A fall or slide of a large mass, as of snow or rock, down a mountainside.
The new Ultimate Utility Vehicle (UUV) from Chevrolet for the 2002
bringing new meaning to the word Avalanche. The Avalanche is what
GM calls an Ultimate Utility Vehicle. Think of it the way its designer
John Cafaro describes it - "A high-end hiking boot...comfortable
enough to wear every day, but when it's time to get down and dirty,
it really digs in."
competitor to Ford's
F-150 SuperCrew, the Avalanche is a derivative of the full-size
Silverado pickup. It has four full size doors, a shortened 5-foot
3-inch bed, and the capacity to comfortably seat six full size adults.
The Avalanche (at least the concept truck shown) includes GM's new
Convert-a-Cab System, a feature not presently found on the SuperCrew.
Convert-a-Cab allows Avalanche owners to increase bed space by removing
the rear glass window and folding down the convertible Midgate into
the cab. This creates a 4 foot by 8 foot pass-through cargo area
that can accomodate materials like sheets of plywood or drywall.
In the bed
are integrated top-box storage containers to stow small items such
as camping or emergency equipment. The containers are lockable and
water-tight. The tailgate has molded-in cupholders for use during
tailgate parties or at the construction site. A rigid 3
designer John Cafaro also worked on the design of the 1997 Chevrolet
is gauging customer reaction at the 2000 NAIAS to the Avalanche's
aggressive looks. You can't miss the prominent 'Power Bar' with
Chevrolet's Bow Tie logo.
back of the cab folds down and the rear cabin glass can be removed
to increase bed space from 5 feet to 8 feet for large loads.
bed of the Avalanche is protected by a composite material GM calls
PRO-TEC. Note the 'lines' where the Midgate can be folded down.
cover can be quickly installed to protect bed contents from the
of the Avalanche Concept was influenced by The North Face clothing
and equipment outfitter company. It also comes with two Summit backpacks
for outdoor ventures. OnStar navigation and help is only a push
button away to reach a live person in those circumstances where
the driver requires assistance.
is powered by GM's Vortec 5300 V-8 with the Coolant Loss Protection
System to help ensure the engine is not damaged when coolant is
lost. A large fuel tank provides over 500 miles of range.
is a four speed automatic with Autotrac four wheel drive.
is provided by a new rear five-link coil system. The frame of the
truck is 3 pieces incorporating hydroformed elements to increase
strength and stiffness.
versus Chevrolet Silverado
Silverado 1500 4WD
Short Box Extended Cab
x 9" high polish aluminum wheels with custom, oversized
x 6.5/P245/75R-16 All season radial tires
feet 3 inches extendable to
8 feet 1 inches
feet 6 inches
is GM about the Avalanche concept? GM sees the production truck
as a core part of its vehicle lineup and expects to sell 100,000
units per year. And the truck you see in these photos is extremely
close in appearance to the Avalanche you will be able to buy in
the first quarter of 2001.