2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS Boasts Turbo Crossover Performance
Chevy has revealed the latest 2018 Traverse RS prior to the Chicago Auto Show, confirming what we’ve been talking about since January. The impressive thing about this is that it has a good performance despite having less cylinders than a standard Traverse engine.
The 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine is able to pull decent numbers despite the small engine it has under the hood. It could create 257 horsepower at an unspecified RPM, while the torque figure is a bit more impressive, at 295 pound-feet, which operates via a nine-speed automatic. Chevy explains that it creates 90 percent of max torque at 2,100 RPM. With those numbers, the standard 3.6-liter V6 version can reach 310 hp at 6,800 rpm as well as 266 lb-ft at 2,800 rpm, which does the trick through a nine-speed auto. In a manner of speaking, there’s more power as the torque goes lower.
While performance is okay, the aesthetics is probably the most desirable thing you will see. The blacked out grille, roof rails, window trim, and bowtie upgrade the look, especially with the red color the crossover was revealed in. That color, Cajun Red, can be yours for $395.
The fuel economy is another thing that’s noteworthy. The automaker says the RS will get 20 city/26 highway, which is a bit better than that of the front-wheel-drive Traverse. Front-wheel-drive is the only option available for the option. V6 trims however has the option to be an all-wheel-drive.