Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Summing Up an Abundance of Space: The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer Cargo Management System

The small crossover segment is one that we have been watching explode in popularity here at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis, as so many are searching for a vehicle that is compact, practical, and economical. Fresh and well-honed for a new year's release, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer slots perfectly between the Trax and the Equinox within our current lineup. Customers frequently ask us about the issue of space and are curious about how much will be inside to accommodate their daily to-do list. 

The Trailblazer's very unique Cargo Management System was the featured topic of a video on GM Authority displaying its multiple features. It allows customers to fit multiple different carry-on items into the cabin space, and the rear bench comes equipped with a 40/60 fold-down split. When coupled up with the available fold-flat front seat, it allows items up to eight-and-a-half feet to fit inside the cabin. As seen in the video, you could even fit gear like a kayak straight through the hatch, rendering you ready for all types of outdoor action and activity. 

The 2021 Trailblazer also comes with a two-level load floor, which can be customized in detail and prevents items from sliding around during the drive. The rear load floor can easily flip over, yielding a hard surface that is dirt and stain-resistant for simple clean-up. With the rear seats up, the Trailblazer boasts 25.3 cubic feet of cargo room, and once down that number rises to 54.4 cubic feet. The management system is built using high-density polyethylene construction with a treated steel subframe, and aluminum and stainless steel hardware. Achieving a custom fit requires no drilling or modification of the truck bed, and includes GM-exclusive 1 D-Box and 2 dividers. 

The all-new Trailblazer offers six trims, each now refined to help you find your optimum blend of eye-catching design and premium comfort. From the top-of-the-line luxury essence of the High Country to the street-themed feel of the RST, each offers its own unique character and potential. The Premier trim offers Magnetic Ride Control, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, and Front and Rear Park Assist as well as standard Bose Audio system with 10-speaker surround sound. 

Choosing the Z71 trim provides red tow hooks and a skid plate, 20-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, and available four-corner air ride adaptive suspension. This cabin has been ranked as superb at the job of keeping out annoying wind and traffic noise during the ride. The panoramic sunroof, as well as automatic climate control, are both huge bonuses for visual and temperate comfort during long trips, which you'll be excited to take frequently in this spacious and pleasant to drive crossover!   

Monday, September 14, 2020

C8 Corvette Hybrid Option Reportedly In the Works For 3-Year Arrival Plan

The arrival of the C8 mid-engine Corvette was such a monumental event last year that scores of auto fans are still reeling from the mark it made on the present and future of the industry! The 2020 model was certainly a drastic departure from any 'Vette that existed previously because it abandoned the front-engined layout and dropped the power source right in the middle. This had been a on the list for engineers for nearly 50 years, and now the time had finally come to unleash the goods for the general public to enjoy. 

Engineers are dutifully combining their efforts for the task of improving the car even more, and a new report directly from GM claims that the Corvette will soon see an all-wheel-drive option during the 2023 or 2024 model year. There were already numerous hints regarding this during the car's launch when engineers were asked if the C8 had the ability to accommodate a hybrid AWD system. These documents in the report do suggest that this option will soon be available for models in the years to come. 

Within them is a reference to the feature as “eAWD”, and they depict future availability for both the Stingray Coupe and convertible models. Instead of the traditional means of sending power from the V8 engine to the front wheels through a differential, the Corvette's eAWD system will most likely forego the front trunk to make necessary room for an electric motor. Independently driven front wheels would be driven separately without the V8's power, paving the way for torque vectoring. Yet other rumors claim that Chevy could be hard at work for development stages of an EV version called the E-Ray, which may very well be the 200 mph electric Corvette mentioned by a few of the current political candidates. 

This revolutionary and exciting eAWD system may also see placement into high-performance models such as the upcoming C8 ZR1, ushering in a cleaner power source of the future for even more autos in the very-high-octane club. While we are still in suspense and waiting to see just what exactly the blueprint for electrification will bring, the 2021 Stingray has added wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, new options for the digital gauge display, and the “Buckle-to-Drive” safety feature. 

