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First Look: 2013 Chevrolet Traverse

A family resemblance.

by on Mar.29, 2012

The design of the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse update picks up familial cues from the new Chevy Malibu.

Chevrolet will continue its total brand remake with a pair of important introductions at the upcoming New York Auto Show.  While we’ll have to wait a week for a closer look at the new Impala sedan, the biggest of the General Motors brands invited a handful of reporters in for a sneak peek at the updated 2013 Chevy Traverse.

As brand boss Chris Perry lifted the covers it was readily apparent that the new, 3-row crossover shares more than a passing resemblance to the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, the Traverse sharing the midsize sedan’s new face, including the lower-profile headlamps and three-bar grille.  The liftgate has also been updated and results in a more appealing, if a bit more conventional crossover-style rear end.

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The interior, meanwhile, is more refined and lavishly finished.  But what may appeal just as much to the sort of families who need an 8-seater is the long-list of standard and optional safety features offered on the 2013 Chevy Traverse.  That includes blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert – and the world’s first front-center airbag, designed to reduce injuries in the event of a side-impact collision.