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More Horsepower Pulls Greater Loads

If you want to feel really confident pulling that horse trailer or home-away-from-home RV through the mountains, you should consider the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD equipped with a Duramax 6.6L V8 turbo-diesel. This bad boy pumps out 445 horsepower and an absolutely staggering 910 pound-feet of torque, meaning you can get any load going up the steepest inclines. That’s almost a 20 percent torque increase from the current Duramax in an engine that’s also much quieter. The noise from under the hood has actually been decreased by 38 percent. “With nearly 2 million sold over the past 15 years, customers have forged a bond with the Duramax diesel based on trust and capability,” according to Global Propulsion Systems VP Dan Nicholson. “The new Duramax takes those traits to higher levels.” Stop by Chapman Chevrolet in Tempe to check out the new Silverado HD and feel the power of the mighty Duramax.

Complete Redesign From Previous Engine

About the only things the new Duramax engine has in common with the previous version are the dimensions of the bore and stroke. The new diesel features a ton of new technology and mechanical enhancements, including stronger block and heads, a stronger reciprocating assembly, maximized coolant and oil-flow, a new EGR system, new electronic controls and B20 bio-diesel compatability. “Nearly everything about the Duramax is new, designed to produce more torque at lower rpm and more confidence when trailering or hauling,” said chief engineer Gary Arvan. “You’ll also notice the refinement improvements the moment you start the engine, and appreciate them as you cruise quietly down the highway– with or without a trailer.”

Electronic Turbocharger Ups Maximum Boost Pressure

With a new electronic turbocharger, the new Duramax diesel engine not only generates more power, but improves the capability of the brake exhaust system. Used to slow down a vehicle on long mountain declines without over-taxing the brakes, the brake exhaust utilizes compression from the engine to lower the speed. The engine pairs with an Allison 1000 automatic transmission to provide seamless shifting no matter how heavy the load. A new torque converter helps the transmission handle the increased torque capacity of the engine, meaning the only thing you have to worry about is following the right route to your intended destination. Swing by Chapman Chevrolet today and see how the new Chevrolet Silverado HD with Duramax diesel can solve all your hauling and towing needs.

Bolt Drivers Just Need One Pedal

A reconfigurable screen in the instrument cluster of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV offers the choice of several layouts to display vehicle information.

Regenerative Braking Captures Lost Energy

For people who are sick and tired of having to work more than one pedal, the soon-to-be available Chevrolet Bolt Electric Vehicle (EV) offers the perfect solution. Regenerative (regen) braking not only helps to boost the battery and provide more range without the need for an external charge, but it also negates the need to use the brake pedal under certain circumstances. Four driving modes provide a progressively stronger use of regen braking that lessens the need for the use of a brake pedal. You can get a one-on-one demonstration of how one pedal driving works when the Bolt comes to Chapman Chevrolet later this year. “Bolt EV customers who want an engaging driving experience will love the thrill of one-pedal driving,” according to Josh Tavel, Bolt chief engineer. “They will be able to tailor the vehicle to their preferred driving style and maximize their range.”

Chevy’s Range Blows Away Competition

While other EV manufacturers boast about providing a range of 75 or 80 miles, the 2017 Chevy Bolt has an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles on a fully-charged battery. That should eliminate the “range phobia” that many consumers have regarding EVs, worried that they will be stranded without the ability to get a charge. The average daily commute is just 40 miles, which means most people could go a whole work week without every worrying about a charge. Should you decide to head across country, your OnStar RemoteLink telemetry system will help you find charging stations on your route. Opt for the 240-volt charging unit and you can recharge a totally spent battery at home in just 9 1/2 hours, or get about 25 miles of range for every hour of charge. DC fast charging stations are available for public use and give you about 90 miles of charge in just 30 minutes.

Display Screen Helps You Maximize Efficiency

With the energy control screen that’s part of the infotainment system, you can make a game out of getting the most range from each charge. Energy usage, available range and charge settings help you monitor your Bolt’s efficiency. Use the same 10.2-inch screen to play audio, check messages and make a hands-free phone call. Simple gestures put you in control of all the functions of the control system, which also provides available 4G LTE Wi-Fi to turn your new Chevrolet Bolt into a rolling hotspot for all your passengers. Keep in touch with the pros at Chapman Chevrolet for the latest information on when the new Bolt will be available for a test drive.


New V6 Engine, Transmission Provide Power and Efficiency

With a new V6 engine and 8-speed automatic, as well as an optional diesel powerplant, the Chevrolet Colorado remains the king of both power and efficiency in the midsize truck market for 2017. New Colorado trucks will be rolling into Chapman Chevrolet soon, offering buyers a chance to test drive last year’s Motor Trend “Truck of the Year.” “Customers made the Colorado an overnight success and it remains one of the industry’s hottest-selling products,” according to the chief engineer for the Colorado project, Anita Burke. “That fast success has justified our continued investment in midsize pickups, introducing new features for our customers such as the class-exclusive diesel engine, advanced technologies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and now a class-leading V6 and 8-speed automatic powertrain combination.”

Powertrain Focuses on Driving Performance

Although the 3.6L displacement is the same as the previous model, the new V6 engine takes advantage of technology to deliver 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. The Colorado now has Active Fuel Management, allowing the truck to disable two cylinders under light load conditions to improve gas mileage. The 8-speed transmission has a wider gear ratio, providing more torque on the low end to get started and lower RPMs once you get up to highway speed. That equates to greater fuel efficiency. “For the new V-6 and 8-speed combination, we focused on improving everyday driving performance,” said Stan Ludlow, an engineer for the 2017 Colorado. “Drivers will immediately notice that it pulls harder when accelerating from a stop or passing on the highway; it is more confident pulling a trailer up a steep grade and it is more refined cruising at a constant highway speed.”

