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2019 Sierra Elevation | Bill Walsh GM Superstore | Ottawa, IL

2019 Sierra Elevation Adds Excitement to Lineup

Adding Excitement To The Mix

The GMC Sierra lineup is getting a complete redesign for 2019, and we can’t wait to offer it here at Bill Walsh GM Superstore. One of the new additions to this lineup will be the 2019 Sierra Elevation model. This rugged truck is designed to make a big statement wherever it goes with a bold design, advanced technology, and strong capabilities.

“The 2019 Sierra Elevation conveys a youthful, athletic presence that demonstrates GMC’s tailored approach,” said GMC Marketing Director Rich Latek. “With inherent truck capabilities and functionality, Elevation is able to take you off the beaten path along with your gear while standing out from the pack.”

The Elevation model is sure to attract attention, thanks to its monochromatic door handles grille surround and bumpers. It will also feature black exterior accents and standard 20-inch aluminum wheels.

To help drivers tackle the open road, the Sierra Elevation will come equipped with a Traction Select System that will allow drivers to choose the ideal mode for their driving conditions, including Tour mode for everyday driving and Terrain mode for rugged adventures.

For even better off-road performance, the 2019 Sierra Elevation is available with the X31 Off-Road package. This includes features like a locking rear differential, Rancho shocks, unique suspension tuning, underbody skid plates, Hill Descent Control, and a heavy-duty air filter.

Suburban RST Performance Package | Ottawa, IL

Suburban RST Performance Package Available in 2019

A Chevrolet Staple.

Did you know that the Chevrolet Suburban is the longest continuous-use nameplate in American automotive history? The Suburban name was first used in 1935 on a vehicle designed to be a family-friendly carry-all station wagon. While the Suburban’s purpose has never changed, its design and mechanics have evolved with time. Learn more about the Suburban RST Performance package that will be coming soon.

Coming Soon.

The Suburban is currently in its 11th generation and is getting an exciting new option for the 2019 model year. Later this summer, customers at Bill Walsh GM Superstore will be able to opt for the Suburban RST Performance Package. This package will add a 6.2-liter V8 under the hood to give the Suburban 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

To complete the performance feel, the package also includes a Magnetic Ride Control suspension along with numerous available performance upgrades such as six-piston Brembo brakes and a Performance Dual-Side Exit Borla exhaust system.

Top Notch Package.

“When you want to hustle, the Suburban RST with the Performance Package offers high levels of acceleration, braking, and road-holding grip,” said Eric Stanczak, chief engineer for Chevrolet full-size trucks. “When you want to relax, it is very refined, with exceptional ride comfort and interior quietness.”

Along with mechanical upgrades, the Suburban RST Performance model will also feature a sharp new look, with blacked-out and body-color details and 22-inch wheels.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS | Bill Walsh Chevy | Ottawa, IL

2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS Combines Style, Power, and Technology

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS proves once and for all that a crossover can be big enough for the whole family without sacrificing style, power, or advanced technology. With a more powerful engine than ever before, an updated exterior, and plenty of high-end technology features, the new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS elevates the crossover SUV to new heights.

Unique Style

While all Traverse models were redesigned for 2018, the RS model receives a unique styling treatment that includes a black grille, black window trim, black roof trails, and black bow tie emblems. The new Traverse RS also features 20-inch aluminum wheels with a Dark Android finish.

Turbocharged Performance

Perhaps the most exciting thing about the new Traverse RS is the fact that it is the first Traverse model to offer a turbocharged engine. The 2018 Traverse RS offers a direct-injected Ecotec 2.0-liter turbo engine that’s capable of a potent 257 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.

Advanced Technology

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS is the top-of-the-line Traverse trim. As such, it comes standard with advanced features like an 8-inch color touchscreen, an OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi trial subscription, a multi color driver information display, and a comprehensive suite of innovative safety technologies.

To learn more about the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, stop by the Bill Walsh GM Superstore and we’ll be happy to set you up with a test drive.

Silverado | Bill Walsh Chevy | Ottawa, IL

Dealership Retrofits New Chevy Silverado as Classic Cheyenne Super 10

Timeless.

Chevy models are timeless, a claim supported by a dealership’s recent efforts to bring back a 1970s Cheyenne Super 10.

Blake Greenfield Chevrolet Buick in Wells, Minnesota, is making headlines thanks to efforts by the staff to convert a Chevy Silverado into the classic 1970s pickup. This “retrofitting” gives a new Silverado a classic look that makes it stand apart while still giving the driver modern amenities.