For the current model, choosing to upgrade to the 2LT version adds a head-up display, a wireless smartphone charging pad, heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, 14-speaker Bose stereo system, and blind-spot monitoring. The Z51 option adds more aggressive brakes, summer tires, and electronic limited-slip differential. Even in its base form, the Corvette delivers thrilling performance on both road and track, and handling that has all of us here at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis beaming with pride and heart-pounding anticipation for every drive! 

Monday, September 7, 2020

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Offers "Undeniable Style, Competitive Price, Loads-of-Fun Driving Personality"

It seems like just a few years ago it was hard to come by a vehicle that had a preferred sense of style, day-to-day functionality, amazing technological features and a satisfyingly low price. As soon as the crossover SUV category roared to life, there were some not-so-good renditions and some that nailed the bullseye right off the bat. One of our vehicles here at Jim Butler Chevy of St. Louis that just keeps getting better is the Trailblazer, and the 2021 model has been met with massive praise while living up to its previous potential.

The Trailblazer sees its spot right in between the Trax and the larger, family-oriented Equinox. Leaving the showroom as the original model in 2009, the Trailblazer was then a mid-size, body-on-frame, very traditional rear-wheel-drive SUV. The all-new 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is a much smaller, front-wheel-drive number that does battle with competitors such as the Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30, Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Toyota CH-R and Nissan Rogue Sport.

In the looks department everything is satisfyingly above par, with a floating roof panel, slim headlights, and cladding on the wheels taking cues from other great SUVs in the running. The RS trim is the best choice for those looking for a sporty and aggressive vibe, boasting blacked-out trim and dual exhaust outlets with rectangular chrome tips. The Activ trim is geared towards those who are getting ready to conquer the wilderness off-road and was the one that the testing staff from Cars.com eagerly got their hands on first to "write home" about. It features uniquely fine-tuned shocks made for rougher roads, heightened ground clearance, shielded underbody and sport-terrain 17-inch all-season tires.

Lurching off-road to explore, camp and climb has become more popular than ever, and customers have been excited to see that the Trailblazer is prepared to go the distance. The testing team then ranked the Activ trim as excellent for its quick steering response, well-dampened ride, and peppy engine. The choices for said engine power are a 1.2-liter, making 127 horsepower and 166 lb-ft of torque if you want front-wheel-drive, or a 1.3-liter cranking out 155 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque if you opt for all-wheel drive. The body control and chassis dynamics both were ranked as stellar, and rapid transitions on twisty roads proved to be executed simply. 

During extensive testing, the braking was determined to be a high-quality trait: they proved to be firm and very strong, without being aggressive or overly grippy. There is ample legroom for those in both the front and back seat, with plenty of knee room to spare. The new Mazda CX-30 does not rank nearly as well in this category, and the Trailblazer also has all of the latest electronic goodies such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on some trim levels, as well as a 7-inch touchscreen with an available one-inch upgrade. Now offered as standard equipment are forward automatic emergency braking with front pedestrian detection, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, forward collision alert, follow distance indicator, and automatic high-beam headlamps.

Monday, August 31, 2020

2022 Corvette Z06 Continues Tradition of Precision Design, Raw Power, and Aerodynamic Control

Last year one of the most memorable stirs in the global automotive community was caused by the release of the 2021 Corvette C8. It was a truly dazzling piece of engineering from Chevy and continued a long tradition of precision design and high-octane thrills on the tracks and beckoning back roads everywhere. Through careful analysis of spy shots, leaks, and insider sources, the emerging profile and future of the Z06 is revealed. A C8 Z06 has been unofficially announced in various circles to be released sometime in 2021 for the 2022 model year.

This new 'Vette is expected to feature a flat-plane crank engine similar to what is found in the track-only C8 race car. Chassis and suspension upgrades are sure to be added to join mechanical forces with the increased power and assisting with making every dip and dent in the road less noticeable to the driver. The release of the very innovative 2021 Corvette shocked the world with its very driver-focused cabin and meticulous design, brandishing the 6.2-liter V8 LT2 as the standard engine. Featuring direct injection, variable valve timing, and active fuel management, it was a charismatic and punch component of a design that amazed and thrilled many.

