Chevrolet Avalanche History

Chevrolet Avalanche History

Chevrolet Avalanche History


The Chevrolet Avalanche first entered the market in 2001, introducing a unique pickup option to the car industry with its back seat area only separated from its open bed with a folding panel. Though it has been discontinued after the 2013 model year, the Avalanche was a consistent contender in the sport utility truck segment.

Early History

The Avalanche was first introduced in 2001, based on the same platform as the Chevrolet Suburban and Cadillac Escalade EXT. Manufactured at Chevrolet’s Silao, Mexico, plant, the sport utility truck offered both the convenience of a family-friendly SUV and the cargo space of a pickup, appealing to consumers who live hardworking, family-oriented lifestyles.

Recent History

When the Avalanche was first introduced, it had a few different engine options, including an 8.1-liter V8. In its final generation, the Avalanche was no longer powered by the 8.1-liter, instead using a 5.3-liter V8 on all of its models.

Chevrolet Avalanche Fun Facts

  • Nominated for the North American Truck of the Year Award in 2002
  • Won Motor Trend magazine’s Truck of the Year 2002
  • A 2007 Avalanche was given to the Most Valuable Play of the 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Michael Young
  • CSI: New York regularly uses an Avalanche to transport members of the team

2013 Chevrolet Avalanche Overview