Like an avalanche’s rumble and roar, the Chevrolet Avalanche was nothing like a whimper when it was first introduced in the early 2000s. It distinguished itself from other vehicles with its distinct versatility that featured both the capabilities of an SUV and pickup truck. Today, the Chevy is still a consistent favorite among the autos in the truck market. Even with its final line of generation in 2013, this crew-cab truck remains as the jack-of-all-trades vehicle of this century.
gate to the Chevy’s versatility
First introduced in 2001, the Chevrolet Avalanche was marketed as a versatile auto that can change from a pickup truck to an SUV via a divider called,
midgate. With this innovative feature, the Chevy owner is able to extend the bed area by folding the second row seats. On the other hand, the seats can also be folded up to make a larger cab area. This flexibility allows the owner to enjoy the passenger-hauling capacity of an SUV while benefitting from the utility capability of the pickup truck. Even in its early release, the Chevy Avalanche was named the 2002 Motor Trend Truck of the Year for its one of a kind midgate feature.
2007: Less plastic trim for the second generation Chevy
While the Chevy Avalanche was praised for its versatility, its plastic body cladding turned off the critics and consumers. It may have given it a distinct look, but the complaints of a chalky faded appearance led to the Chevy’s decline in sales. The manufacturers of the first generation tried to address the cosmetic problems with an applied coating to restore its new shine. However, this tinted acrylic solution was only temporary, so instead, the next batch of the Chevrolet Avalanche did not feature a plastic side body cladding. Also this same year, the new generation received the title as the 2007 Truck of the Year by the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada.
2013: The final sweep—Black Diamond edition
What started with a bang will end with a bang. Like the first batch that gave an immediate impact, the final generation of the Chevrolet Avalanche matches with a high note through the 2013 Black Diamond edition. This version of the Avalanche will be equipped with standard features that include a rear camera, rear park assist, power-adjustable pedals, fog lamps, and a remote start. This edition will signal the end of an era that started the rise of versatile automobiles with SUV passenger capacity and a pickup truck’s off road capabilities.