Are you looking for more track day performance from the Chevrolet Camaro, and not even the already potent ZL1 model can satiate your need for speed? Chevrolet has unveiled the solution to this unique problem with the all new 2018 ZL1 LE.
Building on the standard ZL1, the ZL1 LE was designed to be the ultimate track day Camaro, and also enhances the already popular LE package even further. Chevrolet engineers added an all new suspension that features lightweight components, and the company was quick to point out that owners can easily switch between track and street settings.
The ZL1 LE also features sticky Goodyear tires that were designed to heat up quickly, which translates into higher levels of grip. These tires are wrapped around forged aluminium alloy wheels that are an inch wider and are slightly smaller than the hoops fitted on the standard ZL1 . A key aspect of these rims is that they are actually lighter than the stock units despite their additional width.
The exterior styling of the ZL1 LE also sees a host of upgrades that aim to enhance the car’s already solid aerodynamic profile. The front fascia features lower bumper mounted dive planes, while the rear incorporates a massive rear wing.
Performance under the hood has not been altered in this transformation, and the car is still powered by the familiar 650 horsepower supercharged LT4 V8. A six speed manual transmission is the sole offering here though, and features a revised sixth gear ratio.
The ZL1 LE is also lighter than the standard coupe, but unlike the stripped out Z/28 model, the ZL1 LE retains a high level of standard equipment, and includes heated and ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, dual zone climate control, and a Bose premium audio system.
The 2018 ZL1 LE is expected to go on sale later this year, with formal pricing information being released before the car begins its full rollout to dealers nation wide. In the meantime, Chevrolet has released a brief video of the ZL1 LE tearing it up in its natural habitat which can be seen below.
Following a shadowy teaser image, Chevrolet has formally unveiled the 2018 Traverse at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in a welcome update that brings the Traverse into the modern age.
This is apparent when compared with the outgoing Traverse which was ancient, and was falling behind rivals in multiple categories. Despite this, sales have remained strong, and Chevrolet has sold over half a million units since it went on sale back in 2008. The brand did not want to ruin this successful track record, and chose a deliberate approach in regards to its exterior styling.
The front fascia is much more muscular than before, and actually poaches some cues from the full size Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban SUVs. The side profile is about what you expect from a full size CUV, but the redesigned tail lights do look slick though they look like they stole a few too many tricks out of the Ford Explorer’s design playbook. Our lone gripe centered on the recently announced Traverse RS trim which is supposed to be the sport infused version. While we applaud Chevy for the attempt, some of its performance inspired cues look tacked on, and don’t mesh well with the Traverse’s bigger lines.
The interior is where the bulk of the changes are most apparent. The outgoing model was very roomy, but it was a sea of cheap plastics, and questionable ergonomic choices. The 2018 model aims to rectify that by adding more soft touch plastics, while also adding even more bins and cubbies to enhance overall storage space. The wheelbase is massive and this not only keeps the third row from being positioned right on top of the rear axle, but also helps enhance rear cargo space as well. Access to the third row is still not as easy as it is in some minivan offerings, but the second row does slide forward even with a bulky child seat in place.
The 2018 Traverse also receives a welcome tech upgrade, and now features 7- and 8-inch MyLink infotainment systems that can hook up to both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay which helps enhance the Traverse’s connectivity. A suite of safety features is also standard and includes a surround view camera system, forward collision alert, front pedestrian alert, and lane keep assist.
In addition to the fore-mentioned RS version, the 2018 Traverse also debuts an all new High Country model. This range topping variant features full LED headlights, a standard twin-clutch all-wheel drive system, leather and suede seating surfaces, as well as a power folding third row seat. Chevrolet will be offering all-wheel drive across virtually all of the model lineup with the front wheel drive RS being the lone exception. Chevrolet claims that the take rate on all-wheel drive will remain at 40% which is an impressive figure.
