Friday, June 14, 2019

Hotcars.com Reports on Arrival of Duramax Diesel for 2020 Chevy Silverado


The critical components of cars and trucks that make them the fantastic machines that they are sometimes happen to be a long time coming, forcing loyal buyers to let their excitement mount for the features they love! Chevy has finally introduced a turbodiesel engine which was originally scheduled to arrive later during the 2019 model year, and now officially being introduced as a component on the 2020. The staff on duty at Hotcars.com reported this past week on the 3.0-Liter Duramax inline 6-cylinder turbodiesel, which no doubt sports the necessary features to make it a solid hit with enthusiasts here at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis!




As far as the all-important power specifics, they reside at 277 horsepower, and 460 lb-ft of torque, which is much better than the 3.0 – liter diesel situated in the sworn rival in the form of the Ford F-150. That power is also generally very accessible to boot, with max torque occurring between 1,500 and 3,000 RPM. This rugged and robust complete package comes mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, and features incredibly advanced emissions and combustion technology to optimize performance at all times.

As far as pricing, the 3.0 – liter Duramax is priced identically to the 6.2-liter V8, but it is also available on lower trims such as the LT, RST, LTZ, and High Country as well. It is exciting to note that this means that this Silverado Duramax is way easier to get set up in than the F-150's diesel variant, which requires the buyer to spring for a Lariat trim as an entry point. The Duramax is a cast aluminum block, that is 25% lighter than an equivalent iron block featuring a variable geometry turbocharger as well as a variable intake manifold. It also boasts ceramic glow plugs and Active Thermal Management to the engine heats up rapidly and doesn't require a block heater until the temperature reaches -22 degrees F.

Exact EPA mileage, towing, and payload figures are still on the way, and the Duramax is expected to arrive on lots late during the summertime. It also comes equipped with an exhaust brake, something you don't enjoy the benefits of when using a gas-powered engine. Beginning with the 2500 Crew Cab 4WD, the maximum towing rating is 18,500 pounds, and the maximum gooseneck towing capability increases by a notable 52% to the segment-leading  35,000 pounds.

Built to stand up easily to the toughest and dirtiest jobs, the all-new Silverado HD is engineered with 7 different types of steel, which each gauge chosen to specifically maximize the capability for a truck that comes right off the line ready to tackle the toughest of hauls, moves, or location scouting duties. The Durabed features 12 standard tie-downs, as well as LED cargo area lighting and a built-in 120 – volt outlet with an all-new side BedStep conveniently situated between the cab and rear wheel!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Chevy Bolt EUV Crossover Spotted by Autoblog During Recent Spy Shot Outing



Nearly 70% of drivers in the US are on the road for less than 60 miles each weekday, which has brought about a high level interest as of late regarding electric cars and their rewarding promise. Driving ranges have gotten further, appearances have improved in a way that to effectively blend in a bit more with other cars on the road, and many consumers have enjoyed the benefit of tax credits with their purchase. Chevy has definitely shown an interest in being very committed to cranking out EVS, and has provided an electric Cadillac concept, as well as a confirmed electric pickup.



Chevy has also claimed to all of us on staff here at Jim Butler of St Louis that another crossover alongside the Bolt is due for construction, which is rumored to be called the Bolt EUV, and it is fairly certain that this is the one caught by the spy photographer for this piece presented last week by Autoblog. It looks a bit more like what the daily driver envisions when a crossover comes to mind, and it's more upright stance is the main characteristic contributing to the blend. Underneath the camo shown in the spy shots it is expected to be larger than the current Bolt, with no exhaust present at all and running in complete silence.

Much of the buzz we have encountered lately has been about  a new platform known as BEV3, but we suspect that Chevy also plans to use the current Bolt's BEV2 platform for two new crossovers, as clearly laid out in a presentation two years ago. It has also been confirmed that a hefty amount of finances are being invested into the Lake Orion plant to work on at least one of these two. This could very well be the model that is shown in these shots, and it is not known just how this will affect sales and existence of the original Bolt.

