Expanding Avalanche Appeal
The composite lower body panels -- called "cladding"
or "body hardware" -- will be removed to create a new
appearance package that will expand the appeal of Avalanche with
a more traditional full-size pickup look that still provides Chevy's
unique Convert-a-Cab System and Midgate for flexibility and function.
Avalanche sales have already topped 100,000 units. Production
of Avalanches with the new appearance package begins in the first
quarter of 2003. The other Avalanche models will have darker color
body hardware for 2003.
First Public Showing
The first public showing of the new Avalanche Without Body Hardware
will be at the Texas State Fair in September 2002.
Optional Soft Top
The Avalanche Without Body Hardware will offer the same equipment
packages and options as the original versions except for an optional
soft top for the cargo area. The North Face edition and three-quarter-ton
versions of the Avalanche, however, will not be offered without
Improvements for 2003
Avalanche has also made safety, comfort, convenience and performance
improvements for 2003.
Safety enhancements for 2003 include a passenger-sensing system
and dual-level air bags. The automatic passenger-sensing air-bag
system automatically deactivates the passenger-side air bag under
certain conditions to protect children. The dual-level air-bag
system is a supplemental restraint system designed to detect vehicle
deceleration and, based on the deceleration data, provide an appropriate
amount of air-bag inflation. Dual-stage air bags are designed
to help reduce the occurrence of inflation-induced injuries by
deploying the air bag less forcefully in lower-speed crashes.
The 2003 Avalanche already complies with 2005
federal seat standards for child restraint anchorages. The LATCH
(Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system for child seats
is provided in the front-passenger side seat and second-row center
and passenger side seats.
New creature comforts for the 2003 Avalanche include rear-seat
entertainment systems with a DVD player and flip-down screen.
These systems feature the next-generation Radio Data System, and
can interface with services such as XM Satellite Radio, a new
option for 2003. A custom-designed Bose audio system is also available
with a new, high-powered, six-channel amplifier and six speakers.
XM Satellite Radio
The XM Satellite Radio is optional on all models. It offers 100
coast-to-coast digital channels with various music programming
including several commercial-free channels, 24-hour news sources
and sports, talk, children's and entertainment programming --
all with sound quality close to compact disc.
New Driver Convenience Package
Avalanche defines convenience in 2003 with a new driver convenience
package. Optional brake and accelerator pedals can be adjusted
rearward in unison by nearly three inches for better positioning
and comfort, and they are available with a memory feature. An
eight-button steering wheel control is available to personalize
several functions (trip calculator, fuel data, etc.), and provides
safe access to all entertainment systems. New power outside rear
view mirrors fold against the vehicle for easier vehicle passage
through narrow spaces; the power mirrors also tilt for easier
curb viewing when parallel parking.
A new multi-zone manual-control heating, ventilation
and air conditioning system (standard) allows the driver and front
passenger to adjust the temperature to their own comfort. The
battery-rundown protection now automatically turns off the headlamps
and park lamps in addition to the interior lights after 10 minutes
if left on inadvertently.
Improved performance for the 2003 Avalanche includes better brake
performance, better "pedal feel" and quieter operation.
Avalanche's sure-footed Autotrac 4WD system gets improved fuel
economy when in 2WD, as well as improved "driver feel"
during parking-lot and other low-speed maneuvers. A new electrical
architecture enables the driver information center to monitor
and report as many as 34 vehicle system functions. New service
indicators include "Ice Possible" and "Door Ajar."
The standard engine continues to be a powerful 5.3L V8 with 285
hp and 325 lb-ft of torque.
Convert-a-Cab and Midgate
The Avalanche hallmark is its revolutionary Convert-a-Cab System
and Midgate for great flexibility and function. When the rear
passenger seat and Midgate are folded, the standard bed length
converts from 5'3" to 8'1". A three-piece rigid cargo
cover can be used to cover and protect the cargo box and its contents.
Two Top-Box Storage compartments on either side of the cargo box
provide a combined 3.5 cubic feet of lockable storage space. The
compartments have drains, so they can be filled with ice and used
Avalanche for 2003 offers three new exterior colors: Charcoal
Gray Metallic, Arrival Blue Metallic and Yellow (interim availability).
The North Face Edition has a new medium gray interior.