To fill the void left by the departure of the long-running Chevrolet TrailBlazer SUV, GM will be launching a new crossover model based on the existing Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave (pictured) line of cars. The new Chevy model will be the fourth such variation of the popular platform and will be called the Traverse when it goes on sale in the U.S. in the third quarter.
The Traverse will be built at GM’s Spring Hill plant in Tennessee and according to the carmaker’s NA sales Chief, Mark LaNeve, who spoke recently with the Detroit Free Press
, sales numbers for the vehicle could be as high 100,000 units per year.
GM’s other crossover models have been well received. Monthly sales for the new Outlook and Arcadia have more than doubled since the beginning of last year. Their popularity has been increasing mostly because they offer owners a vehicle with car-like dynamics and fuel-efficiency but with the interior space of traditional SUVs, highly sought after traits in a world of rising fuel prices and increasingly congested cities.