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The Chevy Colorado ZR2, the hottest midsize off-road truck on the market, has been named by Four Wheeler magazine as the “Pickup Truck of the Year.” The magazine invited all trucks that were either new or redesigned for the 2018 model year, putting the entrants through a variety of tests that included everything a driver might want from an off-road vehicle. The tests were conducted on hill climbs, water crossing, snow, loose trails, rocks, sand, paved roads and even a racetrack. The clear winner was the ZR2 providing the power, agility and traction needed to conquer any trail. “Chevrolet has a proven track record of success developing performance variants for Corvette and Camaro,” said GM executive Mark Dickens. “ZR2 takes this philosophy and applies it to Colorado, albeit in a way that makes sense for a truck, enabling customers to rock crawl, desert run and even drive comfortably on paved roads, all with equal degrees of confidence and fun.” Check in with the pros at Chapman Chevrolet to inspect the ZR2 and take a test drive.

ZR2 is Wider and Higher

The Chevy Colorado ZR2 is lifted by 2 inches over the standard Colorado model, providing plenty of clearance for obstacles and shallow water. The ZR2 is also 3 1/2 inches wider to provide greater stability and a wider footprint to attack angled hills. A modification of the front and rear bumpers provides better entry and exit angles into ravines and crevices. Functional rocker protection, electronic locking differentials in the front and rear and adjustable dampers all add to the performance of the ZR2 both on and off the trail. The ZR2 is the perfect truck to take for a desert run in the morning, then high tail it into the mountains for some scenic exploring in the afternoon.

Choose Your Engine

The Chevy Colorado is the only midsize truck to offer a diesel engine alternative. The 2.8L turbo-diesel offers both the power and fuel efficiency that make the Colorado one-of-a-kind in the truck market. When equipped with the diesel engine, the Colorado also delivers the best towing capability in its class with the ability to tow up to 7,700 pounds. That’s more than enough for most recreational needs. The Chevy Colorado ZR2 also offers its proven 3.6L V6 engine, which delivers best-in-class 308 horsepower.

Enter the Night With Special Editions

The Chevy Colorado ZR2 offers two special editions to let you explore your dark side, Midnight and Dusk. Midnight offers a sultry black exterior while you can get an alternate color with the Dusk edition. Both models deliver black accents, a sport bar with LED lighting and black 17-inch wheels. See all the models and take a test drive today when you visit Chapman Chevrolet in Tempe.

It’s not a far drive north from the Valley of the Sun until the possibility of icy roads and drifting snow can turn a weekend adventure into a disaster. The folks at Chapman Chevrolet would like to offer a few tips on how to be prepared for winter driving, and to make you aware of some of the features in modern Chevrolets that can help you get out of a sticky situation.

Prepare Yourself Before Heading Out

Always check the weather reports before heading north this time of year. If bad weather is forecast, the best thing you can do is stay home. If that’s not possible, at least be prepared for the worst. Fill your tank before you head out so if you do get stuck waiting for a road to clear, you can at least run the heater. Stock your car with necessary helpful items, such as a cell phone charger, snow shovel and a bag of sand to pour under your wheels in case you slide off the road. Emergency flares, jumper cables, a flashlight and blankets are also a good idea. Stocking up with a jug of water and some nutrition bars will help you make it through an extended period out on the road.

How to Drive on Snow and Ice

Your father may have taught you to pump the brakes when sliding on ice. If you were driving a 1964 Comet, he was absolutely correct, but modern vehicles have anti-lock brakes and pumping them defeats the purpose. If you start to slide, don’t panic! Put gentle pressure on the brakes and steer your car very slightly in the direction you want to go. The ABS system will modulate all the braking. If the road is icy and you want to change lanes, wait until you come across a patch covered with snow. This will provide greater traction. If you do slide off the road, the OnStar system in your new Chevrolet will connect you with help that will get a responder out to you as soon as possible. In the meantime, refer to your owner’s manual on how to run your car intermittently to keep the interior warm. Make sure and clear any drifted snow away from the tail pipe periodically and keep a window cracked to let in a bit of fresh air.

Don’t Put Off Required Service

If you have some winter driving in your plans, make sure and swing by Chapman Chevrolet for scheduled service and to examine your tires, windshield wipers, hoses, battery, lights and other critical elements. The old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is not only apt in this situation, but might save you from an extended period stuck in the bitter cold. If you do a lot of winter driving, consider a new Chevy with four-wheel or all-wheel drive.

The redesigned Chevy Traverse is not only the perfect vehicle for families on the go, it’s also a sophisticated SUV that enjoys a night on the town, as well as a powerful tow vehicle that will let you take your boat or camper on the next weekend adventure. Filled with new safety features that help you and your family arrive at your destination safely, the Traverse is the midsize SUV built for 21st Century transportation needs. Check out the stunning new design and supreme handling of the Traverse by taking a test drive at Chapman Chevrolet in Tempe.

