Friday, March 27, 2020

2020 Chevy Silverado Rated “Comfortable, Fuel-Saving, and Smooth” by Trucks.com

Seeing the upcoming launch of Tahoe and Suburban, all of us here at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis will have revamped our entire truck lineup in less than 24 months, offering up the latest in technology during a very highly-competitive time. GM spokeswoman Stephanie Rice highlighted during a press conference last week that we are always focused on sustainable, healthy brand growth, and are very pleased with the outcome of the current pickup share. The staff from Trucks.com spent a week and 900 miles in a 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 with the High Country trim package to learn' the ins and outs of the capable and durable model.

Their test vehicle boasted the 5.3-liter V8, rated at 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, they claimed it was more than enough power for the vast majority of half-ton pickup truck users, and they made their way through the Grapevine and Tejon Pass in sunny Southern California. The bed was completely loaded with household goods and furniture, and this particular drive did not include towing. When the situation does arise as it does for most active truck users, the rating is a healthy 9.300 lbs for this particular engine setup.
One awesome feature that you're gonna love on your new Silverado is on the V8: a fuel-saving system turns off up to seven of the 8 cylinders. This Dynamic Fuel Management system enables engines to function in 17 different cylinder patterns to assure optimum power delivery and is seamless to the driver. There is also a start/stop feature that will briefly turn off the engine at a red light or stop sign, allowing for the ultimate in conservation during the peak traffic hours in any crowded metro.

The all-new platform and design architecture allowed engineers perfecting the Silverado to make the cabin larger, as well as add ample extra room in the bed. 4 inches have been added to the wheelbase, and the bed is almost 7 inches wider. For this test-drive, the crew stuffed the bed quite full and appreciated the design that reduced reach, making it amazingly easy to load and unload.

As the crew continued on north, they appreciated the well-functioning adaptive cruise control, and the easy-to-use infotainment system. There's nothing quite like the feeling of navigating the highway in a world-class pickup: the high stance, smooth ride, and quiet cabin of the Silverado has to be driven on the open road to be properly experienced. The screens are not full of multiple and difficult to understand layers, and functions in a very uncluttered form. Make sure you inquire about the benefits of the safety package: you'll receive the added protection of forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, and automatic high beam functionality!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Kelley Blue Book Spotlights 2021 Chevy Traverse's Exterior Update, Advantages of “Going big”

Practical and sound with a flair all its own, the 2020 Traverse is one of those vehicles that everyone here at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis feels is absolutely in its prime. When we talk to a very busy family or successful small business owner that is mulling over their current needs for a vehicle, this is frequently the one that comes up first. Who said that you have to settle for a tiny daily driver? Many customers are now raving about the commanding and very solid drive they experience every time they inch the Traverse out onto the road.

The 2021 model will go on sale later this year, and the expert staff on duty at Kelley Blue Book offered up a detailed look at the new features and exciting changes on their blog last week. The incoming model will brandish new front and rear-end styling, revised interior seating, LED lighting, and the added peace of mind that six safety features standard on all models now offers. There is also a brand-new expansion in the line that offers adaptive cruise control and rear-seat safety alert.
When you notice an SUV approaching, the front grille is really the pulse and presence of an SUV's appearance, and the new look for the Traverse has a redesigned front grille that stands out with very thin LED lighting elements. Once you are inside, the new options for seating are located in the second and third-row positions, and a dual skyscape 2-panel sunroof features a brand-new rear power shade. Android Auto and Wireless Apple CarPlay are now both included, along with a larger 8-inch drive information display on the instrument cluster.

For the 2020 Traverse, some of the life-saving safety and driver-assist features were only available on select models, and for the 2021 unit, Adaptive Cruise Control is now an option on 3LT, RS, and Premier models. When you are checking out which options are best for you, don't forget to closely look at the Premier and High Country trim levels: this is where the Traverse inches up to the category of the best we have to offer, and both of these trims see the addition of a rear-seat safety alert system.

