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2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS

2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS

Sportier looks, enhanced fuel economy

Introduced for the 2018 model year, the second-generation Chevrolet Traverse is a significant departure from its predecessor, boasting a sportier look, state-of-the-art technology, and offering best-in-class maximum cargo room. The old 3.6-liter V-6 was also replaced with a brand-new unit, but Chevy also announced plans to fit a turbocharged four-cylinder in the SUV. The new engine was unveiled at the 2018 Chicago Motor Show in the Traverse RS, the first-ever Traverse to sport a turbocharged powerplant.

Alongside forced induction, this model also gets a few visual upgrades inside and out. It’s pretty much the SUV version of the Sonic RS. It also gets quite a few extra standard features. It’s not the fanciest trim available, but it’s very similar to the Premier model in terms of equipment and price. You can always go with the High Country model if you’re into a more luxurious cabin, but if you’re looking for a sporty appearance, the new RS is the best choice you have. Let’s see what set it apart in the review below.

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Chevy Traverse RS Looks Like The Better Daily Driver In Chicago

Chevy Traverse RS Looks Like The Better Daily Driver In Chicago

Upgrades include a solid dose of turbo torque and new styling bits as well

The 2018 Chicago Auto Show is now in full swing, bringing with it a fresh batch of debuts to ogle and pick apart. Chevrolet is showing up to the party with a new RS version of its Traverse mid-size SUV, and as you might have guessed from the addition of the two letters to the tail, it’s a more aggressive iteration of the high-riding utility vehicle. However, despite the sporty connotations, the Traverse RS isn’t really all that impressive when it comes to its performance. Rather, we think the extra torque, new styling bits, and fancy tech in the cabin make it better suited for the rigors of daily driving.

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The 2019 Chevy Silverado Offers an all-new 3.0-liter Duramax; Revised 5.3- and 6.2-Liter Engines

The 2019 Chevy Silverado Offers an all-new 3.0-liter Duramax; Revised 5.3- and 6.2-Liter Engines

Improved efficiency awaits future owners

The Chevrolet Silverado never actually left us, but the debut of the all-new 2019 model feels like a second coming for the Bowtie’s massively popular half-ton pickup. It has a dramatic new look, a lighter packaging, and a staggering number — eight in total — of trim options that’ll make your heads spin in excitement. Best of all, though, is the fact that Chevy is also diversifying the Silverado’s engine lineup, including an all-new Duramax 3.0-liter inline-six turbo-diesel engine that will compliment revised versions of Chevy’s 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8 engines.

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado

2019 Chevrolet Silverado

More technology, less weight, and a new turbodiesel

Chevrolet has pulled the covers off its all-new, 2019 Silverado 1500 half-ton pickup truck. While Chevy teased the truck back in December at the Texas Motor Speedway at Chevy’s centennial celebration, the full details only became available at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Chevy also made sure everyone knew the 2018 Detroit show marked 100 years since the brand launched its first pickup.

The 2019 Silverado is completely new and shares almost zero parts from the outgoing truck. Even the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s are revised for increased efficiency. The truck’s fully boxed frame is now 88 pounds lighter but has 10 percent more torsional rigidity, and the truck’s overall weight has dropped 450 pounds when comparing crew cab V-8 models from 2018 and 2019. Chevy did this by using aluminum. Yes, after years of dogging Ford for building its trucks from recycled beer cans, Chevy has made the switch, too. But not every body panel made the transition – only the parts that swing, which includes the hood, doors, and tailgate. The rest is steel. This includes the bed floor, which Chevy says is made from higher-strength, roll-formed steel than before.

Of course, the interior has been completely revamped, too. You’ll find those details, along with so much more, down below.

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The 2019 Silverado's 3.0-Liter Duramax Is Chevy's First I-6 Turbodiesel

The 2019 Silverado’s 3.0-Liter Duramax Is Chevy’s First I-6 Turbodiesel

Also the first I-6 since Chevy killed the Trailblazer in 2009.

