Adds Avalanche Without Body Hardware for 2003
General Motors Press ReleasePosted:
Motor Division introduces an Avalanche for the first time in 2003 without
body hardware, and has significantly improved all Avalanche models for
the new model year.
The composite lower body panels (called "cladding" or "body
hardware") will be removed to create a new appearance package that
will expand the appeal of Avalanche with a more traditional full-size
pickup look that still provides Chevy's unique Convert-a-Cab System and
Midgate for flexibility and function. Avalanche sales have already topped
100,000 units. Production of Avalanches with the new appearance package
begins in the first quarter of 2003. The other Avalanche models will have
darker color body hardware for 2003.
The first public showing of the new Avalanche Without Body Hardware will
be at the Texas State Fair in September 2002.
The Avalanche Without Body Hardware will offer the same equipment packages
and options as the original versions except for an optional soft top for
the cargo area. The North Face edition and three-quarter-ton versions
of the Avalanche, however, will not be offered without body hardware.
Avalanche has also made safety, comfort, convenience and performance improvements
Safety enhancements for 2003 include a passenger-sensing system and dual-level
air bags. The automatic passenger-sensing air-bag system automatically
deactivates the passenger-side air bag under certain conditions to protect
children. The dual-level air-bag system is a supplemental restraint system
designed to detect vehicle deceleration and, based on the deceleration
data, provide an appropriate amount of air-bag inflation. Dual-stage air
bags are designed to help reduce the occurrence of inflation-induced injuries
by deploying the air bag less forcefully in lower-speed crashes.
Avalanche already complies with 2005 federal seat standards for child
restraint anchorages. The LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
system for child seats is provided in the front-passenger side seat and
second-row center and passenger side seats.
New creature comforts for the 2003 Avalanche include rear-seat entertainment
systems with a DVD player and flip-down screen. These systems feature
the next-generation Radio Data System, and can interface with services
such as XM Satellite Radio, a new option for 2003. A custom-designed Bose
audio system is also available with a new, high-powered, six-channel amplifier
and six speakers.
The XM Satellite Radio is optional on all models. It offers 100 coast-to-coast
digital channels with various music programming including several commercial-free
channels, 24-hour news sources and sports, talk, children's and entertainment
programming -- all with sound quality close to compact disc.
Avalanche defines convenience in 2003 with a new driver convenience package.
Optional brake and accelerator pedals can be adjusted rearward in unison
by nearly three inches for better positioning and comfort, and they are
available with a memory feature. An eight-button steering wheel control
is available to personalize several functions (trip calculator, fuel data,
etc.), and provides safe access to all entertainment systems. New power
outside rear view mirrors fold against the vehicle for easier vehicle
passage through narrow spaces; the power mirrors also tilt for easier
curb viewing when parallel parking.
A new multi-zone
manual-control heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (standard)
allows the driver and front passenger to adjust the temperature to their
own comfort. The battery-rundown protection now automatically turns off
the headlamps and park lamps in addition to the interior lights after
10 minutes if left on inadvertently.
Improved performance for the 2003 Avalanche includes better brake performance,
better "pedal feel" and quieter operation. Avalanche's sure-footed
Autotrac 4WD system gets improved fuel economy when in 2WD, as well as
improved "driver feel" during parking-lot and other low-speed
maneuvers. A new electrical architecture enables the driver information
center to monitor and report as many as 34 vehicle system functions. New
service indicators include "Ice Possible" and "Door Ajar."
The standard engine continues to be a powerful 5.3L V8 with 285 hp and
325 lb-ft of torque.
The Avalanche hallmark is its revolutionary Convert-a-Cab System and Midgate
for great flexibility and function. When the rear passenger seat and Midgate
are folded, the standard bed length converts from 5'3" to 8'1".
A three-piece rigid cargo cover can be used to cover and protect the cargo
box and its contents. Two Top-Box Storage compartments on either side
of the cargo box provide a combined 3.5 cubic feet of lockable storage
space. The compartments have drains, so they can be filled with ice and
used as coolers.
Avalanche for 2003 offers three new exterior colors: Charcoal Gray Metallic,
Arrival Blue Metallic and Yellow (interim availability). The North Face
Edition has a new medium gray interior.