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The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax Diesel

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

The 2020 Silverado is taking a page from the 1990s. Back then, you were able to get a Silverado 1500 with a V-8 diesel. But since then, Chevy has stopped offering a diesel half-ton truck, and the Silverado 1500 has had an all-gasoline engine since; until now. 

The Silverado 1500 for 2020, takes the vehicle in 7 seconds from 0-60 mph- at least the Silverado RST Duramax. It has an outstanding performance, and it completed a quarter-mile at 90.7 mph in 15.4 seconds. Talk about fast! 

The numbers are close to what the Ford F-150 diesel 4×2 delivers. The F-150 goes from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. The F-150 ran the quarter-mile in 15.6 seconds at 88.9 mph. 

The 1500 Duramax 2WD can tow up to 7,600 pounds. If you think about it those numbers aren’t bad, and it feels even better when you’re driving it. The vehicle has lots of torque and the diesel engine is buttery smooth. 

When it comes to pulling the trailer, it pulls effortlessly and the 10-speed automatic transmission shifts swiftly. The Silverado doesn’t struggle when pulling all that weight and going uphill it performs flawlessly. Talk about effortless. 

On the 1500 Duramax, Chevy is offering its invisible trailer technology for those who do a lot of towing. It uses the camera that is installed on the back of the trailer which works with one the rear cameras that’s on the trucks’ rear and creates an image on the infotainment screen; which allows for the view of the rear (without the trailer) to be seen. When the trailer is so big that it blocks your rear visibility, this is a nice feature indeed.     

The updates on the vehicle are noticeable. Diesel engines are known for being obnoxiously louder than their gas counterparts, but that’s not the case with the Duramax. The engineers of the vehicle made sure that the engine was quiet and they made improvements to the trucks NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) to have a smoother ride.    

Although there aren’t many updates on the interior, the updates made are nice additions considering the lack of a new interior. New on the vehicle is an 8.0-inch touchscreen which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is also a new HD rear camera that projects a better image when the driver is backing up to a trailer. 

As with all Silverados, there are new additions to the bed. There is the standard CornerStep which is built into the bumper which gives the Silverado an advantage over its competitors and there’s also a three fixed tie-down on each corner. The bed also adds more volume to the truck; the designers added 3.5 inches on each size which accommodates larger objects. 

The Silverado Duramax RST 2WD starts at $28,300 (plus destination fee). The LT starts at ($38,000 plus destination fee), the LTZ starts at $43,000 plus destination fee), and on the High Country starts at $53,000 (plus destination fee). The 3.0-liter Duramax is available on each trim for an additional $9,395 upcharge. Many people are happy that Chevy is offering a diesel engine in the Silverado 1500 and the engine’s performance and capability is an added bonus as it makes it stand out from the crowd.  

You can search the inventory of Chevy Silverado’s at Miami Lakes Automall.  Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if the Chevy Silverado is the truck for you. 

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Chevy Silverado Enters “The Best in the Desert off-road Racing” Program

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

When it comes to off-road performance, Ford is known for nearly having it locked down with the F-150 Raptor. We won’t see a Rival for Ram until a couple of years down the road, but what about Chevrolet? Chevy has been pretty quiet about the idea, but maybe certain news about the 2020 Chevy Silverado is a sign for what’s to come. 

On October 10, 2019, Chevy said that it would take the full-size pickup and enter it on the Best in the Desert racing series. Chevy knows about the off-road racing series since the Colorado ZR2 has been on a few tours in the last couple of years. The series has been used as a place to test new performance parts for trucks as well, which the company has consistently used. 

The Silverado will be used to tackle the off-road courses in the series. Chevy has said to cnet.com that the “Silverado race truck will be used for engineering development and validation.” The Silverado will serve a double purpose. 

The Silverado will run with a new long-travel suspension, prototype Multimatic DSSV dampers, and front and rear jounce shocks. What does the jounce shock do? The Jounce Shock System enhances gross vehicle motion control, it also increases suspension bump capacity, and it provides exceptional bottoming protection for extreme off-road conditions.  