Dealership owner Blake Greenfield says the inspiration for the old-school truck project came when he got a delivery for a Silverado decked out in a Woodland Green color that gave it a particularly retro look. From there, Greenfield and his staff decided to convert an entire truck using decals, paint, and more.

Retrofitted.

The retrofitted Chevy Silverado has metal Cheyenne badges added to the fenders, Big 10 logos on the bed, and noticeably lifted suspension. It also has white wagon rims with a distinctly 1970s look.

A photo of the throwback truck made the rounds on social media, bringing in attention from all around the country. As a result, the dealership decided to start offering retro Silverado makeover packages for $5,995 — a small price to pay for such a big helping of enjoyable pickup truck nostalgia.

Interested in a new Chevy Silverado? Check out Bill Walsh Chevrolet, we are here for all your Chevy truck needs!

2019 Chevrolet Silverado | Bill Walsh Superstore | Ottawa, IL

What You Need to Know About the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is scheduled to hit the market this year. The upcoming pickup boasts impressive capability and quite a few styling changes to appreciate.

Versatility

The Chevrolet Silverado, soon to be available at Bill Walsh GM Superstore, features best-in-class cargo volume thanks to its increased width. It also features 12 fixed and nine movable tie-down points. Lockable in-bed storage bins are also available if you are constantly on the go. A class-exclusive power up and down tailgate arrives for the 2019 model year as well.

Toughness

When push comes to shove, the Chevrolet Silverado will offer increased toughness compared to top competitors. The bed features higher strength steel for better damage resistance. The upcoming model has undergone extensive testing. In total, it’s seen seven million miles of real-world testing. Additionally, more high-strength steel and some aluminum bring the 2019 Silverado in at 450 pounds less than previous models.

Powertrains

The Chevrolet Silverado will feature a whopping six, yes, six, engine options for the 2019 model year. V8 engines will feature Dynamic Fuel Management that can increase fuel economy. A 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine will also arrive for the model year.

Purpose

Available in eight trim levels, the all-new Chevrolet Silverado will feature a model for everyone from workers to luxury-loving drivers. More rear seat room also ensures passengers will be more comfortable.

We at Bill Walsh Superstore can’t wait to see this powerhouse drive onto our lot.

Future of Chevy Trucks | Ottawa, IL

Take a Look at the Future of Chevy Trucks

The future of Chevy trucks is looking bright. In 2009, during the economic downturn, Chevrolet left the commercial truck segment. Now, it has announced that it will be making a comeback for the 2019 model year.

New Silverado to come.

At the upcoming Work Truck Show in March, Chevrolet will unveil the new Silverado medium-duty pickups. These trucks will be sold as 4500 and 5500 chassis-cab models.

Chevrolet has said these new trucks were built from the ground up and are not based on any of its existing trucks. These trucks will be aimed at commercial buyers and fleets and can be up-fitted to meet a variety of needs with different boxes and beds.

Variety of Options.

However, just like the rest of its truck lineup, the 4500 and 5500 models will come in regular and crew cab models with a variety of wheelbases and capability ratings. The trucks will be powered by a Duramax diesel engine and Allison transmission combination.

Chevrolet will begin production of these new trucks in Springfield, Ohio, late this year, and they are expected to go on sale shortly after that right here at Bill Walsh GM Superstore. We can’t wait to see what kind of innovative features Chevrolet has incorporated into these new Silverado models.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 | Ottawa, IL

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 to Get Hennessey Treatment

Power

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is set to become one of the most powerful production cars to ever hit the pavement. Its standard 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine already produces 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque, but that isn’t enough for some enthusiasts. Hennessey Performance is already working on getting even more power out of the monstrous engine.

The Texas-based performance shop already has a few upgrade packages in the works. The lowest planned package is the HPE850, which pushes total engine output to 850 horsepower. That’s enough power to run from zero to 60 mph in as little as 2.6 seconds.

Performance

The mid-range HPE1000 package pumps those numbers up to 1,000 horsepower and 966 lb-ft of torque. That kind of power delivers a top speed of more than 220 mph and a 0-to-60 mph time of just 2.5 seconds.

The high-end HPE1200 package brings total engine output to a massive 1,200 horsepower and 1,066 lb-ft of torque. Properly equipped Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 models will be able to deliver a 0-to-60 mph time of just 2.2 seconds, putting it on par with some of the quickest production cars ever created.

