2009 was a good year for Chevrolet, because of the cars released that were all focused on improved fuel economy and impressive horsepower, two themes that mean the world to most drivers these days.
In 2009 Chevrolet was happy to announce the release of the Corvette ZR1 that soon became one of the most powerful cars produced two years ago, while for the environmentally friendly ones the car manufacturer introduced in production two new hybrids: Silverado and Tahoe and a version of the Cobalt with XFE (Extra Fuel Economy). But the good news doesn’t end there: 2009 was the year of the Chevrolet Traverse as well, a midsize crossover that blends Equinox features with the Suburban SUVs look. What all these 2009 Chevrolets have in common is the new Bluetooth connectivity that has become now available through GM’s OnStar system.
Let’s now take a look at the 2009 Chevrolet models and their improvements. The 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt suffered a few minor improvements that included a more efficient fuel economy and the release of Cobalt’s SS Sedan version. Also, the addition of variable valve timing has increased the engine’s power to 155 hp while a taller final-drive ratio has become now available for the manual transmission models. The OnStar system has become part of the standard package and includes Bluetooth connectivity and an USB port. The SS models have been also equipped with an additional reconfigurable display while the Cobalt Sport coupe and sedan version aren’t produced anymore. Some of us will be glad to know that the palette of exterior colors available has also suffered minor changes. The list of colors is now completed by Gold Mist, Silver Moss and a third color named Silver Ice.
2009 Chevrolet Cobalt
The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is a brand new car that hit the market at the right time. It’s a vehicle based on the standard Corvette, but the upgrade list is impressive. The result was the most expensive Corvette ever produced that is worth the price because of its high performance. The 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine is the cause for all this fuss, because is capable of producing 638 hp and 604 lb-ft of torque, numbers that place it in the world’s top of most powerful production automobiles.
If you are interested in hybrid versions the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid is definitely an option. It’s a brand new vehicle introduced in 2009 that benefits from a combination between a 6.0 liter V8 engine and the GM’s hybrid drive system. The combination improves fuel economy by 25% and still delivers the 6,100-pound towing capacity meant to make any driver happy. The Silverado Hybrid is able to reach the maximum speed of 30mph while being driven on electric power alone. The available model is crew-cab in two possible versions: 2WD and 4WD. The EPA estimations concerning the 2WD version are 21 mpg in the city and 22 for highway driving, while the EPA estimations for the 4WD version remain around 20 mpg in both situations.
The crossover vehicle category was also improved in 2009 by the release of the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse that is able to seat up to eight passengers. The mechanical aspects of this vehicle are very similar to those of the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia. The engine used for the entire variety of models available is a 3.6 liter V6 engine. Its performances are helped by a six-speed automatic standard transmission. The direct injection add-on ensured 288 hp, while the torque remains at 270 lb-ft. There are two-models available: two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive.
2009 Chevrolet Traverse
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