New 2017 Colorado ZR2 Arrives: Significant Off-Road Power

Chevrolet just delivered the 2017 Colorado ZR2, a sporty new pickup trim that promised off-road durability and impressive performance, to dealerships across the country. First introduced at the LA Auto Show in 2014 as a concept vehicle, the new ZR2 promises to deliver power and versatility like no other mid-size truck on the market.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

According to Motor Trend, the new ZR2 will get an intelligent Multimatic DSSV damper system, a lifted suspension (by 2 inches), and a wider stance (by 3.5 inches). This new truck is designed for off-road performance, offering a taller ride height than the standard model, as well as a more rigid yet comfortable ride than previous model years. Plus, with a selectable Off-Road Mode, you can specially calibrate the engine, transmission, traction control, and suspension.

Under the hood of the latest Colorado is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates a whopping 308 horsepower, or alternatively a 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine with up to 181 horsepower and best-in-class torque. When equipped with the turbocharged diesel, the new ZR2 can tow up to 7,700 pounds. Other great features include the front and rear locking differentials for added handling and control.

The 2017 Colorado ZR2 is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. To learn more about this pickup, stop by Stalker Chevrolet today.

Chevrolet RST Special Edition

Chevrolet recently announced its new special edition trim, RST, which will be available on the 2018 Tahoe and Suburban. RST, which stands for Rally Sport Truck, will be available with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine with 420 horsepower, Magnetic Ride Control, and an all-new Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission.

The RST is inspired by after-market performance parts and does away with almost all chrome trim. It comes with body-color grille surround and door handles with a gloss-black grille and mirror caps, as well as black badging. It will come with a range of other available packages to boost performance and braking.

The director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing, Sandor Piszar, said that RST is a reflection of Chevy’s ongoing effort to make the Tahoe and Suburban adaptable to every kind of driver, with “various combinations of capability, technology, and performance.” He went on to say that the RST is for “customers who want a street performance look without sacrificing capability or refinement” that still allows for increased performance.

RST will be available on the 2018 Tahoe and Suburban in fall of this year, and preliminary estimates show that the Tahoe will have a towing capacity of 8,400 pounds and will be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds. For more information about the Chevrolet RST Special Edition, call us at Stalker Chevrolet!

Chevrolet Introduces Redesigned Traverse

At the North American International Auto Show, held in Detroit early this year, Chevrolet unveiled its redesigned Traverse that will be part of the 2018 model year. It will come with a bold new look in addition to best-in-class cargo space and third-row legroom, two big factors for a family-friendly crossover.

“The all-new Traverse offers the ultimate in style and convenience for the segment, with the versatility customers need and a thoughtful, spacious design they’ll love,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and brand chief, Global Chevrolet. “It’s the midsize SUV designed to help keep you safe, comfortable and connected.”

When it goes on sale later this year, it will be Chevrolet’s fourth updated crossover or SUV within a year, joining the Trax, Bolt EV, and 2018 Equinox.

The 2018 Traverse will add two new trim levels, a sporty RS and premium High Country. These packages will give buyers even more options for a more personalized driving experience. With the RS, buyers will get blacked-out exterior design elements, including a black chrome grille, 20-inch wheels, a black bowtie, and more. The High Country trim delivers premium options like Loft Brown leather details with suede accents, 20-inch polished wheels, power-folding third row seats, and other quality amenities.

The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will be coming to Stalker Chevrolet this fall.

Newest Chevy Off-Road Truck Is 2017 Colorado ZR2

There’s nothing quite as awesome as a Chevy off-road truck. The latest addition to the off-road lineup is the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. This high-performance pickup will make its debut this spring and will have a starting price of $40,995 MSRP, including a $940 destination fee*.

Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks marketing director, said, “When you buy a ZR2 at the starting price of $40,995, you are getting all of the significant off-road technologies standard with the vehicle, as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission and a wealth of other features at no additional cost.”

