Chevrolet Equinox Z71 Rendered

Off-road style in a crossover body.

Shop Equinox on our website NOW!  These days, you can’t turn around without bumping into some new crossover. Automakers are keen to fill the segment with as many entries as possible, all to leverage the seemingly endless demand for vehicles with a crossover body style. Likewise, the off-roader segment has also seen massive growth, and GMC has responded by confirming it will offer a rough-and-ready AT4 variant for every one of its models by 2021 (excluding the Savana van). That includes the GMC Terrain AT4, which got us thinking – why shouldn’t Chevrolet have its own version of the off-road crossover? What about a Chevrolet Equinox Z71?

It’s an interesting idea, so we decided to render up exactly that. Note that there is currently no indication that a production Chevrolet Equinox Z71 is headed down the line – rather, we created this rendering just for fun.

Additionally, it’s possible something like this could alternatively be called the Chevrolet Equinox Activ, with the Activ nomenclature taken from the outdoor-oriented trim level offered by the new Chevrolet Trailblazer, not to mention the Chevrolet Onix Activ and Chevrolet Spin Activ offered in South America.

With that covered, let’s dive right into our Chevrolet Equinox Z71 rendering. Outside, we find the Chevy’s front fascia was tweaked to accommodate an updated lower bumper section that enables a higher approach angle. The lower fascia section includes a black faux skid plate, which wraps up underneath the lower lip. Meanwhile the grille is done in black, and gets a Z71 badge in the corner.

Meanwhile, the profile reveals a slight body lift, with the Chevrolet Equinox Z71 sitting a bit higher over knobby off-road-ready tires. The black cladding now protrudes out from the body in a more prominent fashion.

Viewed from the rear, our Chevrolet Equinox Z71 rendering rocks quad exhaust tips, with two rounded outlets per corner, similar to the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox RS. There’s also prominent black badging added front to back.

It’s worth noting that while there are currently no known plans to produce a Chevrolet Equinox Z71 model, Ford is going full bore in this segment with the upcoming Ford Bronco Sport. Perhaps a competing model from GM is worth considering after all?


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Chevrolet Sonic Beats Every Vehicle To Top J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

Not a bad showing from the unassuming and oft-forgotten Sonic.

J.D. Power released the results of its annual Initial Quality Study this week, which ranks vehicles based on the number of reported problems experienced in the first 90 days of ownership. 

Shop for your Sonic on our website now!  General Motors fared well in the 2020 Initial Quality Study, with many of its brands performing above average. In addition, a GM vehicle also performed better in the study than any other vehicle currently on sale, though it wasn’t one of GM’s more popular models like the Chevrolet Silverado or Tahoe, but rather the unassuming Chevrolet Soniccompact.

Chevrolet Sonic owners reported just 103 problems per 100 vehicles in the 2020 Initial Quality Study, making it not only the best non-premium compact car for initial quality, but the best vehicle period. The current Chevrolet Sonic has been in production since 2011 (it was introduced for the 2012 model year) so it’s possible that GM has simply ironed all the kinks out of it over the years. Recently introduced vehicles typically fare worse for initial quality, as they may be more prone to experiencing small issues due to their newness.Non-premium vehicles like the Chevrolet Sonic also have an advantage over premium products like the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Premium products typically have more standard and available technology, making them more prone to tech-related bugs and other issues. The only premium brands that performed better than the industry average in the study were Genesis, Lexus and Cadillac.

Additionally, the Chevrolet Sonic also outperformed the Chevrolet brand, which experienced an average of 141 problems per 100 vehicles. This was enough to place Chevy third in the study among brands behind Dodge and Kia, which tied with 136 problems per 100 vehicles. Rounding the top ten brands were Ram, Genesis, Mitsubishi, BuickGMC, Volkswagen and Hyundai.

Source: Chevrolet Sonic Beats Every Vehicle To Top J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

Misaligned Fender Could Cause Paint Chips On 2020 Corvette

Panel gaps up front rub owners the wrong way.

The 2020 Corvette looks and drives like a true world-beating performance icon, with neck-snapping specs and head-turning styling from front to back. Unfortunately, there are a few issues popping up that could sour the experience for some, including the news that a misaligned front fender could cause paint chips.

As outlined in a new post at GM Techlink, some 2020 Corvettes exhibit a small paint chip just below the headlamp where the fender panel lines up with the front fascia. The misalignment can occur on one, or both sides of the vehicle.  If you have any questions about your Corvette’s fit and finish please call our service department at 630-898-9630 or make an appointment online for a vehicle inspection.

To fix this issue, the fender and fascia joint fit must be realigned such that the panels are repositioned inboard and downward, which will make the two panels flush and hide the paint chip.

The fix is outlined in Bulletin #20-NA-124, and involves removal of the front tire and wheel, the front wheelhouse liner, and the front wheel opening molding.