Automatic emergency braking and front pedestrian braking are now introduced to all models, and also included are lane keep assist with lane departure warning, forward collision alert, automatic high beams, and following distance indicator. The lineup as far as engines are concerned continues on the current: offered is a 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine and 9-speed transmission. Trim choices are the LS, LT, RS, Premier, and High Country. If you quickly need to accommodate up to 8, you can easily do so when equipped with the second-row bench seat, and second-row captain's chairs are included on the RS, Premier, and High Country models to easily seat 7.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Popular Science Crew Takes Adrenaline-Inspired Turns at 1.3Gs During 2020 Corvette C8 Track Test

One thing that all of us here at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis are keeping our eyes peeled on the internet for news and performance reports about the new Chevy Corvette have realized is the frequent comparison to luxury brands such as Ferrari and Lamborghini. We have always taken massive pride in the fact that the Corvette was a car attainable by the hard-working men and women of the rust belt and beyond, but with a mid-engine placement and brand new model, things have most definitely stepped up a very large-sized notch.

The field testing staff of Popular Science had the pleasure last week of devouring track turns at the famed Spring Mountain Motor Resort in Nevada with the new Corvette Stingray, and auto journalist Dan Carney first made sure to lock the seat belt in place and then powered the seat forward into the correct position, preparing for a quite powerful liftoff. The team's test vehicle was equipped with the 3LT premium equipment package, Z51 performance package, and magnetic ride adjustable shocks.

As soon as he pressed the Start button, the 495-horsepower, 470 lb-ft LT2 6.2-Liter small block V8 roared vivaciously to life, with a sound that Dan compared immediately to the “Ferocious blast of NASCAR thunder.” In this mid-engine C8, the compact pushrod V8 is located behind the cabin, and the passenger can even see it if they twist a bit in their seat. The anchor of the center console is a rotary selector wheel that keeps the driver's hand stable during the adjustment of the knob.

Dan excitedly selected Track mode, then dialed up Sport 2 to activate the electronic stability control mode. He put the car in Drive and edged toward the pit exit, to start doing laps with the lead driver ahead of him. Once you are on your way, the computer-controlled dual-clutch transmission can shift itself like as ordinary automatic, or you can use the column-mounted shift paddles to take manual control.
The Pilot Sport 4s tires come with the Z51 performance package, as well as aerodynamic upgrades and an electronic limited-slip differential. As he powered through curves, Dan noticed the grip beginning to build, and he was able to push the car even harder by the second. After he got used to the overall feel of the track, Dan put the stability control to the test, and during turn-ins and braking could not quite make out times when the computer would intervene.

He felt that the Stingray's Brembo brakes were impressive, firm, and had just the right amount of friction without an abrupt grip. The mid-engine layout also gives the car a character with an entirely new sense of balance, that the outgoing C7 simply can't evoke when being tossed around at high speeds.

Earlier models were also criticized for the delay between the paddle and response from the
gearbox, and engineers for this model wired the buttons directly to the transmission’s shift controller, allowing the shift requests to proceed straight to the needed destination for the quickest shifting possible. This miracle of modern engineering that introduced itself to the world in a large California airplane hangar this summer keeps on wowing experts worldwide and has finally reached the ranks of its much pricier European track icons!

Friday, March 6, 2020

GM Authority Covers 2020 Chevy Spark Special Edition Model

There is a lot to love about a small-sized vehicle that in no way breaks the pocketbook, and the Chevy Spark is getting a refreshing jolt of energy this year thanks to the unveiling of a brand new Special Edition model. It was first shown at the 2020 Chicago Auto show and has since been making the rounds on social media hot spots such as Instagram and the GM Authority blog. There are now a few changes that help give it its own flavor and identity, and it's a car that has received praise for its attitude, spunk, and playful sense of energy. It is also perfect for large cities such as St Louis that may tend to have streets on the narrower side of the spectrum!

This new Special Edition has a major focus on adding to the visual appeal of the exterior and now is equipped with black bow tie emblems a black painted grille, black daytime running lamp bezels, and 15-inch black-painted machine-finish alloy wheels. This new Special Edition is only available on LT trim levels for the 2020 Chevy Spark, which is offered in two configurations: the 1LT Manual and the 1LT Automatic. The power source for both is the 1.4-L LV7 inline 4-cylinder engine. It has now been specially tuned to crank out 98 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque, delivered straight to the front wheels.

