2012 New York Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse joins its General Motors siblings, the Buick Enclave and the GMC Acadia, in getting a modest makeover this fall.
- Chevrolet has released photos and details of the updated 2013 Traverse ahead of the big crossover's public debut next week at the 2012 New York Auto Show.
- The 2013 Traverse will offer revised sheet metal and a new front center airbag.
NEW YORK — Chevrolet has released photos and details of its updated 2013 Traverse ahead of the big crossover's public debut next week at the 2012 New York Auto Show.
The Traverse joins its siblings, the Buick Enclave and the GMC Acadia, in getting a modest makeover this fall. The 2013 Acadia was introduced last month at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. The 2013 Enclave will be unveiled next month along with the 2013 Traverse in New York.
The 2013 Traverse will offer a new front center airbag, as well as "a wide variety of improvements to ride and handling, interior materials and exterior styling," Chevy said. Hardware enhancements include an upgraded suspension and the availability of such radar-based safety systems as Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The most visible change is to the car's front end, which debuts a new look for Chevy's expanding family of crossover vehicles. The 2013 Traverse sports a new grille, hood, bumper, headlamps and foglamps. The rear end gets a new liftgate and taillamps.
The interior of the 2013 Traverse has been upgraded with new soft-touch surfaces on the instrument panel and front door uppers, contrasting stitching, chrome and silver accents, and optional blue ambient lighting. The center stack has been redesigned and houses a standard rearview camera and a 6.5-inch color touchscreen. The car can be ordered with the MyLink infotainment system, Chevrolet's answer to Ford's Sync.
The 2013 Traverse is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models, with two LT packages — 1LT and 2LT — in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. Prices have not been announced.
Edmunds.com says: It's an improvement on the original — but still plenty of upside left.