Everything We Know So Far About the Electrifying Silverado EV

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Pictured: 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Carhartt Edition

Chevrolet announced in April that an electric version of the iconic Chevy Silverado pickup is on the way. Not much is known about the Silverado EV, but here’s what we do know.

According to Chevy, the Silverado EV will be able to drive up to 400 miles on a single charge, and will use Chevy’s proprietary Ultium platform. Ultium is a modular platform that makes the platform more flexible for a range of vehicle styles including cars, SUVs, and trucks, and makes batteries easier and more affordable to replace.

We also know that the Silverado EV will be built at the Factory ZERO assembly plant that sits on the border of Hamtramck and Detroit in Michigan. Formerly known as the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center, the Factory ZERO plant has rebranded to focus on the all-electric, crash-free, and traffic congestion-free.

The Silverado EV is likely to debut in the next couple of years, probably 2023. Chevy hasn’t revealed a release date yet, but it will use batteries made at the new Ultium Cells LLC factory in Lordstown, Ohio, which is still being built. This plant will be the main spot for making Ultium batteries, which will be used not just in the Silverado EV but the wide range of GM vehicles set to debut in the next few years.

Check out the latest Silverado models at Sour Lake Chevrolet in Sour Lake, Texas.

The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s Engine Lineup Will Look a Bit Different

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Carhartt Edition

The current 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 model is available with six powertrain options. For the 2022 model year, Chevrolet has plans to streamline the engine lineup to prioritize the strongest and most popular units.

Standard on the 2021 Silverado 1500 is a 4.3-liter V6 engine rated at 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. Chevrolet will no longer offer this powertrain or its six-speed automatic transmission. The new standard engine in 2022 will be a 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque. This is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Another engine that will no longer be available is the 5.3-liter V8 with Active Fuel Management, but the well-liked 5.3-liter V8 engine with Dynamic Fuel Management will remain in the lineup. It delivers an impressive 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque.

The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will offer two additional options under the hood. The first is a Duramax® 3.0-liter Turbo Diesel rated at 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Finally, you can still choose the powerful 6.2-liter V8. This engine delivers an impressive 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. It currently offers the best towing capabilities for the Silverado — a massive 13,000 pounds.

To see some of these excellent engines in action ahead of the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado’s launch later this year, stop by Sour Lake Chevrolet in Sour Lake, Texas, to check out some 2021 models.

Chevrolet Corvette C8 Impresses at the Lightning Lap 2021 Event

Chevrolet shocked the automotive world when it revealed that the Chevrolet Corvette C8 would be a mid-engine model. Many enthusiasts wondered if this latest iteration could match the legendary performance of previous models.

Chevrolet Corvette C8 Impresses at the Lightning Lap 2021 Event | Sour Lake Chevrolet | Sour Lake, TX

Car and Driver recently put all doubts to rest. During the publication’s Lightning Lap 2021 event, the Chevy Corvette C8 was the fastest vehicle tested.

The mid-engine monster managed to achieve a time of just 2:49.0 as it zoomed along the Virginia International Raceway. That means that the Corvette C8 not only managed to outrace the competition, but also improve upon the times set be earlier iterations.

In second place with a lap time of 2:45.0 was the Lamborghini Huracán Evo. However, while the Huracán Evo has an asking price of $334,969, the Chevy Corvette C8 costs less than $70,000. All of that begs the question: Why would you pay more — a lot more — for less?

With a staggering 0 to 60 mph time of just 2.8 seconds, it’s nigh on impossible to best the Chevrolet Corvette C8 when it comes to performance at a value. To experience excellence in motion, stop by Sour Lake Chevrolet to browse our extensive inventory of high-quality vehicles.

New Chevy MyWay Service Offers Virtual Showroom

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Chevy’s new MyWay service lets you virtually try out a new vehicle from the convenience of your living room. When you sign up for a tour, a product specialist will show you around the vehicle of your choice. You can schedule a tour ahead of time or log on and see what is available. The tours use live video and audio feeds to let you get a good look at the car or truck you are interested in. You can ask questions during the tour or sign up for a test drive at Sour Lake Chevrolet.