One of the reasons we are so excited to see how the development of these new cars progresses is because of just how revolutionary yet practical the Bolt was. Heralded for literally being the benchmark for mainstream Evs, it boasts an impressive 238 miles of range, for a very reasonable price compared to the likes of the Tesla Model 3. The powertrain provides very punchy acceleration, and nearly twice the range of EVS in a similar price point. The charge-termination feature now has more available levels to reduce overall charging costs, and inflating the tires is easier with the tire-fill alert now as standard. Elmer Kades of consulting firm AlixPartners said it best himself last month when he claimed “Electrification, you cannot stop it anymore – its coming”: the options on the horizon are going to assure that your daily drive will be more beneficial and a step in the right direction for the sustainable greater good!

Friday, May 31, 2019

GM Authority Features Spotlight on 2020 Silverado's Adaptive Cruise Control


Some of our regular customers here at Jim Butler had expressed their surprise about one very popular element regarding the 2019 Silverado: they were surprised that it was not offered with the incredibly useful adaptive cruise control. In this day and age that has seen features like this become more and more common, it was definitely one that buyers of upper-level trucks such as the Silverado LTZ or High Country would want included. GM Authority reported this week on the fact that the 2020 Silverado will thankfully and most definitely feature the camera-based adaptive cruise control system.


It is slated to be offered as an optional extra on the Silverado LT, LTZ and High Country, and is one of the best additions ever in terms of maintaining a safe distance in general. A high-mounted camera behind the rearview mirror scans the road and incorporates algorithms and proprietary software to maintain safe driving distance to the vehicle ahead. It also boasts full traffic jam assist capability, which brings the truck to a complete stop when necessary and accelerates back up to cruising speed. Also integrated with the truck's stop/start system, it plays a large part in optimizing fuel efficiency, a big win in the very Eco-conscious state of everything auto-related.

GM has also recently expanded the availability of the L87 6.2-Liter V8 engine to the Silverado Custom Trail Boss, LT Trail Boss, and RST trims for 2020. The 10-speed transmission is now going to be available with the L83 5.3-liter V8 Equipped trucks, coming standard on the LT Trail Boss and on the High Country as a new option. Just like standard cruise control, adaptive cruise control uses the On/Off, Cancel, Set, and Resume buttons on the steering wheel. While you are following behind a vehicle and steering, you simply select Far, Medium, or Near, and it will reduce the driver's need to frequently start and stop, a pet peeve of any urban driver.

If the system does not detect a vehicle ahead, Adaptive Cruise Control works just like regular cruise control. When the system detects a vehicle ahead in the driving lane, the Vehicle Ahead Icon appears for the driver in green. When the vehicle detected ahead is within the selected following gap, the system has the ability to automatically accelerate or apply limited braking to maintain the chosen width of the following gap. If the system is controlling speed and detects that the vehicle may collide with the one it is following, the driver receives a very urgent Forward Collision Alert to warn them to quickly take control of the vehicle.

As cars become more autonomous by the year, there will be amazing new features that allow the driver to pay less and less attention to the road. In the meantime, the small steps that lead the way will still leave us amazed by their intensely-honed focus on what is practical for today's driving standards.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison Tray Bed Ranked by GM Authority as “Ultra Capable and Handy”




The internet is always a great source for us to check in on exactly what's been happening in the auto industry periodically: the many different voices and opinions allow consumers to make the right choice when finding the perfect new vehicle for them. The Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison is a more capable take on the Colorado ZR2, which itself is a very upgraded version of the standard Colorado. The knowledgeable staff on duty at GM Authority kept us up to date on the ZR2 Bison Tray Bed concept this week, which it built to display at the Overland Expo West show.

It was to be used at the Overland Expo to gauge interest in a production tray bed conversion for the Colorado, which already has high-clearance fender flares from AEV, allowing them to fit a large 35-inch tire to the mid-size pickup without the need to install lifted suspension. AEV tested the Colorado ZR2 Bison Tray Bed concept by taking it on a very demanding 3-day expedition in the Altar desert in Mexico, seeing if this amazing and very durable desert-crawling model holds up to its name. There the crew was joined by a group of specially outfitted AEV Jeep Wranglers and nailed down a performance billed by the experts as “flawless” in this harsh terrain.



