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If there is any automaker that understands Americans’ need for big cars, it’s General Motors. From their full-size Chevrolet to GMC to Cadillac SUVs, GM made a name for themselves in the truck and crossover segment.
1. Bigger Than Its Predecessor
We’re in the second generation of the Chevrolet Traverse, and it’s safe to say this new one won’t disappoint basing from sources. In fact, it mightily impresses. It has a wheelbase that is two inches longer than its predecessor, and is a full eight inches longer than the Acadia. This means that passengers will get to enjoy a roomier cabin—more headroom and legroom for the second- and third-row seats. That’s pretty impressive because the outgoing Traverse is already roomier than any of its contemporaries.
2. Cargo Area Is Smaller Than The Current Generation Chevrolet Traverse
Unfortunately, the cargo area couldn’t be bigger enough. It is smaller in dimensions. As to why, GM has yet to give out details on that. Don’t fret, though, because the next-generation Traverse’ 23 cubic feet space behind its third-row seating still beats that of its competitions: the Honda Pilot (16 cubic feet) and the Ford Explorer (21 cubic feet).
If you want more cargo space, you can opt not to have passengers and simply fold the second- and third-row seats. That will give you a total space of 99 cubic feet, down from 116 cubic feet on the current generation Traverse. Still, that’s a pretty impressive space compared to Volkswagen Atlas’ 97 cubic feet.
3. Seven- And Eight-Passenger Configurations Offered
You have options with the 2018 Traverse: either a seven-passenger seat or an eight-passenger seat configuration. The lower trim levels have three-seat benches for the second and third rows while the higher end versions sport two captain’s chairs in the middle row. You’ll be excited over the quick-release second-row seat that makes accessing the third row easier.
Buick has remained mum about the next-generation Regal, but we have every reason to believe that General Motor’s Insignia is essentially a Regal with different badges. Since GM has been very revealing about the Insignia sedan and wagon, particularly the Grand Sport sedan, earlier this week, it is safe to say we have enough details about the 2018 Regal.
We can also get hints from Australia’s Holden Commodore, which will be designed after the Insignia, too.
1. The Buick Regal Is Based On The Epsilon E2XX Underpinnings
According to a source, the Insignia and the Regal will be based on the Epsilon E2XX, which gives the latter a 3.6-inch long wheelbase compared to the latest Insignia. That wheelbase gives the Buick the exact stretch between the axles as the Chevrolet Malibu. The proportions of the Malibu are the same on GM’s Opel brand, which the Insignia will fall under.
The exterior of the Insignia packs the following features, which we can expect to be on the Buick, too: headlight and taillight treatments, chrome detailing, and side surfacing.
2. The Buick Regal’s Interior Will Be Similar To The Buick LaCrosse
The Opel’s interior has impressed a number of auto experts and enthusiasts. Although the Chevy is usually focused on making the interiors look upscale, the Opel beat them to it because the latter is more impressive and more elegant. In fact, the dashboard reportedly is very similar to the Buick LaCrosse.
And based further on Holden’s press release, the Buick Regal will come with a frameless 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and an increased rear seats and trunk capacity.
3. The Buick Regal Used The Twinster Torque-Vectoring System
If you’re familiar with the Twinster torque-vectoring system, then you’ll be happy to know that the new Regal is bringing it, too. Word is that Buick Regal comes packed with an optional adaptive suspension with FlexRide dampers, too.
Based on Opel’s and Commodore’s specifications, we can expect the newest Regal to have an 8-speed automatic transmission, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with front-wheel drive, and an optional V-6 paired with a 9-speed automatic and AWD system to bring 308 horsepower.
Photos Of The 2017 Opel Insignia
GM’s announcement that it will shut down all Australia production in 2017 had as thinking that the Commodore will be discontinued, meaning the facelift for the 2016 model will be the last one. And since it won’t be in production next year, Holden is now on the race to churn out as many special editions as possible, including the Black Edition.
