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[imgr]http://cmsimg.detnews.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=C3&Date=20080625&Category=AUTO01&ArtNo=806250349&Ref=AR&Profile=1148[/imgr]The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse will offer more power and better fuel efficiency than its 2008 brothers, the Saturn Outlook, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, Chevy officials said Tuesday.

The all-new Traverse features a new 3.6-liter direct injection V-6 engine that produces 288 horsepower and 270-pound-feet of torque, muscling out GM’s current lineup of large crossovers by 18 horses and 22-pound-feet of torque.

The front-wheel drive Traverse will hit 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel drive Traverse will have an EPA mileage rating of 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

All of the seven- or eight-person crossovers offered by GM will include this new engine. However, not all of them will offer the 5,200-pound towing capacity of the Traverse. The Outlook can tow 4,500 pounds.

The Traverse, with its large dual-port grille, offers additional cooling for the engine and transmission and thus has the ability to tow more weight than the other large crossovers, engineers said Tuesday.

The Traverse will come in three trim levels, the LS, LT and LTZ. Pricing is expected to be released later this week.

Improving its power may make it appealing to some customers, but improving its gas mileage is more important, said analyst Jim Hall of 2953 Analytics LLP in Birmingham.

"For the next three years, the No. 1 thing consumers will look at is EPA mileage numbers," he said.

Source: http://www.1853chairman.com/2008/06/25/chevrolet-traverse-offers-more-power-fuel-mileage/
 

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Two interesting details come from this article. It's the first time we've seen actual fuel estimates posted for an '09 Lambda. They are very slightly improved over previous years:

FWD: 17/24 MPG (up from 16/24)
AWD: 16/23 MPG (up from 16/22)

In addition, towing capacity is rated at 5200lbs (up from 4500 lbs).

Still no word on if these numbers will apply to other Lamba models or even if this is official yet.
 

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All 2009 Lambdas (Buick, Enclave & Saturn, Outlook and GMC, Acadia) will have the new 3.6-liter direct injection V-6 engine that produces 288 horsepower and 270-pound-feet of torque, muscling out GM’s current lineup of large crossovers by 18 horses and 22-pound-feet of torque.

All front-wheel drive Lambdas will hit 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Every all-wheel drive Lambda will have an EPA mileage rating of 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
 
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