This isn’t the first time that you see the Multimatic DSSV dampers, however. They made their first appearance on the Colorado ZR2. Chevy has said that the prototype set is of a higher capacity. The dampers will help keep the bigger Silverado in check with a higher wheel, and overall it’ll have better control. 

The rear shock skids and the skid plates cover a lot of the underbody which rounds out the race-prepped Silverado’s upgrades. The world is deprived of cool sedans. Chevy should at least give customers a full-size performance truck as an option.   

BEST IN THE DESERT OFF-ROAD RACING:

Best In The Desert (BITD) offers a number of opportunities to join in on the fun with a variety of off-road races across the U.S. The event is inclusive to those who are racing as a sportsman or is a seasoned pro. If off-road motorcycle racing, car/truck racing, UTVs, and motorcycle racing is something you’re into then the BITD is something to consider.    

When the next Silverado race truck makes its debut, which will be next month at the Laughlin Desert Classic, that’s when we’ll see the Silverado race truck. You can search the inventory of Chevrolet Silverado at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you. 

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There Will Be No More Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid in 2020

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

There is another sedan hybrid model being put out to pasture in the U.S. market. Green Car Reports says that Chevrolet is abandoning the Malibu Hybrid for the 2020 model year, and Chevrolet confirmed it to motor1.com in an email. With sedan passing on, Chevrolet doesn’t have a hybrid offering in its lineup.

If buyers are looking to purchase an electric vehicle from Chevy, the only new option is the all-electric Bolt subcompact. There’s been a lack of demand for an electric vehicle and that’s the reason behind Chevy abandoning the decision. The sedan sales, in general, have plummeted in the North American market, and the Malibu isn’t immune to the changing tides. 

There haven’t been specific sales figures for the hybrid variant. Malibu’s sales were down just over 22 percent in 2018. The Cruze trim fell nearly 23 percent and the brand’s flagship Impala sedan dropped over 25 percent.

Both of the models got the ax, not to mention the plug-in hybrid Volt which had a 10 percent drop in 2018. The Sonic hatchback, which is in the Chevy lineup, had a 30 percent drop in 2018. Don’t be surprised if it disappears soon.

There’s a possibility that Malibu could be dismissed as well. Rumors are circulating that the sedan could be cut at the end of the current lifecycle, which has until the end year of 2024. The mid-sizer has received a modest facelift for the 2019 model year, and it’s a competitive contender in the market as it has a base price of $23,240 (plus destination fee). 

While Malibu sales are down, Chevrolet has sold over 144,000 vehicles this past year. The hybrid might be a goner, but it seems that GM is trying not to let go of Malibu just yet. GM has already filed for the Bolt EUV trademark. 

GM Has Filed for ‘Bolt EUV’ Trademark

On October 2, 2017, GM outlined what an “All-Electric Path to Zero Emissions” would do, they also announced a new electric offensive with 20 new all-electric vehicles which are set to launch in 2023. They also want to launch two new electric cars in the next 18 months which will be based on the Bolt EV. “In the next 18 months, GM will introduce two new all-electric vehicles based off learnings from the Chevrolet Bolt EV,” said Motortrend.com    

However, the 18 months have already passed, and there have been no signs of those new electric vehicles that they promised. GM has said that they have released those two vehicles already: they are the Baojun E200 and Buick Velite 6 EV, the only two China vehicles that are produced by joint-venture partnerships in China. A few days later there was another report from GM that came out filing a new trademark for a vehicle called the ‘Bolt EUV.’   

ELECTREK’S TAKE:

Motortrend.com can’t understand how GM would consider the Baojun E200 and the Buick Velite 6 EV as the two newest Bolt EV-based electric vehicles. If GM  had used those vehicles to make it look like they had indeed respected their timeline and had actually launched an actual new Bolt EV-based electric car, how they would have pulled it off would have been funny to see. Either way,  it seems that the writers at Motortrend are happy to see that there is some evidence out there that GM is still working on the vehicles.

