Chevrolet, Trailblazer

GM to Reintroduce Three-Cylinder Engines to the American Market

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer | Portland, ME

Engineers are better than ever at designing engines that deliver impressive power and efficiency in increasingly smaller packages. The latest proof of this is the news that General Motors is adding two new three-cylinder engines to its American lineup for the first time in 20 years.

The last time a GM vehicle came with a three-cylinder engine was the 2000 Chevrolet Metro. This 1.0-liter engine was only rated at 55 horsepower. The two modern engines will come in 1.2- and 1.3-liter variants, and will be available on the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer.

Unlike the older three-cylinder engine, these engines will come with turbocharged technology and features like an electronically driven water pump, an electrically assisted wastegate system, and an active vacuum system. With all of that technology, these engines are expected to have an output in the neighborhood of 150 horsepower.

Not only is this much better than the previous versions of these engines, but it is on par with larger, less efficient four-cylinder engines, making the new three-cylinder models at least as strong, more cost-effective, and more environmentally-friendly than the larger engines they will replace.

The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer is set to arrive here at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland sometime this spring. We can’t wait to see you here to celebrate comeback two decades in the making, and take the promising reinvention of the Trailblazer for a long-overdue test drive.

Chevrolet, Spark, Vehicle Awards

2019 Chevrolet Spark Named One of U.S. News’ Best Cars Under $16,000

2019 Chevrolet Spark | Portland, ME

For anyone looking for an award-winning and surprisingly affordable vehicle, consider the 2019 Chevrolet Spark. This model was recently named one of the Best Cars under $16,000 by U.S. News and World Report. Believe it or not, even though the Chevy Spark is the most affordable new vehicle on the market, it offers a wide range of impressive amenities. From high-tech gadgets to a fuel-efficient powertrain, the Spark has everything you want without breaking the bank.

The Spark is a subcompact hatchback car with a European-inspired exterior design. It seats four people comfortably and comes with a range of features to make driving more enjoyable. For example, the Spark has available 4G LTE Wi-Fi® connectivity to create a mobile hotspot even when you’re on the go. There’s also smartphone connectivity thanks to Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®, which lets you access apps and more through the in-vehicle infotainment.

The Spark comes with a 98-horsepower engine, which also gets an impressive fuel economy of 38 highway mpg*. The Spark also scores particularly well when it comes to reliability, which means this model is designed to save you in both the short term and the long term.

Other standard features include a rear-vision camera system, which is great for reversing and parallel parking. There are ten standard airbags to help you feel better protected when you’re behind the wheel, as well as available driver-assist features such as Forward Automatic Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Park Assist, and more.

If you’re ready to get behind the wheel of a thoroughly modern vehicle that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, stop by Quirk Chevrolet of Portland and take the 2020 Chevrolet Spark for a test drive today.

Car Tips, Maintenance, Tires

How to Know When It’s Time to Get New Tires

Stack of New Tires | Portland, ME

Your tires are some of the most important components of your car, as they are the only things keeping you in contact with the road. That is why it is so important to take good care of them and replace them when they wear out. But how do you know when it is time to get new tires?

Tread Depth

One of the simplest ways to tell if your tires are too worn out is to check the tread depth. Thankfully, you don’t need an expensive tool to check your tires’ tread; all you need is a penny. Place a penny with Lincoln’s head pointing down into the tread grooves. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is too shallow, and it is time for new tires.

Uneven wear

If your tires are out of alignment, it can cause one or more of your tires to wear out in certain spots faster than the other tires. If you notice this, you will need new tires and an alignment, so it doesn’t happen again.

Age

If you have a car that you don’t drive very much, the tread may appear to be in good condition, but then the age of the tires come into play. Over time, the rubber begins to deteriorate, so most tire manufacturers recommend replacing tires after ten years.

Whether you know you need new tires or just want a second opinion, the experienced team at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland has got you covered. We’ll make sure that your vehicle is in tip-top shape in no time.

Bolt EV, Chevrolet, Model Preview

2020 Chevy Bolt EV Range Estimated at 259 Miles

2020 Chevy Bolt EV | Portland, ME

Earlier this year, Chevrolet announced the EPA-estimated range of the new 2020 Chevy Bolt EV, and it’s impressive. The new Bolt EV will be able to travel 259 miles on a single charge,* which reflects a 21-mile increase over the previous model. This dramatic improvement should go a long way towards reducing anxiety among Americans on the fence about switching to all-electric vehicles.