The Z06 is expected to see a new engine as a power source, with many betting on the 5.5-liter V8 that cranks out between 600-800 horsepower and around 700 lb-ft of torque. Many web sources and car experts out there note that the incoming Z06 will use an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, identical to what is hard at work in the 2021 C8. In videos of the 2022 Z06 blasting around happily outside of the Detroit testing grounds, the exhaust note is much like the C8, with just a slightly tamer quality. It has been compared to that of the Ferrari 458, which also derives power from a flat-plane crank engine.

A very aggressive wing is said to be a standard feature, and would make sense considering its track-oriented design. Others argue that they are positive a spoiler will be offered instead, and both convertible, as well as hardtop versions of Z06 prototypes, have been spotted, a clear indicator that both styles will be available. The Z06 is also on track to include the revolutionary Performance Data Recorder, which allows you to take note of more than 34 performance statistics, and record detailed video of every single drive.

Heated seats, wireless charging, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are on deck to be included as well, as well as the choice of a 10 or 15-speaker premium Bose audio system to dictate the best in decibel-high driving tunes. A concept sketch of the coming interior was released last year, depicting a Stingray-like interior sporting sleek lines and a squared-off steering wheel, hinting towards its potential for pure thunder on the track. We will keep you up-to-speed here on the Jim Butler Chevy of St. Louis blog about arrival dates and other particulars, and are excited to share with everyone just how potent and revolutionary the new Z06 will be! 

Friday, August 28, 2020

2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 Spy Shots Depict Significant Interior Update

A prototype for the 2022 Chevy Silverado was recently spotted on the road, as it seems it was not that entirely long ago that we were checking out the all-new Chevy Silverado 1500 pickup and it's bold styling. This video offers a close-up preview of the expected changes, even through the camouflage is heavy in presence from the front and rear. It appears that redesigned LED headlamps will replace the current lenses, and the design element bearing cutouts from the fenders is said to be ditched for a two-light arrangement like what is seen on the larger Silverado HD. 

Even with the heavy camouflage at the rear, some experts taking a close look with all of us here at Jim Butler Chevy of St. Louis think that this incoming model will see a version of GMC's MultiPro tailgate, which boasts two tailgates in one, basically turning your tailgate into stairs with speakers also available for when the mobile party sees the urge to pull over and park. It also provides the perfect makeshift table for a laptop if you are collecting data or just staying connected in the wild. 

For 2022 it is expected that the Silverado will have an interior a bit similar to what is found in the Suburban, which has proven to be a comfortable and luxurious place to travel. With this being a year that saw multiple changes and delays, an official reveal is likely several months from now at the earliest. Fully reclining front seats and a stow-able gear selector that offers up a flat surface for laptops and tablets upfront are also expected to be on deck, as well as the much-in-demand larger touchscreen and sliding-center console. 

Some of our harshest critics have gone so far as to call the Silverado's interior "bland", and while we think it defies that notion on the daily, are constantly on the search for types of improvement. Whether it is the LT4 from the previous generation ZL1 and Corvette ZO6 or LT5 from the 'Vette ZR1 in the engine department, it is fairly certain that the supercharging is more than enough for a small block V8. It outweighs the grunt of the EcoBoost V6 from the Ford F-150 Raptor but it will also do fierce battle with the Hellcat V8 from the Ram 1500 Rebel TRX.

To properly compete with the arrival of the 2021 Ram TRX and success of the Ford Raptor, the followed playbook has thus far been to add goodies like factory lift, bigger knobby off-road tires, expanded wheel arches, more frame width, unique front grille, and front locker with suspension. The Silverado ZRX is another "coming soon" item that is thrilling for us to anticipate and imagine: it builds on the Z71 Off-Road Package that adds locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho mono-tube off-road shocks, 18-inch wheels, and Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires.

Friday, August 21, 2020

2021 Chevy Tahoe Boasts "Composure Over Any Surface, Newfound Spaciousness"

The 2021 Chevy Tahoe marks the first time the full-size SUV has been fully redesigned since 2015, and all of us here at Jim Butler Chevy of St. Louis believe it's an excellent part of the plan to stay competitive and lean against the sworn arch rival found in the form of the Ford Expedition! After time spent with a lengthy drive of a production Z71 example, seasoned writer Joel Stocksdale found it to be an excellently-packaged SUV with greatly improved interior and a variety of engine choices. 

