New York 2012: 2013 Chevrolet Traverse Tidies Up Its Design

For 2013, Chevrolet has give its Traverse crossover an extensive aesthetic update. The wide rectangular grille replaces the old car's big smile, and helps to herald in the brand's updates new face. A revised lower air intake integrates larger turn signals and new projector-beam foglights. Around back, Camaro-esque taillights and a new liftgate with license plate cove is attractive and shows clear ties to the Chevrolet family. The mechanicals under the skin of the 2013 Traverse remain the same from the pre-facelifted car – that means that the same six-speed automatic transmission, 281-hp 3.6-liter direct-inject V-6, and optional all-wheel drive remain. The biggest news for the Traverse lies beneath its refreshed sheetmetal -- for 2013, Chevy bestows the eight-person people-mover with an all-new interior. The new digs eliminate hard, poorly-grained plastics that plagued the old interior. Now, buyers will find the Traverse's cabin abounding with soft-touch materials on almost every surface, premium cloth and leather coverings, and tasteful wood and chrome trim. The instrument panel and front door uppers are now decked out in contrasting stitching and cool blue ambient interior lighting is available as an option. Cloth seat coverings are standard, while leather is optional -- with either covering, there are three new interior color choices: Ebony and Mojave (black and tan), Light Titanium and Dark Titanium (grey), and Ebony (all black). The 2013 Traverse also gets updated gauges and a new center stack. The center stack now houses more straightforward climate controls and a standard 6.5-inch color touchscreen with backup camera, which can be optioned with Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system. Adding a premium touch to the Traverse's dashboard is all-new wood trim that cascades down the center stack onto the console, which is standard on LT and LTZ trim levels. The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse will go on sale later this year in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels. Chevy has yet to announce pricing, but the 2012 Traverse started at $32,335 including destination charges. For more on the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse, check out our First Look here. 2012 New York International Auto Show, including videos, the latest photos, and more information, click here to visit our New York Show homepage.

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