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Chevrolet will offer a limited number of 2016 Chevrolet Silverados with eAssist technology. The mild hybrid system improves city fuel economy by 13 percent improvement, according to EPA estimates.

eAssist Utilizes Electric Vehicle Technology

By using the knowledge gained and some components from Chevy’s other electrical and hybrid vehicles, the company has created an affordable hybrid pickup that delivers up to 13 percent better gas mileage than standard trucks. The eAssist system adds an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack to the Silverado’s 5.3-liter V-8 to add 13 more horsepower and an additional 44 foot pounds of torque for acceleration and towing. “Silverado already leads the full-size truck segment in V8 fuel economy,” according to Chevrolet Truck marketing manager Sandor Piszar. “For customers and small-business owners who use their trucks for more urban driving, the addition of eAssist can further reduce their fuel costs without sacrificing the utility they expect in a full-size truck.” Check with Freeway Chevrolet on the availability of the new light hybrid truck.

Stop/Start Technology Adds to Fuel Savings

The new hybrid Silverado comes with stop/start technology and regenerative braking, two new pieces of technology that help conserve energy. Whenever the vehicle comes to a complete stop, the engine will completely shut off. Once you release the brake, it starts up again immediately so you can take off as if it had been running all the time. Braking captures energy by using the electric motor as a generator, helping to replenish your battery charge. The result is an improvement of 2 mpg in the city from the standard gas-powered Silverado with the 5.3-liter engine.

Battery Pack Same as Malibu Hybrid

The new Chevy Silverado with hybrid technology utilizes the same lithium-ion battery pack as in the new Malibu Hybrid. This is a 24-cell battery that sits either under the center console or front bench seat, depending on your vehicle’s configuration. A new power inverter utilizes liquid cooling and has been moved under the hood for improved performance. Based off the Chevy Volt system, this inverter uses software to help keep the battery running at optimal levels. The final piece of the hybrid puzzle comes from the compact induction motor which is very similar in design to the electric motors used in both the Volt and Malibu Hybrid.

Limited Product Run for First Year

Check with Freeway Chevrolet on the availability of the new eAssist Silverado with hybrid technology. The company only plans to make 500 of the trucks this year, then will adjust production for 2017 based on consumer feedback. The new truck is another vehicle in Chevy’s growing electric lineup, with the Spark EV, soon-to-come Bolt EV, Volt and Malibu Hybrid.

Trax

2017 Refresh Includes New Look, Safety Features

From the totally redesigned front end to new driver assist safety features, the 2017 Chevy Trax is poised to build on the success of the small crossover market. “In the fastest-growing segment, Chevrolet Trax’s momentum is sure to continue with great design enhancements, premium details and the latest technologies,” according to Chevy director of marketing Steve Majoros. “Features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and four new active safety features offer customers more than most competitors – and at an entry level price.” The Trax sold more than 63,000 vehicles in 2015, enough to rank second in the small SUV segment. See why this little crossover is so popular by looking over the Chevrolet Trax inventory at Freeway Chevrolet.

New Face Mirrors Chevy’s Modern Take on Car Building

Chevy has been making a concerted effort in the past few years to create modern cars that appeal to the 21st Century buyer. The 2017 Trax sports a contemporary look that features new headlamps and a grille that ties in with the front end of the popular new Cruze, Volt and Malibu. The front fascia and dual port grille is centered between headlights that wrap around the side of the vehicle, creating the illusion of motion even when you’re standing still. The LT and Premier trim levels have LED running lamps built into the headlights with chrome accents around the standard fog lights. The Premium model also has LED lighting in the taillights.

Step Inside and Enjoy Premium Materials

The interior of the 2017 Chevrolet Trax revolves around a new instrument panel that sets the stage for the dual cockpit layout of the vehicle. The panel makes great use of the 7-inch diagonal color touch screen that controls all your audio, hands free communication and navigation equipment. The premier trim level has a contrasting panel color that matches the trim of the leatherette interior. “Customers will really notice the elevation in the Trax’s interior design and attention to detail,” said Chevy Trax manager Steve Kim. “There’s also a sporty streak in the new styling that speaks to the Trax’s agile, fun-to-drive personality.” The Trax also has an available 4G LTE connection that provides a Wi-Fi connection for the driver and passengers.

Driver Assist Features Keep You in Safety Zone

There are several new safety features available on the Trax, depending on the trim level. Side blind zone alert lets you know when a vehicle is lurking where you can’t see them. Rear cross traffic alert issues a warning when cars or pedestrians are crossing in back of your, and forward collision alert snaps you to attention when a crash is coming from the front. On those long sleepy nights, lane departure warning helps you to focus when you start drifting out of your traffic lane. A rear view camera is standard in all models, as are 10 strategically-placed air bags. Stop by Freeway Chevrolet to check out the 2016 Trax and inquire about the 2017 model coming this fall.