The 2021 Chevy Tahoe is unveiled with a independent rear suspension and diesel engine option. The upgraded suspension is long overdue and will provide a smoother ride, better handling and more interior space. The Tahoe is the smaller version to the Suburban, but is more utilitarian this year. The new Chevy Tahoe will hit the market in mid-2020.
This next-generation Tahoe is 6.7 inches longer and 4.9-inch longer wheelbase. Chevy even gave the Tahoe the same legroom in the third row as the Suburban with 34.9 inches. This is a huge upgrade over previous models. Plus, the cargo capacity behind the third row is now 10.2 inches. The switch to an independent rear suspension substantially lowers the rear floor for extra cargo space and comfort.
Chevy was one of the last in its class to make the switch to independent rear suspension (IRS). The standard option is the conventional steel coil spring with passive shocks. Next, the coil springs can be paired with GM’s latest version of its magnetic ride control . To top-tier suspension option is a new Air Ride Adaptive Suspension that is optional on the High Country and Z71 models. This option is going to be the most comfortable ride, plus provides options to rise and lower for improved highway fuel economy and better off-road clearance.
The new powertrain option is the 3.0-liter Duramax turbo diesel. It provides the same output of 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque as the Silverado. The turbo diesel will be an expensive upgrade option. The Chevy Tahoe’s standard engine is the 5.3-liter V8 with 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Another option is the 6.2-liter V8 producing 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. All powertrain options come with a 10-speed automatic and a choice of rear- and four-wheel drive. Both of the V8 engine options include GM’s advanced Dynamic Fuel Management system.
Some other redesign features include a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard from the base trim. There is an optional 8-inch digital display in the instrument cluster and 15-inch head-up display. The massive 12.6-inch rear seat entertainment displays are another option.
The 2021 Chevy Tahoes will be available in six trim levels: LS, LT, RST, Z71, Premier and High Country. The next level of luxury is offered in the new High Country trim. Even without pricing, it’s easy to decipher that each trim offers something a little different. For off-road enthusiasts, the Z71 comes with a higher approach angle, standard four-wheel drive, a two-speed transfer case, all-terrain tires, a skid plate and red tow hooks. Different safety features are also available throughout the different trim levels including forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and automatic high-beams. More upgradable safety options include lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.
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