Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book
KBB.com 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche Overview
The Swiss Army Knife of Off-Road Vehicles
Chevrolet has upped the ante in the SUV wars with the all-new Avalanche. Based on the excellent Silverado/Suburban platform, the Avalanche offers the best of both an SUV and a pickup. So versatile is the Avalanche that Chevrolet has created a new segment to define their vehicle-the Ultimate Utility Vehicle, or UUV. The key to its unique versatility can be found in the folding center Midgate. When intact, the gate and rear window act as a bulkhead, separating the interior passenger area from the cargo bed. In this configuration, the Avalanche can carry six people and still provide a 5-foot truck bed for hauling all kinds of stuff. Flip down the Midgate and you get a full 8-foot bed, but eliminate the rear-passenger seating. For tall loads, the rear glass can be removed, further increasing the hauling capabilities of the Avalanche. The bed can be covered with a 3-piece cargo cover, thus protecting it from the elements and keeping the passenger compartment sealed from wind or rain.
Exterior styling is rugged and aggressive, with a fair amount of protective body cladding and useful additions-like the lockable, waterproof top-box storage compartments. The Avalanche is powered by a 5.3-liter V8 capable of producing 265-horsepower. This engine provides good low-end torque and relatively decent fuel economy-thanks partly to the 4-speed automatic transmission-and is perfectly suited for towing heavy loads. To ensure traction in all situations, Chevrolet's Autotrac four-wheel drive system has been made standard and to make the ride smoother, the Avalanche is equipped with a multi-link rear suspension.
Interior appointments have not been overlooked and have their own unique flavor, separating them from other Chevrolet offerings. The seating material and patterns have been influenced by the Northface Company's backpack and tent designs furthering the rugged, outdoor image the Avalanche personifies. There are cup holders and 12-volt sockets galore, standard front-side-impact airbags and center console mounted air-conditioning vents for the rear passengers (bucket seats required). The OnStar system, a power sunroof and a driver information center are but a few of the many available options.