Colorado Sparks Boom in Mid-size Truck Sales

Ever since the Chevrolet Colorado was released two years ago, sales of both the Chevy and overall midsize truck market have boomed. Chevy is poised to sell more than 160,000 of the Colorado trucks in the first two years, accounting for a 23 percent market share. In the last 24 months, the total midsize truck market has doubled, prompting other automakers to jump onboard as America’s fascination for SUVs and trucks seemingly shows no end. Stay in touch with Chapman Chevrolet to see when the first of the 2017 Colorado trucks are due to arrive. Chances are it will once again be the most honored midsize truck on the market and a safe bet for those looking to solve their light to medium hauling duties.

Technology in Place for Bolt Unveiling


Delivers 200-mile Range and Plenty of Performance

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is an all-electric vehicle designed to eliminate range phobia, or the fear of being stuck somewhere when the battery runs out. Chevy says the Bolt, which will arrive at the Chapman Chevrolet showroom this fall, has a range of 200 miles. That’s more than enough for the average commuter to go to work, drive to lunch and even do some shopping before heading home for a recharge. Use the available 240-volt charging system and you can bring a completely drained Bolt back up to full charge in 9 hours, ready for another day of fun. Car and Driver magazine recently took the Bolt out on a test run, saying “the front-drive hatchback tears out of the hole,” and has no difficulty keeping up with traffic.

Bolt Walks Line Between Comfort and Handling

Chevy has gone to great lengths to satisfy both people seeking a comfortable ride and those who want to test the Bolt’s limits in hairpin turns. The rack-and-pinion steering gets an electrical assist to provide a solid response and let the driver feel the road. A firm ride keeps the body from rolling through curves and the special Michelin tires absorb the normal bumps of the road without transferring them to your spine.

Powerful AC Motor Runs on 960 Pound Battery Pack

The Chevrolet Bolt comes with a 200 horsepower alternating current motor that gets its power from a 60-kwH battery pack that rests in a large box under the floor. Regeneration is one way the Bolt has so much range, with about 40 miles of the estimated 200-mile limit coming from energy captured when the vehicle decelerates. Choose from four regenerative modes that adjusts the use of the brakes to deliver more or less current to the battery. A 10.2-inch center monitor not only provides your audio and hands-free communication, but also keeps you up to date on the latest vehicle information. You’ll know the estimated range you have left, and can watch as you change the energy usage through the way you drive. The Bolt also has 4G LTE Wi-Fi available, turning your electric vehicle into a mobile hot spot for you and your passengers to stay connected to the Internet.

Technology Helps Avoid Collisions

The Bolt EV has a wide variety of sensor and camera systems that help you avoid people, obstacles and other vehicles. A high-strength frame and 10 well-positioned airbags help keep the passengers safe in the event of a wreck. Stay in touch with Chapman Chevrolet to make sure you’re one of the first to give the new Bolt a test drive.

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ZL1 Most Powerful Production Camaro in History

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is ready to light up the streets when it’s released for sale this fall. With a time of just 3.5 seconds to go from a stop to 60 mph and an 11.4 second quarter-mile with a top speed of 127 mph, the ZL1 provides supercar performance at a price far less than other top sports cars. The coupe will start at $62,135 and the convertible will begin at just a smidge above $69,000, including destination charge. It’s a reasonable price to pay for a 650-horse monster that comes with a supercharged 6.2L V8. “The Camaro ZL1 offers supercar performance with daily-driver refinement, a combination that stacks up against any other sports coupe-at any price-around the world,” according to Chevy marketing director Steve Majoros. Be one of the first to take a test drive when the ZL1 comes to Chapman Chevrolet in September.

1LE a Bit More Tame, But Still Exciting

The 1LE Camaro is a performance package you can add to either the Camaro LT V6 coupe or the 1SS V8 coupe. The package upgrades the suspension on the LT to SS status for a more dynamic ride and superior handling. The SS package gets an electronic differential to control traction to the rear wheels and an FE4 suspension package that includes magnetic ride dampers. The LT runs the 0 to 60 mph race in just 5.2 seconds, while the SS shaves a full second off that time. “Building on Chevrolet’s well-established recipe for track-focused performance, the new 1LE packages expand the performance envelope of the Camaro SS and, for the first time, the Camaro LT,” Chevy’s chief engineer, Al Oppenheiser, said. “You’ll be hard pressed to find more track-capable cars in their respective classes for the money.” The upgrade to the LT coupe will be a $4,500 sticker option. The SS upgrade will cost $6,500.

Camaro Riding Wave of Camaro Honors

After it was redesigned for this model year, the Camaro was honored with a slew of awards, including the prestigious “Car of the Year” from Motor Trend magazine. The editors loved everything from the exterior styling and upgraded interior trim to the power and handling. Even the V6 RS package got rave reviews. “The performance you get out of this six-cylinder is amazing,” said one of the judges. Rather than rest on their laurels, Chevrolet has found a way to make the Camaro even more amazing with the ZL1 and 1 LE upgrade packages. Stay tuned to Chapman Chevrolet to see when you can get your hands on one for a test drive.