When it first hit the streets in 2002 the Chevrolet Avalanche was considered ground breaking. With the ability to lower the panel separating the bed from the cabin to increase cargo space, while still looking like a sport/luxury truck, the Avalanche caught the eye of many a truck buyer when it first hit the market.
Initial sales in 2002 and 2003 for the Avalanche were just over 90,000 units per year. However, a little over ten years later, sales numbers for the Avalanche are struggling to break the 20,000 unit mark. With crew cabs becoming the norm on almost all truck lines, and various other innovations from the competition, the Avalanche feels more than a little outdated now. To celebrate its retirement, Chevrolet is releasing a black diamond edition Avalanche. It will include special badging, custom trim levels, backup cameras, parking sensors, remote start, fog lamps and adjustable pedals. It is always sad to see what was once an innovator put out to pasture, but the time has come. Now we will just have to wait and see if Chevrolet has anything up it sleeve to replace it.