2018 Chevrolet Traverse will start at $30,875

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Chevy overhauled the Traverse to give it a more trucklike appearance and feel for the second generation.

Chevrolet’s largest crossover, the Traverse, will get a price hike with its first redesign this fall.

The 2018 Traverse will start at $30,875, including shipping, Chevy said Thursday, $1,280 more than the 2017 model.

The new suede-accented High Country trim, the highest level available, will start at $52,995, including shipping. It includes additions such as all-wheel drive with automatic locking rear differential with twin clutch, trailer equipment including a hitch and a cooling system, IntelliBeam automatic high-beam assist, forward collision alert and a following-distance indicator.

Chevy also is adding a sporty RS trim but has not yet released pricing for it. The High Country and RS trims are aimed at raising Traverse transaction prices into territory dominated by rivals such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer.

The Premier trim starts at $45,395, $2,455 more than the 2017 model. For 2018, the Traverse Premier includes LED D-Optic headlamps and outside heated power-adjustable mirrors with turn signal indicators and an auto-dimming feature. Adding the Redline package, which features a blacked-out appearance with red accents, will cost $2,495 extra.

The LS trim level starts at $32,995. The LT trim starts at $35,495 for cloth seats and $42,095 for leather seats and additional features, including a surround vision camera, rear park assist and 20-inch aluminum wheels.

Chevy overhauled the Traverse to give it a more trucklike appearance and feel for the second generation. Chevy also dropped 362 pounds in weight for better handling and fuel economy.

Chevy said in January the reduced weight and new 3.6-liter engine tied to a nine-speed transmission will push the Traverse’s fuel-economy rating for highway driving to 25 mpg from the current 22, while increasing horsepower by 10 percent.

Maximum cargo capacity is reduced to 98.2 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down, from 116 cubic feet on the 2017 model.

The Traverse is Chevy’s No. 5 selling nameplate so far in 2017, with sales up 4.3 percent from the first half of last year. Chevy said the redesigned Traverse offers more passenger space than the Explorer, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. The Traverse is third in sales of those models so far in 2017, behind the Explorer and Highlander.

Chevy has sold more than 890,000 Traverses since its debut in 2008. The crossover’s record year was 2015 with 119,945 sold.

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