Chevrolet Trucks and Cars For 2001
By Carey Russ
Chevrolet has a full line of pickups, vans, and sport-utilities. Its pickup lineup fills out for 2001 with the appearance of a Crew Cab model of the compact S-10 and heavy-duty versions of the full-size Silverado. On the SUV side, the small Tracker gets a new V6 engine, and the mid-size Blazer adds the stylin' Xtreme model. The full-size Tahoe and Suburban SUVs were all-new last year; the `Burb gets a available 8.1-liter V8 this year. That engine is also newly-available in the full-size Express van, which will also get a luxury model mid-year. A power driver's-side sliding door is offered on the Venture minivan.
Look for the early-release 2002 mid-size TrailBlazer SUV and Avalanche "Ultimate Utility Vehicle" a few months.
The newest addition to Chevy's compact S-10 pickup line is the four-wheel drive Crew Cab model. With four full doors and space for five people inside, it's designed for active people who need the interior room of a sedan and the ruggedness and cargo-carrying ability of a 4x4 truck. Like all 4x4 S-10s, it's powered by a 190-hp 4.3-liter V6.
The Silverado pickup line grows with the introduction of HD models. That's "HD" as in "heavy duty," three-quarter ton and one-ton powerhouses that are made for hard work, but feature plenty of civilized comfort. To ensure maximum towing and hauling ability, engines include the new Vortec 8.1-liter gasoline V8 with 340 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque and the all-new 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel, with 300 horsepower and a stump-pulling 520-lb-ft of torque.
The Blazer, Chevy's mid-size sport-utility, is offered in two- and four-door styles. New for 2001 is the Xtreme model of the four-door. Much like the existing Xtreme S-10 pickup, it's designed for street style and sporty handling, with a lowered sport suspension and radical styling.
Chevy's smallest SUV, the Tracker, comes in two- and four-door form. A sporty ZR2 model is newly-available in both styles, featuring a 155-hp, 2.0-liter V6 engine and four-wheel drive.
Tahoe and Suburban
The full-size Tahoe and Suburban were all-new a year ago. The Tahoe has minor refinements this year. The new 8.1-liter big-block V8 replaces the old 7.4-liter engine as an option in the Suburban.
Chevrolet has a complete selection of vans. The full-size Express offers five different engines, including the 8.1-liter V8, and a wide variety of configurations. A luxury-oriented LT model will debut soon. The mid-size Astro is available with rear- or all-wheel drive. The Venture minivan has new front styling and an available driver's-side power sliding door.
Chevrolet Truck Specifications 2001 S-10 Compact Pickup BODY STYLES 2WD regular cab short box, long box, 2WD extended cab short box 4WD extended cab short box, 4WD crew cab ENGINE 2.2-liter 4-cylinder (2WD only) Peak horsepower: 120 @ 5000 rpm Peak torque, lb-ft: 140 @ 3600 rpm 4.3-liter V6 (opt 2WD, standard 4WD) Peak horsepower: 180 @ 4400 2WD / 190 @ 4400 4WD Peak torque, lb-ft: 245 @ 2800 2WD / 250 @ 2800 4WD DRIVE TRAIN Front engine, rear or four-wheel drive 4-speed automatic 5-speed manual CHASSIS & SUSPENSION Body-on-frame construction Front suspension: independent dual control arm Rear suspension: solid axle, two-stage multileaf springs BRAKES Disc / drum 2WD, four-wheel disc 4WD. 4-wheel antilock standard EPA ESTIMATED FUEL ECONOMY City / Highway: N/A Fuel tank: 19 gallons PAYLOAD 1111 - 1508 lbs. depending on configuration TOWING 3000 - 6000 lbs. depending on configuration ------------------------------- Silverado HD full-size pickup BODY STYLES Regular, extended, and crew cabs. Short or long cargo box ENGINE 6.0-liter gasoline V8 peak horsepower: 300 @ 4400 rpm peak torque, lb-ft: 360 @ 4000 rpm 8.1-liter gasoline V8 peak horsepower: 340 @ 4200 rpm peak torque, lb-ft: 455 @ 3200 rpm 6.6-liter diesel V8 peak horsepower: 300 @ 3100 rpm peak torque, lb-ft: 520 @ 1800 rpm DRIVE TRAIN Front engine, rear or four-wheel drive 6.0 V8: 4-speed automatic 5-speed manual 6.6 and 8.1 V8: 5-speed automatic 6-speed manual CHASSIS & SUSPENSION Body-on-frame construction Front suspension: Independent dual control arm Rear suspension: Solid axle with leaf springs BRAKES Four-wheel antilock disc EPA ESTIMATED FUEL ECONOMY City / Highway: N/A Fuel tank: 26 - 50 gallons depending on configuration PAYLOAD 3321 - 5753 lbs. depending on configuration TOWING 9200 - 15,700 lbs. depending on configuration