Chevrolet did not reveal formal performance figures for the 2018 Traverse, but did state that the 306 horsepower 3.6 liter V6 will once again see duty under the hood, and deliver 25 mpg and a 5,000 lb towing capacity when equipped to a FWD variant. Like before, the RS model stands out, and utilizes the same 2.0 liter 252 horsepower turbocharged four cylinder engine that has spread to select members of the GM lineup. Both engines are paired to a nine speed automatic transmission and also come equipped with standard start/stop technology.
Chevrolet plans to roll out the 2018 Traverse this fall with formal pricing expected to be released closer to its official launch.
In other news, the brand also revealed that it is considering a CUV entry that would fall between the Traverse and the 2018 Equinox in terms of size and price. It is currently unknown if this means that the TrailBlazer nameplate is indeed returning on this mystery model, but it would give Chevrolet a more cohesive CUV lineup, and also allow it to take an even bigger chunk of the CUV sales pie.
With the current generation Chevrolet Traverse starting to show its age, the bowtie brand has revealed a shadowy teaser image of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse ahead of its debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The current Traverse is roughly the size of the last generation GMC Acadia, but it looks like the 2018 iteration will be bigger than the current generation Acadia which debuted on a smaller wheelbase. Chevrolet claims that the bigger size will help the crossover offer best in class legroom for third row passengers as well as “maximum cargo space” though Chevrolet chose to wait until NAIAS to release formal figures.
Look for this big footprint to also allow the Traverse to haul eight passengers which should please families looking for maximum room and capability out of their CUV purchase. Performance hardware is currently unknown at this point, but expect the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse to come equipped with a base turbocharged four cylinder and a tweaked version of its familiar 3.6 liter naturally aspirated V6. We suspect that the Traverse will not join the Equinox in embracing a diesel option due to the low take rate, as well as its bigger size.
Chevrolet will be formally unveiling the CUV online in a few weeks, before rolling it under the lights of Cobo Center. It will then make its way to dealer lots a few months later, with full pricing and other specifications being released closer to its formal launch.
With the first days of Fall now upon us, Chevrolet has chosen to celebrate the occasion by unveiling the 2018 Equinox.
Visually the Equinox benefits from a major redesign that adds newfound levels of freshness to the design. Wheras the current model featured a more restrained look that was starting to show its age, this new suit of clothes allows the Equinox to fall in line with its brand mates, and the new design language that Chevrolet is currently using.
The front fascia for example features a two piece radiator grille that is framed by bold chrome trim. Elongated headlights add more boldness to the package, and its side profile benefits from new sculpting. Overall its a look that is much more upscale, and should stand out more versus its bland predecessor.
The interior of the 2018 Equinox has also seen a major overhaul and incorporates many technologies that have made their debut in other Chevy products including the latest iteration of the MyLink infotainment system as well as better plastics.
It will be interesting to see if base models will ditch the mesh style coverings for the seats, and embrace a more traditional material. Having spent considerable time in the 2012 model that does hauling duty here at the office, it’s very annoying when rogue buttons and snaps snag on the holes.
Meanwhile Chevy engineers have removed 400 lbs of excess weight from the platform, while also shaving four inches of length, which allows the 2018 version to measure in at 183 inches long with width and height ringing in at 75 and 65 inches respectively. This downsizing effort also means that there will no longer be any naturally aspirated engines avalible. Instead, buyers will choose from three diffrent turbocharged four cylinder engines with the Malibu’s 170 horsepower 1.5 liter turbocharged four cylinder serving as the base engine. Most buyers however will gravitate towards the 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder which is good for 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.
Lastly buyers can also choose to add a 2.0 liter turbodiesel engine to their Equinox purchase. Chevrolet has never offered a diesel engine before on the Equinox, and the brand freely admitted that the addition of this model was an effort to lure disgruntled TDI owners away from Volkswagen stores. Good for 136 horsepower, the new engine boasts an impressive 40 mpg on the freeway, and aims to be the green Equinox choice.
