About the Chevrolet Avalanche
The highly versatile Chevrolet Avalanche is one of the most successful attempts at blending the passenger capacity and creature comforts of an SUV with the utility and cargo hauling abilities of a full-size pickup truck. The Avalanche is essentially a full-size SUV that’s been outfitted with an open pickup truck bed, as opposed to a covered cargo compartment, such as you would find in a standard model SUV. The vehicle can in some ways be regarded as a more rugged alternative to the Cadillac Escalade EXT.Chevrolet Avalanche Features
One part four-door crew-cab pickup and one part full-size SUV, the 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche features a 5-foot 3-inch pickup truck bed and is powered by a 5.3-liter V-8 engine that’s capable of producing 310 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated with a capable six-speed automatic transmission. Like past models of the vehicle, the 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche features a fold-down midgate and a removable rear window. This enables drivers to open the backseat area of the Avalanche to link up with its open pickup truck bed.
The 2012 Avalanche is available in three different trim levels: the base LS, the midrange LT and the top-of-the-line LTZ.
The base LS model is equipped with a respectable offering of standard features. These include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, a composite cargo bed, a roof rack, heated mirrors, rear privacy glass, side assist steps, and a removable three-piece bed cover. Interior features include dual-zone manual climate control, cruise control six-way power seats, a leather-bound tilt-only steering wheel, Bluetooth capability, and OnStar. The vehicle’s audio system boasts six speakers, a CD player, and iPod/USB interface with satellite radio. The audio system can also be operated from the rear seat. There is also the option of a 40/20/40 front bench seat that can increase the Avalanche’s seating capacity to six. An optional Convenience package includes rear parking sensors, rearview camera, remote ignition, and adjustable power pedals.
The LT model includes the addition of foglights, rear parking sensors, locking rear differential, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, power adjustable pedals, remote ignition, and a 7-speaker Bose audio system. Eighteen-inch wheels are also available as an option. An additional Luxury package includes power-folding mirrors, eight-way power front seats, power lumbar adjustment, driver memory, leather seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The premium LTZ version of the Avalanche includes the Luxury package as well as 20-inch alloy wheels, an adaptive suspension, driver-side auto-dimming mirror, perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, a navigation system with real-time traffic capability, a rearview camera, and an eight-speaker Bose surround-sound system.
Some additional packages that are available on the LT and LTZ models are the Sun, Entertainment, and Destination packages. These include additional features such as sunroofs, rear-seat entertainment systems, and navigation with real-time traffic info for the LT. The Avalanche rolled along on 20- or optional 22-inch wheels that were available for all trim levels.
There is also a Z71 Off Road package that features specialized springs and shock absorbers, front recovery hooks, a skid plate and upgraded 18-inch off-road tires.
Little has changed about the Avalanche since the 2011 model. However, the new features that were added include the addition of a trailer sway control and hill start assist features to the vehicle’s standard stability-control system. The higher trim LT model was outfitted with heated seats while the top trim LTZ model now features a heated steering wheel.Chevrolet Avalanche Evolution
The first generation of the Chevrolet Avalanche was made available between 2002 and 2006. This generation featured the innovative foldable midgate and is very similar to the current generation in terms of passenger and cargo bed capacity. Early models were available with two- or four-wheel drive and in half-ton or three-quarter ton weight designations. The half-ton version was outfitted with a 5.3-liter V-8 while the three-quarter ton version had an 8-1-liter V-8. Both models were outfitted with a standard four-speed automatic transmission.
The second and current generation of the Avalanche was introduced in 2007. That generation featured sleeker styling and offered drivers a more precision driving experience. There were also a number of interior refinements made. Models from 2007 through 2009 onwards offered the option of a 6.1-liter V-8. The 2009 model year also saw the introduction of the option for a six-speed automatic transmission. Aside from those features, changes between the first generation and the second generation of the Avalanche have been fairly minimal.