Friday, June 14, 2019 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 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 Outlines MultiPro Tailgate Feature on 2020 Silverado

One thing that we really appreciate from the folks at 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 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 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!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Last C7 Corvette Set For Auction to Benefit Wounded Veteran Charity

James Gilboy of The Drive covered the story last week about the very last available C7 Corvette, which is going to be sold at a charity auction this June. It has been confirmed that the car to be sold at an auction is a black 2019 Chevy Corvette Z06, flaunting 650 horsepower and an equal torque rating placing it robustly and firmly within the supercar category. It's the model that achieved a 7:13.9 around the famed Nurburging track in an independent test, and a perfect car to honor hard-working military members from all walks of life. 

GM, GMC, and Chevy proudly support the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which is committed to helping injured and fallen members of the military. It was named in honor of the New York Fire Department's Stephen Siller, a firefighter who was killed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Over the past five years, GM has collaborated to provide more than $10 million into the foundation, which uses the money to build mortgage-free housing for individuals affected by seriously wounded former members of the armed forces.

The Z06 is currently scheduled to make its appearance on the auction stand on June 28, at the Barrett-Jackson event in Connecticut. Last year during a similar function, the 2019 ZR1 fetched $925,000, and so hopes are quite high for this year's model to climb into six or seven figures. It has been difficult to get any official comment about the stoppage in production for the C7, but most unconfirmed sources agree that this is the end of the road for the car for now. Six very exciting decades and as many model generations of outstanding sales success have clearly assured the Chevy Corvette of its well-deserved place in the automotive hall of fame.

As the folks on staff at Autoblog claimed, “little else in all of cardom looks as low or as long as this car in profile”. While in actuality the C7 is just a touch longer than a Porsche 911, it just has a longer and sleeker stance, and all of us here at Jim Butler agreed there was really nothing else like it on the road. Instead of coil springs, Chevy continued with composite transverse leaf springs because they provide the compact stature that delivers the Corvette's jaw-dropping appearance. The engine in the C7 made 50 lb/ft more torque than the previous model's V8, and the 0 to 60 test was completed in an impressive 4.2 seconds. Within this review by the folks at Roadshow, you see the many reasons they claim that the Corvette is “Simply one of the best performance car values available anywhere”.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Chevy C8 Corvette's July Release Date Confirmed Via Autoweek

Chevy has finally made the move to publicly state what many spy shots and heavy doses of rumors have alluded to for quite some time: the new-generation C8 is certainly coming, although a few details have yet to be ironed out. reported on this topic over the last week along with these official photos, showing the car in camouflage. More details will be released July 18, and you can sign up to receive updates at Chevy's website with everything regarding the C8 here.

The unofficial buzz around the industry claims the C8 will likely be powered by the upgraded 6.2-liter LT1 V8, newly named LT2. That engine will feature direct injection, active fuel management, variable valve timing, high output, and be constructed out of aluminum. Everyone is curious about the potential of higher-powered versions, and they are rumored to be powered by a twin-turbocharged V8, most likely based on the Blackwing V8 that debuted with the CT6-V. Most experts believe that these model will boast between 900 and 1,000 hp, and there may be a hybrid version sporting an electronically powered front axle.

With these additions of electrons to the C8's powertrain, it could very well boast four figures of horsepower, and it is pretty thoroughly understood that the C8 will have an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. It has also been reported that Tremec has been developing a dual-clutch to replace the current Corvette's 8-speed 8L90 auto. Many profess that it will indeed be a very sad day for gearhead purists if the C7 truly is the last manual Corvette, and we're not positive, but may be shaping up that way. In a supposed order guide that the good folks of Jalopnik leaked, there are a lot of references to Z51, so it would be safe to assume that the high-performance package isn't going anywhere.

The rear tires look a bit fatter with 305 width, when stacked up next to the 285 on the C7. One Corvette custom that may be added into the mix is the fiberglass body, and active aero may also be present to root the car firmly at the high speeds it will be able to dish out. It also looks at this point like there will be four different options for the roof, and one is a dual roof equipped with visible carbon fiber, and a see-through top. The Performance Data Recorder is expected to be on board, and there may also be a brand-new 12-inch navigation system. Many suspected that the C8 would be unveiled last January at the Detroit Auto Show, but it was simply not the time.

