Chevrolet Introduces Two New Avalanche Models
By: BJ Killeen

Even before the Avalanche hits the showroom floors, Chevrolet announces two new additions to the lineup: the 2500 Series and The North Face Edition. The 2500 Series, in addition to offering all the unique features of the Avalanche, will feature the new Vortec 8100 engine under the hood, which produces 340 horsepower at 4200 rpm and 455 lb-ft of torque at 3250 rpm. The bigger engine will be mated with the 4L80 automatic transmission with overdrive and the tow/haul mode that¹s designed to hold a gear up and down hills when towing. The 2500 also will feature a 37.5-gallon fuel tank, 6.5 gallons over the standard 1500 model. Other features on the 2500 Series include a transmission temperature gauge, multi-leaf rear suspension, 16-inch forged aluminum wheels, and a 12,000-lb. maximum towing capability. Options for the 2500 include a snowplow prep package. When asked if the Duramax motor would be available, Chevrolet denied that there were any plans to put it in production with the Avalanche 2500 Series. As far as pricing, the two-wheel-drive 2500 will start at $32,865, and the four-wheel-drive model hits at $35,865.

The second special model for the Avalanche is the North Face Edition. Like the product association Ford shares with Eddie Bauer, Avalanche has hooked up with The North Face, a premier supplier of exploration apparel and accessories. Interior and exterior changes differentiate the North Face model from the standard version. The Sage Green exterior color sets off the model, and features matching leather trim with red and black seat accents. A white cluster instrument panel also comes with the North Face logo. Inside, features include two of The North Face Summit Pod daypacks that hook onto the back side of the front seats and two Water Duffelo bags that fit in the cargo area. Along with cosmetics, the North Face edition offers a premium off-road suspension setup with specially tuned Bilstein shocks and springs, a locking rear differential, skid shields, and a high-capacity air filter. In addition, four-wheel drive and an engine block heater are standard, with a sunroof and convenience package as options. Prices have been set for the North Face Edition at $37,465.