2013 Chevy Avalanche: The end is here

Posted by Mark Williams | April 13, 2012

Final announcement has been made – this will be the final year of the Chevy Avalanche, according to a recent press release issued by General Motors. The 2013 model year marks the end of the line for one of the first pickup derivatives with comfort priority.

When it was launched for the 2002 model year, nothing looked or looked like the Avalanche with its unique design and segment-first midgate that broke through a traditionally solid wall between bed and cabin. Perhaps more importantly, the overall design changed the way truck buyers understood what kind of compromises they had to accept. They no longer had to view their pickup truck as a compromise between ride and comfort.

This new concept of a well-equipped lightweight four-door pickup truck that could haul, haul, and transport the family met enough interest to generate up to 93,482 sales in 2003, its third full year of production. In recognition of the attraction, other truck manufacturers also began developing lightweight pickups for crew cabins. Now, nearly 65 percent of all light pickup truck sales are full-size four-door trucks. The unique look, the clever storage of the bed and the removable hard top have all contributed to its enormous flexibility.

Throughout all of this, the Avalanche has retained a core of passionate fans who still appreciate its style, comfort and versatility. Two major highlights for the Avalanche are its 2002 Motor Trend Truck of the Year award when it was launched, and Truck of the Year 2007 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (the new second generation Avalanche was released in the same year).

The vehicle was originally offered in both half-ton and 3/4 ton configurations, but when the second-generation model was designed, GM could no longer afford to allow the low-volume option. Today it is available in the LS, LT and LTZ models with 2WD and 4WD and has always used the Suburban platform as a basis.

Storage compartments next to the bed area provide a good amount of usable and lockable storage space with drains that can cry moisture when the box is filled with ice and used as a drink cooler.

Avalanche NF Front II

As mentioned earlier, the Avalanche is based on GM’s large Suburban / Yukon XL SUV platform and has a maximum towing capacity of 3,674 kg. It is powered by the Vortec 5.3L V-8 with cylinder deactivating Active Fuel Management technology and a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic.

In honor of this bitter-sweet celebration, GM is offering the 2013 Black Diamond Special Edition. The package offers body-colored bed surrounds, a unique badge, additional features on LS and LT models, and a lower overall price across the product range.

“More than 580,000 avalanches have been sold since its inception in late 2001, and Avalanche has received significant awards and recognitions throughout its history,” said Mark Clawson, Avalanche Marketing Manager. “So it is only fitting that Avalanche is retiring at a high level.”

For 2013, a reversing camera, rear parking assistant, adjustable pedals, fog lights and remote start will be added as standard equipment for LS models, while LT models have added a standard reversing camera. With the 2WD Avalanche LS, which now starts at $ 35,980 (excluding $ 995 for shipping), base pricing is reduced by $ 2,500 (if equipped).

“Although avalanche sales have declined in recent years as the crew cabins have grown to dominate Silverado sales, we know there are a lot of avalanche enthusiasts among Chevy customers,” said Clawson, which just makes it a little more appealing. to have another avalanche. “

Just like the Avalanche is backed by the Suburban, which will soon be redesigned with the new Silverado platform, the Cadillac EXT is also on its way out. The steady decline in sales has made the Cadillac pickup the obvious candidate for removal from the range. Don’t expect the EXT to last beyond the 2013 model year either.

Will there be something somewhere in the GM truck line to take its place? We believe GM is much more likely to invest in more car seat models with smaller, more fuel-efficient engines that can continue to carry a heavy load. With Mark Reuss at the helm (remember, he understands the Australian market pretty well), we suspect Chevy will try some creative solutions over the next few years – just like the Avalanche was a creative solution 10 years ago.

Avalanche 2001 Intro II

The Avalanche was presented as a concept at the 2000 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and described as an uncompromising Chevy truck with a unique combination of configurable passenger and cargo space. Does anyone recognize the gentleman standing behind the passenger door? The series Avalanche was positioned as the Ultimate Utility Vehicle (UUV) when it went on sale as a 2002 model in 2001.

Avalanche burner relay II
A special avalanche was equipped to protect and transport the Olympic flame during the torch relay leading up to the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. The relay covered more than 13,500 miles and crossed 46 states en route to the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony on February 8, 2002.

Avalanche 07 II
In 2006, Chevrolet introduced a brand new Avalanche with a fully wrapped frame and redesigned suspension for refined driveability and handling. A new Z71 off-road package has been introduced. On the front were special off-road tires, a unique grille and fascia, an integrated front bumper winch and oversized tow hooks.

Avalanche Tibet II
Chevrolet teamed up with outdoor outfitter North Face and in 2002 offered a special edition Avalanche that transported a team of kayakers through the rugged terrain of the Himalayas to the Tsangpo Gorge in Tibet, where they successfully made the first descent of the most feared Whitewater created on the planet.

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