General Motor is still planning on launching in 2023 at least 20 new electric vehicles. They have been seriously considering naming the new vehicle Bolt EUV. GM Authority reported on April 9th of 2019 that they have filed a trademark application for “Bolt EUV”.

With the trademark filing is confirmed, the name will be used for vehicles such as the “motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles.” There haven’t been any actual facts, but it’s believed that EUV could stand for “Electric Utility Vehicle.” Nothing has been confirmed except that there’s a new vehicle Bolt.

You can search the inventory of Chevrolet at Miami Lakes Automall.  Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you. 

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Spy Photos for the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban Are Out

Friday, August 30th, 2019

There’s a prototype for the redesigned Chevrolet Suburban that has been spotted, which reveals a few clues about the upcoming SUV. General Motors is redesigning its full-size fleet around the T1 body-on-frame platform for SUVs and pickups as you’re reading this. The platform for the vehicle is an evolution of the current K2 design and it sheds some steel for aluminum to reduce the pounds. It might help the new Suburban shed about 300 pounds. 

Last year, the T1 platform made its debut in the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The redesigned Suburban is expected to arrive at dealerships as a 2021 model in the second half of 2020. 

A redesigned version of the smaller Tahoe should be out shortly. GM is also working on redesigning the related GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade. The vehicles are all built at the same plant in Arlington, Texas.

This Suburban prototype has a lot of camouflage gear, but as for the design of the vehicle’s face, especially the headlight treatment, it looks to have been borrowed from the latest Silverado model. Viewers can also see the angle of the C-pillar through the camouflage gear, as well as the graphic of the taillights, can also be seen.

Although the engineers tried to hide the rear axle, they weren’t very successful as it can be seen that there is an independent rear suspension instead of this generation’s solid rear. This could be in direct response to Ford’s latest Expedition, and it should significantly improve the vehicle’s comfort levels. The other big news is the broader range of powertrains that are expected for the new Suburban and there’s a good chance that a new 2.7-liter turbocharged inline-4 with cylinder deactivation fitted can be seen— that’s correct, a 4-cylinder Suburban. 

There is an advanced powertrain, which makes 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque, that has already been announced for the Silverado. The 5.3-liter V-8 is available, possibly with the more advanced Dynamic Fuel Management cylinder deactivation technology which can vary the engine’s firing between one and all eight cylinders. At the top of the range could be the 6.2-liter V-8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque currently available in Suburban RST trim.

2019 Chevrolet Suburban Interior:

The 2019 Suburban’s has an upscale interior that grabs anyone’s attention from the moment they step inside; it has an artful shape, high-end materials, and excellent fit-and-finish seem more appropriate for a luxury sedan than a full-size SUV. The third row on the vehicle has enough foot- and legroom for adults and kids. The high cargo floor provides enough space for the flat-fold 3rd-row seats and under the floor is a handy hidden storage area, so space doesn’t feel wasted.

2019 Chevrolet Suburban Exterior:

The exterior for the Suburban doesn’t share anything when it comes to the components or the design with its Silverado pickup-truck counterpart. The exterior designer for Chevy had a lot of space at their disposal, and they used it well as this SUV is big enough, and it has a presence that is decidedly commanding. The broad front face of the vehicle owns the traffic lane, and it has long, flowing lines which emphasize the Suburban’s considerable length instead of hiding it.

Dimensionally, the 2019 Suburban is about the same size as all those versions of years past. But when talking about full-size SUVs, an inch here or there doesn’t make much of a difference. It’s all about what the buyer is looking for. 

2019 Chevrolet Suburban Options:

The Suburban has an extensive available-equipment list. Among its choices is if buyers order the LS trim level with the front bench seat which is Suburban’s most prominent trim and it can haul up to nine people. Any of the trims available can be equipped with the Driver Alert Package which adds low-speed forward automatic braking, IntelliBeam automatic high beams, lane-keep assist, driver-alert seat, and power-adjustable pedals. 

