One of the benefits of owning many brands is that you can make a platform and then design eight or nine different bodies then you have a bunch of new cars to show off! This is what GM is doing with their crossovers. Many models, under various brands but all literally the same. Fortunately, the platform GM is using to make these cars on has turned out to be a good one! Latest release form this breed is the all new 2009 Chevrolet Traverse which is now available at GM dealers network across the region. Traverse is a nice looking crossover in the same size as Buick Enclave and GM emphasizes on its family-friendly features.
The car can seats up to 8 people which is a relevant feature for this market as families are usually quite large here! It is also packed with equipments accordingly, things like a panoramic, power-operated sunroof, power-folding outside mirrors, a power lift-gate, heated and cooled front seats, a remote vehicle start system, a DVD entertainment system, rear ultrasonic parking assist and rear-view camera are on the list.
Traverse is powered 3.6L V-6 with 313hp and 389 Nm of torque linked to a six-speed automatic transmission. That is fairly enough for what this car is supposed to do, school run, going to work, camping maybe, and… . It is available in Front and All Wheel Drive setups.
2009 Chevrolet Traverse is in direct competition with Nissan Murano, Toyota RAV4 and Prado, Hyundai Santafe, Honda CR-V and all the other crossovers by GM, but this being a Chevrolet you can expect a lower price than its rivals which based on what this car delivers, means great value for your money.
The all-new Chevrolet Traverse is now available at Chevrolet dealers region-wide, offering customers a new alternative in the burgeoning crossover utility (CUV) segment.
Chevrolet’s first entry into the crossover utility segment was revealed to the public in a regional premiere that took place at the 2008 Abu Dhabi International Motorshow in December of last year, where it received numerous accolades on design, interior space and comfort from the public.
“The Traverse is a stylish 7-8 seater alternative for families in the region, and goes to show that practicality and aesthetics can indeed go hand in hand, with great value for money.” said Karim Corm, marketing manager for Chevrolet SUV’s in the Middle East.
The Traverse’s design integrates refined details with strong proportions, and boasts the bold new global face of Chevrolet. Taut body lines and minimal overhangs convey the image of a smaller vehicle, reinforcing the Traverse’s feeling of a large crossover that drives small.
In a car designed squarely around family needs, the functionality and comfort of the interiors are of utmost importance. In order to deliver exceptional interior refinement and functionality, the Traverse designers combined a confluence of attractive design, cutting-edge technology and excellent attention to detail. Middle Eastern families will most certainly take to the tasteful styling, outstanding quality and detailed workmanship of the materials in the cabin.
Complementing the Traverse’s overall design, and marking it as a vehicle far ahead of its competitors, is a comprehensive roster of standard and available features catering for driver and passengers alike. They include a panoramic, power-operated sunroof, power-folding outside mirrors, a power lift-gate, heated and cooled front seats, a remote vehicle start system, a DVD entertainment system, rear ultrasonic parking assist and rear-view camera.
The Traverse is available in Front Wheel Drive (FWD) or All Wheel Drive (AWD), and is powered by a new 3.6L V-6 engine with direct injection, which offers a satisfying balance of great performance and fuel efficiency. This engine generates a segment-leading 313 hp @ 6300rpm and 389 Nm of torque at 3300 rpm.
The 3.6-litre engine is mated to an advanced Hydra-Matic 6T75 six-speed automatic transmission, which enables the Traverse to offer unsurpassed fuel efficiency;
The Traverse has a 360-degree safety system that helps protect passengers before and during a crash, including new anchor pretensions for outboard occupants. It is equipped with six standard air bag, two dual-stage frontal air bags for the driver and front passenger, two seat-mounted pelvic-thorax side-impact air bags in the first row and two head curtain side-impact air bags that cover all three seating rows. The head curtain side air bags are among the longest air bags in any production vehicle.
With standard rear child security locks, Lower Anchors and Top Tethers for Children (LATCH) to firmly attach child safety seat for optimum child security in the back, the Traverse sets parents minds at ease.