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Encyclopedia > Chevrolet Avalanche
Chevrolet Avalanche
GMT800 Chevrolet Avalanche WBH
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Parent company General Motors
Production 2002–present
Assembly Silao, Mexico
Class Full-size pickup truck
Body style(s) 4-door truck
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 130.0 in
Fuel capacity 31 US gal.
Related Cadillac Escalade EXT
Chevrolet Tahoe
GMC Yukon
Chevrolet Suburban
Hummer H2
GMT800
Production 2002–2006
Platform GM GMT800 platform
Engine(s) 5.3L 295 hp V8
8.1L 325 hp V8
Length 221.6 in
Width 79.8 in
Height 73.6 in
GMT900
Production 2007–present
Platform GM GMT900 platform
Engine(s) 5.3L 310 hp V8
5.3L 320 hp V8
5.3L 320 hp V8
6.0L 366 hp V8
Length 221.3 in
Width 79.1 in
Height 76.6 in

The Chevrolet Avalanche is Chevrolet's sport utility truck. It is a four-door, six-seat pickup truck with a somewhat SUV-like flavor, known as a "sport utility truck". Avalanche is based on the full-size long-wheelbase General Motors SUVs (such as the Chevrolet Suburban), and itself forms the basis of the upscale Cadillac Escalade EXT. On Chevrolet's website, the Avalanche is listed as an SUV and a truck. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 489 pixelsFull resolution (1831 × 1120 pixel, file size: 220 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Automakers, also known as carmakers, automobile manufacturers, motor manufacturers, or the automobile industry are companies that design and manufacture automobiles. ... Chevrolet (IPA: ʃɛv. ... General Motors Corporation, also known as GM, is the worlds largest auto company by annual production volume as of 2006, and the second largest by sales volume as of the first half of 2007, behind Toyota Motor Corporation. ... Silao is a city in the state of Guanajuato in Mexico. ... Car classification is subjective since many vehicles fall into multiple categories. ... A full-size car is term used in North America for an automobile larger than a mid-size car, usually having a wheelbase greater than 2. ... The best selling North American pickup truck, the Ford F-Series. ... Cars can come in a large variety of different body styles. ... In automobile design layout is the place where both the engine and driven wheels are. ... A front-mounted engine describes the placement of an automobile engine in front of or on the front axle. ... Rear-wheel drive (or RWD for short) is an engine/transmission layout used in automobiles. ... The Jeep Wrangler is a 4WD vehicle with a transfer case to select low range or high range 4WD. The Lamborghini Murciélago is a 4WD/AWD that powers the front via a viscous coupling unit if the rear slips. ... Transmissions provide a speed-power conversion known as gear reduction (in speed) to a higher torque (rotational force) using gearsets. ... The automatic gear selector in a Ford Five Hundred vehicle An automatic transmission is an automobile gearbox that can change gear ratios automatically as the vehicle moves, thus freeing the driver from having to shift gears manually (similar but larger devices are also used for railroad locomotives). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article needs cleanup. ... The Chevrolet Tahoe (and similar GMC Yukon) is a full-size SUV from General Motors. ... The Chevrolet Tahoe (and similar GMC Yukon) is a full-size SUV from General Motors. ... The Chevrolet Suburban is a large sport utility vehicle from Chevrolet. ... The H2 SUV/SUT/Hydrogen is the second vehicle sold under the Hummer marque of General Motors. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 451 pixel Image in higher resolution (2344 × 1320 pixel, file size: 220 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Chevrolet Avalanche Metadata... An automobile platform is a shared set of components common to a number of different automobiles. ... GMT is the name used for all of General Motors large SUV/truck automobile platforms. ... The liter (spelled liter in American English and litre in Commonwealth English) is a unit of volume. ... hp, see HP (disambiguation) The horsepower (hp) is the name of several non-metric units of power. ... The Liberty V8 aircraft engine clearly shows the configuration A V8 engine is a V engine with eight cylinders. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 428 pixel Image in higher resolution (1272 × 681 pixel, file size: 135 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Chevrolet Avalanche Metadata... An automobile platform is a shared set of components common to a number of different automobiles. ... GMT is the name used for all of General Motors large SUV/truck automobile platforms. ... Chevrolet (IPA: ʃɛv. ... The best selling North American pickup truck, the Ford F-Series. ... A fourth-generation (2006-) Ford Explorer, the best-selling mid-size SUV in the United States. ... A vehicle that can be used for utility purposes like a truck while still possessing some of the performance and comfort of a sports car or a luxury car. ... General Motors Corporation, also known as GM, is the worlds largest auto company by annual production volume as of 2006, and the second largest by sales volume as of the first half of 2007, behind Toyota Motor Corporation. ... The Chevrolet Suburban is a large sport utility vehicle from Chevrolet. ... This article needs cleanup. ...


Avalanche features four full-size hinged doors with seating for 6 (with bench seats) or 5 (with bucket seats). The open pickup bed in back can be extended into the back seat area by folding down the rear wall of the cabin and removing the rear window. GM marketers call this the "Midgate system". A series of three removable panels provides a watertight top for the cargo bed. Additional storage is provided behind each wheelwell, accessed by locking flip-top panels and can be useful as self-draining ice chests. A full-size car is term used in North America for an automobile larger than a mid-size car, usually having a wheelbase greater than 2. ... The traditional seat installed in American automobiles was the bench seat. ...


The truck's midgate construction allows two fullsize sleeping bags to be laid out in the bed when the midgate is folded down, protecting the occupants from the weather. GM markets this truck as a choice for active outdoor adventurers in part due to its optional four wheel drive. Four wheel drive or 4x4, is a type of four wheeled vehicle drivetrain configuration that enables all four wheels to receive power from the engine simultaneously in order to provide maximum traction. ...

