What’s The Hot News from, Chevrolet, Buick & Toyota
We’ve all been staying close to home for months now. Would a road trip behind the wheel of a new car, truck or SUV have a calming effect to your life? It could be just you and all the family or friends you can fit comfortably (and safely) into your new ride. There’s a lot to look forward to in 2021 from Chevrolet, Buick and Toyota
Buick – The Buick Encore GX was introduced midway through the 2020 model year. Don’t be confused (as some were) by the “Encore” nameplate … this is a substantially different model than the Buick Encore that arrived in 2012. The Encore GX is larger than the “original” Encore but is still rated as a compact SUV. That said, Buick has put a lot of technology, safety features and driver / passenger comfort in a small package.
A redesigned Buick Envision has been teased and is expected to be released “into the wild” in the spring of 2021. Buick is heavily focused on making their product line of luxury SUV’s the first choice for current Buick owners and for new customers. A re-imagined Envision should not disappoint anyone shopping for a well-designed mid-size lux SUV. We’ll say more when we get the see the 2021 Envision live & in-person.
Chevrolet – Much of the big news from Chevrolet in 2021 is coming from the large SUV end of the model lineup. The Chevy Tahoe & the Suburban have both received through makeovers.
”The new Tahoe is more spacious and sophisticated than before, which solidifies its spot atop the large-SUV class.”
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The Tahoe has grown all around, larger outside, roomier third row space and more cargo area. Some of this space growth was accomplished by the implementation of a new independent rear suspension, a first for the Tahoe. Creature comfort, infotainment & connectivity upgrades, safety and performance features add to the overall ride experience.
The all-new 2021 Suburban benefits from the same new independent rear suspension as the Tahoe. This is most noticeable in additional rear cargo space, leg, head & hip room in the third row seat and an added “smoothness” to the ride. An optional adjustable air suspension with adaptive dampers also make the new Suburban glide along whatever road surface you choose, pavement, back roads, or trail. Most, if not all of the Tahoe’s comfort, infotainment and connectivity upgrades are there. Safety and driver assist features are well thought out and easy to use.
One thing of note for the 2021 Chevy Silverado is the availability of the multi-function tailgate previously seen on the GMC Sierra.
2021 also marks the “return” of the Chevy Trailblazer – “Return” is essentially not accurate … the previous TrailBlazer (capital T & B) ended production in 2005. Before that various generations of Chevy Blazer models had held court from 1969 through the mid-1990’s.
The all-wheel drive 2021 Trailblazer will slot into Chevy’s lineup between the compact Trax and Equinox SUV’s. The Trailblazer should meet the needs of small crossover shoppers who are looking at the Jeep Renegade, Toyota C-HR or Honda HR-V. Stacked above the base Trailblazer model, there will be Activ and RS trim levels. They are two different versions of the highest trim level, one off-road oriented and one sport-oriented. We’ll make sure to provide a good overview on our Facebook page once we get our hands on the steering wheel & our bottoms in the driver’s seat of a new Trailblazer.
New from Toyota for 2021
Venza – The all-new 2021 Toyota Venza crossover arrives with class-leading fuel economy, you’ll enjoy the extra miles with Venza’s EPA-estimated 39 combined mpg. The standard Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive (AWD) capability helps you take on uncertain conditions with confidence. Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is standard. You get:
- Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection,
- Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist,
- Lane Tracing Assist,
- Automatic High Beams,
- Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
- Road Sign Assist.
On the Venza Limited model, the optional Star Gaze sunroof is a fixed panoramic roof that incorporates electrochromic glass. This allows the occupants to switch between a “clear” or “frosted” mode. Instead of merely opening it, like a regular sunroof, you get to choose if you want to have sun or have no sun,
The new Toyota TRD sport sedans have been released; we’re hoping to have these Camry and Avalon models on the lot soon. We do have the new all-wheel drive Camry’s here on our lot and they’re getting a lot of attention. The Avalon AWD model is expected early in 2021.
Looking out to 2022, a new redesigned Toyota Tundra is expected to debut … keep an eye on our Central Maine Toyota Facebook page for updates as more information or photos appear.