Chevrolet's largest crossover, the Traverse, won’t get much of a price hike in Canada with its first redesign this fall.
The 2018 Traverse will start at $36,695, including shipping, Chevy said Thursday, $165 more than the 2017 model.
The Traverse will come in a number of trim levels in Canada, including LS, LT, and Premier, along with the new sport RS and top-of-the line High Country trim levels. A Redline package will also be available on Premier, featuring a blacked-out bowtie and red accents.
Canada will not get the L version of the Traverse, which is the base model in the United States. Chevy didn’t immediately release pricing for each trim level in Canada.
The new suede-accented High Country trim, the highest level available, 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.
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.
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.
Canadians will not be offered access to an unlimited prepaid WiFi data plan for $20 per month, as they are in the United States.
Chevy overhauled the Traverse to give it a more trucklike appearance and feel for the second generation. Chevy also dropped 162 kilograms in weight for better handling and fuel economy.
Chevy said in January the reduced weight and new 3.6-litre engine tied to a nine-speed transmission will push the Traverse's fuel-economy rating for highway driving to 9.4 litres per 100 km from the current 10.7, while increasing horsepower by 10 per cent.
Maximum cargo capacity is reduced to 2,781 litres (98.2 cubic feet) with the second and third rows folded down, from 3,284 litres (116 cubic feet) on the 2017 model.
Sales of the Traverse have been relatively flat to start 2017. Chevy has sold 1,958 units through June compared with 1,921 last year.
Greg Layson of Automotive News Canada contributed to this report.