Chevrolet is breaking the status quo with its all-new 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder Duramax turbodiesel. Announce in conjunction with the new 2019 Silverado 1500, this light-duty turbodiesel marks a few big milestones for the automaker. It breaks convention by avoiding the familiar V-6 design used by both Ford and Ram’s 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesels.

First, the 3.0-liter I-6 Duramax is the first straight-six diesel engine Chevy has ever made, and second, it’s the first inline-six produced since the Chevy Trailblazer and its 4.2-liter Atlas I-6 ended production during the 2009 model year.

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Get Your Tracks Ready: Chevy Camaro Hot Wheels Goes on Sale Feb 1st

Get Your Tracks Ready: Chevy Camaro Hot Wheels Goes on Sale Feb 1st

Have you saved up $4,995?

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition first came into our lives in October 2017 when the special edition muscle car made its debut at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show in Las Vegas. Fast forward three months and we’re sitting here today, reporting that Chevrolet has announced details on how you can get the Hot Wheels package on your Camaro. Only 2,500 units of the package will be available, each coming at a price of $4,995. Prepare those credit cards because orders open on February 1 at Chevrolet dealerships all over the country.

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Chevy Offers the 2019 Silverado in Eight Trim Levels Across Three Groups

Chevy Offers the 2019 Silverado in Eight Trim Levels Across Three Groups

There are plenty of options to choose from to suit your Silverado needs

The Chevrolet Silverado made its long-awaited debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. If you’re already drooling over the possibility of owning one in the future, you’re in for a treat because the Silverado will have no shortage of trim options to choose from. According to Chevy, the new half-ton pickup truck will be available in eight different trim options, spread across three different ranges. As far as getting your money’s worth, the new Silverado is giving you plenty of breathing room to choose the best trim that suits your needs and your wallets.

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Does The 2019 Silverado's Dash Resemble A Porg?

Does The 2019 Silverado’s Dash Resemble A Porg?

Am I The Only One Seeing This?

I might just have an overactive imagination, but I swear I see a Porg in the center console of the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The Porg is a mystical bird-like creature from Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the similarities are just uncanny – especially with the Silverado’s optional brown leather dash treatment. The Porg’s cute little head and pudgy round body have the same shape as the Chevy’s 8.0-inch MyLink screen, HVAC controls, toggle switches, and connectivity ports.

Of course, I’m sure Chevy’s interior designer didn’t glean inspiration from the Porg. In fact, he likely takes serious offense to my observation considering the years he’s spent sculpting and perfecting his vision, and only then to fight for its approval against endless committee meetings and reviews.

Still, It’s going to take me a while for this coincidence to escape my mind. Surely I’m not the only one. Are you seeing this? Tell me in the comments.

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Watch The 2019 Chevy Silverado's Power-Lift Tailgate!

Watch The 2019 Chevy Silverado’s Power-Lift Tailgate!

And check out those larger bumper steps and storage boxes

Chevrolet’s all-new 2019 Silverado 1500 is making waves at Detroit thanks to its slick design, new interior, and list of high-tech features. One such feature is the power up/down tailgate. Simply press a button and the tailgate lowers and lifts on its own. Button locations include the tailgate itself, the key fob, and inside the cabin. Chevy is the first to offer such a tailgate. Ford did debut a power-release tailgate on the 2015 F-150, but it doesn’t close on its own. Chevy’s power tailgate is available on the higher trim level trucks and comes standard on the range-topping High Country.

Other new features at the 2019 Silverado’s business end include larger CornerSteps and new in-bed storage boxes. The new bumper steps are said to accommodate steel-toe boots, which should be a hit at the job site. The cargo bed also has available storage boxes that secure to the bed walls. These removable boxes offer lockable and water-tight storage for gear while not impeding on the width of the bed floor. A sheet of 4x8 plywood or drywall will still fit between the wheel wells.

Last but not least, Chevy has added a 120-volt household power outlet inside the bed. The three-pronged outlet will run any power tools or tailgating party equipment.

