Although the Chevrolet Avalanche has unfortunately been discontinued, its legacy lives on to this day. The Avalanche was a pickup truck variant of the Suburban full-size SUV, joining the Chevy lineup as a very unique utility. Perhaps its most noteworthy feature was its mid-gate setup, which allowed the Avalanche to be transformed from a Crew Cab pickup with a Short Bed to a Regular Cab with a Long Bed. And for those who may have never come into contact with the mid-gate, this video demonstrates exactly how this process works.
The Chevrolet Avalanche was produced from 2001 to 2013. It was originally marketed for its ability to “change from an SUV to a super SUV”. This was made possible by a tonneau cover and the exclusive aforementioned mid-gate – a divider behind the second row of seats that could be folded down (along with the rear seats).
Folding the divider down resulted in a longer bed area that extended far into the cabin. Folding the mid-gate up created a larger cab. The Cadillac Escalade EXT was a variant (twin) of the Avalanche for Cadillac. The GMC Envoy XUV and Hummer H2 SUT also featured a mid-gate.
According to an exclusive GM Authority report, the Chevrolet Avalanche was discontinued due to a business-level decision that saw to maximize sales and profits of the Silverado. Though several pleas have been made for GM to bring the Avalanche back to market, we know of no plans to actually do so. But hey, we can always dream of a future Chevy Avalanche – as we did with this Chevrolet Avalanche rendering.