Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 4X4 Z71 (2002)

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Chevrolet Avalanche

1500 4X4 Z71

By Tom Hagin

The Chevrolet Avalanche is an new species of vehicle: part and part SUV. It comes in two or four-wheel drive, with a (1500) or three-quarter-ton (2500)

This week we test an 1500 4×4.

OUTSIDE The Avalanche is built on the same line as GM’s mammoth It has four standard sedan-type and a 5.3-foot cargo bed. body cladding is tacked on its extremities, and over-fenders give it a look.

Innovative details abound in its scratch and dent resistant bed. Built into side of the bed are lockable, drainable compartments, while steps are into the rear bumper. weatherproof interlocking panels up the bed’s cover and are held in by latches.

The panels are strong to stand on, and each can be removed leaving the others in place. for vertical dividers prevent from sliding around in transit. A new front-end reflects of GM’s upscale SUVs and with unique headlamp and a nose that’s separated by a chrome strip.

INSIDE – The instrument is the latest in GM’s line. readable, reachable and very Drivers of all sizes can find a fit, though the manual adjustment lever is in an awkward and requires a contorted reach.

makes Avalanche unique is a that separates the rear from the cargo box. In time, Avalanche can be converted a five (or six, depending on passenger, short-bed pickup to a long-bed hauler. By folding the seat bottoms forward and the door down, four-by-eight of plywood are transportable with the up.

The rear window can be removed and in the rear seatback, which an open-top feel to the ride.

ON THE – Chevy came out a whole new line of powerplants a few back. They’re all V8s of course, but the 5.3-liter unit produces a healthy 285 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of About 90 percent of this is available starting at 1600 which gives it extremely pulling power and off-line

This iron block-aluminum V8 uses traditional overhead and a camshaft that is located inside the engine block, but been out a few years now and has proven very durable. Mated to is GM’s rugged four-speed transmission and, in the case our a shift-on-the-fly Autotrac 4WD system, also features a low range for off-road abilities.

BEHIND THE – Cutting off the rear of the roof meant that GM had to the Suburban-based chassis. It begins strong, fully boxed rails, which gives a solid platform than of the Silverado pickup frame. also added a strong around the back of the cab, buttresses around the rear of the add further strength to the body

Its suspension components feature control arms with bars, and the solid rear rides atop coil The 2500-Series Avalanche models use leaf springs in back, gives an almost 2000-pound as opposed to our tester’s 1300 The ride is surprisingly smooth for a especially when it’s with people and cargo. The steering system is fitted a variable assist system gives more road at highway speeds.

Braking is handled by four-wheel disc brakes with an braking system (ABS).

– ABS, daytime headlamps and front and side-impact are standard.

OPTIONS – sunroof, $1095; 6-way seats with leather and upholstery, $1195; Off-Road (17-inch wheels and tires, shocks and springs, locking differential, underbody skid High capacity air filter, floor mats), $835; Package (driver’s side mirror, Onstar Communications, climate control), $546.

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