For the LT version, we like the exceptionally comprehensive Luxury Package that adds many of the Premier’s luxury touches. There is an Entertainment and Destinations Package that bundles navigation with the Premier’s luxury touches. There is also a Blu-ray rear-seat entertainment system, and a power sunroof. 

You can search the inventory of Chevrolet Suburban at Miami Lakes Automall.  Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you. 

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Chevy Camaro May Be Discontinued After 2023

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

GM has not confirmed or denied the Camaro’s imminent expiration. Is Chevrolet thinking about killing the Camaro, again? Muscle Cars and Trucks suggests that might happen after 2023 when the current sixth-generation ‘Maro is slated to end its production. 

The report states from “multiple sources” at General Motors said the next-generation Camaro program has no apparent future beyond 2023 as it’s suspended. The same sources are also saying that the nameplate will likely get shelved as well, which means no more Camaro in the pony car’s history for the second time. Motor1.com contacted GM to see what truth is behind the claim, and they received this official statement from them:

“While we will not engage in speculation, we will remind you of our recently announced updates coming to the Camaro lineup this fall. An all-new LT1 model will provide customers V8 power with the design and affordability of our LT trim. The award-winning SS model will feature a new front fascia from the Camaro Shock concept. All of our updates are customer-driven to improve the car, and it’s driving experience.”

That’s not a denial by any means, but it’s neither a final nail in Camaro’s coffin. If going strictly off sales, the future looks grim indeed; deliveries on the sixth-generation Camaro have fallen since its introduction in 2016, with just under 51,000 being sold in 2018. It’s the lowest sales year since Camaro’s revival in 2009, and sales through the first three months of 2019 are only slightly better.

To Chevrolet’s credit, the 2020 facelift brings a more traditional look to the front of the car back. There is no guarantee if sales will increase or decrease on the Camaro rebound for the 2020 model year and if it will sell with its fresh face. Muscle Cars and Trucks points out as well that the Camaro’s chassis is shared with the now-defunct CTS and Cadillac ATS. 

That does not mean that the next generation of Camaro couldn’t be transitioned to another platform, but the report does highlight that various members from the Camaro team have stated that GM has spent time on other projects. Put it all together, and there is an excellent case supporting the cancellation claim. GM, for sure, will be watching Camaro – and Mustang – sales very carefully over the next 12 months. 

Camaro Performance:

Camaro Engine is Never Short on Power. The base engine for the Camaro is a 275-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, but there’s an upgrade to a 335-horsepower V6, a 455-horsepower V8, or a 650-horsepower supercharged V8 that buyers can purchase. Every engine available provides enough power for driving around town or on the highway and an eager acceleration, but the high-performance V8s deliver track-worthy muscle.

Camaro Gas Mileage: Paying a Premium Despite Decent Ratings. With its V6 engine, the Camaro gets 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The turbo-four driver receives the best ratings in the lineup, earning 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

While those are solid ratings for the class, they don’t translate to fuel savings because the four-cylinder engine requires premium gasoline. You’ll save about $150 per year on gas by getting the Camaro’s V6 over the turbo-four. Despite the latter’s superior mpg ratings.

Camaro Ride and Handling: Dynamic and Comfortable

The rear-wheel-drive Camaro has the handling chops to let you take full advantage of its powerful engines. It’s incredibly agile, and it also rides smoothly. The sharp steering and sturdy brakes are perfect for winding roads.

If there are any signs of life, there’s no reason to believe the automaker couldn’t push forward with a new plan. If, however, sales continue to underwhelm, there might be another way. We might well see Chevrolet’s warhorse put out to pasture yet again.

You can search the inventory of Chevy Camaro’s at Miami Lakes Automall.  Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you. 

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The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel Has the Highest EPA-Certified Fuel Economy

Monday, July 29th, 2019

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel has the highest EPA-certified fuel economy ratings for a 2020 full-size truck. The diesel powered Silverado delivers 23 mpg city/33 highway/27 combined. The 2020 Silverado 1500 premiers General Motors’ new diesel engine, which is a 3.0-liter Duramax turbocharged inline six-cylinder. It has a rating of 277 hp, and 460 pound-feet of torque and the powerplant will also be available in the GMC Sierra.