The standard engine is the 5.3-Liter V8 cranking out 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque and is seen on all trims except the High Country, which receives the powerful 6.2-liter V8 making 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come with Dynamic Fuel Management cylinder deactivation, expertly engineered to shut off any cylinder needed instead of an entire set bank. The two engines now are paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission, and later a class-exclusive diesel 3.0-liter inline-six engine will be available with the 10-speed automatic. The 5.3-Liter engine proved to be smooth and quiet, and switching to Sport Mode firms up the suspension perfectly to ease the ride over bumps. 

By using the air suspension, the driver is also able to lower or raise the Tahoe by two inches, aiding with ground clearance. Inside, the interior has been completely remade, and the rounded shape of the main dash features an elegant touch that is wrapped in simulated leather on higher trims. The controls are easy to access and use, and the 10-inch standard touchscreen is responsive and simple to reach. You can also opt for a wide variety of helpful trailering cameras, dual 12.6-inch second-row monitors, and upgrade to a 15-inch heads-up display. These rear screens also can quickly connect with the navigation system so rear passengers can help with destination searches.

The true highlight of the Tahoe's cabin is its new spaciousness, after gaining an extra 6.7 inches in length, wheelbase stretched by 4.9 inches, and the switch to an independent suspension that allows lowering of the floor. It's simple to find a comfortable space up front, with an abundance of head and legroom, as well as plenty of adjustability in the seat and wheel. A 5-ft-11" tall passenger was poised in the second row with plenty of room to spare, and the third row boasts as much legroom as the bigger Suburban.

Cargo space also sees a boost in the new model, with 25.5 cubic feet behind the third row. The outgoing model just had 15.3 cubic feet here, and with all seats folded, space expands from 94.7 cubic feet to 122.9. Maximum towing capacity remains the same at 8,400 pounds, and for those eager to get off-road as soon as possible, the Tahoe Z71 sports all-terrain tires, a limited-slip differential, skid plates, and unique front bumper for an improved approach.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Carscoops Wonders Aloud: Does This Recent C8 Pace Car Blaze The Path for Coming 2021 Corvette Stingray R?

 During a year that has seen some strange changes and circumstances, there has still been some “good news” to get excited about such as this tidbit from Carscoops regarding cars coming soon! Earlier this month, Corvette racing saw the unveiling of a specialized pace car that will enthusiastically lead the pack at the IMSA GTLM Championship round during Road America. As the days of summer proceeded, a bit more unexpected news came out regarding this pace car. In March, leaked information was able to shed some light on dealerships about the 2021 Corvette making mention of a “Stingray R” theme package for new mid-engined marvel. 

At the time not much was known at all about the appearance and features on the model, but the Stingray pace car may have actually been sporting the graphics package. The staff of Motor1 claimed that the white 2021 Corvette Stingray pace car has a racing stripe running down the hood and over the roof, and an aero package that boasts a new front splitter and side skirts. The splitter, rear wing endplates, wing mirror, and side skirts all have red accents, attempting to closely imitate the look of the blisteringly fast C8.R race car. 

What really gives away the future intentions and potential for the model is that the Corvette pace car has a “Stingray R” sticker right on the front splitter, noticed when we spotted the new two small LED lights in the front grille. At this time what will be new on the model will most likely be visual modifications instead of performance changes, but we will keep you up-to-date on any changes and news leaks in the future. With perfectly aggressive lines and what all of us here at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis consider the nicest interior on a 'Vette ever, the C8 roared onto the scene with a bang, making its debut last summer in a large California airline hangar. 

According to other recent reports, a copy of the 2021 Chevy Corvette Order Guide summary was leaked online, illustrating in detail the changes expected for the next model year. Some of these changes do include new racing stripe options and exterior colors, and this particular leaked guide also sees mention of a “Stingray R” theme graphics and wheel cap” package. This also leads us to believe that a new package could fall in line with the Z06 C7.R Edition available on the previous years' model. 

The current C8 is covered in Silver Flare paint and is available with yellow racing stripes, yellow accents, and red side view mirrors. The large rear spoiler also brandishes red endplates, while a graphic that reads “C8.R” is situated just in front of the rear wheels. These few additives also look like plausible items included on the 2021 production Stingray with a brand-new package.