“The Bolt EV set the benchmark for long-range, affordable electric vehicles, and we’re excited to raise the bar by offering nearly 10 percent more EPA-estimated range for the 2020 model year,” remarked Tim Grewe, director of Global Battery Cell Engineering and Strategy. “At Chevrolet, we’re constantly listening to customer feedback and we heard the desire for more range. The team worked diligently to find ways to improve battery energy, giving customers the confidence to go more than the extra mile.”

So how has Chevy achieved this amazing feat? The energy of the cell electrodes became the focus of the automaker’s battery engineering teams. By making small tweaks to the chemistry of the cells, the team was able to increase the battery’s efficiency by a significant amount. That means the physical battery pack did not change, nor did the way it is integrated into the Bolt’s structure.

If you’re as excited as we are for this game-changing EV, we can’t wait to see you here at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland when the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV launches later this year.

*EPA-estimated EV range. Your actual range may vary based on several factors including temperature, terrain, and conditions.

Model Preview, Trailblazer

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Preview

2021 Chevy Trailblazer | Portland, ME

The upcoming 2021 Trailblazer is an all-new addition to Chevy’s diverse lineup. It will slot between the Trax and the Equinox to provide drivers with a larger choice in the popular small SUV segment.

The 2021 Trailblazer puts safety at the forefront. Available safety features include Front Pedestrian Braking, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Lane Keep Assist. According to Steve Majoros, Chevy’s director of passenger car and crossover marketing, “These features deliver added confidence and peace of mind behind the wheel, helping drivers monitor the vehicle’s surroundings and the driving environment with an available combination of camera, short-range radars, and ultrasonic sensors.”

The Trailblazer takes a step away from Chevy’s typical crossover design. It features a standard two-tone roof on the Trailblazer RS model, as well as a touch-screen display with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.

“The Trailblazer’s great design enables more personalization,” said Majoros. “Trailblazer is a continuation of the design language for Chevy’s crossover family and extends our momentum into one of the industry’s fastest-growing segments.”

The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer will hit U.S. dealerships in early 2020. Until then, check back with us at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland for updates on the upcoming Trailblazer and other new Chevy models.

Chevrolet, Silverado Trucks

Silverado 3.0-liter Duramax Diesel Confirmed

Silverado 2020 | Portland, ME

The next-gen 2019 Silverado shook the industry with its spectacular six-powertrain lineup, and Chevy is raising the bar even further with the new 2020 model. The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado will offer a new 3.0-liter inline-six Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine, the first of its kind to ever appear in a Chevrolet full-size light-duty truck.

The new 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine will offer tons of advanced power and capability, delivering everything you need on and off the worksite. The engine pumps out 277 horsepower, 460 lb-ft of torque, and comes paired with a durable, smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission. Intrigued? The engine will be available on the LT, RST, LTZ, and High Country trim levels.

Chevy engineers couldn’t be prouder of the advanced engine. As Nicola Menarini, the director for Diesel Truck Engine Program Execution, stated, “From the moment the engine is started, to its idle, acceleration and highway cruising, the 3.0-liter Duramax performance will change perceptions of what a diesel engine can offer in refinement.” The 3.0-liter Duramax engine is built strong but light, balancing performance and efficient design. It employs an array of advanced technologies, including exhaust braking, which uses the engine’s compression to help slow the vehicle when towing and hauling. To stay cool and ensure that the engine is always ready to go, the engine uses GM-exclusive Active Thermal Management technology

Initially, the engine was slated to be released for the 2019 model year, but it took a bit longer than anticipated. Alongside this smart new engine, the 2020 Silverado will offer advanced features like Adaptive Cruise Control.

Can’t wait for this new Chevy Silverado engine? Come see the current engine lineup at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland.

Car Tips, Maintenance, Oil Change

Why Getting an Oil Change is Important

Oil Change | Portland, ME

Routine maintenance items like oil changes will help ensure that your vehicle operates safely and smoothly. Here are just four benefits of taking your vehicle into Quirk Chevrolet of Portland and getting an oil change.

  1. Improves efficiency

Clean oil improves the lubrication of the engine parts, which in turn, reduces friction. Reduced friction means the engine uses less fuel. This means that you won’t have to visit the pump as often.

