Chevrolet announced the 2009 Traverse crossover will carry a MSRP of $28,990, including a $735 destination charge, for the 2WD LS model. It goes on sale this fall.

“With its great styling, leading fuel economy and comprehensive roster of equipment, the Traverse is a great expression of Chevrolet value,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager.

The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse is an expressively styled, well-equipped crossover that delivers people-hauling and cargo-carrying capability typically found in larger SUVs. It is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models, in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. Product highlights include:

Expressive styling inspired by the 2008 Malibu
Optimized aerodynamics that enhance fuel economy and reduce wind noise
Four-wheel independent suspension system
StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
Family of 17-, 18- and 20-inch wheels
Seating for up to eight adults
Second-row Smart Slide seat feature, for easy access to the third-row seats
Rear-seat entertainment system with second-row controls
Six standard air bags, including side curtain air bags that deploy over all three seating rows
OnStar with Turn-by-Turn Navigation and Direction Download and eNav (with navigation system)
XM Satellite Radio including NavTraffic real-time traffic feature (with navigation system)
Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity
Traverse is powered by a 3.6L engine with direct injection technology that helps produce power similar to many V-8 engines, but delivers better-than-expected fuel economy and a 25-percent reduction in cold-start emissions. The 3.6L engine is mated to the fuel-saving Hydra-Matic 6T75 six-speed automatic transmission.