This Special Edition Spark model will be available here at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis in the spring, ready to provide a budget-friendly and planet-friendly choice for any Eco-conscious daily driver. The Spark had also received a thorough update for the 2019 model year, when it saw the addition of a restyled front end, new wheel designs, fresh exterior paint and interior color options, Chevy Infotainment 3, new safety features, and two new USB ports. This is one of the very last standing cars in the lineup that is not a crossover, SUV, or truck! Many very talented young professionals and graduates out there have told us they plan on thinking small when it comes to car purchase size, but think big when it comes to EPA fuel rating.

In the city, you'll achieve 30 mpg, while enjoying 38 mpg during highway miles. The vibrant color choices for the Spark are now Orange Burst, Caribbean Blue, Raspberry, and Passion Fruit. Don't forget to check out the ACTIVE look, which features roof rails, 15-inch aluminum wheels, rocker panel, fender trim, unique front and rear bumpers, jet black leatherette heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Whenever you choose to hit the open road with the Spark, you feel the ultimate in safety and protection, as features like Available Lane Change Departure Warning, 10 standard airbags, and a high-strength steel safety cage are present to aid your journey!

Friday, February 28, 2020

Digital Trends Reflects After 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray 1st Drive: “It's Ready to Take on the World”

The Corvette boasts a history dating back to the 1950s, and is quite arguably one of the most solid representations of fine auto tradition out there. This year there was an earthshaking event in the high-performance world, as the latest 8th-generation 'Vette arrived with guns blazing in a large hanger in California for its unveiling. This mid-engined model offers plenty of new tech and a cockpit built around digital displays, and almost every single attribute in the lines of performance and handling has been changed up.

The manual transmission has been removed in exchange for a dual-clutch, and during an in-depth test drive the staff of Digital Trends all felt that not a bit has changed regarding the very high value with this performance model: It is close in price range to cars like the Toyota Supra, but it's behavior on the track easily stares down cars in the 6-figure range. Chevy has been mulling over the idea of a mid-engined model since the 1960s, with many days at the drawing board with concepts and schematics. Right now in 2020 begins the very exciting era when many experts are claiming “it is now elevated from an awesome blue-collar sports car into a rival for European exotics”.

The sheer intelligence and patience of chief engineer Ed Piatek were a great help with the new Corvette Stingray's development. An integral turning point during his mission was when he realized that Chevy had run out of performance capability with the front-engine build, due to how rear-wheel-drive limits traction. When the engine is moved behind the driver, more weight is sent directly to the rear, which helps those tires possess an intense grip. The driver is now situated closer to the front wheels, so the steering column can be shorter, yielding much better response.

The car's movement through corners now has a more natural feel and is one of the reasons why IndyCar and Formula One racers have seen mid-engine placement as standard for years. There are trunks both situated in the front and rear in the 2020 Stingray, and share between them 12.6 cubic feet of cargo capacity. After a long test drive, writer Stephen Edelstein says that the new Stingray is not as stressful to drive as scores of other mid-engined cars, and you get a proper view of the road with the extra-wide windshield in place.

He also really loved the 12.0-inch digital instrument cluster and 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen. When you come to check out your options for a 'Vette here at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis, ask to experience the “Stealth” mode: it shuts down non-pertinent information for night driving, and lets you enjoy the cloak of darkness while (shhh!) potentially choosing to drive just a slight notch above legal limits. While you're here, check out the added benefits of the 2LT trim as well: this is where you obtain rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Supercharged 2020 Chevy Colorado Xtreme Showcased in Carbuzz.com

Fresh after the victory and well-received status of the 1,00 hp Camaro Convertible, Specialty Vehicle Engineering has now shifted their focus to the Chevy Colorado. The latest feature on Carbuzz.com was all about the 2020 Chevy Colorado Xtreme, a modern-day homage to the popular Chevy S-10 Xtreme sports truck that originated in the 1990s. Available for crew or extended-cab models, the Colorado Xtreme is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that doles out 455 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque, which utilizes the company's special in-house developed centrifugal supercharger.

