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.

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.

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

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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

Chevy Starts Production on the 2021 Tahoe

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Though Chevy had delayed the production of the 2021 Tahoe earlier this year, the brand finally started rolling these models off the assembly line this summer. There are quite a few reasons to be excited about this new model.

For starters, this large SUV comes with seating for seven or nine people depending on the configuration. It also has 122.9 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. There’s an available Bose® premium audio system — which is perfect for music lovers — as well as an optional power sliding center console for more storage options. Plus, the available 15-inch Head-Up Display keeps you up to date on the go, while Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ provide phone connectivity.

The Tahoe is also designed to be capable. The Z71 edition specifically comes with an Air Ride Adaptive Suspension for a more comfortable ride, 20-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, and red tow hooks to help get you out of any precarious positions. You can choose between a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 or a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8, the latter of which has an impressive 420 horsepower and comes standard on the High Country trim. A Duramax® 3.0-liter Turbo-Diesel is also available.

You’ll also find a suite of safety systems on the 2021 Chevy Tahoe, which has a standard Automatic Emergency Braking system to help prevent frontal collisions. There’s also a Following Distance Indicator, Auto High Beams, optional Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist.

Stop by Sour Lake Chevrolet to test-drive the 2021 Tahoe models in our inventory.

Explore Sour Lake, TX without Leaving Home

Want to explore Sour Lake while you’re stuck at home? It’s easier than you’d think.

 

Research Regional History

Who needs a museum when you can learn all about Sour Lake’s history online? Sure, being able to view and interact with exhibits is cool, but ultimately everything that happened in the past also happened right where you are now. Sour Lake’s official historical association is a good place to start doing your research.

 

Virtual Tours & Videos

If you do like the experience of going to a museum, you don’t have to give that up either. Many local educational activities like going to the zoo or the museum offer either virtual tours on their websites or videos on their social media pages. For example, the Bertha Terry Cornwell Museum has an entire photo album of the exhibits, and the nearby Beaumont Children’s Museum has been posting pictures and live videos on their Facebook page.

 

Order Local

Getting takeout? Sample the local fare by ordering from a local small business in your community rather than a chain. For example, did you know Vautrot’s Cajun Cuisine is making special batches of food for delivery and curbside pickup? Do your research and you’ll be sure to find local restaurants to support and enjoy.

 

Stay safe and healthy while keeping busy in Sour Lake, Texas. And remember to call us here at Sour Lake Chevrolet for any automotive needs you have this summer.

 

Updates for Medium-Duty Commercial Silverado Trucks

Updates for Medium-Duty Commercial Silverado Trucks | Sour Lake Chevy

GM will soon bestow updates on the Chevrolet lineup of medium-duty commercial Silverado trucks, including the 4500 HD, 5500 HD, and 6500 HD chassis cab trucks. These tweaks translate to better performance and more flexible upfitting for this product lineup.

Back in March, GM announced that its medium-duty line will increase its maximum gross combined weight 23 percent to 37,000 pounds. This massive improvement in performance will help the company continue to grow its commercial sales, which have increased 67 percent in the last seven years.

The medium-duty trucks will also see an array of changes to their axles, including a new mechanical locking rear axle for better traction when a rear tire skids, and longer axle-to-end-of-frame options on the shortest wheelbases for broader upfitting options.

In addition, Chevy is adding an auxiliary switch bank with six additional upfit switches in the headliner and new extended mirror arms for better visibility on larger upfits. These changes mean that more kinds of upfits will be available for a wider range of Chevy medium-duty commercial Silverado trucks.

The success of the medium-duty lineup and other GM commercial vehicles has led GM to expand production by investing significant funds in its plants in Flint, Michigan; Brookville, Ohio; and Wentzville, Missouri. This will allow for 40,000 more vehicles to be produced each year. It will also allow GM to produce more 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V8 engines and help fund improvements for mid-size pickup and van models produced at the Wentzville, Missouri plant.

Find out more about the Medium-Duty Chevy Silverado updates when you call us at Sour Lake Chevrolet. You can also browse the current models we have in stock via our website.