The diesel engine and the base 1.5 liter engine send their muscle through a six speed automatic transmission with the 2.0 liter featuring a nine speed automatic transmission. Like before front wheel drive is standard fare but can be swapped out for all wheel drive.
Safety was also at the forefront when engineers were developing this latest Equinox. This includes optional equipment such as a surround view camera, forward collision alert, lane keeping assist, and low speed automatic braking. In addition the 2018 Equinox also features GM’s rear seat reminder technology that sounds audible and visual warnings if a child is left in the back seat. First appearing in the GMC Acadia, the system is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to reduce overheating deaths caused by children being left in hot cars.
Look for the 2018 Equinox to go on sale during the first part of next year with the model covering the auto show circuit prior to its launch. Pricing information will be released closer to its on sale date, but Chevrolet says that the new Equinox will reach 115 global markets by the end of 2017.
Yesterday GMC teased the 2017 Sierra 2500 Denali HD, and promised that it’s new hood scoop was hiding a surprise for loyal buyers. Not wanting to be left out, Chevrolet has followed suit, with the unveiling of the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. Unlike the Sierras apperance, this helps shed some light on what changes are in store for the new model year.
Unfortunately these revisions will not include a new engine, with the aging 6.6 liter Duramax diesel soldiering on for a few more years. But despite its age, the grizzled veteran gains some new moves thanks to a new hood scoop and air intake system that was designed to help
improve airflow to the engine. GM claims that unlike other scoops that dump air indiscriminately into the engine, this one was designed to achieve a ram-air “supercharging effect” which translates into more potent performance benefits.
In addition to the improved air airflow, the system also incorporates an all new system that removes moisture from the charged air which helps maximize the combustion potential of the air fuel mixture.
GM engineers revealed the intricate science behind this simple solution explaining that after the air enters the engine bay, it enters an expansion chamber and then makes a full 180 degree turn before reaching the intake chamber. The high centrifugal forces involved in the turn pulls the water molecules out of the air with the resulting water being drained through a valve.
On an ideal day, GM estimates that the scoop will account for 60 percent of the air taken in with the remainder flowing in through an opening in the front fender. That opening can also serve as the sole source of air if the scoop is blocked by ice, mud, or other debris.
Chevrolet is not revealing whether the revised intake system boosts power or not, but it appears that it could help the Duramax unleash its full potential in a wider range of conditions. However, it will not shock us if the intake also allows a few extra ponies to break free from the stable.
It will be interesting to see what this minor revision does for both the Silverado and its GMC badged cousin, but look for more information to be released closer to their respective launches later this year.
General Motors has taken the veil off of the Chevrolet Silverado High Desert which is based off off a 2014 SEMA concept that wielded the same moniker.
While the exterior styling does appear to pay tribute to the dearly departed Chevrolet Avalanche at first glance, Chevy claims that it actually combines the capability of a Silverado with the luxury and refinement of the Suburban. Case in point is the addition of the Suburban’s Magnetic Ride Control System which adjusts the dampers in the suspension continuously to help the truck navigate varying levels of terrain while also improving ride comfort at the same time. The High Desert also marks the first time that the technology has ever been used on a Silverado which is a plus for buyers looking to standout from the crowd.
However its headline feature is an all new lockable storage system in the bed that helps protect cargo from the harshest of elements. This rugged system was also designed to compliment the standard side storage bins as well as the three piece tonneau cover that eliminates concerns about fit and capability. As a bonus, the truck even comes equipped with a flexible divider that can help accommodate various sizes of cargo.
The High Desert package is avalible on LT LTZ and High Country trim levels. The LT features 20-inch wheels with all season tires, while the other two trims feature bigger 22-inch wheels that are shod with all terrain tires. LTZ and High Country buyers will also appreciate the standard 6.2 liter EcoTec V8 which brings 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque to the festivities.
