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GM unveils new Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban SUVs

At Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan, General Motors unveiled the 2021 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban. The first Chevy Suburban was unveiled eighty-five years ago and has been a superstar ever since. It’s always the question, how much do you change on a vehicle that has such a following? Chevrolet answered that question tonight. The most versatile SUVs since the 1930s. 

The template of the SUV was created with the Chevrolet Suburban and has been replicated by every other car company in every variation you can imagine. 

Hooyah

There were different stories of the Suburban and Tahoe over the years, but the one that touched me was of Army Lt. Col. James Reese driving in Iraq. Reese and his commander were returning from Baghdad when the Chevrolet Tahoe was hit with a spray of 52 bullets, nine to the engine block, and one that ricocheted off the roof and went through James’s arm and lodged in the steering wheel. 

Chevrolet and IRS? 

Don’t freak out; General Motors isn’t in trouble for tax evasion. IRS stands for Independent Rear Suspension. Chevy is integrating a completely new frame and independent rear suspension instead of borrowing a platform from a truck. The biggest advantage is that Chevy was able to lower the floor almost a foot for more legroom for third-row passengers

Roomier with more functionality 

For the Tahoe, the wheelbase has been extended five-inches. Cargo capacity has increased almost 30-cubic feet from the previous Tahoe. The Suburban has an added four-plus inches of wheelbase with an additional 23 cubic feet of cargo space from its previous version. 

Three engines, including an inline-six diesel engine. 

Type: 5.3L V-8 VVT DI with Dynamic Fuel Management and Stop/Start

Bore & Stroke (in / mm): 3.78 x 3.62 / 96 x 92

Block & Cylinder Head Material: Cast aluminum

Valvetrain: Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder, variable valve timing

Fuel Delivery: Direct high-pressure fuel injection with Dynamic Fuel Management

Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 355 / 265 @ 5600 (SAE certified)

Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): 383 / 519 @ 4100 (SAE certified)

Type: 6.2L V-8 VVT DI with Dynamic Fuel Management and Stop/Start

Bore & Stroke (in / mm): 4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 90

Block & Cylinder Head Material: Cast aluminum

Valvetrain: Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder, variable valve timing

Fuel Delivery: Direct high-pressure fuel injection with Dynamic Fuel Management

Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 420 / 313 @ 5600 (SAE certified)

Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): 460 / 623 @ 4100 (SAE certified)

Type: 3.0L DOHC I-6 Turbo-Diesel 33 mpg

Bore & Stroke (in / mm): 3.30 x 3.54 / 84 x 90

Block & Cylinder Head Material: Cast aluminum

Valvetrain: Dual-overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder

Fuel Delivery: High-pressure, common-rail direct injection (36,250 psi / 2500 bar); electronic throttle valve

Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 277 / 207 @ 3750 (GM estimated)

Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): 460 / 623 @ 1500 (GM estimated)

mated to a 10-speed automatic that features electronic shift control

No other full-size SUV has a diesel option

Six trim levels for the 2021 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban

  • LS and LT: 

    Standard trims form the basis of the lineup

  • RST:

    Consistently strong response from Chevy Truck buyers encouraged designers to emphasize the street-inspired character of the RST further. The unique front fascia includes a black ice finish on the grille, while the interior contains RST-specific seats with stitching in a contrasting color. RST models include all LT content, plus black and black-chrome exterior trim, 22-inch wheels, and more.

  • Z71:

    Chevy’s legendary off-road-focused Z71 was a driving force in the design of the new SUVs, in terms of appearance and capability. Z71 now includes visual and performance attributes than ever before. The Z71 front fascia not only signals ruggedness it also has a higher approach angle to aid off-road capability. 4WD is standard and includes a two-speed transfer case and Hill Descent Control, along with 20-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, front skid plate, and red tow hooks. Z71 features black and black-chrome exterior accents.

  • Premier:

     The Premier trim level is all about equipment and technology. Premier adds features such as the beautiful Magnetic Ride Control and navigation. There is an 8-inch-diagonal reconfigurable instrument cluster, premium Bose 10-speaker audio system. It includes a 12-way power vented and perforated front bucket seats, power releases for both rows of rear seats, heated steering wheel, Safety Alert Seat, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Front and Rear Park Assist1 and 20-inch wheels.

  • High Country:

     New for Tahoe and Suburban is Chevy Truck’s top-level model, customized with premium features. The design highlights a unique grille with bronze accents and High Country badging. The interior includes High Country sill plates, seat embroidery, and expanded color and trim choices. High Country features the 6.2L V-8 engine with Magnetic Ride Control, 22-inch wheels with chrome inserts. It adds Rear Pedestrian Alert1, Head-Up Display, HD Surround Vision, and the Rear Camera Mirror.1 Air Ride Adaptive Suspension and Adaptive Cruise Control1 are available.

Pricing has not been announced