Just as early pictures suggested, there aren't any major changes to the exterior styling of the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse, although it does get a new face, with a fresh grille design (three-bar upper, and two-bar lower); pair that with a more sculpted hood and updated front end, and it's a new look—albeit a somewhat blander one, to our eyes.
The more significant change is inside, and it addresses what has been a Traverse shortcoming up until now. Materials have been updated throughout for 2013, with soft-touch surfaces for the instrument panel and upper door trims, and most of the dull dark gray plastics have been phased out. A MyLink touch-screen system is top and center, providing easy Bluetooth connectivity for phones and media players, as well as Pandora and Stitcher integration. There's also a new front center airbag; together with the new 2013 Buick Enclave, it's a class exclusive.
Otherwise, configurations haven't changed all that much. The Traverse retains the SmartSlide feature that makes access to the third row quite easy, and it's powered by the same 288-hp, 3.6-liter V-6—although the six-speed automatic has been recalibrated for smoother shifts.
Take a look at these pictures of the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse, direct from the floor of the New York Auto Show, to get a better idea of the changes in store for this big family vehicle. Then see our preview page on the 2013 Traverse for all the rest of the info.