Chevrolet claims that the High Desert will land in dealer lots this fall with pricing and other information being released closer to its official launch. With previous special edition Silverado packages focusing more on styling versus outright hardware upgrades, it’s good to see the High Desert buck this trend and offer buyers a truly unique driving experience.
With Chevrolet preparing for perhaps one of its most important launches ever, the competition between the bow tie brand’s Bolt EV and Tesla’s Model 3 sedan is heating up. This was perhaps most noticeable during the Model 3’s highly anticipated unveiling in March which saw the Silicon Valley based car company garner hundreds of thousands of deposits during the first day. So how important will an edge in this heated battle be for Chevrolet?
Critically important, according to Kelly Blue Book analyst Karl Brauer who predicts that Chevrolet will sell between 30,000 and 80,000 Bolts during its first year on the market. These are ambitious figures for a pure electric vehicle, and the 30,000 unit low end that was forecasted by Brauer is nearly double the low end of other EV offerings currently on the market. The Bolt would also have an advantage in getting out to customers with the model expected to be released in late 2016 before being available nationwide in 2017. The Model 3 in contrast is slated to arrive in late 2017 with the vast majority of early adopters possibly not getting their hands on the car until 2018 and beyond. This late release would give the Bolt an early lead, and also prove to be enticing to fleet managers that want first dibs on a new vehicle for their commercial fleets.
In addition the Bolt could potentially be crowned the king of the EV’s and help score an impressive victory for Detroit while also dealing Tesla a key blow to both its image and prestige among EV buyers. In addition to this image boost, GM can benefit from the improved average fuel economy that the Bolt would provide. This improved figure would allow the firm to sell more of its profitable pickup trucks and SUVs.
It would be interesting to see what happens if Bolt sales lean towards the higher end of this spectrum especially in regards to the fierce competition between the Bolt and the Model 3. More importantly the battle could turn into a three way affair when Ford’s 200 mile range EV gets involved in the festivities in its own attempt to shake up the EV sales race in Ford’s favor.
With the current generation Sonic sedan and hatchback receiving accolades and praise from both consumers and the media, Chevrolet has unveiled the first major update for the car which aims to maintain its impressive sales momentum.
Both the sedan and the hatchback benefit from new exterior styling that updates the front and rear fascias with cues borrowed from the Camaro, Trax, Bolt, and Cruze. While the end result is a bit of a mixed bag, it is aimed at youthful buyers and even features chrome trim around the front grilles.The reshaped hood compliments the sleek headlights which now feature standard projector lenses with LED daytime running lights appearing on higher trims. All new 15, 16, and 17-inch wheel designs also help spice things up as well as the new paint choices: Brimstone, Orange Burst Metallic, Cajun Red Tintcoat, and Arctic Blue Metallic.
The Sonic’s interior has also benefited from its own suite of updates, and now incorporates an all new gauge cluster which features an analog speedometer to replace the clunky digital unit. Other upgrades include a seven-inch infotainment system, keyless entry, heated steering wheel, and optional heated cloth seats. Like other recently updated Chevy offerings, the 2017 Sonic will also come with support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Chevrolet is also resurrecting the RS trim to help bring a dash of sportiness to the car. Like before, the RS features performance themed features such as a flat bottomed steering wheel, piano black trim, as well as optional red cloth seating. Unfortunately it also still does not bring an increase in power to the car (a gripe among enthusiasts) and like before serves as more of a styling package than an all out performance suite. Performance hardware largely carries over from the existing model with buyers having the choice of either a 1.8 liter naturally aspirated four cylinder engine, or a zestier 1.4 liter turbocharged four cylinder. Both boast 138 horsepower, but the turbo four brings 148 lb-ft of twist which is a noticeable improvement over the standard car.
Chevrolet did not announce the official pricing for the 2017 Sonic or when it plans to formally launch it but look for those details and more to be revealed at its debut next week at the New York Auto Show.
