The economic crisis and high oil prices pushed out many vehicles from the production lines and sent them to the history. The market was then turned toward smaller and more economical vehicles. The Chevy Avalanche and similar Cadillac Escalade Ext were unique vehicles which faced with the discontinuation in 2013 and some of the reasons were probably related to the global economy problems.
The Avalanche faced with the downward trend of sold units in the last six years of its existence with the number of sold examples fluctuating around 20k. However, with the recovering economy and stable oil prices also recovered the sales of the full-size SUVs and mid-size trucks. This trend should continue in the future and we already have new full-size models on roads and the new announced to come. In that context, rumors already circulating that GM might return the Avalanche nameplate as the 2018 Chevrolet Avalanche.
2018 Chevrolet Avalanche: Design
GM hasn’t said that 2018 Chevrolet Avalanche is in the plan and everything is still the matter of speculations. Based on what the rumors suggesting the brand won’t build this truck from the ground up. An exciting platform, powertrains combined with the latest styling and technology should keep production costs low.
In that context, the new Avalanche should share its bones with the latest Suburban and other corporate relatives like the Tahoe, Silverado as well as the GMC Yukon and Sierra.
On the other hand, the styling should change from the last model version to be in line with brand’s newest design language and market trends. So, the model should get a new grille and bumper version combined with modern headlights. Body sculpting should also feature more pronounced edges and body lines.
However, it’s not clear would this model feature unique and neat “Midgate” design or would use more conventional design. The Midgate feature which divided interior from the cargo bed allowed the bed length to be expanded. In that way, this model provided the flexible interior of the large SUVs which was also able to transform to longer truck bed.
As for the interior, this model should adopt similar design seen in the newest Chevy’s SUVs. The model would, of course, get the latest infotainment system and new advanced safety aids.
2018 Chevrolet Avalanche: Powertrains
Bellow the hood, the new 2018 Chevrolet Avalanche is rumored to come with Silverado’s 5.3-liter V-8 engine. This engine produces 355 hp and 383 lb-ft and is also found in the Tahoe and Suburban. However, the new RST package also adds the 6.2-liter V-8 as an option for the Tahoe and this engine has also been rumored as the possibility. What also remains as the possibility is the diesel engine as new Chevy SUVs are coming in the diesel variants.
On the other hand, the transmission options should include the six-speed automatic and probably the new 10-speed automatic.
2018 Chevrolet Avalanche: Possible Arrival
Rumors suggesting the arrival of the 2018 Chevrolet Avalanche sometime in 2018. The price hasn’t been estimated. However, if you want our opinion, we don’t expect the resurrection of this model anytime soon. The model similar to the previous Avalanche would likely affect the sales of other GM full-size SUVs and trucks. We also believe that brand is more focused to deliver new generation Silverado.