The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS Sounds Pretty Tame

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Alright so I guess the 2018 Chevy Traverse RS is a thing, now, too.

Apparently the regular Traverse wasn’t sporty enough, so Chevy is now giving it the RS tune-up, which includes a black grille, black window trim, black roof rails and “black bowtie emblems.” It’s also getting 20-inch wheels.

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The RS will also be the first Traverse to have a turbocharged engine, according to Chevy: a direct-injected 2.0-liter four-banger with 257 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque... which doesn’t sound all that powerful? Maybe it’s one of those things you have to drive to feel it out?

Anyway, it will also have a nine-speed automatic transmission and is on sale now, starting at $43,095.

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The Traverse RS will join the new Ford Edge ST (despite being way down on power) in the camp of anonymous crossovers that are trying hard for a personality. Good for them.

Illustration for article titled The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS Sounds Pretty Tame
Illustration for article titled The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS Sounds Pretty Tame

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DISCUSSION

The black grill and bowtie emblem is also available as a stand alone appearance package for $575. You could just check that on an LT model and keep the 310 hp V6 engine too.

Also, how hard is it to remove the model name from the side? We are looking for a 3 row SUV currently and I’ve looked at the Traverse, but the overuse of chrome and the stupid looking model name written in chrome letters on the side of most Chevy vehicles is a real turn off.