Following the debut of the 1LE Camaro in Chicago, Chevrolet has finally revealed the extreme performance version that we have waited for, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
The exterior styling of the ZL1 retains the basic cues that made their debut on the standard car, but Chevrolet engineers completely revamped the aerodynamics of the car adding a new body kit that comes complete with a bigger front splitter, a deeper grille that increases airflow, a tweaked hood with carbon fiber insert, and wider front fenders. The new suit of clothes also includes new side skirts as well as a meaty rear spoiler to help increase down force on the rear of the car. Lastly all ZL1’s will ride on a slick set of 20-inch alloy wheels that are shod in Goodyear Eagle F1 tires which were specifically engineered for the car.
The interior of the ZL1 features supportive Recaro bucket seats, as well as a performance themed three spoke flat bottomed steering wheel. Like the ATS-V and the Camaro SS, GM’s Performance Data Recorder will also be offered on the ZL1, but only as an optional piece of equipment. In addition, the interior will also feature healthy amounts of Alcantara as well as other materials to further enhance its track inspired nature and its overall focus on all American driving fun.
The headline here is found under the hood where GM engineers have shoehorned a 6.2 liter V8 that comes equipped with a big supercharger. While the end result is a bit shy of the 707 horsepower fielded by FCA’s Hellcat twins, the 640 horsepower that is generated by this engine is still very potent, and allows it to outclass other performance cars with many of them costing twice as much. The V8’s muscle is sent to the rear wheels through either a standard six speed manual gearbox, or an optional 10 speed automatic (the first to be used in Chevrolet’s 105 year history.) In addition to the beastly V8 lurking behind the scenes, the ZL1 also benefits from several track focused technologies including a model exclusive drive mode selector, six piston front calipers, an electronic limited slip differential, and Chevrolet’s Magnetic Ride Control Technology. To help make sure that the ZL1 does not boil over during intense track work, the car arrives with 11 heat exchangers that helps keep the powertrain cool, and also helps prevent performance sapping heat soak.
After it makes its debut at the New York Auto Show, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is expected to go on sale later this year. Chevrolet has not released official pricing for the car, but look for that bit of information as well as final fuel economy figures to be released closer to its official launch. In addition to the ZL1, Chevrolet revealed that the 10 speed transmission will eventually trickle its way down to about eight other models by 2018 though it is unclear if this transmission will be limited to performance offerings, or if it will expand to some of the more volume oriented cars in Chevrolet’s lineup.
With the Chevrolet Trax proving to be a strong seller in the CUV segment, the bow tie brand has unveiled its first round of revisions for the tiny CUV that aim to keep up its strong momentum.
The bland exterior styling has always been a favorite target of critics, but Chevrolet designers have addressed that complaint with a more muscular looking front fascia that features wrap around headlights, as well as an all new grille design that shares some of its inspiration with the Volt and Cruze. The rear fascia in comparison carries over mostly unchanged, but a new rear bumper and tweaked tailights help it stay fresh. As expected, 2017 also brings several new paint colors and rim designs to the Trax.
The interior has also been revamped with an all new instrument cluster that now features two distinct analog gauges, a modern looking center console, and a seven inch touchscreen infotainment system that arrives with the latest version of Chevrolet’s MyLink software. The MyLink system is now compatible with both Apple Car Play and Android Auto, while buyers can equip the Trax with an optional 4G LTE wireless hot spot.
The 2017 Trax also places more emphasis on safety and includes ten air bags and a rear view camera as standard equipment. Optional extras include keyless entry and start, rear cross traffic alert, blind side monitoring and a lane departure warning system. Performance hardware was untouched in the suite of updates, which means the 138 horsepower turbocharged four cylinder carries on for 2017. A six speed automatic transmission and front wheel drive are standard with all wheel drive arriving as an optional extra.
Look for the 2017 Chevrolet Trax to go on sale this fall with LS LT and Premier trims being offered. Stay tuned to Autoinfoquest for our live coverage of the Chicago Auto Show tomorrow where we will have live images of the Trax and the 1LE Camaro.