This supercharger flaunts a unique head that features a planetary drive assembly as opposed to a traditional gear drive assembly that can spin up to 90,000 rpm with zero whine. This completes the job of eliminating power lag and provides a very noticeable smooth driving experience and linear powerband that increases power up to 5,400 rpm. SVE's air-to-water intercooler system takes on the task of minimizing heat soak to assure there is optimal power output at every second. There is also a composite Xtreme engine cover, body-color painted fog lamp surrounds with body-color painted grille, a custom dual exhaust, and reworked suspension that lowers the truck by two inches up front and five inches in the rear.

The redone Xtreme rides on 20-inch five-spoke wheels that you can get in satin or gloss black and are wrapped in Michelin 275/45R20 Pilot Sport PS2S performance tires. The interior features front headrests with custom embroidered red Xtreme logos and there are also durable premium floor mats in cocoa dune or black sporting the same logo. You can select from optional upgrades like a heavy-duty sway bar, heavy-duty bushings and traction bars, a folding black tonneau cover, and a custom seat trim package for the front and rear seats that blend in perfectly alongside the two factory interior colors.

The Colorado is the truck that Car and Driver praised for its quiet interior, very stable towing platform, and the straight torque derived from the diesel I-4. With a maximum towing capacity of 7,700 pounds, the Colorado has as much potential as some ½ ton trucks, but still offers good fuel economy and a size that is ideal for a daily commute. The extended cab gets the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's best “Good” rating in the moderate overlap front offset, roof strength, and head restraint crash tests, on top of the “Acceptable” rating in the driver-side small overlap front offset and side-impact test.
Trucks have become so wildly popular over the last decade, and there's simply no mistaking as to why. This Xtreme model is a very limited-edition, but we encourage you to come to visit us here at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis for a test-drive of the Colorado and fully experience what life on the other side of gigantic feels like on the road!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Sleek New Styling And RS Trim Addition For 2021 Chevy Equinox Showcased on Motor1.com

One of the first official glimpses of the revised Equinox for 2021 was granted for the masses at the beginning of the year when images of the crossover emerged over various Chinese media portals. These were actually showing the CN-spec model, but it comes as no surprise the North American model appears pretty much the same as in the photos released today by the company with the 2021 MY. On the new version the headlights are now interestingly split into two, and the reshaped grille extends onto the sides of the front fascia offering up a sporty and aggressive stance.

In the rear Chevy has revised the taillight graphics, and the model as a whole sees the launching of a new RS trim. As this week's feature on Motor1.com depicts, this ups the ante with a glossy black front grille complemented by other dark accents. The roof rails, badges, and bowties all come in black, as do the quad exhaust tips and 19-inch alloy wheels. The cabin is for the most part black, with contrasting red stitching and a unique gear shifter made special for the RS.

All of us here at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis also highly encourage you to check out the flagship Premier trim: with this you acquire the glossy black grille, but here it is combined with chrome inserts. There are also brand-new 19-inch alloy wheels, along with a different type of stitching on the inside where the center console sports a pleasantly menacing and glossy black finish. The model is slated to go on sale this fall, with a much larger availability of safety systems seen across every trim level.
Engine options are expected to still be the 1.5 and 2.0-liter turbocharged variants, paired respectively with a 6-speed automatic and nine-speed transmission. You'll have the choice of front or all-wheel drive, and we guarantee that you're going to love the influence taken from our longstanding and lavish pony, the Camaro. You'll enjoy the benefit of knowing you'll always be under watchful eyes of top-notch safety tech as the option to equip with a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, automatic parking assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, front and rear park sensors, and lane change alert are reasons why the Equinox received a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA.

The Equinox remains huge on value: we are very excited about the fact that the base L Trim comes standard with features like automatic lights, LED daytime running lights, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, high-adjustable front seats, Bluetoosh, OnStar with 4G LTE connectivty and Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 7-inch touchscreen, and six- speaker audio system. We realize that not every single consumer out there is ready to add extras to their choice to make it luxurious, and Chevy has a longstanding commitment to assure that those on a budget looking for a daily driver will still be rewarded with wonderful features!