You remember the Chevrolet Avalanche, don’t you? Of course you do, and you know what? There are more than a few people who would love to see him come back. Not numerous more than a few mind you – it was pulled from the Chevy lineup in 2013 due to slow sales after all. But just like the similar but different Subaru Baja from the mid-2000s, the Avalanche has quite a cult following.
That brings us to this well-done take on Oscar Vargas on Instagram. We’ve seen this artist’s work before and the attention to detail never disappoints. The rendering is based on a current generation Suburban, but it’s more than just a chopped roof with the branded body rails mounted behind the cab. The first-generation Avalanche serves as the inspiration for this project, and as such, the lower half of the exterior is covered in a plastic body liner.
For better or worse, it’s a defining characteristic of the Avalanche, so it’s certainly appropriate to have it here. The coating doesn’t look bad on this render, as it is very close to the exterior color anyway. Beyond that, we wonder if it could be more accepted in 2021 than it was 15 years ago? We’re seeing a resurgence in exterior cladding, especially on so-called adventure vehicles like the Subaru Forester Wilderness that seek to convey a rugged character.
The Avalanche wasn’t just about SUV-style upholstery and seats with a pickup box. The rear of the cabin was actually a middle door for a longer bed, and with the rear seats folded down, the Avalanche had a cargo carrying capacity similar to that of a pickup truck. This smart functionality is part of its charm, and we assume that a modern Avalanche would offer similar functionality.
However, don’t expect to see one. As mentioned before, the plastic-wrapped Avalanche was never a big seller, even after the plastic was removed for the second-gen model. Chevrolet has made no indication that a revival could be in the works, so for now at least, a new Avalanche only exists in the realm of fictional creations like this.