The Chevrolet Traverse is a full-size crossover SUV built on the GM Lambda platform that underpins the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave. It is a successor to both the Chevrolet Uplander and Chevrolet TrailBlazer. The Traverse was built in Spring Hill, Tennessee from its introduction until late 2009, when production was moved to the same Delta Township Assembly plant in Lansing, Michigan that produces the other Lambda-platform crossovers as a replacement for the Saturn Outlook because of GM phasing out the Saturn brand. However, Saturn Outlook production resumed for a short time during early 2010 at the same plant. The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse debuted at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show and arrived at every dealer in October 2008.
On July 20, 2015, Chevrolet confirmed plans to expand its SUV lineup, which made the Traverse and the Enclave the only large Crossover SUVs, as its cousin Acadia was shortened to mid-size status and made the Equinox and the Trax smaller in order to compete with the Ford Explorer and Flex, Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, Volkswagen Atlas, and Hyundai Santa Fe LWB. The Second generation Traverse will debut in showrooms in Summer 2017.