Car reviews - HSV - Avalanche - wagon
HSV transforms Holden's Adventra all-wheel drive wagon into an all-terrain rocket
23 Mar 2004
By BRUCE NEWTON
AVALANCHE is HSV’s high-performance take on Holden's Adventra, which is fundamentally a Commodore V8 wagon with the new Cross Trac all-wheel drive system and 200mm of ground clearance underneath it. Just as the Adventra cross-over respresents a whole new breed of car for Holden, so Avalanche potentially opens up new opportunities for HSV – up against performace SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG, BMW's forthcoming X5 4.8is and the Porsche Cayenne. Avalanche is a test for HSV, which profits from V8 Commodore-based sedans and little else. Sure, Avalanche is a V8 but it’s also a wagon and a four-wheel drive. Wagons have never been big sellers and HSV's only previous experience with all-paw grip was a limited-edition Jackaroo – a very limited edition indeed.
Model release date: 1 February 2004 to 1 April 2006
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