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About the 2013 Chevy Black Diamond Avalanche
2013 Chevy Black Diamond Avalanche

Rear view of the 2013 Chevy Black Diamond Avalanche.

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Chevrolet will end its production of the Avalanche with a special edition truck, the 2013 Black Diamond edition. The Chevy Avalanche was introduced in 2001, with about 580,000 of the pickups sold (so far) during its 12-year run.

Avalanche's popularity has declined in recent years, but I hate to see it go, because the truck/SUV combo body style is still a viable choice for buyers who want the benefits of a pickup truck without jumping into a work vehicle.

Features You'll See on All Black Diamond Avalanches

  • Body-colored bed surrounds
  • Unique badging
  • Lower pricing

Look for a rear camera, rear park assist, power adjustable pedals, fog lamps and remote start to be added to Avalanche as standard equipment. Three trim levels are available, the more basic LS, the LT and the higher end LTZ trucks, with features that escalate as you move up the line.

The trucks are available in 2WD and 4WD configurations.

When you need to haul (and don't have rear passengers) a Midgate behind the second row seating opens to extend the cargo area's length from 5'3" to 8"2". Avalanche includes lockable storage compartments alongside its cargo box, and drains allow those areas to be easily used as coolers.

Avalanche is powered by a Vortec 5.3L V8 engine and Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, both with fuel saving capabilities. The Avalanche can tow a max of 8,100 pounds.

Avalanche prices will start at #35,980 for the 2WD Avalanche LS. Other prices have not been announced.

More Avalanche Equipment

  • Bluetooth wireless connectivity with steering wheel controls
  • Head curtain side-impact air bags StabiliTrak stability control
  • Controller that works with anti-lock brakes when towing a trailer

Chevrolet hopes that Avalanche enthusiasts will jump on the final version of the truck, and with this body style disappearing from most manufacturer lineups, it's probably the best opportunity you'll have to buy a new vehicle with a similar configuration.

Flip through the remaining pages for a look at three unique Avalanche trucks: an Avalanche that carried the Olympic Torch in 2002, and another pickup that transported a group of kayakers through the Himalayas. The third, the original Avalanche concept truck, introduced in Detroit in 2000.

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