Live tours were first introduced in 2019 for the Cadillac brand, but Chevy MyWay goes a bit further. In addition to vehicle tours, you can see prospective Chevrolet vehicles and listen to GM racing experts at virtual auto shows. You can also join a group tour rather than a one-on-one session.

Chevy MyWay is available in the Eastern United States seven days a week. You can book a tour online from 9 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Sour Lake Chevy is excited about this new virtual offering from Chevrolet. But we still think the best way to experience Chevy vehicles is to get behind the wheel yourself. Stop by our dealership to test-drive the shiny new Chevy you’ve been daydreaming about.

Top 3 Family-Friendly Road Trip Movies

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Of all the different film genres out there, none are nearer or dearer to our hearts here at Sour Lake Chevrolet than the road trip movie. If you’re gearing up for your next adventure, we recommend watching some of these great road trip movies in order to get in the mood.

The Muppet Movie

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the zany antics of Kermit and the gang in 1979’s “The Muppet Movie.” It focuses on America’s favorite frog as he sets out for Hollywood with dreams of a life among the stars. Naturally, things don’t go exactly as planned, but like any good road trip movie, the experience is all the better for it.

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

When Pee Wee Herman’s (Paul Reubens) beloved bike is stolen, he sets off on the titular “Big Adventure,” traveling all the way to The Alamo Mission in Texas (which is only four hours from Sour lake!), and encounters more than a few memorable characters. This film also introduced the world to Tim Burton, who went on to direct movies like “Batman” and “A Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

While none of the main characters in “Homeward Bound” drive a car, there’s no denying that the story is an adventure for the ages. After fearing that their owner has left them forever (they didn’t), a Golden Retriever, an American Bulldog, and a Himalayan cat embark on a trip through the Sierra Nevada in attempt to reunite with their beloved family, with only porcupines, mountain lions, and hundreds of miles standing in their way. Exceptional voice acting by Michael J. Fox and Sally Field round out the package.

If your Silverado 1500 or other Chevy model needs a bit of attention before you set out to write your own road trip story, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the service department at Sour Lake Chevrolet.

Simple Ways to Protect Your Eyes While Driving

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With warmer weather approaching, we’ll soon want to spend more time outdoors and traveling. This also means more time driving. These sunny days can be very enjoyable but can also tire out your eyes. Here are a few ways you can protect your eyes while driving in and around Sour Lake.

Wear sunglasses

The simplest thing you can do is wear sunglasses while you drive. However, not all sunglasses are the same. Choose high-quality glasses that are close fitting to block out the most UV rays. You can also consider polarized lenses that help reduce glare and make images sharper.

Use sun visors

When the sun is low in the sky and is directly ahead of you, it can be blinding. Flip down your vehicle’s sun visor and sit up as straight as possible to help block the sun.

Take breaks

If your eyes are feeling tired or dried out, you probably need to take a break. Pull over at a rest stop and close your eyes for a few minutes. If there is someone else who can drive, take turns so you can rest your eyes.

Visit the eye doctor

Make a habit of visiting your eye doctor each year. You may be able to get prescription transition glasses that will automatically help you see better in harsh sunlight.

Here at Sour Lake Chevrolet, we want to ensure that all of our customers are safe. By following these tips, you should be set for a fun-filled summer of driving.

Ways to Save on Car Expenses in 2021

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Cultivating smarter financial habits is a worthwhile goal to have for the new year. Here are some tips to help you save on car expenses in 2021.

Focus on Maintenance

Keeping your car in good running condition will keep you safe and it will save you money in the long run. Take it to the dealership for regular servicing to stay ahead of big repair bills. Be sure to schedule these services regularly:

  • Tune-ups — Keeping your car tuned improves gas mileage by 25 percent.
  • Oil Changes — Getting an oil change every 3,000 miles will extend the life of your engine and save money on repairs.
  • Change Filters — Oil filters are changed when the oil is replaced, but people often neglect the air filter. Keeping the filters clean helps extend the life of the engine and boosts gas mileage.
  • Check fluids — Coolant, transmission fluid, brake and clutch fluids should be checked to keep them at appropriate levels.

