
• Universal Home Remote
• Tri-zone automatic climate control
• Bose premium 10-speaker audio system
• Power liftgate
• Keyless Open with extended-range Remote
• Remote start
• Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
• Rear Cross Traffic Alert
• Rear Park Assist
• Surround Vision
• Rear Camera Mirror
• Rear Seat Reminder
• Teen Driver
The Traverse RS is on sale now with an MSRP of $43,095. The price includes the destination charge but excludes tax, title and other dealer fees.
— Content and photos courtesy Chevrolet Communications