Chevrolet Avalanche

Looking Back at the Career of The Chevrolet Avalanche

If you’re trying to decide between a truck and an SUV in Bloomington, you can have both with the Chevy Avalanche. This vehicle is about as versatile as it gets with the seating and comfort of a full-sized SUV and the hauling and towing capacity of a full-sized truck. The Avalanche is retiring this model year, and here at Sunrise Chevrolet we’ve been discussing the great run it had. Here’s a brief overview of the brief but excellent career of the Chevy Avalanche.

The Avalanche’s Rookie Season

The Avalanche debuted in 2001 as a 2002 model. The most innovative and remarkable feature of the first generation Avalanche was the midgate system, which allowed the rear seats to be lowered and the truck bed cargo space to be extended into the cab, resulting in a full-length pick-up bed. The midgate is effectively a moveable rear door that allows the Avalanche to have room in the cabin to comfortably seat 2 or 5 depending on cargo demands.

Other distinctive features of the Avalanche are the gray body cladding on the lower sections of the vehicle and the plastic accents on the bed. The Avalanche in the first generation came with full-sized truck power.

  • Standard on the 1500 series was a Vortec 5.3L V8 that put out 290 hp.
  • The 2500 version got a huge Vortect 8.1L V8 that generated 340 hp.

The Avalanche could be had in rear-wheel drive or with an adjustable four-wheel drive. A Z71 package was also available with larger 17-inch wheels, a sturdier suspension, and off-road skid plates.

Performance Enhancing Years

The Second Generation Avalanche that debuted in 2007 had most of the same features as its predecessor, but was upgraded with more powerful and efficient engines.

  • A 5.3-liter Vortec 5300 320 hp V8 was standard with active fuel management technology
  • A 6.0-liter VortecMAX 360 hp V8 with Variable Valve Timing and Active Fuel Management as an upgrade.


Unfortunately Chevy announced that the 2013 version would be the last year of production for the Avalanche. Now is your chance to grab a Chevy Avalanche and you won’t have another. The Avalanche is one of the most flexible vehicles on the market, so if you can’t decide between a truck or an SUV in Bloomingdale it’s certainly a vehicle you should check out. Visit Sunrise Chevrolet in Glendale Heights today to check out this fantastic vehicle.