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Using the right tires and taking care of them can save you a lot of money. Keep these tips in mind as you drive around Sour Lake, Texas.

  • Buy steel-belted radials tend to get better gas mileage.
  • Check the inflation regularly to improve fuel economy (and traction).
  • Have tires balanced once a year. Unbalanced tires case wear on shock absorbers and the suspension system.

Call us at Sour Lake Chevrolet if you have any questions about vehicle maintenance or need to schedule a service appointment for your Chevy.

Winter Emergency Kit Essentials

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Winter is right around the corner, which means residents of Sour Lake, TX can expect some rainy commutes. These essentials are important additions to a winter emergency kit for your car and will help you stay safe on the road.

 

Blanket and extra warm clothes

 For the most part, our winters in Sour Lake stay pretty warm, but sometimes night temperatures can drop low. If you’re stranded after dark and only wearing short sleeves from the daytime, you’ll be happy to have something warm while you wait for help.

 

Road flares or reflective triangles

It’s always good to have road flares or some type of warning signal in your car, in case you need to pull over for an emergency. This is even more important in the winter when it’s dark out early. Flares will help protect you in potentially rainy weather when slick roads could cause dangerous conditions for passing drivers.

 

Flashlight and extra batteries

With the earlier time of sunsets during winter, it’s good to keep a flashlight in your vehicle. Even if you have one built into your smartphone, this will ensure that you have some illumination if your phone’s battery dies and your vehicle breaks down at night.

 

Windshield cleaner

With all the winter rain, you can expect to have a dirty windshield for the next few months. Keep some windshield cleaner in your winter emergency kit, and this way you’ll always have what you need to ensure clear visibility.

 

For more winter maintenance tips, contact us at Sour Lake Chevrolet. And remember to schedule your vehicle’s seasonal service appointment to ensure that your travels are as safe as they are fun during the cooler months.

Silverado Gets MultiPro™ Tailgate Variant for 2022 Model Year

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GMC will soon offer a MultiPro™ Tailgate variant for the 2022 Chevy Silverado, a move that would elevate the abilities of the Silverado and open up new possibilities for its owners.

Per Autblog’s Ronan Glon, the new MultiPro™ Tailgate variant for the Silverado will include the current six standard functions while adding a seventh of its own. The name for the tailgate is expected to be the MultiFlex or the Multi-Flex, as GM already holds a trademark for the moniker.

Though we don’t know much about the Multi-Flex yet, we do know that it will take many cues from the MultiPro™. This tailgate is made up of a primary gate and a smaller inner gate hinged inside the primary gate. You can lower both of these gates to get 7-9 inches closer to the bed than you normally would, for easier unloading and loading.

Full-width steps, hand grabs, and load stops are just some of the other features that make the MultiPro™ Tailgate so impressive and make the upcoming Silverado variant so exciting. Stay tuned for more news on the Multi-Flex tailgate in the days ahead. And in the meantime, stop by Sour Lake Chevrolet to take one of our current Silverado models for a whirl.

Introducing the Chevy Silverado XFE Fuel Economy Package

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Sour Lake, TX

Most pickup trucks can either be powerful or fuel efficient. However, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is aiming to change that with the available XFE Fuel Economy Package. With this package, it can help maximize your fuel economy, while still giving you the performance you want.

The XFE Fuel Economy Package gives the Chevy Silverado a premium soft roll-up tonneau cover. This not only helps protect your cargo, but it reduces drag that is often created from an open truck bed. This increase in aerodynamics gives the Silverado a boost in efficiency with an EPA-estimated 20 mpg combined and 24 mpg highway*.

In addition to the tonneau cover, this package also includes 18-inch Bright Silver painted wheels and all-season tires. The total price for this package is $850. This package is also not available with the Max Trailering Package, Z71 Off-Road Package, or Convenience package. You cannot get any other options with the Fuel Economy package.

This package is available on the Silverado 1500 LT trim with the Short Bed and Crew Cab body. It also requires the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and 2WD. This powertrain combination has an output of 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque.

Call us at Sour Lake Chevrolet to learn more about the XFE Fuel Economy Package or another available add-on that the Silverado 1500 offers. We’re here to help you get the most out of your Chevy truck