The Colorado Bison is aimed at overlanding and off-roading enthusiasts, and we love the off-road ready equipment such as the optional intake snorkel, AEV front and rear fascias, new fog lamp, and 17-inch AEV off-road wheels. The option of converting into a ZR2 Bison is available for both the 3.6-liter V6 and 2.8-liter diesel, and you can see it up-close-and-personal at the 2019 Overland Expo West, which is in Flagstaff, Arizona from May 17 to May 19. You can also check out more news regarding the Colorado truck here, as GM Authority provides numerous features about the upcoming 2020 model.

Next year's model will sport a new remote locking tailgate, available as an option on the Work Truck trim. It comes standard on LT, Z71, and ZR2 models. All models also will now get Tire Fill Alert, and LT models will now come standard with the EZ-lift tailgate. Inside, the Chevy Infotainment Premium system with Navigation is replaced with the incoming Chevy Infotainment Plus system: we guarantee that you're going to love the look and functionality it provides. The Colorado is proudly assembled at the GM Wentzville factory right here in Missouri, and operated by GM USA. Feel free to subscribe to always receive the latest and most updated news on the Colorado and all other vehicles, and keep in the loop with all things Chevy for 2019!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Carbuzz.com Outlines MultiPro Tailgate Feature on 2020 Silverado


One thing that we really appreciate from the folks at carbuzz.com is their recognizing in an article last week that there truly is an all-out American pickup war going on. Our beloved Silverado HD vs. Ford F-250 and the rest of the Super-Duty Lineup is really how the stage has been set as of late, and at lots like Jim Butler, every sale counts! The all-new GMC Sierra HD not only has a carbon fiber bed, but also a six-function MultiPro tailgate, that now comes standard on the SLT, AT4, and Denali variants. The new Silverado HD will now have the MultiPro feature, as a recent report from GM Authority detailed spying a camouflaged 2020 Silverado HD prototype, and the tailgate was clearly situated on board.



The cut lines for the MultiPro were visible behind the prototype's tarp, and many think that the tailgate will also become optional for the light-duty Silverado 1500. It makes sense for the Silverado 1500 to get this upgrade before the HD variant, and we are already positive that a direct response from the Ford camp is underway. This article from January does a great job of outlining all of the advanced towing tech put into the GMC Sierra HD, paving the way a bit for an understanding of just how useful and future-embracing the features that have been arriving at a breakneck pace are.

Known as being “the segment's most innovative tailgate ever” aims to be both flexible and functional while minimizing the effort needed to complete the tougher-laden tasks in your workday. It offers four new positions that were never before possible in a pickup, including a standing workstation. There is also enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop options, easier access to items in the box, and a step entry and egress mode that offers step and seated functionality.


This tailgate has undergone more validation and testing than any other in GM's history, and with the primary gate open, the load stop helps prevent items from unexpectedly sliding out of the box. The inner gate folds down for easy access when loading and unloading the box, and the inner gate folds into a large step for easy entry and exit from the box. The ease of use is enhanced with two buttons on the tailgate handle that allow convenient inner gate release, and the MultiPro tailgate is operated via a two-button touchpad, located at the center of the tailgate just above the GMC logo. The bottom button will drop the entire tailgate, and the top releases the upper part. This was an idea that originated as a result of a very hefty internal competition within GM engineers, and one that you'll realize the practicality-with-a-punch factor on immediately!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Mid-Engined C8 Corvette Shown on Car and Driver Blog Roaring in Bowling Green


Publicly showing off a world-class car that has been anticipated for many years is always an event that involves grinning and gusto: after years of development and testing, there is finally “something to really smile about”. Now that the mid-engined Corvette C8 is officially released, Chevy has had a grand time showing it off at choice spots around the nation. This video shows the camouflaged car driving around the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, giving everyone within earshot an official chance to listen to its glorious V-8 exhaust note.