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First generation

Avalanche was launched in 2001 as a 2002 model on the GMT800 platform. First year Avalanches featured light gray plastic body cladding. This provided needed visual distinction from the Suburban/Yukon XL. Avalanche also gave the public an advance look at the next generation of front fascia designs for the entire GM line of trucks. A full-length chrome strip splits each lamp assembly and the grille, with a gold Chevrolet "bow tie" in the center. The hood and fenders featured aggressive folds, in contrast to the soft box of the other GMT800 models. GMT is the name used for all of General Motors large SUV/truck automobile platforms. ... The Chevrolet Suburban is a large sport utility vehicle from Chevrolet. ...


2003 models featured darker cladding, but GM's new president, Rick Wagoner, demanded deletion of this "unpopular" trim (as did certain elements of the public). From mid-year, Avalanche could be ordered without the cladding. The uncladded model, known as the Without Body Hardware (or better by its acronym "WBH"), and alternatively called "slicksides" by GM marketers, resembles the '03-'05 Silverado in the front. George Richard Rick Wagoner, Jr. ... The Chevrolet Silverado from Chevrolet (along with its GMC counterpart, the GMC Sierra), is the latest line of full-size pickup trucks from General Motors. ...


Avalanche was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award and was Motor Trend magazine's Truck of the Year for 2002[1]. The North American Car of the Year is an automobile award voted annually in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. ... Motor Trend is one of the oldest automotive magazines still publishing. ... Car of the Year is a phrase usually considered to have been invented by Motor Trend magazine in the 1950s for their annual award for best automobile. ...


There are two engine choices: A Vortec 5.3 L V8 producing 290 hp (216 kW), for the half-ton 1500 series; and an 8.1 L V8 with 325 hp (242 kW), for the three-quarter-ton 2500 series. The drivetrain is rear-wheel drive or available with selectable high/low four-wheel drive. The internal combustion engine is an engine in which the combustion of fuel and an oxidizer (typically air) occurs in a confined space called a combustion chamber. ... Vortec is a trademarked name for a line of piston engines for General Motors trucks. ... The Liberty V8 aircraft engine clearly shows the configuration A V8 engine is a V engine with eight cylinders. ... For other uses, see Watt (disambiguation). ... Rear-wheel drive (or RWD for short) is an engine/transmission layout used in automobiles. ... The Jeep Wrangler is a 4WD vehicle with a transfer case to select low range or high range 4WD. The Lamborghini Murciélago is a 4WD/AWD that powers the front via a viscous coupling unit if the rear slips. ...


Second generation

The GMT900 Avalanche was introduced at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2006. Production of the redesigned Avalanche began at the Silao Assembly in March of 2006. The Avalanche maintains the styled front end much like its sister vehicles, the Tahoe/Yukon and Suburban, yet it still has the distinct midgate and integrated bed as found on previous incarnations. It has all the same standard and available features as the Suburban and the Tahoe. GMT is the name used for all of General Motors large SUV/truck automobile platforms. ... The Jeep testdrive hill at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show The Chicago Auto Show is held annually in February at Chicagos McCormick Place convention complex. ... The Chevrolet Tahoe (and similar GMC Yukon) is a full-size SUV from General Motors. ...


A 2007 Avalanche was given away to the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Michael Young. The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World... Michael Brian Young (born October 19, 1976 in Covina, California) is a Major League Baseball shortstop currently playing for the Texas Rangers. ...


Engines:

Vortec is a trademarked name for a line of piston engines for General Motors trucks. ... The Liberty V8 aircraft engine clearly shows the configuration A V8 engine is a V engine with eight cylinders. ... Active Fuel Management (formerly known as Displacement on Demand) is a trademarked name for the automobile variable displacement technology from General Motors. ... Vortec is a trademarked name for a line of piston engines for General Motors trucks. ... The Liberty V8 aircraft engine clearly shows the configuration A V8 engine is a V engine with eight cylinders. ... Variable valve timing, or VVT, is a generic term for an automobile piston engine technology. ... Active Fuel Management (formerly known as Displacement on Demand) is a trademarked name for the automobile variable displacement technology from General Motors. ...

Cladding Trouble

Soon after the release of the Chevy Avalanche customers began to notice cosmetic problems with the cladding on their trucks. Over time exposure to heat and sunlight would cause a chalky faded appearance. It was especially noticeable on the cargo bed panels, and sailpanel windows where "Zebra Striping" would appear. Customer reaction to this problem resulted in General Motors agreeing to a one time treatment of a product called ArmorDillo. This product would temporarily restore the cladding for a period of about 6 months. After that it would wear off then need to be re-applied. Realizing this was not a permanent solution GM together with Gatorback Coatings developed a coating that could be applied to the cladding to restore it to a like new shine. This product was designed to etch into the plastic and bond a new layer of tinted acrylic over the faded plastic. Customers within the 3yr/36,000 original factory warranty could go to their dealership to have it restored under their original warranty under GM TSB:04-08-111-001C. With the exclusion of side body cladding on the 2007+ model years this has reduced the amount of cladding fade. General Motors has also identified the original source of the faded cladding. With that information they were able to reduce the cladding fade problem on the GM GMT900 platform GMT is the name used for all of General Motors large SUV/truck automobile platforms. ...


Cultural references

  • Sufjan Stevens's 2006 album The Avalanche features a Chevy Avalanche on the cover and is hinted at in the album's title track "The Avalanche" ("I was on the hatch/riding on the avalanche") and pickup trucks in general are mentioned on the song "The Pick-Up."

Sufjan Stevens (IPA pronunciation: ) (born July 1, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter and musician from Petoskey, Michigan. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras from the Illinois Album is an album by indie rock singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens, consisting of outtakes and other recordings from the sessions for his album Illinois. ...

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