The Silverado diesel has a 10-speed automatic transmission and it also has a fuel-saving stop-start system. The Silverado has a six-mpg advantage over the Ram. The Ram can be expected to narrow the gap when it launches a new diesel later this year.

This summer Ram will offer the only other full-size light-duty diesel pickup which will launch an updated version of its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6, and it had a rating at 20 mpg city/27 highway/23 combined when it was sold in 2017. Honda, Toyota, and Nissan vehicles do not offer diesel engines in their light-duty trucks, even though the Titan by Nissan has a Cummins diesel motor which is considered a heavy-duty truck, like the Ford F-250.

How Long Is It On Top?

The Silverado will probably hold the fuel economy title in the future. The F-150 would need significant upgrades to eclipse the Chevy truck. To surpass Silverado’s 1500 diesel vehicle, Ram would need to boost highway fuel economy by more than 20 percent.

Chevrolet boasts the industry’s most extensive diesel lineup with the addition of the Silverado 1500 diesel. The fuel-saving engine is available in midsize Colorado, new medium-duty Silverado, and the heavy-duty Silverado. Chevrolet’s 1500 diesel can tow up to 9,300 pounds, and it can haul 1,870 pounds of cargo in its bed. 

More Than A Drivetrain:

Silverado’s executive chief engineer, Tim Herrick, said that the diesel’s fuel economy rating is in the result of more of the efficient drivetrain on the vehicle. While the Silverado is known for its busy styling, Herrick explained during a walk-around of the truck, how the air curtains on the lower front fenders improve the aerodynamics.

“The proportions of the truck, the roofline, the mirrors, air curtains, everything was in line with getting the aerodynamics that could get us great fuel economy,” he said. The truck’s driving range drives more than 600 miles on a full tank. Although the entire 2019 EPA fuel economy guide is not published yet, the Silverado diesel has a reasonable shot at becoming the most fuel-efficient pickup regardless of size. 

In the 2019 guide, there is no two-wheel-drive pickup with a higher ranking, and all of the other competitors are way behind. However, the Silverado diesel’s fuel economy is higher than the GMC Canyon and the lighter Chevrolet Colorado. Those pickups can also be ordered with diesel engines, but the highest fuel economy ratings are 20 mpg city/30 highway/23 combined.

For 2020, Chevrolet makes the most reliable, and most advanced Silverado with several new features that include the new 10-speed automatic transmission which is paired with the 5.3L V-8 standard on the LT Trail Boss. It is available on the High Country with the legendary 6.2L V-8 which is offered on the Custom Trail Boss, LT Trail Boss and RST trim. The available technologies, including new trailering features and Adaptive Cruise Control – Camera.

“In today’s truck market, customers continually demand more features, more technology, and more capability,” said Tim Herrick, chief executive engineer of Full-Size Trucks. “For 2020, we are delivering more in each of these areas. As a result, the Silverado now offers customers the most towing capacity of any light-duty pickup and the most affordable light-duty truck with more than 400 horsepower.”

More than half of the Silverado trim levels will be available with the 6.2L V-8 with an SAE-certified 420 hp for 2020 and a 460 lb-ft of torque, which is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. For the LT Trail Boss and the Custom Trail Boss, that power has a 2-inch factory suspension lift, and the Z71 Off-Road Package has skid plates, a locking rear differential, 18-inch wheels, Rancho monotube off-road shocks, and Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires. The Custom Trail Boss, with its 6.2L V-8 engine, starts at $43,865 (which includes the destination fee), and it makes this vehicle the most affordable light-duty truck with more than 400 horsepower available.

“The Trail Boss models are already some of the most popular in the Silverado franchise,” said director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing Sandor Piszar. “Adding the available 6.2L V-8 will ratchet that excitement up even further. Starting under $44,000 for the Custom Trail Boss, Chevrolet offers enthusiasts an affordable truck with serious performance on and off-road.”