The new Commodore Black Edition will be available in sedan, sportwagon and ute bodystyles from mid-April. It will be based on the popular SV6 and sporty SS models, so it can effortlessly blend with substance to ensure the best Commodore experience ever.
Based on the SV6 and SS models, the Black Edition would have the following content: Auto Park Assist, Rear View Camera with Reverse Traffic Alert, and MyLink infotainment system with an eight inch colour touch screen display.
But the Black Edition goes further with a stylish black exterior and unique 18-inch alloy wheels. This gives the Black Edition a stronger presence on the road. Inside, its red contrast stitched seats give off that premium interior feel.
Other additional contents are Color Head Up display, satellite navigation, black grille, DRL surrounds and mirror scalps, black lip spoiler for the sedan version, unique “Black Edition” carpet floor mats for the front, and exterior Black Edition badging.
In terms of drivetrain, there is no major change. Depending on the trim, you can get either a 3.6-liter V-6 or a 6.2-liter V-8. The 3.6-liter with the Commodore V6 can produce 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet. It has six-speed manual transmission as standard and a six-speed automatic with Active Select as an option.
Then, there’s also the more powerful 6.2-liter V-8 is offered with the SS trim. This can churn out 408 horsepower and 420 pound-feet with transmission choices of six-speed manual and six-speed automatic.
The Black Edition comes with an additional $1,000 price tag over the current retail price of the Commodore.
While most automotive brands are gearing up with new programs and vehicles aimed at the hybrid and electric markets, one auto giant is canceling its program, or so several reputable online auto news sources report. Though the 2013 Chevy and GMC trucks and SUVs are currently making their debuts, it seems that the auto company has more important matters to focus on than further developing the hybrid variants of these models. We’re not sure what pinpointed General Motors in this direction, but we’re certainly interested to see how the brand will continue to be a strong competitor without adding entries to these markets.
Currently, the Cadillac Escalade, the Chevrolet Tahoe, the GMC Yukon, and the Chevrolet Silverado share the same two-mode hybrid engine (though they also come in standard gasoline versions), so we’re certainly curious about what GM’s plans are for the future, especially since the company has been so silent concerning them.
Though we can only speculate about the reasons GM pulled the plug on its hybrid project, we sense it has something to do with the fact that the hybrid models haven’t been selling as well as the standard gasoline models, probably because their fuel economy ratings aren’t that impressive despite the switch in engine type. The two-mode hybrid system is currently rated at 20 mpg city/23 mpg highway, which certainly isn’t bad for full-size vehicles, but the combination of these numbers with the label “hybrid” just doesn’t seem to be working out well in terms of sales. Of course, the auto giant could also be making room for development of its fuel-saving ICE innovation that allows full-size trucks to achieve 25 mpg as well.
Despite the fact that we will be seeing most of the hybrid models disappear, there is word that the Cadillac Escalade hybrid could stick around, as General Motors seems to believe that wealthy drivers and celebrities like the idea of driving “green” and are less concerned with actual fuel efficiency numbers than standard drivers. This new hybrid SUV should launch for the 2014 model year (around January, we believe) which should give the automaker a good bit of time to develop a brand new hybrid variant of the popular luxury SUV.
There’s also reason to believe that GM may have taken recent criticisms by its drivers to heart, in addition to the poor sales of its current hybrid SUV and truck models. When spy shots of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado were leaked across the internet, reactions to the vehicle seemed to have a huge impact on the company’s new truck program, and we continue to see changes such as the dropped hybrid program erupting by the day. In truth, though, we’ll have to wait ten months to see what the future of the GM brand truly brings when new models debut about nine or ten months from now. Of course, reviewitonline.net has big expectations, and we’re confident we’ll see something amazing from the auto giant.
Be sure to stay tuned here for more hybrid SUV news, as well as updates about new models, technologies, and auto company initiatives. We’ll be sure to keep you up-to-date with more interesting information!