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The bed features a lockable, removable Pro-Tec composite tailgate that is 15 percent longer, lockable side rail storage boxes and a lockable rigid bed cover consisting of three panels weighing 20 lbs. each, that may be removed individually -- the TPO shell, foam-filled panels are capable of supporting up to a 250 pound load. The bed also provides built in grab handles at each rear corner with steps integrated into the rear bumper for easy bed level access along with two tier loading, 8 tie-downs and cargo box illumination.
The Avalanche takes on the new look of Chevrolet with a new hood, grille and lighting system while retaining the unique styling aft of the "C" pillar. A TPO polymer cladding surrounds the entire vehicle and is incorporated in the construction of the distinctive sail panel attached to the rear of the cab, and the bed rail storage boxes as well as the lock and tailgate handle housing.
The latter may need some rethinking for improved security, as the lock cylinder is anchored in the polymer material. A single key works for all locks, including the ignition. The overall look of Avalanche is big, as in really big, bold and aggressive.
My test Chevrolet K1500 Series 4WD Avalanche in LT trim sported a Graystone metallic exterior, with a Titanium leather interior. The base price was set at $35,295 while a boatload of extras boosted the final total to $45,814.
Handling characteristics exceed expectations, and after climbing up into, and behind the wheel, one soon forgets the Avalanche’s overall mass. The driving experience is really quite pleasant, though parallel parking requires a more focused concentration due to the bed height with the rigid cover panels in place.
The key elements and attributes of the Avalanche continue to be versatility and functionality. Individualists will appreciate the offerings for this highly desirable truck from GM's Service and Parts Operation (SPO) for adding a custom touch in personalizing their Avalanche -- available accessories include a host of useful equipment and features for lifestyle enhancement. The Avalanche is still a winner.
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