Surprise, the Chevy Avalanche Isn’t Dead After All

Do you remember the Chevrolet Avalanche? It’s from the 2000s and was a pretty popular full-size truck for a while. But the Chevy Avalanche was discontinued, and fans had to say goodbye. If you miss the Avalanche, don’t worry. You might have the chance to reunite with it as a new option. 

The Chevy Avalanche might return 

The 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche off-roading over rocks
2012 Chevrolet Avalanche | Chevy

Chevrolet is behind the trend. The Hyundai Santa Cruz just arrive as a new compact truck option, the Ford Maverick was brought back as a little truck instead of a muscle car, and the Ram Dakota might be in the works. 

Now we might see the Chevy Avalanche emerge as Chevrolet catches up to rivals. But it’s a little unclear as to what size the new Avalanche will be. It could be compact, midsize, or full-size. However, we do know that it will be updated with modern tech and a refreshed style. 

When Chevy mentioned bringing back the Blazer, fans expected a classic square SUV instead of an around-town crossover. There is a lot of speculation circulating about the Avalanch as fans anticipate its return for 2023. 

What to expect with the new Avalanche 

The 2023 Chevy Avalanche is expected to bring muscle to the table. Rumors suggest that it could gain a larger 5.3-liter V8 engine with 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. A full-size truck would most likely handle this much power. 

However, there is also a 6.2-liter V8 engine with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque floating around. This would definitely make things more interesting. Also, let’s not forget that most trucks and SUVs are going green. 

Chevrolet is planning to come out with an electric Silverado. But the Avalanche could go electric, hybrid, or diesel. Unfortunately, we will have to wait and learn more. Perhaps a smaller turbo engine will be offered as well. 

Expect a smooth ride as the Avalanche returns on the General Motors T1 platform with an independent rear suspension. This should help dampen bumps in the road and enhance off-roading capabilities. 

The Avalanche is expected to be a luxurious option with tons of standard amenities, including advanced infotainment screens, dual-zone climate control, a large sunroof, wireless phone charging, and tons of safety features. 

Why was the Avalanche discontinued? 

An orange Chevy Avalanche parked outdoors
Chevy Avalanche | Chevrolet

The Chevy Avalanche was once a trendy option, so what exactly happened? Most evidence points to declining sales as the reason. By 2013 the Avalanche only sold 16,986 units while the Chevy Silverado sold 480,414 models. 

But around 2009, General Motors found itself in financial trouble. GM faced bankruptcy as more efficient options were becoming more popular. The gas-guzzling Hummer didn’t help the situation. 

A third-generation Avalanche was expected to emerge on the new GM K2 platform. However, the costs for developing, tooling, producing, and marketing the new Avalanch were pretty high. It was much cheaper to transition buyers to the more cost-effective Chevy Silverado. 

But it looks like General Motors is taking another shot with a new Avlanache model on the way. It’s in the very early stages, and all we can do is speculate for now. The price is expected to start at around $30,000, and we can’t wait to learn more.

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