2019 Chevy Suburban and Tahoe

2019 Chevy Suburban and Tahoe

2019 Chevy Suburban and Tahoe

As other vehicles downsize, Chevrolet’s full-size utes seem to keep growing more large and in charge. For 2019, the burbling 6.2-liter V-8 that debuted on Chevy’s 2018 RST Performance Edition of the Tahoe and, later, the Suburban is now also available on fancier versions of both SUVs.

Ordering these trucks with the new Premier Plus package brings the 420-hp V-8 and a 10-speed automatic transmission, but without the RST’s body-color grille and blacked-out gloss trim. A traditional chrome appearance, including for the 22-inch wheels, pairs with a black-and-brown leather interior and heated and cooled front seats. A sunroof, power-retracting side steps, polished exhaust tip, a head-up display, an upgraded 8.0-inch display in the instrument cluster, and a rear Blu-ray entertainment system come along for the ride. Speaking of that ride, Magnetic Ride Control—GM’s innovative adaptive-damper system—is also standard, along with 4G LTE Wi-Fi and a cute little collapsible cargo organizer.

2019 Chevy Suburban and Tahoe

Ron Westphal Chevrolet will happily add this package, which totals more than $14,000 with the mandatory Sun, Entertainment, and Destinations package, in either rear- or all-wheel drive models. Starting prices for the Tahoe Premier Plus are $75,395 with rear-wheel drive and $78,495 for AWD. The Suburban version retails for $78,195, with AWD an extra $3100.  Contact our Customer Care Team inside our showroom or call 630-898-9630 for YOUR price.

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All-New 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Gets Advanced Towing Features

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Gets Advanced Towing features

The brand-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 gets many high-tech towing features to improve customers’ trailering experiences.

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All light-duty Silverado models will have the myChevrolet mobile app trailering capability and customers can add to it the Advanced Trailering System. It also comes with a Trailering Camera Package and a trailering label that helps with calculating the combined weight of customers’ truck and trailer combinations.

While the development of the all-new Silverado was in process, Chevrolet was apparently in conversation with 7,000 customers over the course of 18,000 hours. Among those surveyed, 60 percent named towing as a priority and trailering difficulties was another thing that came up. To resolve this, all four trailering levels offered on the 2019 Silverado 1500 are aimed to provide customers easier trailer hitching and improved connectivity between truck and trailer.

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The myChevrolet app will offer select trailering features such as pre-departure step-by-step towing checklists and a glossary of towing terms for compatible smart phones and data plans. The app also allows drivers to carry out a trailer light test that uses an automatic exterior light sequence to help affirm proper connection of the trailer.

The Advanced Trailering System is standard on LTZ and High Country trim levels and available on LT, RST, and Trail Boss trim levels. It includes an industry-first Auto Parking Brake Assist which prevents truck roll while aligning with the trailer hitch when the vehicle is put into Hitch View, and with it comes Hitch Guidance which features dynamic backing guidelines to help customers line up their hitch. Also included is a trailer tire pressure monitoring system; this, however, requires optional equipment and dealer installation.

This Advanced Trailering System Infotainment app that accompanies the system allows customers to track the mileage, fuel economy, and transmission temperature of their truck while towing. Customers can create up to five profiles for different trailer types, including those for guest trailers. The brake gain memory, which works with the Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, allows customers to set and save the controller’s brake gain setting for each trailer within their profile.

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Another industry-first is the Trailer Theft Alert. It can activate the truck’s lights and horn if the trailer harness attached to the truck is disconnected unexpectedly. Customers who are signed up with the OnStar Safety & Security Plan will also receive a theft alert via phone, text, or email.

Then there is the all-new Trailer Camera Package which enhances trailering views with a 270-degree view using a standard rear vision camera and two side view cameras mounted in the side mirrors. An optional fourth accessory camera that mounts to the trailer is also available.

