So, I saw this headline:
Say goodbye to 5 discontinued cars in 2014
on the Comcast main page and didn't realize the article was a year old and meant 2013 models that weren't returning in 2014. One of these vehicles was the Chevy Avalanche, which was always one of those WTF vehicles. I still don't understand the purpose of the Avalanche, and continue to be mystified why someone might have chosen one over a traditional pickup.
Instead, it's open from the cab to the back gate, with three separate pieces enclosing the back to the elements. With the panels removed, it was somewhat similar to the old K-5 Blazer, except that it had four doors and the seats are all under the roof rather than the rear seat in the open air like the Blazer.
I always wondered how the Avalanche held up over its lifespan. Chevy didn't cover itself in glory with the body cladding, which faded quickly and wound up being removed in later iterations. The removable panels seem like a great idea, until you factor in year after year of freeze/thaw cycles, rain, washing, etc. The Mrs. had a convertible, and getting the roof to fit to the body required several different trips back to the dealership after a new leak would be discovered. I can't see how the Avalanche would not be subject to the same woes.
I thought that at one point a different back end was available that would turn the Avalanche into a clone of the Tahoe. That actually made sense, in that you could have the enclosed area for cargo while still maintaining the ability to carry oversize items in a pinch. It may have been an aftermarket item, however, akin to the canvas camper shells available for pickups.
Fairwell, Avalanche; your passing was so unremarkable as to take a year for Comcast to notice it...
That is all.