Hint: it's already been revealed on the new Tahoe.
When Chevrolet unveiled its all-new 2021 Tahoe and Suburban SUVs earlier this month, we couldn't help but notice one specific trim level missing on the latter: the off-road-focused Z71. The new Tahoe Z71 was revealed and it looks fantastic. But what about an off-road Suburban equivalent? Will it happen?
The answer is 'yes.' Although the 2021 Suburban Z71 was not shown at the official debut event, a closer examination of the press release implies that a Suburban Z71 is in the cards, though we expect the automaker will have something to reveal shortly. Like the latest Silverado 1500 Z71, both the Tahoe Z71 and upcoming Suburban Z71s will feature a host of serious off-roading equipment, such as an Air Ride Adaptive suspension with automated load-leveling and ride-height adjustment up to four inches.
Magnetic Ride Control should also be part of the package, as will a set of 20-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain rubber. Also like the Tahoe Z71, pictured here, the Suburban Z71 will look the part thanks to a unique front fascia, front skid plate, red tow hooks, and black/black chrome exterior accents. The interior should also come standard with a 4.2-inch diagonal color driver's information screen.
Power will come from the familiar naturally aspirated 5.3-liter V8 with a total of 355 horsepower. Of course, 4WD will be standard, as will a two-speed transfer case and Hill Descent Control. The all-new Tahoe and Suburban are only the first of GM's latest generation of full-size SUVs.
The all-new 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL are slated to debut sometime in January while the next-generation Cadillac Escalade will have its official unveiling on February 4, in Beverly Hills, California. The Escalade is expected to look dramatically different, at least from the inside, than its Chevy cousin. However, we doubt Cadillac will offer its own version of the Z71 off-road package. Escalade buyers are a slightly different crowd.