Silverado styling makes its way to Chevy's SUVs.
In the same year when Chevrolet's largest SUV celebrates its 25th anniversary, General Motors has decided to release the next-generation of the Tahoe and Suburban. All-new for the 2021 model year, these full-size SUVs are larger than ever before and feature a new truck architecture, technology, powertrains, and driving dynamics.
Chevy says the Tahoe and Suburban both boast class-leading interior space. The Tahoe now features 66 percent more cargo room behind the third row while the Suburban offers 19 percent more cargo volume behind the second row. Third-row occupants will be happy to hear the Tahoe has gained ten additional inches of legroom while the Suburban gains 2.3 inches. Both have also clearly been styled to resemble the Silverado pickup truck.
Three engine options will be offered for the 2021 model year. A 5.3-liter V8 with 355 horsepower acts as the base engine on LS, LT, Z71, RST, and Premier trims. A 6.2-liter V8 with 420 hp is standard on the High Country trim and all engines are mated to a 10-speed automatic and feature cylinder deactivation technology. An optional Duramax 3.0-liter inline-six turbo-diesel is also available on all trims (excluding the Z71) rated at 277 hp and 460 lb-ft. This is the only diesel engine currently offered in the full-size SUV segment.
Chevy designed both SUVs with towing in mind. A Max Trailering package is available that adds a high-capacity radiator and cooling fan, integrated trailer brake controller, Hitch Guidance with Hitch View, and the Chevrolet trailering app. Official tow ratings haven't been announced but Chevy says its new full-sizers will be comfortable on the road thanks to an all-new chassis with a longer wheelbase and independent multilink rear suspension. An Air Ride Adaptive Suspension system and Magnetic Ride Control should combine to make the ride more comfortable than previous models.
The 2021 Tahoe and Suburban will be available with up to five different display screens, including a standard 10-inch central touchscreen, an eight-inch instrument cluster screen, a 15-inch head-up display, and 12.6-inch rear entertainment displays. In the front row, the Tahoe and Suburban have clearly taken some design inspiration from the smaller Blazer. This should make for a nicer cabin but fans of the column shift will be sorry to hear that it's a push-button shifter from now on.
These are massive SUVs used to haul large amounts of people and gear, so Chevy made sure to go big inside. Really big. With a 4.9-inch longer wheelbase and a 6.7-inch increase in overall length, the Tahoe now offers improved cargo and passenger space in all three rows. The Suburban grows by slightly less by it's enough to give it the more passenger and cargo space than any other SUV on sale today.
Customers will have a choice of six trim levels including LS, LT, RST, Z71, Premier, and High Country. Nine exterior colors will be available (including three new colors) and wheel options will include 18-inches, 20-inches, and 22-inches depending on trim level. Pricing has not been announced yet but we should get more information closer to release. The 2021 Tahoe and Suburban go on sale in mid-2020 for the North American market while other markets will have to wait a bit longer. Both will be built at GM's facility in Arlington, Texas.