We here at Bill Walsh GM Superstore can’t wait to see the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 in person!

Chevy Creates Military Stealth Vehicle: Chevrolet Colorado ZH2

Chevrolet Colorado ZH2

Teaming up with the US Army, Chevrolet recently developed the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2. This military-grade pickup comes with an extensive range of features and upgrades that make it combat-ready, as well as a unique hydrogen-fuel-cell powertrain system. Redefining military mobility and green technology in one fell swoop, the new Colorado ZH2 is nothing short of extraordinary.

According to Fox News, the ZH2 is based on the Colorado truck that’s available to ordinary drivers. However, there are a few aspects of the ZH2 that non-combatants can’t get ahold of. For instance, the ZH2 has a portable generator, a unique cooling system, camouflaging, a stretched chassis, and off-road tuning. Perhaps the most distinct aspect of the ZH2 is its hydrogen-fuel-cell powertrain.

“GM has worked closely with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) on the vehicle,” reported Fox News correspondent Allison Barrie. “Testing this fuel-cell vehicle for potential military uses began in January of this year and is expected to last a year.”

Using liquid hydrogen, the ZH2 can perform in harsh conditions without creating a large heat signature—a major weakness for Humvees and other vehicles. Because the ZH2 doesn’t have an ordinary internal-combustion engine, it’s harder for militants to track its heat signatures. In fact, while a normal Humvee gives off about 750 degrees, the ZH2 only gives off 140 degrees. Add to that a quiet electric drivetrain, and the ZH2 is incredibly hard to detect.

The new ZH2 is just one of many examples of Chevy’s innovative capacities. We at Bill Walsh GM Superstore can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future of Chevy truck design.

Top 5 Places to Take Your 2018 Chevy Traverse This Fall in the Chicago Area

2018 Chevy Traverse

The 2018 Chevy Traverse has been completely redesigned and now offers more legroom and more features than ever before. That means that this SUV is perfect for a trip with friends to the Chicago area. Pack up your Chevy Traverse from Bill Walsh GM Superstore and head to Chicago for one of these fall events.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

The 40th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon takes place on Oct. 8. It’s too late to join as a runner, but you can still watch, cheer on runners, and get inspired for next year’s race.

Chicago International Film Festival

From Oct. 12 – 26 film-fanatics can explore over 150 indie films at this 53rd annual film festival.

Vintage Garage

Did you know that the 2018 Chevy Traverse now has almost 100 cubic feet of cargo space? It’s the perfect vehicle to take to the Vintage Garage on Oct. 15. You’re sure to find tons of amazing Mid-century finds at this flea market.

SOFA Chicago

SOFA, which stands for Sculptures, Objects and Functional Art, is one of Chicago’s biggest art fairs. It runs this November 2-5 and admission is $20.

Festival of Barrel Aged Beers

On Nov. 10-11 you can get your fill of rare, wood and barrel-aged adult beverages from over 90 different breweries. Just be sure not to drive your Chevy Traverse home until the next morning!

Drive Your Equinox to These Upcoming Events in Ottawa

upcoming events in Ottawa

You can do a walk for charity with the whole family!

The city of Ottawa has a lot to offer. If you just purchased an Equinox from Bill Walsh GM Superstore and are itching to take it out on the town, consider some of these upcoming events in Ottawa.

  1. Illinois Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s: Join this walk for a great cause on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Jordon Block. Registration is at 8 a.m., the ceremony starts at 8:45, and the walk begins at 9.
  2. Birds of Prey Live!: Get up close and personal with several birds of prey, including hawks, falcons, and owls, on Sept. 2 and 3 at either 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. The event is being held by Saving Our American Raptors at Starved Rock State Park.
  3. Magda Brown: Magda Brown is a Holocaust survivor who will share her incredible story about one of the world’s darkest hours at the Reddick Public Library on Sept. 10. Be there at 1 p.m. to hear her powerful story.
  4. Ottawa’s Old Town Farmers Market: Every Saturday morning, you can count on this farmers market to be at Washington Square Park from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with fresh fruits and veggies for you to load up your Equinox with and take home for dinner.
  5. Murder Mystery Dinner: Make a date night out of this classic whodunit dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Sept. 9 starting at 6:15 p.m.

If you have other questions or want to know more of the latest news, visit us at Bill Walsh Chevrolet!