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GM to add third row to SUVs, offer more powerful Avalanche

General Motors will add third-row seating to its range of mid-sized sport-utility vehicles and produce a more powerful Chevrolet Avalanche, said Gary Cowger, group vice president of GM manufacturing labor relations. The vehicles should be in showrooms sometime next year.

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He said the automaker will badge the more powerful version of the Chevrolet Avalanche the 2500. He declined to give further details.

The automaker will extend the wheel base and raise the roof on its Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy and Oldsmobile Bravada in order to accommodate seven passengers. The vehicles are now designed to fit five passengers.

Cowger told attendees at the 2001 Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich., Thursday that GM has waited to introduce the third row option because its vehicles weren't big enough to guarantee passenger comfort.

GM will unveil the bigger vehicles at a future auto show, Cowger said.

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