2. Keeps the engine clean and extends its life

Old oil usually contains a decent amount of dirt and debris, particles which can damage parts of the engine. By regularly changing the oil and filters every 3,000-5,000 miles, you’ll help protect the condition of the engine and avoid costly repairs.*

3. Reduces emissions

When the oil is old and dirty, it can cause your engine to release a surplus of emissions. New oil, by contrast, reduces emissions because it is better at absorbing debris and other particles.

4. Enhances engine performance

As mentioned above, clean oil improves the lubrication of the engine parts. This will keep the engine parts running quietly and effectively, which in turn, will result in a smoother acceleration and prompter response behind the wheel.

Contact our service department at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland to schedule an oil change for your vehicle. We’re here to make sure you enjoy your Chevy for years to come.

*Consult your owner’s manual for your vehicle’s specific recommended oil change schedule.

Silverado 1500

The 2019 Silverado 1500 Diesel Engine Has Best-In-Class Power

2019 Silverado 1500 | Portland, ME

For the first time in almost ten years, a diesel engine will be available on the 2019 Silverado 1500. This noteworthy addition has caused a bigger stir by bringing the Silverado 1500 to the top spot when it comes to best-in-class power, beating out Ford and Ram.

The engine making these waves with its reveal is the new 3.0-liter Duramax inline-6 turbodiesel that operates on a 10-speed automatic transmission with rear- or available all-wheel drive. This configuration pumps out 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque and makes use of turbo technology for rapid on-demand power. The closest competing vehicle, the Ford F-150, falls short by 27 horsepower and 20 lb-ft of torque.

Exact towing specifications as well as fuel economy ratings have not been released, but going off of the numbers revealed so far, it is safe to say that more buzz is in store for the Duramax turbodiesel engine configuration before it goes on sale this summer.

Stop by Quirk Chevrolet of Portland to take the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 for a test drive.

Car Tips

How to Jump Start Your Car in a Jiffy

How to jump start your car

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One of the most common vehicle-related issues you likely face is a failing or dead battery that leads you to not starting your vehicle. With any luck, a friendly driver will stop by to assist you, using his or her car. Follow this guide on how to jump start your car, and you will be back on road quickly.

Jumper Cables

If you have an older vehicle or battery, it’s a good idea to store jumper cables in your trunk.

Park Both Vehicles

Turn off the engines, and open both vehicles’ hoods.Position your car and the other vehicle close together.

Attach Jumper Cables

First, connect red clip to your battery’s positive terminal and then to their battery’s positive terminal. Next, join black clip to their battery’s negative terminal and then to an unpainted metal surface on your vehicle, like your hood’s metal strut.

Start the Engine of the Working Vehicles

Turn on the working vehicle, and let it idle for a couple of minutes.

Start Your Vehicle

Your vehicle should start without an issue. If not, try again in about five minutes.

Once Your Car Starts, Leave It On

Drive it around for a minimum of 15 minutes to recharge its battery.

This is how you save the day, and trust us — we are in the saving business from our new car specials to our GM-certified service team. Stop by Quirk Chevrolet of Portland for a tune-up.

Chevrolet, Silverado 1500

All about the New Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Upcoming Trucks

new Chevrolet Silverado

Pickup truck enthusiasts have a next-generation model to look forward to. Chevrolet has redesigned the Silverado 1500 for the 2019 model year with a bigger cabin, further capability, and additional features.

Engine variety

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers many different engine choices, ranging from the standard V6 to the powerful 6.2-liter V8 to the Duramax® turbo-diesel engine option. This enables drivers to find an engine that best suits their lifestyle. When properly equipped with the right engine and additional equipment, the Silverado 1500 can tow up to 12,200 pounds.

More space

Expanding on its size form the previous year, the Chevy Silverado 1500 is the ideal choice for families with its Crew Cab. All of these design elements come together, allowing passengers to stretch out. The spacious amount of room is also evident with the optimized in-cabin storage under the rear seats and in the spacious center console.

Technology

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers plenty of smartphone integration to match the high-tech touchscreen for the infotainment system. An In-Vehicle Trailering System is available for drivers who want the reassurance and improved safety of integrated trailer diagnostics and monitoring tools.

Keep an eye out for upcoming releases from Chevrolet such as the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD. For the time being, stop by Quirk Chevrolet of Portland for our current stock of new Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks.

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