All-New Avalanche Unveiled at the
Chicago Auto Show
February 8, 2006
CHICAGO - General Motors will introduce the
all-new 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche, the latest rollout of its
next-generation full-size truck family and the industry’s most
flexible utility vehicle, at the Chicago Auto Show.
The Chevy Avalanche was the first to combine the
passenger-comfort attributes of an SUV with the cargo capability of a
truck. The 2007 model is based on GM’s brand-new, full-size SUV
platform, which features more power with improved, segment-leading
fuel economy and flex-fuel capability on some models; a sharper, more
precise driving feel; increased interior refinement and improved
quietness; and world-class safety. From its SUV comfort and ingenious
Midgate to its new family of flex-fuel-capable engines, Avalanche
delivers a unique combination of cargo and passenger options.
"Avalanche is a vehicle without peers, selling
more than 379,500 units since its spring 2001 launch through December
2005," said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager.
Avalanche is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models,
with 2WD and 4WD. A Z71 off-road package will be offered later in the
model year. At the start of production, Avalanche will be equipped
with an efficient 5.3L V-8 delivering 320 horsepower and 335 lb.-ft.
of torque, along with Active Fuel Management technology, which
seamlessly switches between eight- and four-cylinder power to save
fuel. Two versions of the Vortec 5.3L Gen IV V-8 including an
aluminum-block version that is standard in 4WD models are compatible
with E85. They can run on any combination of gasoline and/or E85 fuel.
Coming later in the year is a powerful, new all-aluminum 6.0L V-8 with
variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management. The engine is rated
at an estimated 355 horsepower.
Pioneered on the first-generation Avalanche, the
Midgate opens to extend the cargo-carrying capability from the cargo
bed's 5.3-foot-long length to 8.2 feet - 2 inches longer than previous
models. The rear seat must be folded to achieve maximum storage
capability; with the rear seat up and the Midgate closed, Avalanche
has room for up to six passengers. Avalanche also offers up to 8,000
pounds of towing capability, when properly equipped, enhancing its
flexible, ready-for-anything capability.
New features on the '07 model enhance
Avalanche’s flexible attributes and reflect customer feedback:
- Central-locking tailgate - locking and
unlocking the tailgate is more secure, as the conventional keyed
lock is removed from the tailgate. Locking and unlocking functions
are handled by the interior lock switches or from the Remote Keyless
- Remote vehicle starting - standard on some
models and available on others, the remote vehicle starting system
allows convenient start-up from a distance to pre-heat or pre-cool
the vehicle’s interior.
- Cargo cover retaining straps - new straps
allow the cargo covers to be held securely in place when removed
from the storage compartments.
Avalanche also has a new tailgate that is
spring-loaded to reduce the effort needed to open or close it.