For the 2002 model year, GM introduced the Chevrolet Avalanche, an innovative combination of sport utility vehicle, pickup truck, and lots of plastic cladding. The truck’s mid-gate hatch was able to fold down and combine the 5-foot truck bed with the rest of the cabin, providing tons of storage space. And with the seats and mid-gate folded up, there was room for 5 passengers.
Unexpectedly, the Chevy Avalanche set a trend. The SUT recorded 93,482 sales in 2003, its third year of production. In doing so, Chevrolet and other truck makers began developing light-duty crew cab pickups. And by 2011, crew cabs accounted for more than 65 percent of light-duty pickup sales, and the conventional pickup truck became as much of a family hauler as it was a hauler of anything else. This also became the ironic undoing of the Avalanche. But at least Chevy is saying farewell in style.
The Black Diamond Avalanche may not be as epic as the Black Diamond Cadillac CTS-V, but it does feature a more flush exterior thanks to body-colored bed surrounds, unique badging, more features, and a lower price tag.
For 2013, a rear camera, rear park assist, power adjustable pedals, fog lamps and remote start will be added as standard equipment on LS models, while LT models have added a standard rear camera. What’s more, the base prices have been reduced $2,500 (after equipment adjustments) with the 2WD Avalanche LS now starting at $35,980, plus $995 destination.
We’re gonna miss the Avalanche. A lot.