New for 2020, is the engine which is a 6.2L V-8, available on the Silverado RST models which come equipped with four-wheel drive as well. Because of it, the maximum when it comes to towing on the Silverado is increased to 13,400 pounds when it’s properly equipped. If the driver wants even more when it comes to performance, the Silverado 6.2L has a Performance Upgrade Package that delivers a cat-back performance exhaust system and performance air intake, raising the output to 435 horsepower and 469 lb-ft of torque.

You can search the inventory of Chevrolet Silverados at Miami Lakes Automall.  Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you. 

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Say Goodbye to the Manual Transmission on the Chevrolet Corvette C8

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

The stick shift days on a Corvette may be numbered indeed. General Motors revealed the redesigned Corvette on July 18th with eye-popping new features such as an engine that is situated under the vehicle’s midsection, instead of being under the hood, which maximizes speed. What doesn’t it have? A manual transmission.

The 2020 Corvette Stingray will have an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission that will provide lightning-fast shifts and excellent power transfers, Chevrolet has stated. It’s matched with an “electronic transmission range selector,” which removes the mechanical connection between the transmission and shift stick. It will also incorporate paddle shifters for those who want to design their vehicle to their specifications. 

A dual-clutch transmission is conclusively a manual. Drivers don’t need to fumble for the clutch and use their hands to switch gears when driving the car. The old-school stick shift that defined what the modern vehicles were in the early years is gone with the C8 Corvette.

This has been a long-time rumor, but it won’t make it any easier for the stick-shift loyalists. But the loyalists out there are a “loud minority,” said Karl Brauer, executive publisher of car information and buying sites for Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book. Some enthusiasts might “make all sorts of screams and noises” about the change, but essentially “it’s just getting harder and harder to justify a manual transmission given the low volume,” Brauer said.

The new mid-engined Corvette steps up its pursuit of the Porsche and Ferrari. Entry-level version features a massive 6.2-liter V8 LT2 engine with 495 hp, and 637 Nm of torque and the crankshaft sits at 2.5 cm lower to the ground. The LT2 now uses an engine-mounted dry sump oil system, and three scavenge pumps.

For the first time, the Corvette will not be offered with a manual gearbox. Chevrolet has instead opted to use a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), designed in collaboration with TREMEC. It features a double-paddle de-clutch feature which disconnects the clutch by holding both paddles.

Performance is expected to be blistering. Corvette will offer an optional Z51 package which gives an improved passive suspension system with manually adjustable springs, larger brake rotors, improved cooling, specific axle ratio, and a performance exhaust. Going 60 mph should take just 3 seconds.

The chassis will remain aluminum in preference to the carbon fiber monocoques that have become ordinary for mid-engined supercars now. The chassis will be 137 mm in length over the Corvette C7, which is an extra 56 mm in width. It will be offered in right and left-hand drive variations.

When it comes to design, the Corvette will get a low profile headlamp and the hidden door handles will ensure that the lines are not disturbed. Larger side air intakes were imperative for the vehicle. Chevrolet has chosen a small rear spoiler to complement the front spoiler which adds 180 kg of downforce.

The main functions inside are especially driver-oriented. The entire cockpit sits 42 cm further forward and it features a line of buttons that run along with the center console towards a central monitor. The steering wheel has been stationed to validate an unobstructed view of the 12-inch digital cluster.

The leather finishes come standard with Corvette choosing to use real metal wherever it’s possible. The stainless steel speaker grills cover a Bose audio system and carbon-fiber trim are also available as an option. There are three seat options which are available with GT1 offering the most comfort, GT2 an intermediate opportunity and Competition Sport focussed on performance.

Twelve exterior colors will also be made available with six interior themes, two stitching patterns, and six-seat belt colors. As for availability, there have been no details that have been confirmed; however, we know that production will begin late 2019. The Corvette will be offered both stateside, and in Europe for the first time as well.

