Chevrolet reimagines its iconic big SUVs
The Tahoe and Suburban power into the 2020s
For 44 consecutive years, Chevrolet's Tahoe and Suburban have combined to make the best-selling family of full-size SUVs. Now, coming up on a new decade, Chevrolet has made their big SUVs bigger, in every way.
Barry Engle, executive vice president and president, General Motors North America said: “We’ve taken what people love about these pioneering SUVs and made them even better – adding more room for people and cargo, more advanced technology and an unrivalled driving experience.” Here's what GM has done for 2021.
Bigger inside, not out
“These vehicles have always been able to offer plenty of space for passengers and at the same time, lots of cargo space. It wasn't an either or proposition, but rather we allowed you to be able to hold both,” Engle said. “They already offered a lot of space, and the new ones are even more so.”
The Tahoe will get a bit longer but will get a lot more cargo space
The Tahoe will increase by only a little compared to the outgoing model, but there will be a lot more on offer inside. It's an efficient gain: the Tahoe will offer 30 per cent more cargo volume, but it will be less than four per cent longer. There will also be more legroom for occupants in the second and third rows, with the third row getting 40 per cent more legroom.
The Suburban will stay about the same size but offer more usable space
The Suburban manages to be even more spatially-efficient. Overall length increases less than one per cent, but cargo volume is up by about 20 per cent. The cargo floor will also be lowered, making access easier. There will be similar increases in legroom for both the second and third rows.
Both the Tahoe and Suburban will be V8-powered, although buyers can opt for a Duramax turbo-diesel engine. Both will be mated to an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission.
The 5.3-liter V8 will come standard on most 2021 Tahoe and Suburban models, making 355 horsepower. If you upgrade to the High Country model, you'll get a 6.2-liter V8 making 420 horsepower.
A Duramax turbo-diesel engine will be available to supply torque
If you need torque, a 3.0-liter inline-six turbo-diesel will be available for nearly all models. It will make 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. No other full-size SUV competitor, according to Chevrolet, offers a diesel engine option.
Both the Suburban and Tahoe will feature the trailering technology lauded in the Silverado pickup, with up to nine camera views, bolstering confidence when towing. Both vehicles offer an Air Ride Adaptive Suspension and Magnetic Ride Control to provide what GM claims is the smoothest ride in the segment.
The Air Ride Adaptive suspension will offer the smoothest ride in the segment
Both SUVs will feature a largest-in-segment 10-inch center touchscreen, as well as a 15-inch head-up display. Rear seat passengers will get a pair of 12.6-inch rear-seat media screens. All models will offer wireless phone charging and a Wi-Fi hotspot. They will feature the GM digital platform, which monitors the vehicle, processes quickly, and supports over-the-air updates for technologies.
A 10-inch center touchscreen will frame the interior
The vehicles will also feature advanced safety, with forward collision warning incorporating automatic braking. There will also be an HD rear vision camera and assists to aid in parking.
Chevy Truck designers created a new, bolder look for both vehicles. There are bigger stances and proportions on practically all aspects. “The longer proportions enabled us to add more sophistication and surface detail,” said Phil Zak, executive design director, Chevrolet.
The Tahoe Z71 will be just as capable off the road as on
“The design builds on what generations of owners have known and loved about the Tahoe and Suburban and gives them more, with confident, bolder stances that remain reassuringly familiar, but with greater detail than ever before.”
Chevrolet has not announced pricing yet, but we can expect both vehicles to cost more than their respective outgoing models. There will be six trim levels: LS, LT, Z71, RST, Premier and High Country. North America will see the SUVs on sale in mid-2020, with other regions to follow.