Chevrolet has created a trailering label, located on the driver’s side door jamb of all next-generation 2019 Silverado pickups. This label which is tied to VINs of individual trucks, provides information such as gross vehicle and combined weight rating, gross axle weight rating (rear), maximum payload, maximum tongue weight, and curb weight.

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will go on sale in the fall of 2018.

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Corvette Grand Sport Had 15-Mile Lifespan

A lovely 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport is currently looking for a new loving home after being abused by its previous owner who must have left it for dead on the side of the road after realizing that a 460-horsepower, rear-wheel-drive car simply was too much for him or her. Oh, and after smashing into an immovable object, too.

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Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately for innocent bystanders, the former owner of this lovely Sebring Orange ‘Vette found out rather quickly that a machine of this caliber must be treated with respect. How quickly? Just 15 miles. According to Copart, the salvage vehicle auction company in charge of selling the disfigured beauty, this 2019 Grand Sport has only 15 miles on the odometer in addition to front-end and undercarriage damage.

Corvette Grand Sport Had 15-Mile Lifespan
This Corvette Grand Sport Had 15-Mile Lifespan

Unlike the McLaren 720S that was recently crashed during the first 24 hours of ownership, there isn’t much of a backstory to this Corvette. It’s not clear whether it was privately owned or it belonged to a private dealership’s inventory. However, it really wouldn’t be a huge surprise if it had been crashed by a rogue dealership employee going for a joy ride, or an overzealous customer “sampling the goods” on a test drive. Regardless of what happened, someone’s loss can be another person’s gain.

The ’70s: How Chevrolet Supported Racers Without Supporting Racers

The ’70s: How Chevrolet Supported Racers Without Supporting Racers

General Motors has always been one of the big-dogs of the performance industry, and the Chevrolet division has always been at the forefront of what it meant to be a performance-car manufacturer. Even going back to the 1950s, when Chevrolet organized the creation of the fabled Black Widow 1957 Chevy, they were challenging all comers.

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It was only a few years after that iconic Tri-Five was built that Chevy was essentially forced to stop support of sanctioned racing. There were several contributing factors to the public boycott, and the sale of performance parts was nearly brought to a complete halt.

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Another one of our articles from 2010, “The History of GM Factory-Backed Racing: On, Off, and On Again” talks about the full history of Chevrolet racing and their relationship with the performance industry. The biggest contributing factor to the ban – according to that article – was the sheer size and sales volume of General Motors vehicles. By 1962 and 1963, GM sales consisted of around 53 percent of the entire auto market, and the powers that be were getting worried about being forced by the U.S. government to split up. The answer: drop the performance arm. Of course, that was just publicly. If you knew what to look for, you could still get the good stuff from your local Chevy dealer.

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Jim Luikens and Berger Chevrolet were “performance central” for many speed junkies.

It’s well known now that Chevrolet never really stopped making or selling performance parts. They simply weren’t publicly promoting them. Back then, Chevrolet developed a system for hiding its performance parts in plain sight – the standard parts catalog. Although no company  wide announcement was made about the “hidden” parts, a select few took matters into their own hands, cracked the code, and figured out how to order those parts. One of those intrepid sleuths was Jim Luikens, lifelong resident of Grand Rapid, Michigan, and the former parts manager for Berger Chevrolet from 1970 to 1975.

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“I started at Berger in November of 1968. We had a department manager, and I was his assistant. Then, in June of ’70, I was pushed up to manager, and I was there until 1975. Not only did we have Chevrolet parts, but we also had the ‘Cadillacs of speed equipment’: Mr. Gasket, Holley, and all that stuff. We knew the GM parts, and all the other factories as well,” said Jim.

