It’s no secret that General Motors has got truck lovers across the world in frenzy due to its upcoming sports utility pickup truck – 2016 Chevy Avalanche. The full sized truck model which was first introduced in September 2001 has received a series of upgrades including major modification in power train and provides its customers with flexible choices in various trims. The model is based on classic General Motor truck models including – Cadillac Escalade EXT & Chevrolet Suburban – it has a characteristic long wheel base chassis in addition to a unique mid gate or folding panel at its rear and a removable rear window.
2016 Chevy Avalanche: Redesign Exterior and Interior
The various trim levels as exhibited in the 2nd generation lineup of the truck featured – LS, LT & LTZ variants; an exclusive “Black Diamond Edition” of the truck was released in 2013 to mark its final production year. However, it should be noted that most industry insiders are still not apprehensive about cutting down production even though the company has experienced a steady decline in sales after 2011. The 3rd generation lineup of Chevy Avalanche is expected to turn the odds in its favor with its redesigned chassis & heavy duty engine.
2016 Chevy Avalanche features an increased cargo capacity in addition to its standard 4 door configuration. Also its unique flip panel allows easy access to the rear cargo space which is never before heard in the lineup of popular truck models. Also it can easily & comfortably accommodate a total of 5 to 6 adult passengers; major renovations in the rear include increased storage capacity between tires wells, detachable rear window etc. It should be noted that the rear flip panel acts as a self functioning cooler; also it is much lighter compared to its preceding model.
2016 Chevy Avalanche: Engine and Fuel Economy
2016 Chevy Avalanche comes with a wide range of engine configurations which includes the previous generation’s highly acclaimed Flex Fuel V8 cylinder 5.3 liter engine which features an increase in overall power output from 320HP to 355HP. According to company insiders, the model may also feature an optional diesel based power train in addition to a much awaited hybrid electric engine. Chevy Avalanche’s Two Wheel Drive model has a fuel economy of 16/23mpg while its Four Wheel Drive counterpart offers a fuel economy of 15/22mpg on city & highway roads respectively.
Like its predecessor, 2016 Chevy Avalanche has been provided with a 6L80 Hydra Matic 6 speed power transmission system. However, one should conveniently note that upcoming Chevy Avalanche is much more flexible in terms of engine options whereas its preceding counterpart featured a single power train. It also had an optional gasoline variant in addition to the classic E85 hybrid engine. Also, 3rd generation Chevy Avalanche’s drive train is based on that of 2015 Chevy Tahoe which has a similar average fuel economy.
2016 Chevy Avalanche: Release Date and Price
2016 Chevy Avalanche is expected to be priced in the competing ranges of leading premium truck models such as Ram 1500, Nissan Titan, Honda Ridgeline, Ford F-150 etc. It is also expected to be released sometime in 2016 but its official release date is yet to be announced.