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Chevrolet Gives the 2019 Silverado a Proper Diet

Chevrolet Gives the 2019 Silverado a Proper Diet

Bowtie’s new full-sized pickup now weighs 450 pounds less than the current model

Chevrolet promised to turn heads at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, and it did just that with the introduction of the 2019 Silverado. There’s a lot to unpack about Chevy’s all-new, half-ton pickup truck, and one of the most interesting developments about it has to do with its weight. It may not seem like it in on the surface, but the new Silverado, among other things, is 450 pounds lighter than the current model.

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Genovation GXE, the Electric Corvette, Gets More Power for its Pre-Production Debut at CES

Genovation GXE, the Electric Corvette, Gets More Power for its Pre-Production Debut at CES

It’s now more powerful than the new ZR1!!!

Will wonders ever cease? It certainly doesn’t seem like it. Remember that electric Corvette from Genovation Cars that hit 200 mph in 2016 before being show off at Pebble Beach? Well, it will make another public appearance at the 2018 CES show in January, but this time with 800 horsepower and more than 700 pound-feet of torque on tap – figures that promise to push it to the 220-mph mark and all without the use of any dino juice… Oh, what a time to be alive.

Based on the C7 Corvette that’s about to be retired to make way for a new generation, the GXE was originally rated at just 492 kilowatts or around 660 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of twist. Those aren’t bad figures for an electric beast, that’s for sure. We’re not sure how Genovation did it, but it’s managed to provide the world with updated specs that now include an extra 140 ponies and at least 100 more pound-feet of torque. Those figures are pretty staggering, but even more so, when you consider the Corvette ZR1 delivers just 755 ponies and 715 pound-feet. Of course, this news also comes with more goodies too, including an updated specs sheet that promises a 60-mph sprint in less than three seconds and a top speed that peaks more than 220 mph.

There is a downfall, however, as that GXE Electric Vette won’t get you very far and you better not expect a fun day at the track. Despite the fact that battery technology is on the up and up, this baby only gets 130 miles or so from its 60-kWh battery pack, and there’s no word on charging time, either. So, when you shell out the $750,000 for one of those 75 models being created don’t expect to do a whole lot with it outside of some occasional playing or trotting back and forth around town.

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This Is It! Meet the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

This Is It! Meet the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

A helicopter airlifts the Trailboss trim to its debut

Continuing the modern trend of sneak-peak reveals ahead of official debuts, Chevrolet dramatically introduced its all-new, 2019 Silverado 1500 pickup truck by airlifting the truck under a helicopter on December 16. The spectacle took place at the Texas Motor Speedway in view of the media and members of Chevy’s new Truck Legends owners club.

Chevy hasn’t released much information on the new 2019 Silverado, but we do know several key points. For starters, the new Silverado will come with a Trailboss trim. First seen on the Chevy Colorado, this trim takes the Z71 off-road package and adds a two-inch suspension lift and Goodyear DuraTrac tires. Chevy also says the new Silverado will come with more engine and transmission combinations, more technology and convenience features, and has a “significant reduction” in weight over the outgoing Silverado.

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First Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Will Be Auctioned for Charity in January

First Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Will Be Auctioned for Charity in January

Proceeds will benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation

Unveiled in mid-November 2017, the C7-gen Corvette ZR1 is the quickest, most powerful, and most aerodynamic Corvette ever built. At the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Chevrolet also unveiled a convertible version, only the second such body style to be offered since the original ZR1 was introduced back in 1969. While launching the ZR1 Convertible, Chevrolet announced that the first production unit of the ZR1 will be auctioned for charity in January 2018. Specifically, a coupe example will go under the hammer at the Barrett-Jackson event in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 20.

All proceeds collected by the 755-horsepower, 715-pound-foot supercar will benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which builds mortgage-free smart homes for severely injured firefighters through its Building for America’s Bravest program. The foundation is named for a New York City firefighter and first responder who died during the World Trade Center terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The Corvette ZR1 joins an impressive lineup of first-production models that were auctioned for charity by Chevrolet in recent years, like the Corvette Z06 and several Camaro models, including the drag-spec COPO. Given that the Corvette Z06 was auctioned for $1 million back in 2015, it’s safe to assume that the ZR1 will also raise a seven-digit sum for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. We will be back with the result in January.

