Chevrolet Traverse Cuts Over 300 Pounds
So, by the looks of things, Chevrolet is looking to very much slim down their popular crossover SUV, the Traverse. That is to say, with the current generation model of the highly sought after Chevy Traverse, the automaker shed a whopping 300 pounds from the vehicle in the form of its use of higher strength steel. “it is one hundred percent steel,” Chevrolet Program Engineering Manager Brian Sholte told the world.
Now, let’s talk numbers for a second, shall we? Noted specs for the 2016 model Chevrolet Traverse noted that the crossover had a curb weight of around 4,713 pounds, which is still—if we are being honest—pretty light with regard to crossover SUVs. In any event, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, at its very base, has an approximate curb weight of 4,362 pounds (note, this is only regarding the front wheel drive version of the vehicle). Of course, such numbers would just be rumors and speculations if it were not for Chevrolet Spokeswomen Tara Kuhen, who made the weight loss announcement a few days ago when she declared that the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse had officially dropped 363 pounds from its overall curb weight.
Though this might not sound like a big deal, an over 300-pound weight loss for a vehicle is actually really huge, and Sholte chops it all up to the automaker opting for steel over aluminum. Now, aluminum long been the standard go-to with regard to making a lightweight vehicle, but Sholte and company opted for a different option. Instead, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse sheds its 300-plus pounds by “positioning high strength steels in the correct locations of the vehicle” as well as “optimizing the door weights” via a higher strength steel reinforcement topped with even lighter steels for the more cosmetic areas of the vehicle. All in all, everything in the new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse comes down to steel. “There’s more press-hardened in the vehicle than in the past,” Sholte continues. “Pretty much in the safety-critical areas.”
Chevy revealed its 2018 Traverse at the 2017 North American International Auto Show on January 9th with a ton of cool standard features that are sure to make this a best selling vehicle. These features include (but are not limited to) the likes of “D-Optic” headlamps, an autobraking system, what Chevy terms “Surround Vision” (as per the automaker, Surround Vision “uses strategically located cameras on all sides of the vehicle that provide a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the vehicle, helping drivers quickly view the surrounding area at a glance for more confident maneuvering when reversing, parking, or trailering), and much more.
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