We thought at the time we were doing something special, but we had no idea how special it was and that it would stand the test of time – Jim Luikens

“We weren’t facing opposition from Chevy about selling the parts. But they did not help us find things. When we figured it out though, then they finally helped us,” he said. All of the parts that Chevrolet had were available through the parts book, and the parts book was where they hid everything. In a way, they were hiding the parts in plain sight, but you had to know what you were looking for. “At the time, we thought we were doing something special, but we had no idea how special it was and that it would stand the test of time,” Jim recalled.

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Berger Chevrolet back in the day.

The Key

“There were no parts available that were not in the parts book. After a while, I figured out the method they used to hide them. I would take the parts books home on the weekends to study them,” Jim said with a chuckle.

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A snapshot of Berger Chevrolet parts from back in the day. Are you drooling yet?

“I was driven and motivated – and a little crazy, really. I looked at what they were doing with part numbers. The parts would be there, but there would be very deceiving descriptions, or even coded descriptions. For instance, one part that comes to mind is the 36-gallon Corvette gas tank. All parts were listed in this book by group, and numbered from 0 to 8,000. The gas tanks were in the 3,000 section, and if you looked there for the 36-gallon Corvette gas tank, you’d never find it. The 36-gallon tank was actually hidden in the gas cap group. They called it a cap and tank assembly,” Jim stated.

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Don’t those prices just make you sick?

Finding parts was never an exact science though, and there was a lot of trial and error involved in cracking the code. “Sometimes I would order something with the dumbest name and get exactly what I ordered,” Jim said. He would look at the item’s description and think that it sounded too weird to be right, so he would order it just to find out. Most times, he would get just what he ordered. “Other times, I would order a part and get a miraculous part that was better than I could have imagined. I basically worked backwards from the description to figure out the item.” Part of what made Jim so successful in getting these parts was the third-generation Berger that was running the dealership at the time, R. Dale Berger. “He was very accommodating,” Jim stated.

Jim explained how confusing the catalog could be. “Back then, the real deal in performance was the solid-lifter engines. If you wanted to order the Hi-performance 396-cylinder head, you had to know what to order. One part might say 396-cylinder head, and if that’s what you ordered, what you’d get was a bare 325-horse cast-iron cylinder head. The next line would say 396 with high-performance cylinder head. In that case, you would get the cylinder head for the 350 horsepower engine. The third line would say SPCL HP, and that would also have the special lifters and would be hidden in the special, high-performance nomenclature. Once I figured that out, I knew more about the nomenclature I was looking for. For instance, the camshaft for that engine would say 396 with HP, then 396 with SPCL HP, and the SPCL would have been the solid lifter cam for the 375 horsepower engine.”

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Even though Chevrolet wasn’t publicly supporting racing, they still made the parts. People could still get them if they knew who to ask—Jim Luikens at Berger Chevrolet.

Another way Jim figured out which parts were the ‘hidden performance parts’, was by knowing which warehouse the parts came from. “Chevrolet had parts warehouses all over the country, and dealers would normally get their delivery from the closest warehouse. But, Chevrolet had a parts warehouse in West Virginia, and they kept the special stuff there,” he told us. If the parts were coming from the West Virginia warehouse instead of the Detroit warehouse, then he knew he was probably getting something special.

“Chevy, didn’t give us any crumbs to follow. They couldn’t. But, if you figured out where the crumbs were, then they would help. They would make sure that I got what I needed. Once they figured out that I was going to find it and I wasn’t going to be stopped, they were going to help me,” he avowed.


What R. Dale Berger recognized from the beginning, was that parts sales were the key to being successful. “He realized, for every guy who could afford a 427 Camaro, there were a 1,000 guys who needed a camshaft that were were running the local dragstrip on Friday nights,” Jim said.

“In 1967, there weren’t a lot of speed companies around. There were no aftermarket parts better than what GM was putting in the cars,” Jim explained,  “That’s why we decided parts were the deal and we stocked them. People came from everywhere, because if you needed a special, tough-trotted crankshaft, you just couldn’t get one anywhere.”

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The cover of the Berger parts catalog that Jim spent so much time reading.

