Chevy’s All-Show, No Extra-Go Traverse RS Stops By Chicago

With everything going on in the crossover/SUV/truck segments recently, it’s probably hard to remember that Chevrolet has the new Traverse RS out.

But that’s okay, because the GM-owned brand brought it to the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, to remind visitors that they can buy one right now.

Based upon the redesigned SUV, the new ‘RS’ model has a starting price of $43,095, or $13,165 more than the entry-level model.

However, buyers will enjoy additional features, such as the special styling elements that include the blacked-out grille, window trim, roof rails, and bowtie badges, and 20-inch aluminum wheels.

Standard equipment includes HID headlights and LED DRLs, keyless entry&go, infotainment system with 8-inch display, leather seats with heating function for the front occupants, tri-zone climate control, OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi, and premium sound system by Bose, among others.

Despite wearing the ‘RS’ badge, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS isn’t a performance SUV. Not even close, because its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine delivers 257hp and 295lb-ft (400Nm) of torque through a nine-speed automatic transmission. That’s 53hp less and 29lb-ft (39Nm) of torque more than what you’d get in the V6-powered versions.

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  • caddy45

    It looks nice but the engine is so disappointing 🙁

  • mick

    “That’s 53hp less and 29lb-ft (39Nm) of torque more than what you’d get in the V6-powered versions.” Well…Slightly wrong, the turbo actually the additional 29 lb-ft over the six.


    I don’t know why I thought Chevy was going to compete against the Edge ST. I guess I was being overly optimistic.

  • DM

    For some reason Chevy products keep looking cartoonish or toy like. It’s like they are trying too hard to be cool with all those lines. The Suburban/Tahoe looks mature enough, but this, the Equinox, Traxx do not. I’m not a Ford fan at all but even I can say their designs have evolved pretty well over the years.

  • SteersUright

    The RS badge has never meant anything anyway right? There’s was the last Camaro RS, nothing more than a cosmetic package. Its the SS that means higher performance right? Who knows…and this is exactly why GM has an “image” or “perception” problem.

  • Harry_Wild

    No AWD option offer available for the RS edition either!

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