This solidly proven and salacious vehicle that has been chosen 16 times for pace car duties at the Indy 500 has always stoked sheer wonder and respect in the auto realm, and the C8 is going to be one of those cars that is sure to become an instant legend. We'll keep you posted here about all the details, and we are overly anticipated about the arrival of this famed and well-engineered Valkyrie of the track!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Gm Authority Features Auction-Bound 1970 Chevy Chevelle Restomod

One of the pastimes that all of us here at Jim Butler have much love for is talking about old cars with each other. Sure, the present offerings are amazing: the bells, whistles, chrome accents, tech features, and nearly autonomous future are mighty things to behold for any auto lover. The classics are still a poignant and very unapologetic display of raw muscle, part of the many reasons for their mass appeal. The task of owning a classic car is not for everyone, since broken parts, hours of contemplation, and lack of modern engineering can make them a very time-consuming project.

The writers on staff at the GM Authority blog had a great feature this week about a 1970 Chevelle, and how they admired its style from yesteryear combined with restomod tech during a revamp to prep it as auction-ready. Barret-Jackson has taken on the duty of consigning this particular model for an auction this year in sunny Palm Beach, and we definitely don't think it will have any problems finding a very enthusiastic taker. While the design you can see here maintains its classic 1970 Chevelle looks, it absolutely possesses a few traits that will attract the buyer who loves design tones from even the likes of the Jaguar camp and a few other Italian influences.

Underneath the bulky and aggressive frame is a Schwartz Performing racing chassis, which astutely rivals some of the best in existence from the upper ranks of high-performance cars. The 6.2-liter, LS3 V8 engine makes a robust 480 horsepower, and its all mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and out to a 9-inch rear end. There are also power disc brakes from Baer, a RideTech air suspension, and an interior that is completely reupholstered in a candy apple red hue. We really enjoy how the brutishly appealing style of “Death Proof” vehicles from the Tarantino classic slowly but surely find their way into influencing everything that's good about old school muscle car remodels: this model is lean, mean, and by all means ready to rumble.

Hot Rod Magazine wrote in 1970 that “The past is gone. The future may never see a car like this. It is one of the brutes, and all it needs is a way of staying in contact with terra firma” regarding this very model that year. You can see within this great blog post that purists who think that there's “no replacement for displacement” were never truer to their roots than during the times when greats like Zappa, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin were beginning to hone their chops and make their early groundbreaking records. The big block Chevelle first appeared in 1965 as the Z16, and is a very legendary piece of pristine automotive creation. Hood pins, cowl induction hood, and stereo stripes were all part of the SS Chevelle's appearance, and there is no doubt why it was instantly heralded as “King of the streets”.

Monday, March 25, 2019

2020 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban Spy Shots Via Reveal Rear-Suspension Design

One of the spy photographers from recently posted a gathering of full-size GM SUVS out on the road testing, and among them were the 2020 Tahoe and Suburban. The shots you can find here as well as a few other we encountered previously have revealed that GM has chosen to move forward with independent rear suspension design, and these new images offer up the best look at the hardware yet. This will no doubt give these SUVs a sturdier and more accessible ride, and the production headlights, as well as taillights, also have a cool appearance that sets them aside from past models.

The parts of the LED strip design that are lit up are similar to the headlight fixtures on the 2019 Silverado, sporting the headlight up top and curved LED DRL strip below. It's difficult from the spy shot perspective to see if the designs are exactly alike, but it's expected to see a look reminiscent of the Silverado once the camouflage is removed. When vehicles are spotted like this with production lights popping up, it's a sign that they are moving closer to full release, and all of us here at Jim Butler Chevy agree that salacious-and-sturdy weapons against vehicles such as competitor's like the Ford Expedition will be well-received in the battle trenches!

Most expectations regarding the 2020 Tahoe predict that it will most likely be based on the GM T1 platform, delivering all-new engineering and underpinnings. It will also probably be around 300 pounds lighter than the fourth-generation model, with new designs for both interior and exterior. A Next-generation Chevy infotainment system and increased amounts of luxury and comfort will appeal to those who spend more than just the daily drive in their vehicle, and the availability of the exciting GM Super Cruse autonomous driving technology is constantly working to keep you alert when it is sensed that you need to pay more attention or regain control.

Based on the information found here on the GM Authority Blog, the 2020 Suburban will continue to be offered as a full-size five-door SUV, and be assembled at the GM Arlington plant in Texas. Many experts wouldn't be surprised to see the new Suburban back its 5.3-liter V8 with a 10-speed automatic transmission, and the re-introduction of the RST Performance package could be a looming possibility as well. These spy shots from from last year were some of the first to display the model riding on the T1XX, and also reported on the possibility of an inline-4 with advanced powertrain making 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque.