As it turns out, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about panel gap issues on the 2020 Corvette. Back in April, we covered a video posted by the YouTube channel Daily Downshift, which outlined a number of imperfections on a recently acquired mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette, including the panel gap issues covered above. That particular vehicle also had a sizable panel gap near the rear of the vehicle, where the engine cover was also clearly misaligned.

While these issues aren’t the most impactful imperfections we’ve ever seen, they are still undoubtedly troubling for those buyers that spend big money to get their hands on the new 2020 Corvette. Fixing it also doesn’t sound like too big of a job, but still, for those buyers that demand perfection, misaligned panels and panel gaps are definitely quite annoying to see.

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2019 ZL1 Camaro for sale still turn heads


Here’s what 650 horsepower sounds like when it is idling.  If you want to hear it when you give it the gas…well, you’ll just have to stop by the dealership.  Don’t wait though…this baby is flawless with under 12,000 original miles.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible for sale at Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora/Oswego, IL.  Call us NOW at 630-898-9630 for details.

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2021 Silverado 2500 HD What’s New

2021 Silverado 2500 HD What’s NewIt has been just shy of a year since Chevrolet launched the all-new 2020 Silverado HD and yet we’re already finding out exactly what’s in store for the second model year of the heavy duty pickup truck. The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is getting a bunch of changes and updates, including to the exterior, interior, package structure, powertrain and even a few new features. GM Authority has put together a thorough guide of what’s new and different for the 2021 Silverado 2500HD. Let’s dig right in.

Trim Levels

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD trim level structure remains the same as for the 2020 models, with the Work Truck serving as the base trim, followed by Custom, LT, LTZ and High Country. We will reference these trim levels throughout this piece, and the chart below outlines the trim hierarchy so you can follow right along.

Trim Level: Work Truck Custom LT LTZ High Country


The 2021 Silverado 2500HD exterior remains the same as the 2020 model, but does get a few minor changes and updates.

First, two exterior colors replaced with two new ones.

Deleted colors:

  • Shadow Gray Metallic
  • Cajun Red Tintcoat

New colors:

  • Mosaic Black Metallic
  • Cherry Red Tintcoat
    Shadow Gray
    Cajun Red

    The manual tailgate function with EZ Lift is replaced with the EZ Lift, power lock and release tailgate function on the LT trim level.

    There are also all kinds of wheel changes, as follows:

    • Deleted: 20-inch machined aluminum 10-spoke wheels with High Gloss Black painted accents (RQ9)
      • For the 2020 model year, these wheels were standard on the Custom model and available on LT
    • Added: 20-inch machined aluminum 10-spoke wheels with Grazen Metallic painted accents (Q86)
      • Standard on Custom
      • Available on LT when Z71 Chrome Sport Edition is ordered
      • Available on LTZ only with Carhartt Special Edition
    • Added: 18-inch High Gloss Black aluminum wheels (PTW)
      • Available on Work Truck when equipped with Alaskan Snow Plow Special Edition
      • Available on LT when equipped with Alaskan Snow Plow Special Edition, Midnight Edition or Z71 Sport Edition
      • Available on LTZ when equipped with Midnight Edition or Z71 Sport Edition
    • Added: 20-inch Black painted wheels with Black center caps (NZD)
      • Available on LT and LTZ and requires LT275/65R20 all-terrain, blackwall tires and either Z71 Sport Edition or Midnight Edition
    • Added: 20-inch Chrome aluminum wheels as LPO-level item (SKW)
      • Available on LT, LTZ and High Country
      • Truck ships with transit aluminum 20-inch wheels (Q7Q) from the factory with alignment specs set to the LPO-level 20-inch wheels, which are installed by the dealer
    • Added: 20-inch High Gloss Black aluminum wheels with machined finish as LPO-level item (SKX)
      • Available on LT, LTZ and High Country
      • Truck ships with transit aluminum 20-inch wheels (Q7Q) from the factory with alignment specs set to the LPO-level 20-inch wheels, which are installed by the dealer
    • Added: 20-inch High Gloss Black aluminum wheels as LPO-level items (SHH)
      • Available on LT, LTZ and High Country
      • Truck ships with transit aluminum 20-inch wheels (Q7Q) from the factory with alignment specs set to the LPO-level 20-inch wheels, which are installed by the dealer
    • Added: LT275/70R18 mud-terrain blackwall tires (QG3)
      • This tire has a reduction in conventional trailering capacity
      • Requires 4WD model
      • Available on Work Truck with Alaskan Snow Plow Special Edition.
      • Available on LT with Alaskan Snow Plow Special Edition, Midnight Edition or Z71 Sport Edition
      • Available on LTZ with Midnight Edition or Z71 Sport Edition

    It’s also worth noting that the Alaskan Snow Plow Package now includes a different set of wheels. For the 2020 model year, the package included 18-inch, 6-spoke machined aluminum wheels with Silver painted accents (PYV) as standard. For the 2021 model year, the package swaps those wheels for 18-inch High Gloss Black aluminum wheels (PTW).

