After a 12-year run, General Motors has decided to kill the Chevy Avalanche. Things haven’t gone well for the Avalanche, a full-size pickup that hasn’t been redesigned in ages.
The Avalanche was introduced at the 2000 North American International Auto Show in Detroit as a concept and was described as a no- compromise Chevy Truck with a unique combination of configurable passenger and cargo space.
But sales slipped for six-consecutive years, falling to 16,432 in 2009, before rebounding to 20,515 in 2010 and 20,088 in 2011. However – General Motors sold only 584,225 Chevy Avalanche vehicles last year.
The vehicle was originally offered in both half-ton and 3/4-ton configurations, but when the second-generation model was designed in 2006, GM could no longer afford to allow the low-volume option.
The actual Avalanche is based on GM’s full-size SUV platform, offering a maximum towing capacity of 8,100 pounds (3,674 kg). It is powered by an efficient combination (according to GM) that includes the Vortec 5.3L V-8 with cylinder-deactivating Active Fuel Management technology and a fuel-saving Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic.