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Chevrolet Announces Final Curtain Call of the Avalanche

Last updated 5 years ago

Chevy will feature 2013 Chevy Avalanches as Black Diamond editions

After 12 years on the Chevy lineup, it is time to say good bye to the Chevrolet Avalanche.

General Motors announced yesterday that the 2013 model year will be the last for the Chevy Avalanche. For the last unveiling of the Avalanche, GM revealed that all 2013 Avalanche models will come standard with the Black Diamond package, which includes additional equipment and a new badge.  

The Chevy Avalanche was originally shown as a concept during the 2000 Detroit Auto Show and would go on sale in 2001 as a 2002 models.

The Chevy Avalanche was made famous due to two unique features:

  1. It had a foldable midgate which allowed the truck bed to be extended from 5 ft 3 in to 8 ft 2 in
  2. It had lockable storage bins in the side rails of the truck bed with drains located at the bottom of the bins. These holes could be plugged for ice or liquid storage.

GM also announced that it would be cutting the base price of the Avalanche by $2,500. The Avalanche LS will start at $35,980, plus a dealer freight charge.

For the final model year of production, the Avalanche LS will include a rear view camera, rear park assist, fog lamps and remote start. The LT model will have a standard rear camera.

The vehicle is sold with a 5.3 liter V8 engine that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and GM's cylinder-deactivating Active Fuel Management technology, which allows a V6 or V8 engine to essentially "turn off" half of the cylinders when carrying lighter loads in order to improve fuel economy

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