    Finally, there is a small yet important change in the way the Gooseneck / 5th Wheel Package is ordered on the 2021 Silverado 2500HD High Country: instead of ordering the Gooseneck / 5th Wheel Package (CMT), dealers must now order the free flow option Gooseneck / 5th Wheel Prep Package (Z6A) on the High Country trim.


    Inside, the 2021 Silverado 2500HD sees various changes and updates, starting with the front seat configuration: the front 40/20/40 split-bench front seat with no storage that was standard on the 2020 Silverado 2500HD Work Truck and Custom is replaced with the front 40/20/40 split-bench front seat with upper covered armrest storage. This is the only front seat option on the Work Truck and Custom trims. This configuration is also standard on LT, but this trim level also offers the ability to upgrade to one of two other seat options:

    • Front 40/20/40 split-bench with covered armrest storage and lockable under-seat storage
    • Front bucket seats with center console (only on Crew Cab and Double Cab models)On the technology, side, the 2021 Silverado 2500HD now features two USB ports on the instrument panel for the Work Truck and Custom trims. For the 2020 model year, these models previously made do with a single port. Meanwhile, SiriusXM becomes optional on the Work Truck trim and standard on the LT trim. For the 2020 model year, the Work Truck trim did not offer the SiriusXM option, while it was optional – rather than standard – on LT. The Custom trim continues to offer SiriusXM as an option. The more advanced SiriusXM 360L is optional on LT, and standard on LTZ and High Country. Additionally, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are added; the features are optional on LT and standard on LTZ and High Country (not available on Work Truck or Custom).

      The 2021 Silverado 2500HD also sees the introduction of a new inside rearview auto-dimming mirror with partial video display. The new mirror shows the video feed of the cargo bed, captured by an equally-new Bed View Camera, which is located in the CHMSL. The features are available via the new rearview mirror with partial video display on Work Truck, Custom and LT models. Meanwhile, LT and LTZ models equipped with the Convenience Package or the Advanced Trailering Package offer the Bed View Camera function, but show the image on the higher-resolution center screen instead of in the partial video display mirror. Meanwhile, the High Country now gets the Bed View Camera as standard (it was optional for the 2020 MY), displaying the image in the center screen.

      Note that the Bed View Camera was optional for the 2020 model year on LT, LTZ and High Country models. However, the output on these models was shown on the center screen, rather than in the rearview mirror. As such, it would seem that the new auto-dimming mirror with a partial video display is a lower-cost way of giving lower-end models the Bed View Camera ability.

      Rounding things out is a new Jet Black / Carhartt Brown interior color combination for the Carhartt Special Edition. The last change to the interior is the introduction of front and rear floor liners, with removable carpet inserts available on LT, LTZ and High Country models.


      Chevrolet’s 2021 Silverado 2500HD also gets a whole bunch of package-level changes, with six packages added and several changes as well, as follows:

      New Packages:

      • Safety Essentials Package:
        • Features:
          • Forward Collision Alert
          • Automatic Emergency Braking
          • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
          • Driver Information Center
        • Availability: available on Work Truck and Custom trim levels
          • On Work Truck, package adds cruise control
      • LTZ Premium Texas Edition:
        • Features:
          • LTZ Convenience Package II:
            • Chevrolet Infotainment System with Navigation and 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen
            • Bose Premium Audio System
            • Bed View Camera
            • HD Surround Vision with Two Trailer View Camera Provisions
            • Wireless Charging
          • Safety Package:
            • Front and Rear Park Assist
            • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
            • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
          • Safety Package II:
            • Forward Collision Alert
            • Lane Departure Warning
            • Automatic Emergency Braking
            • IntelliBeam headlamps
            • Following Distance Indicator
            • Safety Alert Seat
          • Technology Package:
            • Rear Camera Mirror
            • 15-inch Diagonal Head-Up Display
          • 20-inch polished aluminum wheels (RTH)
          • LT275/65R20 all-terrain blackwall tires
          • Texas Edition badging
        • Availability: available on LTZ models, only available to dealers located in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
      • Midnight Edition:
        • Features:
          • Black grille bar with “CHEVROLET” script
          • Black grille inserts with Z71 badge
          • Black skid plate
          • Black Silverado trim level and tonnage badging
          • Black bow tie on horn pad
          • Gloss Black mirror caps
          • Black hood vent surround
          • Painted front bumper
          • Painted rear bumper
          • 18-inch High Gloss Black aluminum wheels
          • LT275/70R18 mud-terrain blackwall tires
          • Chevytec spray-on bedliner
          • 4″ Black assist steps (LPO-level item)
        • Availability: available only on LT and LTZ models
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