As the coming year inches forward and the current releases will soon cross the gap into more incoming inventory, we love to have photos and articles on hand like these to keep us excited, and will always share with you the latest and greatest information digitally forwarded to our immediate attention!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

2019 Chevy Bolt Described by as “Cool Electric Without the Hipster Tax”

Many of the experts out there that love everything about cars and the connection to the road while driving are a little unsettled about the oncoming age of electrification. Even though there are those that claim a bit of the heart and soul of driving is on the chopping block with every battery-powered model that drives off the lot, all of us here on staff at Jim Butler are here to tell you not to judge a book by its cover! While we know the level of hype generated by manufacturers such as Tesla, it is now widely recognized that the Chevy Bolt has found a place in the heart of many. Phillippe Daix from the blog got to spend some time on an enjoyable getaway with the Bolt last week, and reflected on its fine points in an article you can check out here.  

The Chevy Bolt Premium Trim shows off the good looks of the exterior in a major way: perfectly modern elements, playful colors, upper quality wheels, aluminum roof rails, and what the testing team deemed as “premium-looking” head and tail lights are all qualities that make the Bolt stand out. A 360-degree backup camera with under lens, and two rear-hatch cameras that are wide-angle pointed downward for backup are both on deck to assure that coming and going will always occur without any safety issues.

We definitely are excited about this blog avidly claiming that the car now possesses the “Coolest hatchback taillights currently on sale in the U.S.A,” and the drivers swooned over the above-average visibility offered from the interior. This is due to the low body waistline as well as tall roof, and there is also a high level of adoration for the funky materials that give the interior a fun and geeky feel: we promise that those who have abundant love for old school 8-bit games will feel right at home!

On the left of the steering wheel is a very unique Chevy EV feature: the regenerative brake booster paddle. You simply have to press the button when you don't want to waste your deceleration energy on the tiresome pull of brake pad wear, and the electric motor literally turns into an alternator, charging your EV batteries while making amends with our weary planet's environment one step at a time! When you are packing up and excitedly preparing to leave the city behind, the trunk offers two levels which are ideal for storage of emergency stuff below, and the carpet just pulls out on a dime if anything is spilled on it. The team was very impressed about the durability of the charger itself: it survived 4 long days of very heavy rain while plugged in outdoors, without a single hitch! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Blog Suggests Three-Row Blazer's Debut Within Two-Year Mark

The Blazer midsize crossover is one of the eye-popping new vehicles on sale right here at Jim Butler, and as we have been pouring over the latest of digital news this past week, a new report that gleaned from GM Authority claims that a brand-new three-row version is in the works. Production is scheduled for the SAIC-GM Jinqiao Cadillac plant in Shanghai, with the possibility of another facility elsewhere cranking out units as well. We think that this new model could closely resemble the Chevy FNR-Carry-All Concept that debuted at the 2018 Guanzhou Motor Show last year.

It features design cues that are similar to what are found on the spry-and-sinister Camaro, and has six seats. Also potentially being named the Blazer XL, it would feature a more traditional roofline than the current Blazer's. Larger doors and a tailgate sporting a more vertical stance would be in the works as well, and the new crossover is expected to boast 5.5 inches more length than the two-row Blazer. The current-model Traverse has a wheelbase that measures 120.9 inches, compared to this new three-row Blazer's expected 112.9-inch base. This size difference is definitely comparable, but many others in the auto media world are wondering if it is enough to persuade GM to offer yet another additional 3-row crossover in the states.

According to the report, there are under-the-radar SAIC-GM documents that categorize the three -row Blazer under the vehicle program code identical to C1UC, which is the same as the standard Blazer. This leads us to believe that both models sit on the same C1 architecture that also underpins the Cadillac XT5. GM Authority fully expects the Blazer XL to have two powertrain varieties: a 305-hp 3.6-liter V-6, and a turbocharged 2.0-liter Inline-4 offering 240 hp, only available in China. The current model is offered with the V-6, and a base 193-hp 2.5-liter inline-four; everyone on staff here loves the grunt and gusto of the 6 cylinder, and the can-do exploratory spirit of the Blazer that made its way back triumphantly with a dose of a bit more current flair and family-friendly luster.

The Blazer's history dates back to 1969 when times of turbulence, unrest, but also a pinnacle time of rebirth redefined our entire nation. It was then introduced as a large three-door SUV and was long favored as the go-to vehicle for those who loved the convenience of hauling that a truck offered minus the extra-large frame. The current Blazer features both 4WD and AWD, which a choice of L, Blazer 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT, RS, and Premier trim levels. The review staff hard at work heading up the Cnet Roadshow reflected after a test drive of the current model that it is much more road-and commute friendly, and exchanges the trucky ride of the older Blazer for something that evokes a bit more in the day-to-day practicality arena. The revamping of a classic is always exciting news, and as the Blazer has shown time and time again, the relationship between the wild and less-worn roads can be a bold and beautiful thing!