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Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Goes Topless in Los Angeles

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Goes Topless in Los Angeles

It’s the first convertible ZR1 since 1970!

It’s been only two weeks since Chevrolet unveiled the new Corvette ZR1, and the Detroit-based company already launched the convertible version at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Wow, that was fast! I can’t say I didn’t expect it to happen at some point, but boy, I really didn’t see the ZR1 Convertible coming before 2018. The bigger news here is that the this is the first drop-top version of the ZR1 since the nameplate was first used back in 1970.

As with any topless version of an existing coupe, the ZR1 Convertible shares almost everything with its hardtop counterpart. The soft-top, which gives the driver and passenger access to infinite headroom, doesn’t do much to change the car’s appearance when it’s not folded in the trunk. What’s more, it adds less than 60 pounds to the overall weight, and it doesn’t significantly alter the ZR1’s aerodynamics, so both the low and high wing packages are offered. The soft-top is power operated and can be folded remotely while the car is stopped or driving at speeds of up to 30 mph.

“The ZR1 convertible is a no-compromise supercar,” said Corvette Executive Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter. “Thanks to the strong structure, the suspension tuning between coupe and convertible models is identical, meaning the ZR1 convertible offers the same benchmark performance, including a top speed of over 200 mph.” Performance figures aren’t yet available, but the coupe needs less than three seconds to hit 60 mph, to go with a top speed of 212 mph.

Chevrolet also announced pricing for the Corvette ZR1. While the coupe retails from $119,995, the convertible costs $123,995 before options, including destination, but excluding tax, title, and dealer fees. The ZTK Performance Package, which includes the High Wing, costs $2,995.

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The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Might Drop Cover In Dubai This Weekend

The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Might Drop Cover In Dubai This Weekend

We could be days away from seeing Chevy’s new track star!

Word around the ‘Net is that Chevy will reveal its highly anticipated, track-focused iteration of the C7 Corvette, the ZR1, at an upcoming private event in Dubai on Sunday, November 12th. The rumor comes courtesy of the Bow Ties devotees over at CorvetteBlogger, who posted what appears to be a leaked image of the December issue of Car & Driver portraying one very orange and aggressive-looking ‘Vette parked under the ZR1 banner. The image is supported by further detail images taken from the magazine article itself, which appear to show the ZR1’s shifter, engine, and steering wheel, while a post made a day prior shows an invite to a special event in Dubai this weekend, apparently provided by a Middle East-based Corvette owner.

It’s assumed that the ZR1 will land stateside later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show to wow domestic journalists, with a predicted production launch for spring of 2018. And yeah, Dubai does seem like a somewhat unusual place to reveal the red, white, and blue sports car, but as CorvetteBlogger points out, Chevy still managed to garner plenty of attention when it dropped the Corvette Grand Sport at the Geneva Motor Show, and with the L.A. show scheduled to kick off in a few weeks from now, the ZR1 should still get plenty of attention. Either way, stay tuned as we look for further developments.

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2017 Chevrolet ZR2 Race Development Truck

2017 Chevrolet ZR2 Race Development Truck

A ZR2 built for racing on rougher terrain

Chevy brought two custom Colorado ZR2 pickups to SEMA this year with some heavy modifications that make them even better off-road. One was built in collaboration with American Expedition Vehicles and meant for over-landing while this, the Colorado ZR2 Race Development Truck, is built for high-speed desert running. In fact, many of the upgrades on this truck were first tested on Chad Hall’s Colorado ZR2, which ran in the “Best In The Desert” race series.

The list of modifications isn’t overly extensive, showing just how capable the Colorado ZR2 is from the factory. The truck’s crown jewel is its DSSV spool valve shock absorbers from Multimatic. DSSV shocks were developed for supercars and F1 race teams, so its adoption for an off-roader was unconventional. The factory truck also has better ground clearance than a regular Colorado, along with bespoke bodywork that improved approach and departure angles. Adding to its capability are front and rear electronic differential lockers – something not found on any other Colorado. Still, Chevy improved on the ZR2’s design for hard-core racing.

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