With this price, the ZR2 is more than $2,000 less than the next comparable model, and isn’t any less capable. You’ll be able to take on high-speed desert runs, tackle two-track trails, and climb the steepest rock crawls.

Standard features at the MSRP price includes front and rear locking differentials, off-road rocker protection, modified front and rear bumpers for better clearance, cast-iron control arms, a transfer case shield, 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires, exclusive ZR2 17- by 8-inch aluminum alloy wheels, and more.

For those wanting even more features, the Colorado ZR2 has a number of desirable options. These include a seven-speaker Bose premium audio system, a full-length black vinyl floor, and a class-exclusive 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine.

*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Actual price will be set by the dealer and may vary.

Chevrolet MyLink Tech Makes Driving Safe, Easy, and Fun

Chevrolet MyLink
None comes close to Chevrolet MyLink – the ultimate infotainment system for the modern driver – which you can find in all new Chevy models.

While nearly every vehicle seems to have a smart console front and center these days, none comes close to Chevrolet MyLink – the ultimate infotainment system for the modern driver – which you can find in all new Chevy models.

To start with, Chevy MyLink makes it safe and easy to receive and send text messages, so that the dangerous practice of texting and driving can become a thing of the past. You can use MyLink to make phone calls, too.

Additionally, there’s really no limit to the music you can access on Chevy MyLink, starting with the ability to integrate your own smart device to your vehicle, granting you access to your personal library. You can also use SiriusXM Radio, Pandora, and more.

Lastly, Chevy MyLink even comes with a Teen Driver Mode, which – when enacted – can guarantee certain behaviors for a driver. For example, Teen Driver Mode can be set so that music will not come on until all seatbelts are buckled.

Want to learn more about Chevrolet MyLink or check out one our many available vehicles with the new technology? Contact us or simply stop by anytime, here at Stalker Chevrolet, to take a vehicle out on a test drive.

New Silverado HD Alaskan Edition is Ideal for Winter Driving

Check out the new Silverado HD Alaskan Edition this winter. This new pickup concept comes with a truly rugged exterior that’s perfect for rain, snow, or shine. This model comes with a custom stainless snowplow among other features, making it the perfect ride for wintertime. You won’t want to leave the warm seat of this model anytime soon.

According to Chevy, the new Silverado HD Alaskan Edition comes with tons of great features, including a custom silver-accented blue exterior paintjob with grizzly bear decals, chrome bumpers, wheels, and mirrors, and a polished chrome grille. Plus, a leveling kit is perfect for maintaining an even stance as you drive with added equipment

2015 Silverado 3500HD Hauling
Even in snowy, rough terrain the Silverado HD is equipped to do more. (Pictured – 2015 Silverado 3500HD)

“No matter what the weather brings, Chevrolet HD trucks are designed to make the toughest jobs easier,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Truck marketing director. “The new Alaskan Edition gives customers in snow country a stronger tool for tackling the worst that winter throws at them.”

The interior comes with great features like rubberized floor coverings to keep the cabin protected from snow and water, and Alaskan-themed materials set the perfect atmosphere for your ride. Under the hood you’ll find a Duramax 6.6-liter V8 turbo-diesel design, which generates a whopping 910 lb-ft of torque. If you plan on driving in harsh winter weather, get the new Alaskan Edition. Or if the Alaska Edition is quite for you, try one of Chevy’s many other capable trucks!

New Chevy Diesel Powertrain Options: Wider Selection Than Ever Before

In order to give drivers more options than ever before, Chevy has decided to release more diesel powertrain options. The new 2018 Equinox, the Cruze, and Cruze Hatchback will add diesel versions to provide better fuel economy.  Capable of earning more than 40 mpg highway, these new power plants are bound to be more popular than ever.

2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback
For 2018 the Cruze Hatchback will have a diesel option

According to Detroit News, diesels only make up a small portion of US automotive sales (about 3%), one reason many automakers have failed to provide a wide range of powertrain options. However, these new Chevy diesel powertrain options are designed to give car shoppers the opportunity to get better gas mileage by switching to a different fuel source.

