The American market had the Tahoe since long and was expected to get an update since Chevrolet updated their Silverado line of trucks last year. Here comes the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe accompanied by its sibling, the Suburban, a larger version of the same. Even if the car is all-new there’s nothing revolutionary as such just the addition of smart features that makes a lot of difference in the ownership. The car is bigger than the generation it replaces, is arguably more handsome and with that specific treatment to the headlights, it looks even meaner.
This is an all-new platform that Chevrolet developed and it can be referred to as “unibody-on-frame”. It is almost 7” longer than the outgoing model, 5” inches more between the wheels now, so cabin grows too. And heading inside its not a surprise that there’s more space available. The Tahoe needed improvement in this aspect always and that has been sorted now. A whopping 66% more space in the cargo hold, that’s huge! A 7” improvement in the length of the car, does a 10” improvement in the legroom. The rear seats are comfier than ever and space just adds to a better experience for the passengers. Furthermore, the middle row seats can be slid 10 inches front to back which unlocks another level of practicality. The overall capacity has increased by almost 1/3rd of the previous generation. The loading bay gets lower by 5” which will make loading ergonomically easier. And this all is merely due to the change in platform.
The suspension has also seen a huge upgrade, yes there is the normal coil springs and you can also opt Magnetic Ride Control shock absorbers. The dynamics improve further and comfort goes better as well. The four-link, independent suspension can be adjusted by a margin of four inches. After equipping it with the chassis airbags the Tahoe can raise itself if going off-road. And reducing the height when going highway for greater efficiency.
The Tahoe can be opted with no less than five displays out of which, the center console gets a 10” touchscreen infotainment display, the largest amongst the competition. There is a 4G LTE compatibility inside which provides you with on-the-go Wi-Fi ability. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also provided and further helping the mobile phone is a wireless charging pad that gets missing in the base variant. There are all-in-all six different trims on offer, LS, LT Z71, RST, Premier, and High Country. Top of the range Premier and High Country trims get a standard 8” instrument cluster, rest of them have a 4.2”. There’s a 15” heads-up display as an option and 12.6” screens for the rear seat passengers. The cinema can be had with quite a bit of sky aka the Panoramic sunroof. 22” inch wheels are an option, LED taillamps and headlights as standard, and actively moving grille shutters that would balance between heat management and drag created.
There are 3 engine options with 5.3 liter V8 that is standard and is rated to produce 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. This will be available on LS, LT, Z71, RST, and Premier. Putting in more muscle is the V8 6.2 liter that comes standard on the “High Country” trim. It produces an excess of 420hp and 460 lb-ft of torques. *Reminiscing the days when C63 actually had 6.3 liter V8*. The third one in the list is the 3-liter diesel-burning Inline-6 which can be taken on every trim except the Z71. It produces 277 bhp and 460 lb-ft of torque. All three engines would get an automatic stop-start function, direct fuel injection, variable valve timing and GM’s version of the cylinder deactivation system. These engines come mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox that would suit the heavy torques the engines are capable of.
All of the tests and development took 4 million worth of miles. This is just the road-test number it doesn’t include further simulation work and testing. Most of it based on Silverado just like the older generations. Key components and innards mostly remain the same but the body is different and just the windshield is the common link between the pickup and Tahoe. The Tahoe will be built in GM’s Arlington, Texas plant, and in addition to this, Chevrolet spent around $1.4 billion to get the plant up and ready for the new Suburban, Silverado too. The prices, fuel economy, payload capacity, towing capability aren’t out yet. This space will be updated as soon as the news is out. The 2021 Chevy Tahoe will go on sale in this summer.