2009 Chevrolet Traverse unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show

The sea of crossover SUVs currently taking over the world is about to be joined by a new entry from Chevrolet. This one’s called the Traverse, and GM says that’s it’s an expressively styled and well equipped machine that packs large SUV space and capability into a smaller package.

Styled in line with the new Chevrolet Malibu, the American automaker promises to deliver bold styling and refined details for a premium look and feel. The Traverse is the fourth offering of the Lambda family of crossovers from GM (Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook).

The 2009 Traverse will be offered in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels. Shoppers can expect to be presented with options like parking assist, reverse camera, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, dvd-based navigation and entertainment systems, and a motorized liftgate. In the visual department, Traverse offers chrome accenting, roof rails, dual exhaust outlets, an integrated spoiler, and wheels available up to 20-inches in diameter.

“We think the Traverse is the right vehicle at the right time,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “It has great looks, utility and safety, with a driving experience typically found in smaller vehicles. But it delivers this with three rows of seating – including a third row that fits adults – and class-leading cargo space. The Traverse is following the formula that is bringing Chevy back to a new generation of consumers – great styling, loads of class-leading features and tremendous value.”

Production starts this summer in Tennesee.