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Starting with the year 2007, the Chevy Avalanche
was totally redesigned With More Flexibility.  

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All about the Chevy Avalanche.
With an all new design, The 2007 Chevy Avalanche was the
next generation of the industry's most flexible utility
vehicle. The design
remained largely unchanged through the model year 2013.
The Chevy Avalanche combines
the passenger-comfort attributes of an SUV with the cargo
capability of a truck. It is based on GM's new, full-size
SUV platform, which features more power with segment-leading
fuel economy and flex-fuel capability, a sharper, more precise
driving feel, increased interior refinement and improved quietness.

Avalanche delivers a 360-degree safety system of occupant
protection and crash-avoidance technology that demonstrates
GM's commitment to providing world-class safety, including
available head curtain side air bags and standard StabiliTrak
stability control system with new rollover mitigation technology.

The 2007 Avalanche is available in LS, LT and LTZ models, with
2WD and 4WD. The standard powertrain includes an efficient 5.3L
V-8 with Active Fuel Management technology that seamlessly switches
from eight-cylinder to four-cylinder operation to save fuel. Later
in the model year, an all-aluminum 6.0L V-8 with Active Fuel
Management and variable valve timing (VVT) will be available.
Several available engines allow Avalanche to run on E85,
a renewable fuel made of 85 percent ethyl alcohol (ethanol)
and 15 percent gasoline.

Returning to Avalanche is the
popular Z71 Off Road appearance package. This optional package
takes the vehicle's aggressive look to the next level, with
larger recovery hook openings, larger, more prominent fog lamps
and specific grille texture and platinum chrome grille trim.
Eighteen-inch wheels and tires also are part of the package.

Enhanced flexibility

Avalanche's unparalleled flexibility
enables it to function as an SUV, truck or both, thanks to the
unique Midgate. Pioneered on the first-generation Avalanche, the
Midgate opens to extend the cargo- carrying capability from the
cargo bed's 5.3-foot-long length to 8.2 feet. The rear seat must
be folded to achieve maximum storage capability; with the rear
seat up and the Midgate c
losed, Avalanche has room for up to six passengers.

When the Midgate is open and the rear seat is folded flat,
Avalanche can carry 4-foot-by-8-foot sheets of plywood with
the tailgate closed. Storage compartments alongside the cargo
box provide ample and lockable storage. The storage compartments
also have drains, so they can be filled with ice and used as

New features on the '07 model enhance Avalanche's
flexible attributes and reflect customer feedback, including a
central- locking tailgate, remote vehicle starting system and
cargo cover retaining straps. Also, the new tailgate is
spring-loaded to reduce the effort needed to open or close it.

Avalanche also offers convenient articulating running
boards, which blend smoothly with the vehicle's design.
They automatically move downward and outward when the doors are
opened, providing a lower step-in height.

Efficient performance

Avalanche is powered by a new Gen IV small-block V-8 family
that delivers more power than comparable powertrains in previous
models. Standard on 2WD models is an iron-block Vortec 5.3L V-8
with 320 horsepower and 340 lb.-ft. of torque, which offers
Active Fuel Management. Two versions of the Vortec 5.3L Gen
IV V-8 including an aluminum-block version that is standard
in 4WD models are compatible with E85. The 5.3L aluminum-block
V-8, standard on the 4WD Avalanche, delivers an estimated 310
horsepower and 335 lb.-ft. of torque.

Contributing to
Avalanche's more efficient performance is improved aerodynamics.
A more steeply raked windshield and smoother roofline improve
airflow over the vehicle, while additional contributors to
efficiency include a lower, wider front air dam, tighter
tolerances and gaps between the fascias, lamps and grille openings,
and improved front-end sealing that nearly eliminates air leak paths.

Interior refinement

The interior of the '07 Avalanche
represents a new level of comfort and convenience. It is roomy
and airy, thanks to a lower instrument panel and deeper wind
shield that improve outward visibility. Passenger space also is
increased, including more shoulder space for rear passengers,
which is packaged with the available roof-mounted head curtain
side air bags with rollover protection for both seating rows.

Avalanche's new front seats are designed to provide more
comfort and easier entry. Door pillar-mounted first-row
three-point safety belts facilitate slimmer seat design, which
helps increase cargo space behind the seats. Comfort has been
enhanced with firmer foams, including more aggressive bolsters.
The front-row seats have one- inch more aft travel than previous
models. The rear seat is unique to the Avalanche and enables easy
access to the Midgate system. The seat folds flat, allowing longer
items to be carried between the cargo bed and into the rear
passenger compartment.

Refinements throughout Avalanche's
spacious interior create an environment that exudes quality and
precision. Flush-mounted accessories and controls, such as the
climate control/radio center stack, create a seamless, "single unit"
appearance. Also, there are almost no exposed metal hardware
or latches, as all models feature enclosing "close-outs" around
the seat bottoms and door sill trim plates.

Distinctive design

Avalanche's all-new exterior, monochromatic design is leaner
and more agile looking, with a more steeply raked windshield and
smoother roofline accentuating the exterior length. Avalanche
wears the new face of Chevrolet, with a large Chevy gold bowtie,
centered on a twin-port horizontal grille. The body-colored grille
surround is inset with an argent texture mesh. Fog lamps and
headlamps feature jewel-like optics.

Avalanche's front end
styling reflects its capability. It includes the fast-rake
windshield; a bulging power dome hood; a prominent new fender
design with integrated wheel flares, a distinctive new grille
and headlamps and a full-wrap fascia.

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Source: Record, The; Bergen County, N.J.
Publish Date: 2006-09-10

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