You can search the inventory of Chevrolet Corvette’s at Miami Lakes Automall.  Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox Will Not Have a Diesel Option

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Chevy’s experimenting with a diesel-powered compact crossover is coming to an end after two years. Chevrolet spokesman Kevin Kelly confirmed to Green Car Reports that the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox would not be available with a 1.6-liter turbodiesel. It’s time to say goodbye to the Chevy Diesel.

“We have discontinued the diesel engine option for the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox due to low demand,” GM spokesperson Kevin Kelly said. GM had attached the diesel powertrain to the Equinox as part of its redesign for the 2018 model year, as well as a diesel option to the corporate sibling, the GMC Terrain, that same year. A GMC spokesperson confirmed to caranddriver.com that the diesel Terrain is also getting cut.

“We will only offer our two turbocharged gas engines in the Terrain for 2020,” said spokesperson Stuart Fowle. “Diesel represented a very small percentage of sales. We believe in diesel in segments where customer interest is higher”. 

The Canyon is still offering the diesel; while the Sierra will provide a refined 3.0-liter Duramax for 2020. The next-gen Sierra HD is shipping to dealers being the most capable Duramax available. Chevy indicated that it would scrap all-wheel-drive versions of the turbodiesel Equinox earlier in 2019. The engine option is now completely gone, although that left room for front-wheel-drive versions to continue. The GMC Terrain, which shares many pieces with the Equinox such as the powertrains, they may also face a similar destiny. A spokeswoman for GMC didn’t instantly comment on if the turbodiesel would return for the Terrain, according to greencarreports.com. 

The engine went out of production for the U.S. market earlier this year which was also available in the Chevrolet Cruze. The reasoning behind the diesel engine being killed on the Equinox is unclear, as the Equinox was rated high having 28 mpg city, 39 highway, 32 combined according to the EPA. Costumers are still bitter about the sticker shock with the $2,400 upcharge for the diesel engine compared to the base models, which could be the reason for the diesel’s short life. 

Relatively high diesel fuel prices compared to regular unleaded may have also hampered sales. On Thursday, July 11th, 2019, AAA reported the national average for a gallon of gasoline was $2.75 compared to $3.03 for diesel fuel. At that rate, drivers may face decades before recouping the upfront cost for the diesel engine. 

We are in the middle of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and truck drivers will already see the increased diesel fuel prices due to rising fuel taxes. Automakers have wrestled with offering diesel-powered SUVs in the past few years. Hyundai ditched plans to offer a turbodiesel-powered version of its Santa Fe crossover last year, reportedly because of onerous regulatory approval for diesel, post-Dieselgate. This week, Ford announced it would shelve the diesel-powered Transit Connect van before it was offered in the States. 

Jaguar Land Rover stopped offering Jaguar F-Pace and Range Rover Velar crossovers with a turbodiesel for 2020, too. The least expensive 2019 diesel Equinox was the LT trim, which started at $32,495 (plus destination fee). This was a $2400 premium over the same trim with a gas engine. 

Going diesel was also raising the price to be a $3700 upcharge over the base model, which was only available in a gas engine. The 2019 Terrain, which is the cheapest diesel in the SLE trim, starts at $32,995 (plus destination fee). It also represented a $3,700 increase over the similar trim gas models as well.

General Motors has sold 332,618 Terrains and 332,618 Equinox CUVs in 2018. During the first six months of 2019, GM sold a total of 174,157 Equinox CUVs and 174,157 Terrains. The company did not comment to questions about how many of those were types of diesel vehicles. The Diesel Technology Forum states GM sold 3045 Terrain diesel in 2018, and it did not provide numbers for the Equinox diesel sales.

Mazda has committed to bringing a diesel-powered crossover to the U.S. At the 2019 New York International Auto Show, they announced it would finally sell a diesel-powered CX-5 crossover in the U.S. after years of delays. The diesel engine is available only on the CX-5 Signature crossovers and it will cost more than $42,000 (plus the destination fee), and the EPA rates the turbodiesel at a relatively unimpressive 28/31/29 mpg.

You can search the inventory of Chevy Equinox’s at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you. 

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