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Jalaopnik has the first drive of the Chevy Traverse that I have seen:
http://jalopnik.com/397026/2009-chevy-traverse-first-drive

Chevy's rationale makes sense: Soccer moms across the country are about to turn in their leased Trailblazers and Yukons. They've seen budgets battered by gas prices, but they still have to have something that can tote the brood around. With 7 or 8 passenger seating, a tall ride height, generous cargo room, and a fairly low load floor, the Traverse attempts to give them a reason to drive back out of the Chevy dealership in something new — something new that isn't a minivan. Chevy needs the Traverse pretty badly, considering they don't have squat between Malibu and Trailblazer
 

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As long as they price it like they do Malibu relative to Aura, then Chevrolet will be fine. Finally, their biggest network gets one of their best platforms.
 

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...and now there are 4 of them...

just watch traverse eat into sales of Acadia and Outlook.
GM hasn't learned its lesson.
 

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Not a bad review The styling of the Traverse is not for everyone and some will like it and some won't but I think Jalopnik hit the nail on the head with the targeted demographic of this vehicle.
 

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:rolleyes:
...and now there are 4 of them...

just watch traverse eat into sales of Acadia and Outlook.
GM hasn't learned its lesson.
I predict that the Outlook's days are numbered. Saturn should have a smaller MPV type of vehicle like the Madza 5. Maybe a version of the Provoq concept?
 

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Pricing will be so key here. If GM wants the volume, they will need a very aggressive base MSRP. The trick will be to not kill off Outlook and Acadia demand in the process.

GM needs some very strong marketing to get the volume also!
 

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I predict that the Outlook's days are numbered. Saturn should have a smaller MPV type of vehicle like the Madza 5. Maybe a version of the Provok concept?
As coaster.n3rd has said, GM has no plans for the Outlook after some date, and rumors are the the Opel Zafira will be brought over to replace it, thus leaving the Traverse as the cheapest Lambda, the Acadia as the mid-grade, and Enclave as top of the line luxury.

By the way, this article said that they thought the styling was hurried...not really IMO. I think it looks pretty well refined for the lowest priced model. It looks really good in that red color. Plus, Chevy did say that the Malibu's design elements would be used on future models, so the chevron-shaped front grille design was expected.
 

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Too bad the Outlooks looks much better than this Traverse. And what is up with GM overstyling their side view mirrors (Lambdas, G6 and others)? It looks ridiculous, just give me a large usable mirror so I can see blind spots. Sheesh.
 

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As coaster.n3rd has said, GM has no plans for the Outlook after some date, and rumors are the the Opel Zafira will be brought over to replace it, thus leaving the Traverse as the cheapest Lambda, the Acadia as the mid-grade, and Enclave as top of the line luxury.

By the way, this article said that they thought the styling was hurried...not really IMO. I think it looks pretty well refined for the lowest priced model. It looks really good in that red color. Plus, Chevy did say that the Malibu's design elements would be used on future models, so the chevron-shaped front grille design was expected.
I do not see the MSRP being much lower if at all based on the quality of the materials used on the interior. It is not like they cheapened it out or anything.
 

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Who cares if someone buys a Traverse or an Outlook? As long as the overall sales increase, it is good.
Funny thing is.. the 3 Lambdas, though selling quite well, haven't met initial sales goals.
Sure, there's an overall increase, but what percentage of that will come from GMC and Saturn?

I'd love Outlook to die at this point, replaced with smaller alternatives from Opel... like the Meriva.
 

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Too bad the Outlooks looks much better than this Traverse. And what is up with GM overstyling their side view mirrors (Lambdas, G6 and others)? It looks ridiculous, just give me a large usable mirror so I can see blind spots. Sheesh.
i have to disagree with you, the outlook looks way cheaper than the Acadia. i thinks that the traverse looks really good imo, the only thing that i'd change are the taillights. they seem somewhat out of place. but you're right the mirrors are a joke.
 

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The Outlook needs to die.
 

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They say it looks hurried? I think it looks the best out of the Acadia and Outlook. But the Enclave still looks the sharpest.
 

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Who cares if someone buys a Traverse or an Outlook? As long as the overall sales increase, it is good.
My thought as well. More choice is always better for the consumer.
 

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I think it is one of the better looking of the Lamda's. I like it. I also don't like the Acadia which seems to be a minority opinion, most like it more than the Outlook which was my favorite. I agree the Outlook should be dropped, Zafira sounds good to me. I don't see why GMC and Buick both need one either. Perhaps one of those should be dropped. Chevrolet should have had one from the beginning.

Was the 5800 lb towing capacity a typo? That is a nice bump up! If true then it makes an even better replacement for the Tahoe/Trailblazer than it already was. That makes for a pretty descent towing limit, it will handle most peoples needs. 4500 lbs was always too low for a Tahoe replacement if people actually used them to tow. I hope it isn't a typo, this vehicle is suddenly much more appealing to me.
 

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I like the mirrors, they fit the style of the car. However, I hate the corporate steering wheel they put in - it looks cheap.
 
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