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...and is just like expected. Very much like a Malibu-esque Lambda, which is a good thing.

http://www.autoblog.com/2008/02/06/chicago-2008-2009-chevy-traverse-makes-it-a-lambda-superfecta/

http://www.traverseforum.com/index.php?topic=28.0



As for the Lambda-tuned DI 3.6L:

The 3.6L engine's direct-injection technology helps produce power similar to many V-8 engines and uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Traverse is rated at an estimated 286 horsepower (213 kW)* and 255 lb.-ft. of torque (345 Nm)* with dual exhaust (281 hp/210 kW* and 253 lb.-ft./343 Nm* with single exhaust) - but delivers better-than-expected fuel economy. Ninety percent of the engine's peak torque is available from approximately 2,500 rpm to more than 6,000 rpm.

With direct injection, fuel is sprayed directly into the engine cylinder, where it is mixed with air. As the fuel vaporizes in the cylinder, the air and fuel mixture is cooled. This enables the use of a higher compression ratio in the combustion chamber, which improves engine performance and efficiency. Less fuel is required to produce the equivalent horsepower - particularly at normal cruising speeds - of a conventional, port-injection system. Also, the use of unique pistons with the direct-injection system helps reduce cold-start emissions by 25 percent.

Advanced, high-pressure fuel injectors are used to reduce noise and comprise only one of numerous underhood features designed to minimize or eliminate noise, vibration and harshness. Other elements include an acoustically tuned engine cover and intake manifold and center-feed fuel lines. Also, a new engine mount system reduces vibration at idle.

The 3.6L engine is mated to the Hydra-Matic 6T75 six-speed automatic transmission, an advanced transmission with clutch-to-clutch shift operation for front- and all-wheel-drive vehicles. The transmission's six-gear configuration allows for a "steep" 4.48:1 first gear, which helps deliver exceptional launch feel, and a 0.74:1 overdrive sixth gear - the "tall" overdrive gear lowers rpm at high speeds, reducing noise and vibration. Also, the 6T75 offers automatic grade braking, shift stabilization and precise shift control.
 

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Looks awesome??? I think it does look good, but the Outlook is more appealing - to me.

There's no doubt the Traverse will affect Outlook and Acadia sales - possibly Enclave too - but I think it will be limited to those who want a Lambda at its cheapest. A $6000 difference may be true, though it will be lacking many of the others standard features.

Does the Traverse not look like a Tribeca to anyone else?
 

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That's the first thing I thought-Subaru Tribeca. Even the interior center stack layout follows the "swooping" design of the Tribeca.
I wonder what the fully loaded LTZ will go for. If the trim levels follow the current Chevy trim, then the LT will be a pretty basic and stripped model.
I would still pick an Outlook over the Traverse as it appeals more to me.
 

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Not bad looking. But I still like my Outlook much more than this Chevy.... ;)


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Looks awesome....but I think this is going to seriously cut into the Outlook's sales as the starting price is rumoured to be $6000 less.
Agreed. This is easily the best looking of the bunch (IMO, naturally...), which surprises me to no end. It was down to either the Acadia or the Outlook, but I wanted to wait for the DI engines to trickle down. Honestly, I wasn't even considering the Chevy, since I figured not only would it be the cheapest of the bunch, but it would look the cheapest as well. Not so. True, I wish the new engines weren't detuned from their Caddy application (304hp), but I'll take what I can get.

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I totally agree with you on this. The Traverse is the best looking of the group. So now I'm gonna have to wait this one out. ::)
 

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I'm guessing the pictured Traverse is a fully loaded LTZ. It remains to be seen how the base model is appointed.
 

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I'm guessing the pictured Traverse is a fully loaded LTZ. It remains to be seen how the base model is appointed.
Yes, true.

As for the other trims, a look to how the Malibu is trimmed should give a good idea. The LTZ is the highest, with the biggest wheels and extra chrome bits. Both of the LT models have 18" wheels of different designs and most of the same chrome details. And the LS, or base, model should have plainer 17" wheels and likely black mirrors and/or door handles, etc.

Inside, sort of the Outlook XE-->XR in regards to trimmings from LS-->LTZ.
 

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Thank god :angel: it looks more like the Buick on the sides and rear than it does the Outlook. Having the Outlook and Traverse too similar would hurt sales even more than the Acadia.
 

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Looks similar to the Enclave. Like the Enclave, the Traverse looks rather mini-van-ish. Numerous people I've asked agree that the Enclave looks like a sporty mini van. Traverse too. Not the look I'm going for. I'm still buying an Outlook.

Re: price, There is no way GM is going to offer a "comparable" model at $6k less. If they bring a low end Traverse in at that price point, it will be stripped to the bone.

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I'm actually happy to see GM went this way. The Acadia and Outlook share similar profiles, with enough changes at the ends to justify the different models. Similarly, the Enclave and Traverse share a profile with unique fascias, grills, lights, etc. Short of the traverse being a completely different animal (like a Lambda-based minivan), I think this is the best approach that GM could have taken.
 
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