Chevrolet Avalanche: specifications and reviews
The official premiere of the SUV was held at the Detroit auto show in 2000, a bit later its mass production started. The model made a revolution in the category of SUV - cars for leisure and recreation, causing a real sensation among consumers. Avalanche (from English - "avalanche") is simultaneously considered both an SUV and a pickup truck. This is because its body, which is usually open for pickups, is covered with a plastic cover, and the car can compete with even expensive sedans for comfort.
The reasons for the success of the Chevrolet Avalanche: photo, design
The main uniqueness of the SUV is that it is built on the basis of an SUV, in particular, the Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban platform was taken as the basis. When compared with its predecessor, only the cargo compartment and exterior trim elements have changed. The model’s great success was largely due to its futuristic appearance, as the market hadn’t seen such pickups before.
Aggressive appearance, strict body lines,an impressive plastic body kit and standard design of the front with a chrome strip across the entire width - this is how the Chevrolet Avalanche appeared to buyers. Consumer feedback made it clear that the designers had not lost the look of the car. Pleased motorists also the presence of several versions of the car, differing in carrying capacity and drive: standard - 1500 and especially durable - 2500.
In 2002, a slight tuning of the Chevrolet Avalanche was carried out. He touched the design of the head, the location of the front optics, in particular protivotumanok, which was replaced by multi-reflector. No other transformations followed.
High performance SUV provides three power plants V8: 290-horsepower engine of 5.3 liters and a maximum torque of 441 Nm, as well as 4.8-liter and 8.1-liter 340-horsepower unit with an impressive torque of 617 Nm. Pickups complete only 4-speed automatic transmission and drive Autotrack Active 4WD, which can be controlled using the buttons on the front panel. The main button is Auto 4WD, which activates the Torque On Demand system. Other modes are equivalent to the classic 2H, 4H, 4L.
You can connect the all-wheel drive system at any time at any speed.At the same time to go to a lower gear should stop completely and switch to neutral. When driving a low gear, the computer "stretches" the accelerator pedal stroke. This makes it possible to move as smoothly as possible.
The dimensions of the car are as close as possible to the dimensions of the Suburban model: length - 5570 mm, width - 2020 mm, base - 3300 mm. At the same time wheel arch extensions and large relief lining on the sides make the SUV more impressive and aggressive.
Salon Chevrolet Avalanche practically does not differ from the salon model Tahoe. Six scales on the dashboard, transfer case selector buttons to the left of it, gearshift lever - everything remained in their places unchanged.
The rear passenger row develops in the ratio of 60:40. Behind the back is a handle, with which a regular pickup can be transformed almost into a main semi-trailer, increasing the body length to 2500 mm (standard size - 1600 mm). To do this, unfasten the body cover panels, remove the partition between it and the cab. After that in it it is possible to transport freights, very heavy for the majority of pickups.Tools and other useful things can be put in the side walls of the body, where special compartments are provided.
On the road
Patency Chevrolet Avalanche is not inferior to most full-fledged SUVs. At the same time, the car is quite heavy and inert, it does not differ in extreme maneuverability, but it has a very high-torque engine. When driving off-road, there are two potential vulnerabilities to consider: sills and hitch. The latter is installed on the car only as additional equipment. If the owner does not intend to carry something, then it is better not to put it at all, because when driving off-road, the hitch constantly clings to irregularities. By the way, the thresholds, mounted on a fairly strong brackets, can be removed. In general, the car is well protected. The radiator, engine compartment and transfer case are covered with steel shields.
In this case, you need to drive carefully, since such protection on domestic roads may not be enough, and plastic will disappear altogether if you jump over rocks. The fuel tank, though hidden in a frame and fenced off from the cardan shaft, is not protected any more, which is alarmingly alarming.
For a short history, Chevrolet Avalanche managed to win a number of prestigious awards. In 2002, he was recognized as the best car of the year in the United States according to the publication of Popular Mechanics. At the Detroit Auto Show in 2012, he became the second among the SUVs, and in 2013 he received the title of the best truck on the tests performed.
An interesting fact is that in 2002 he won in the nomination "Best Interior", ahead of about 30 competitors, including a number of executive cars. SUV marked the beginning of the development of a new direction in pick-up. The first generation was released in the amount of 379 thousand units, which could not be achieved by none of the competitors.
In 2006, within the framework of the Chicago Auto Show, a presentation of the next generation of the popular car took place. It was built on the basis of the new GMT900 platform, which was later used for other models of the company. Changes affected the design of the exterior, interior and safety of the Chevrolet Avalanche. Specifications remained at the same level. The model received the same 5.3-and 6.0-liter M8-power units with a special system capable of shutting down half the cylinders if necessary.For the car were provided modifications that can fully work on ethanol fuel E85, whose popularity has recently increased significantly. Until 2008, the SUV traveled only with a 4-speed automatic transmission, and after it was replaced with a 6-speed automatic transmission. SUV was delivered in the rear and all-wheel drive versions.
From the predecessor of the model, we got a practical partition separating the cab from the cargo platform, which allows, with the rear seats folded down, to increase the length of transported goods from 1.5 to 2.5 m. The car also received the OnStar navigation system.