Monday, January 14, 2019

2019 Chevy Blazer Billed by NOQ Report as “A Home Run” and “Visually Stunning”

Everyone here on staff at Jim Butler of St Louis loves to explore new vehicles for ourselves, and let all of our customers know the reasons why we think they would be a good fit for their needs. The tech-savvy and knowledgeable crew at the NOQ Report blog was righteously excited about the new Chevy Blazer over the past week, which they claimed is the “most visually stunning SUV Chevy has released in years.” You can see the video from Chevy here, which does a great job of detailing the various trims and features.

One of the best elements of the Premium trim is the leather and sueded microfiber that adds a very luxurious feel, and it has been amazing and exciting to see the progression of upgrades in general. Just two decades ago, it seemed that the Italian brands that existed among other luxury icons that were financially out of reach for the everyday buyer were the only way to get truly lavish features in the interior. Taking the design aesthetics to a new level was one of the reasons customers really started to be excited about the new Blazer, and the appearance that seems a bit more from the car camp will be appreciated by many.

Many with any type of stake in the auto industry knew that it was only a matter of time before features such as the in-vehicle report card would be put to use: gone are the days where your teen could “sneak away” untracked. Owners even get an alert when the music Is playing too loud, just in case a severe uptick in the decibel factor is on the “not approved” list. Some of the customers that come here to talk to us let us know that they feel Chevy already has plenty of SUV options, and we can understand that sentiment. The Blazer is one of those vehicles that everyone from the avid camper to busy rock drummer favored after its creation: when you look at early models circa 1979, you can just feel the freedom from the concrete jungle oozing from every square inch.

The NOQ Report staff agreed that “naysayers can complain all they want about the crowded segment, but Chevy has knocked it out of the park with the 2019 Blazer.” We are large fans here of the original GMC S-15 Jimmy 2-door: it did not feature removable hardtops, but was truly part of the iconic build style that evoked the fun and go-anywhere spirit that is the Blazer's essence. It was one of the first vehicles to exist that had a somewhat tight and car-like driving sensation, but offered room in the back that was a hauler and transporter's dream.

We always love heartily the possibilities that open themselves up to anyone with a wayfarer's dream and a roadmap, after quickly throwing in a tent and sleeping bag or two. The spirit of wanderlust is still stoking Blazer owners nationwide, and don't think for a minute that this is just an urban explorer: just as the sure coming of spring, the Missouri wild will be beckoning to you in no time.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The Fast Lane Has a Blast With the 2019 Chevy Bolt During L.A. Auto Show

Nathan Adlen has been on the beat covering the newest and most interesting developments in the auto industry for quite some time, and over the past week, he spent a good chunk of it driving a Chevy Bolt during the Los Angeles auto show. His first reflection was that it was “brilliant, and proves that it's a viable transportation alternative.” Part of what gives the car outstanding in-city performance is the power source: the 60 kWh Lithium-ion battery properly fires up the Chevy Bolt with 200 horsepower, and 266 lb-ft of torque.

You usually don’t think of the word “takeoff” when talking about a car with electric power, and all of us here at Jim Butler Chevy are very proud of the way in which precise engineering and development have played a part in making the off-the-line element more exciting. 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds is phenomenal for an electric car, and the Bolt lives up to that stat regardless of temperature or elevation. While on his journey, Nathan used Evgo and ChargePoint chargers in Los Angeles, Ventura/Camarillo, and Orange County. He was a bit anticipant for the days when there will be even more chargers out there, and he was using the 240-volt level 2 variety.

Just a few hours time usually topped him off, and during a 180-mile drive, a paid parking area offered Level 2 charging as well. Nathan couldn't stop raving about the acceleration ability, and claimed that this is as good as it gets for a smaller car: passing others on the highway was a cinch. The Bolt's well-balanced suspension setup is very smooth on the highway, and putting the “L” mode to use will give you the best range, with aggressive recharging and rapid slowing as soon as you let off the accelerator. The very useful tire alert feature is new for 2019, and beeps at you rapidly when it's full.

Nathan has been reviewing cars from the cheapest to the most prestigious for years, and has experienced everything from wrecking yards, garages, racetracks, and professional auto testing during his career. After having the pleasure of driving so many gas-powered vehicles during his days, he still astutely claimed that the Bolt provides a future that all drivers can look forward to, and a change for the world that will be thrilling to embrace. The Bolt is the vehicle that the Car and Driver staff called “satisfying, prompt, and solid”, filling a need that has long existed in the American (as well as international) landscape.

The testers on duty at the website spoke highly of the way the drivetrain communicates its power in regards to the new Bolt and praised its very significant accomplishment in the torque steer department to boot. Come down to visit us during this New Year's season to check out the best option in existence for electric driving, and let us show you the many different ways in which it outdoes the competition!