The 2021 Chevy Tahoe is finally out. We knew the new model is on the way, and the redesign is going to be launched next year. We saw prototypes of the SUV in 2018 with independent rear suspension. However, the company prolonged the premiere, although most fans expected it in 2020. Now, both Tahoe and Suburban are all-new vehicles ready to conquer the full-size segment.
However, there is more to go. According to insider stories, the 2021 Chevy Tahoe will get the off-road Z71 package. Well, we have more details about the Suburban, but these two models are pretty much the same.
The company previews the highlights of the new lineup, but most details will be available at the launch date. Full-size SUVs are coming in a few months. Until then, the new Z71 version will probably join the lineup.
Spy Photos Announced New Generation in 2018
It’s been a long time ago when we saw the new Tahoe for the first time. Big changes were indicating the next-gen SUV will come, but experts thought it could happen this year. Well, they were right, but we see Tahoe as 2021 YM.
Meanwhile, General Motors didn’t try to hide its intentions. First, the SUV was spied with the new suspension setup. This move is logical, so the new version can cope with the Ford Expedition. Then, the entire fleet of GM’s big rigs was spotted in a group.
New Platform, Improved Capabilities
The new 2021 Chevy Tahoe, alongside Suburban, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade, will use the T1 architecture. For a long time, the carmaker tried to replace the old K2 BoF platform with the lighter one. The T1 is finally here and it cuts down the weight with higher usage of aluminum. Plus, it allows mechanics to improve the suspension with a new damping system. The result is a ride similar to the luxury car.
Of course, there is more behind the platform switch. Experts found rumors about the performance model, that will use a twin-turbo V8 unit. CT6-V is getting 550 horsepower from 4.2-liter displacement. This is enough for the performance SUVs to compete with some luxurious German models.
Furthermore, rumors about the hybrid engine are also louder. The new platform is capable to adopt such configuration. On the other hand, there are no moves by the company to electrifying its smaller models and big rigs are at the end of evolution.
2021 Chevy Tahoe Specs
Under the bonnet of the 2021 Chevy Tahoe is the same drivetrain as we got used to. A pair of V8 motors will power the big SUV. Base versions are going to use a 5.3-liter drivetrain. Chiefs didn’t unveil outputs. Previously, this engine was capable to produce 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. The V8 is not too efficient speaking of fuel economy. The lighter body will definitely improve the gas mileage. A ten-speed automatic gearbox is transferring power to rear wheels.
Another certain option is a powerful 6.2-liter powerplant. In this case, drivers can count on 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. The new IRS will help the entire lineup catch up with the competition, especially these off-road oriented models.
2021 Chevy Tahoe Z71 Package
After the IRS, the Z71 package is a logical choice. The suite is available on the Silverado truck, with whom SUV is sharing the platform. The T1 is also more durable and a few more upgrades could make it a real competitor to Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro.
The Z71 includes upgrades such as 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires. The SUV might also get larger rims. Rancho shocks and the special air cleaners are improving performance. The SUV is also getting a transfer case shield under the body and hill-descent aid function. Well, we might see the new Silverado truck with the ZR2 with even tougher equipment.
2021 Chevy Tahoe Sales Start, MSRP
The company announced that sales of the 2021 Chevy Tahoe will start in mid-2020. Both its big SUVs are going to get their price tags then. We don’t believe in a huge bump, although the new generation is bringing a lot of changes. The development also costs and the entire lineup will definitely add a couple of thousands over the current pricing. General Motors will continue to impress since the new Cadillac Escalade will also get a premier by spring. Hopefully, with the twin-turbo engine which will also be the part of the lineup of the performance-oriented SUVs in the non-premium segment.
For more details, visit the official Chevrolet site and be the first to find out all the information about the Tahoe and Suburban.