As of now, Chevy is basically testing the market to see how popular these engines will be. “We’re going to see how the demand shakes out,” said Chevrolet marketing director Steve Majoros. “We’re going to provide another alternative for somebody that’s looking for that.”

What’s the difference between gasoline and diesel? Diesel engines compress air to heat and ignite fuel, a complex process that often leads to more efficient fuel consumption. While a normal gasoline engine compresses at a ratio of 8:1 or 12:1, a diesel works at a ratio of 14:1 or even 25:1. While diesel may be slightly more expensive at times, you often save more in the long run.

Chevy Bolt EV Technology: Clean, Efficient—Self-Driving?

The Chevy Bolt EV recently made headlines in the automotive world for its impressive powertrain system, capable of driving 200 miles on a single charge. Plus, it can do all this without a driver behind the wheel. You heard right. GM is testing some of its autonomous vehicle technologies on the new Bolt, making it one of the most advanced models on the road.

2017 Chevy Bolt

 

According to Fortune magazine, Chevy Bolt EV technology is noteworthy in itself. Thanks to a high-tech battery and motor system, the 2017 Chevy Bolt can go 200 miles before you need to charge again, a process that only takes nine hours to go from empty to full. You can do all your driving, plug in for the night, and drive away in the morning. Considering that the average American only drives around 32 miles per day, the Bolt EV is more than practical.

Other cool features include a Location-Based Charging system that will gauge what time of day is the most cost-effective to charge. Because electric companies vary their price from hour to hour, you can save even more with this smart system.

Chevy Bolt Interior
Chevy Bolt EV technology at your fingertips on the Bolt’s brilliant display

Of course, that’s not all. GM put self-driving technology on select Bolt EV models—only prototypes have this technology—to test this ability in Arizona. So far, the self-driving Bolt has managed to impress testers, suggesting autonomous vehicles are the next big thing. We can’t wait to see the new Bolt EV in action.

2016 Chevy Cruze is the Most Fuel-Efficient Car in its Segment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rated the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze at 42 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel-efficient car in its segment for highway fuel economy.

The Cruze is Chevrolet’s best-selling car around the world, with more than four million sold since it went on sale back in 2008.

2016 Cruze Sedan

Thanks to a new, direct-injected 1.4-liter EcoTec turbocharged four-cylinder engine and 250 pounds of weight reduction, the Cruze L, LS, and LT models equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission were rated at 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined, better than rivals such as the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Jetta. The manual was rated at 29/41/33 mpg and the top-of-the-line Cruze Premiere at 30/41/34 mpg.

The new Cruze also uses stop/start technology to bolster efficiency in stop-and-go traffic and achieves about 7% better fuel economy than previous models during city driving.

2016 Chevrolet Silverado Rally Edition

Continuing its trend of catering to specific audiences, Chevrolet is offering another special edition Silverado pickup. The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado Rally Edition is designed to appeal to the performance-pickup enthusiasts. Unveiled at the Texas Motor Speedway, this special edition offers a more customized look than we’re used to.

Available with 20- and 22-inch black wheels, the Silverado Rally Edition features body-side stripes and black accents. In addition to the exterior look, the special edition also gets some extra features, like a trailering package and dual-zone climate control.

Featuring a black bowtie, the Rally Edition joins the Midnight Edition and Realtree Edition. Unveiled with Dale Earnhardt Jr. behind the wheel, the Rally Edition is expected to sell quickly.

2016 Chevy Silverado Rally Edition - Creston, IA

As long as the current sales trend continues, it’s likely we’ll continue to see more special editions. Not only are the special editions selling well, they’re leaving their mark on the brand as a whole.

“They also helped make Chevrolet the fastest-growing truck brand in the industry,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet truck marketing. “In 2015, total Chevrolet truck sales increased 27 percent – double the increase for the total truck market. As we expand our lineup of special editions for 2016, we expect to continue that momentum.”

Here at Stalker Chevrolet, we’re happy to see the Silverado line continuing to grow!