Room for People and Cargo

With plenty of room for up to 8 adults to stretch out comfortably and a best-in-class maximum cargo space of 98.2 cubic feet, the Chevy Traverse is the vehicle that’s built for hauling soccer teams and their equipment to the game. Six different trim levels provide a wide variety of amenities and price points that make the Traverse the affordable SUV for everyone. The base LS comes with attractive 18-inch aluminum wheels, LED running lamps and 8-passenger seating. Move up to the LT and you get fog lamps, body color side mirrors, larger wheels and a chrome grill. The RS has some real street credibility with black bowtie emblems, a black ice grille and dark android wheels. The features really start to add up on the Premier model, with LED D-optic headlamps, Argent Metallic wheels and silver and chrome roof rails. Choose the Redline option on the Premier trim level and you’ll get a racing vibe, with black and red badging, black wheels with red stripes and other black accents. The High Country edition is the top-of-the-line with an exclusive Jet Black/Loft Brown interior, IntelliBeam headlamps, a power folding rear seat and every safety and convenience package offered by Chevrolet.

Technology Cup Overflows

From the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system that slides upwards at the touch of a button to reveal a storage compartment to all the driver assistance safety features available, the Chevy Traverse overflows with modern technology. Stream your favorite music and podcasts using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and make hands-free phone calls with the latest in voice recognition software. Get several “extra sets of eyes” when you opt for the driver assistance features that alert you to possible danger at the front, rear and on the sides. Surround Vision gives you a bird’s eye view all around the vehicle to help avoid collisions. The technology list is really too long to do justice to here. Check it out when you see the new Chevy Traverse at Chapman Chevrolet.

The event was a hundred years in the making, capped off with the reveal of the latest generation of America’s most dependable pickup truck. Company executives and passionate Chevy Truck owners recently gathered in Texas to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Chevy Truck. To cap off the event, the company dropped the next generation of the Chevy Silverado into the proceedings via helicopter, making a big splash before an excited crowd. “Our owners’ passion for Chevrolet trucks is truly humbling,” said GM North America president Alan Batey. “Many of our owners depend on their trucks for work and play, personalize their trucks in astonishing ways and pass their loyalty for Chevy Trucks down from generation to generation. For the Chevy Truck Centennial, we wanted to recognize the customers who have made Chevrolet part of their lives and have them help kick off the next 100 years of Chevy Trucks.” The 2019 Silverado will be coming to Chapman Chevrolet next year.

All New From Ground Up

The muscular design of the new Silverado caps off a total effort to create a new truck from the ground up. Taking advantage of decades of successful pickup design, engineers delivered a few stylistic touches along with improved performance and capability. The use of a high grade alloy in the truck bed steel floor helps create a box that is not only lighter, but also more durable. The significant reduction in vehicle weight improves fuel efficiency, along with payload and towing capability.

Expanding the Range of Models

Truck buyers will have a wider selection from which to choose when the new Chevy Silverado debuts at Chapman Chevrolet next year. That includes more variations of engine and transmission combinations to better fit any need, whether it be work, play or just general transportation. A new Silverado LT Trailboss package utilizes the off-road setup already on the Z71 package, as well as a two-inch lift for greater clearance when attacking tough trails. That lift package will be under full warranty by Chevrolet, giving you peace of mind when deciding whether or not to try and cross that deep crevice.

Holiday Sales Still On

If you can’t wait until next fall for the latest Silverado, there are still plenty of great deals going on with the Chevy Employee Discount for Everyone sale. You can get up to $11,000 off certain models of remaining 2017 Chevy Silverado stock, along with deep savings on the entire Chevy brand. Swing by Chapman Chevrolet in Tempe soon because the deals are going fast.

Police departments and first responders around the nation now have the option to be a little safer with the announcement of the new 2018 Chevy Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV). The newest version of Chevy’s popular SUV includes new technology to help public servants avoid crashes or reduce the chance of injury. “We want to protect our protectors and help them get home safely at the end of every shift,” according to GM VP Ed Peper. “The safety technologies we are introducing on the Tahoe PPV may serve as a second set of eyes.” You can see these new technologies for yourself when you inspect the entire Tahoe lineup at Chapman Chevrolet in Tempe.

Driver Assistance Package First of Kind

As far as PPVs go, Chevy’s new Enhanced Driver Assist Package is the first of its kind. This suite of technology includes programs designed to either alert the driver to a potential problem, take over vehicle functions, or just offer a safer environment. They are:

  • Power Adjustable Pedals: Drivers use the 10-way power seat and this feature to find the optimum driving position for both control and comfort.
  • Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking: Senses an impending collision and automatically applies the brakes to reduce the severity of a collision, or avoid a crash if at all possible.
  • Forward Collision Alert: This system determines the closing speed of the PPV and the objects in its way. The system alerts the driver to the danger with a series of beeps and seat vibrations.
  • Lane Keep Assist: If the turn signals are not activated and the PPV starts to drift out of its lane, this feature gently guides the vehicle back into the proper lane.
  • Safety Alert Driver Seat: Gives the driver the option of seat vibrations instead of audible warnings.

Helps Officers with Multiple Tasks

“When they’re on road patrol, police officers are constantly multitasking,” said retired Michigan police chief Theodore Quisenberry. “Now when officers are scanning their surroundings, so is their vehicle. That will help them stay safe.”

Tahoe Capable of Many Tasks

Along with being an excellent PPV and vehicle suited for many public service tasks, the Chevy Tahoe is a confident, capable SUV that’s perfect for hauling people and cargo. With the power to haul and tow large loads, the Chevy Tahoe is perfect for family vacations, taking the team to soccer practice or just heading out on a weekend adventure. The new driver assistance features also make this one of the safest vehicles you can own. Check out the all-new Tahoe when you take a trip to Chapman Chevrolet in Tempe.