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Adventure Bound: The 2001 Chevy Avalanche

  • What’s unique about this cutting-edge vehicle?

It combines aspects of an SUV and a pickup truck. It’s been dubbed the “ultimate utility vehicle,” or UUV … sort of how Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups satisfy those who love chocolate and peanut butter.

  • So what’s new?

The whole model. It’s the first new car model by Chevy since the 1985 Astro.

  • Need some breathing room?

The Avalanche features a Convert-a-Cab system with a reconfigurable Midgate, allowing you to fold in the back seats of the cab, extending the 5-foot-3-inch truck bed to 8 feet, 1 inch.

  • Can I escape to Vegas for some mid-week blackjack?

Yep. The efficient, generously sized fuel tank offers a cruising range of 500 miles. You won’t even have to spend your winnings filling this baby back up for the ride home.

  • But I want to feel the wind in my hair!

The Avalanche borrowed a cue from its elder sister, the 1968 Corvette Stingray, and has a removable rear glass panel.

  • What about my weekend off-roading hobby?

The Avalanche has an Autotrac four-wheel drive system with a computerized transfer case to assist in difficult road conditions. The brochure boasts a “clean, uncluttered exterior” so you won’t get tangled in the brush.

  • For the mountaineer within us all:

Celebrating a partnership with The North Face, an outdoor clothing/equipment manufacturer, the interior features The North Face-designed seat cloths and Summit backpacks.

  • But will it hold up to my adventurous lifestyle?

Come on, who are you fooling? You really just want to impress your friends. So tell them the Avalanche has a modular, three-piece frame with hydroformed components for precise dimensional control, strength and stiffness. That ought to do it.

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