Chevrolet Launches Sporty, 257HP Traverse RS From Just Over $43,000

Chevrolet is in the process of boosting its redesigned 2018 Traverse lineup with the addition of the aggressive-looking RS spec.

Its unique styling elements include a black grille, black window trim, black roof rails and black bowtie badges, as well as 20″ aluminum wheels with a Dark Android finish.

“The 2018 Traverse offers a full product lineup positioned to effectively compete across the segment,” stated Chevy marketing boss, Steve Majoros. “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.”

Other features include the HID headlights and LED daytime running lights, upper and lower active aero shutters, MyLink radio with 8″ touchscreen display, OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi, multicolor driver info display, Jet Black leather-appointed seats, heated front seats, Universal Home Remote, tri-zone climate control, Bose premium 10-speaker system, power liftgate, keyless open, remote keyless entry and remote start.

As for safety systems, there is Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist, Surround Vision, Rear Camera Mirror, Rear Seat Reminder and Teen Driver.

Powering the Traverse RS is a direct-injection Ecotec 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 257 HP (261 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. This unit is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, contributing to an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg (11.0 lt/100km) in the city and 26 mpg (9 lt/100km) on the highway.

The Traverse RS is already available for order in the U.S. market, with an MSRP of $43,095.

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  • Yobobjm

    I’d be interested to see how this performs because that’s more torque but less hp than the v6, which already has a fairly respectable 0-60 time (somewhere below 7 seconds).

  • TheBelltower

    “Sporty” doesn’t seem to mean much at Chevy.

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      Or pretty much every other manufacturer, who are all guilty of this crime.

      • TheBelltower

        True. Though this is particularly lame.

  • Bo Hanan

    This thing is about $15K overpriced. I would never pay over 30K for a Chevy that does not have Corvette or ZL1 in its name.

    • MarketAndChurch

      Not to mention really underpowered for a “performance” SUV. The Explorer Sport at least offers 365 hp, same with the Edge at 315 hp, and both are also around this pricepoint.

      • Bullitt2605

        Yep the regular V6 in the Explorer has more HP than this 290 I believe.

  • Evan McMaster

    Wow they just made the new Traverse look like a Ford Explorer lol

  • LWOAP

    I wish the RS was more than a trim package and had actual performance tied to it. This could be a competitor to the Edge ST, but I suppose not.