2009 Chevrolet Traverse in GCC soon
General Motors has announced that the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse will hit Middle East showrooms this December. The Traverse, already on sale in the United States, is a reskinned version of the existing GMC Acadia crossover SUV.
The Traverse looks much better than the Acadia though. The Middle East surely is benefiting as a dumping ground for unsold big 4WDs that have generally become undesirable in America.
Active Fuel Management is available on the 288 hp 3.6-litre V6 engine, allowing cylinders to be shut down to conserve fuel. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel-drive.
The Traverse’s interior can be configured for seven or eight adults, including two front bucket seats, a 60/40-split second-row bench (three passengers) or two second-row captain’s chairs (two passengers) and a 60/40-split third-row bench seat. Perforated leather seats as well as second-row captain’s chairs are available. The third-row seat is actually capable of comfortably seating adults, which is a rarity among midsize 4WD vehicles.
The Traverse is equipped with six standard airbags – two dual-stage frontal airbags, for the driver and front passenger, two seat-mounted pelvic-thorax side-impact airbags in the first row and two head curtain side-impact airbags that cover all three seating rows. ABS brakes and stability control are standard.
Expect prices to be north of Dhs 120,000 when it reaches Dubai and GCC showrooms.