Years later, the legacy lives on. We will always remember the efforts of people like Jim Luikens and R. Dale Berger, who made sure the passion for Chevrolet racing was kept alive. Jim left Berger Chevrolet in 1975 to work for Mr. Gasket. The insurance companies were starting to hand down tighter restrictions, and it was too expensive for young folks to buy and build their cars like they once had.

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Even though it only lasted a few years, Jim’s time at Berger Chevrolet had a long-term impact on Chevrolet performance and the automotive industry. “As they say, I was living the dream every day,” Jim exalted.

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The 2019 Camaro will cost less than last year?

But pay attention because there are some packaging differences.

According to research conducted by Cars Direct, the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro will be receiving a price cut by up to $3,000 compared to the 2018 model. As we already know, the Camaro is receiving a facelift for 2019 with updated exterior and interior styling, new wheel designs and some packaging alterations. And it’s because of that new packaging Chevrolet is able to make a price cut. The entry-level 2019 Camaro LS will carry an MSRP of $25,995, including destination. That’s $905 less than last year’s MSRP of $26,900. However – and this is important – the Camaro LS will no longer offer a V6 option, which previously cost $1,495.

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Instead, the sole engine will be the 2.0-liter turbo four with 275 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. If you still desire the V6, you’ll now need to upgrade to the LT trim. Something else about the base Camaro LS: starting sometime later next year, buyers can opt for the eight-speed automatic for an extra $1,495 instead of the standard six-speed. Moving up the chain, the 2019 Camaro 1LT will begin at $26,495 – $1,200 less than in 2018. The turbo four is also standard here, but again, one can opt for the V6 with 335 hp and 284 lb-ft of torque. The 2LT will receive a $3,000 price cut, now priced from $28,495. Why such a significant reduction? Because of the new for 2019 3LT trim, which will offer most of the standard features as the 2LT but the V6 will be standard.

The 3LT will also allow buyers to tack on the Convenience & Lighting Package ($2,800), which includes active safety features like forward collision warning and blind spot monitor. It also includes a configurable 8-inch display, head-up display, memory seats, and configurable 24-color interior lighting. But say you want the turbo four Camaro because of its fuel efficiency and still have the desire for some performance fun? No problem.

For an extra $4,500 you can tack on the 1LE Track Performance Package, which includes a 4-piston Brembo brakes, unique cooling system, performance suspension, 20-inch wheels wrapped in summer tires, and even a satin black hood wrap. As of this writing, pricing for the top of the line Camaro SS and ZL1 will remain unchanged, beginning at $37,995 for the 1SS Coupe and $68,495 for the ZL1. Both come powered by the 6.2-liter V8 churning out 455 hp and 650 hp, respectively. Happy shopping.

chevrolet Camaro at Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, IL near Naperville and Plainfield
chevrolet Camaro at Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, IL near Naperville and Plainfield
chevrolet Camaro at Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, IL near Naperville and Plainfield
chevrolet Camaro at Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, IL near Naperville and Plainfield
chevrolet Camaro at Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, IL near Naperville and Plainfield
chevrolet Camaro at Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, IL near Naperville and Plainfield
chevrolet Camaro at Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, IL near Naperville and Plainfield
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MLB All-Star Game MVP Alex Bregman wins big with 2019 Chevrolet Camaro

Alex Bregman wins big with 2019 Chevrolet CamaroHouston Astros infielder Alex Bregman took home the biggest prize in a 2019 Chevrolet Camaro.

Alex Bregman wins big with 2019 Chevrolet Camaro

The American League defeated the National League in the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., but it was the evening’s most valuable player, Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman, who took home the biggest prize when he selected a 2019 Chevrolet Camaro as a reward for his efforts.

The honor of being named MVP of the Midsummer Classic comes with a lifetime of clout, and this year’s winner had the added incentive of a choice between two brand new vehicles – the 2019 Camaro and Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.

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