The C8 will make its completely official, minus-camo debut July 18, and go on sale sometime late this year. Onlookers cheered, stared, and took multiple photos of the sports car at it looped around the front of the museum and then took off, with a full-on acceleration run on the way out. You can very clearly hear the V-8 roar, right down to the dual-mode exhaust that can be heard switching over to the thundering louder setting toward the end of the video. We also expect some custom upgrades to be available that could potentially boost output beyond the C7's 460 horsepower.

You can also make out some rapid shifts at the end of the video which reinforce the notion that the C8 Corvette will incorporate a dual-clutch automatic transmission, A first for any Corvette. Most in the industry believe that this will be the only transmission option, and Chevy plans to drop the manual transmission from the lineup entirely. There are sure to be many tidbits and videos to come over the next few month, and we'll keep you posted and up to date as time passes.

This video from Motor1.com shows another set of C8 Corvette sightings recently captured on video. The narrator aptly compares the Chevy to a McLaren and a Ferrari, and most who have made that comparison have the older Ferrari 360 in mind. The C8 still most definitely possesses an edgy style that is all its own, and as amazing as it is, stealth sightings began 3 years ago. Numerous studies and concept cars over the past few years have finally led to this thrilling release, and this is another great video we dug up online that says just how great the C8 will be for everyone.

It is also estimated that GM has added 400 Jobs in Bowling Green for Mid Engine Corvette C8 Production, another great aspect that provides vitality and strength for the hard-working Americans who have a deep appreciation for every single Chevy that rolls proudly off the line!

Friday, May 3, 2019

MotorTrend Takes Up-Close and Thrilling Look at 2020 C8 Chevy Corvette's New Logo


Motortrend.com provided the digital scoop this week on the new generation and look of the coming Corvette C8, which is scheduled to debut this summer. All of us on deck here at sales and service at Jim Butler have been paying close attention to the hype around the new model, and the reveal of the new logo was covered in detail here. There was an Instagram post on our radar two days ago from Chevy Performance that excitedly claimed, “A #Corvette this different deserves a symbol all its own”, and proudly brandished the new art.


The symbol hasn't changed that dramatically, it is just a simplified version of the one we have been familiar with for years. There is more of a V-shaped gap between the two flags, and there is no longer line under the “French Fleur-de-lis”. The logo has changed quite a bit since the model's introduction in 1953, but one element that has always been the same has been the two flags. Over the years, the checkered and red flag switched positions, and the link we just shared does a good job of showing the logo's constant evolution.

The 8th-generation Corvette is scheduled to make its first appearance July 18. Yesterday, GM announced that it was going to add a second shift at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky to support the production of this exhilarating and awesome machine. This motion will create more than 400 hourly jobs at the plant, increasing the plant's employment healthily to more than 1,300 people. Within this new ABC news feature, Dan Pund from Car and Driver excitedly claims that “A mid-engined Corvette has been like a mythical creature”. During April, Corvette's chief engineer Tadge Juechter was photographed driving a very heavily-camouflaged C8 on the city streets of New York, as nationwide excitement continued to build.

Five years ago, Motor Trend's senior features editor Jonny Liebermann told ABC News that “to be truly world class you have to be mid-engine”, when he initially broke the story that a mid-engined Corvette would surely be in production. Consistently over time, the only cars to ever beat the 755 horsepower ZR1, the most powerful and fastest Corvette ever built, were its mid-engine counterparts. Hagarty is the world's largest collector car insurance and valuation company, and their valued expert Jonathan Klinger claims that the Corvette is the most collected vehicle in North America, followed by the Ford Mustang.

Although some have not expressed grave interest in the mid-engined model, we know it's the most intelligent move in the long run. Sales and marketing teams did not embrace the idea right away, since for years the front-engined model was the norm. The mass of the car becomes more central, and handling is drastically heightened by mid-engine incorporation. The community that embraces the 'Vetta is a very loyal and enthusiastic one, and this loyalty is sure to keep the spirit and excitement level on tracks all around the world at fever pitch after this monumental release!