Chevy has unwrapped a new 2018 Traverse RS forward of a Chicago Auto Show, putting a face to a car we had sum about final January. No one here during a Autoblog offices has been energetically accessible a opening chronicle of a company’s three-row crossover, quite not one sporting a integrate reduction cylinders than a differently customary Traverse engine.
The 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine creates decent numbers, though a RS badge itself stays a treacherous choice. This reminds us of a dim epoch in that Chevy had an SS chronicle of everything. Remember a Malibu Maxx SS? The front-wheel expostulate Impala SS? At slightest a RS badge doesn’t have a arrange of expectations an SS badge would, and looking during a choices Chevy done to set this Traverse detached it make some sense. But if we listened about a similar-sounding Tahoe RST and were awaiting a most bigger engine underneath a hood of this Traverse, you’re going to be somewhat disappointed.
The Traverse RS’s new Ecotec-branded I4 usually creates 257 horsepower during an vague RPM, while a torque figure is somewhat some-more impressive, during 295 pound-feet, using by a nine-speed automatic. Chevy says it creates 90 percent of max torque during 2,100 RPM, that squares with a customary torque bend for turbocharged I4s. That being said, a customary corporate 3.6-liter V6 creates 310 hp during 6,800 rpm and 266 lb-ft during 2,800 rpm, also corroborated adult by a nine-speed auto. More power, though reduction torque during aloft RPM. We could see a RS carrying taken possibly engine, a other apropos a “base” engine, though maybe a real-world opening from a four-banger is proud adequate compared to a V6 to clear a preference here.
Cosmetics are substantially going to be some-more critical than performance. The blacked out grille, window trim, roof rails, and bowtie urge a look, quite a red tone a crossover was shown in. That color, Cajun Red, is a $395 option, by a way.
Also critical is fuel economy. Chevy claims a RS will get 20 city/26 highway, that somewhat beats out a total rating and city economy for a front-wheel-drive Traverse, though gets 1 MPG reduction on a highway. Speaking of front-wheel drive, if we wish an RS that’s your usually option. All-wheel expostulate is usually accessible on V6 trims (which is all that’s not an RS).
If we wish one, it’s on sale right now, though it’ll set we behind a critical volume of scratch: $43,595 to start.
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