The 2021 Tahoe and Suburban Have Arrived
After months of speculation, GM has finally taken the wraps off of it’s next generation full size SUVs as they prepare to do battle with competitors like the recently-redesigned Ford Expedition and upcoming Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.
The design of the Tahoe and Suburban now has some softer lines on the side, with the shape of the side window mimicking that of the Traverse. The rear end design is unique, sharing little with the Silverado and looking more than a little bit like an Expedition. The front end sees the most change, looking very similar to the latest Silverado but with some unique design elements.
Both the 2021 Tahoe and Suburban are larger than before. The Tahoe grows 6.7 inches in overall length, with the wheelbase stretching 4.9 inches longer than before. The Suburban is 1.3 inches longer overall with a wheelbase that’s 4.1 inches longer than the 2020 model. This additional length, plus the addition of an independent rear suspension, benefits both models by dramatically increasing interior space. The Tahoe’s maximum cargo capacity increases from 94.7 to 122.9 cubic feet, while the Suburban’s swells from 121.7 cubic feet to a whopping 144.7, giving the latter model the most passenger and cargo space of any SUV currently available.
The trim level structure very similar to the Silverado, with the lineup consisting of LS, LT, Z71, RST, Premier, and High Country models. The High Country is new to the Tahoe and Suburban, while the Z71 is now a standalone trim level.
Despite rumors of the Silverado’s 2.7L 4-cylinder turbo joining the lineup, that was not the case. There are three engine options, though, starting with the standard 5.3L V8 that’s rated at 355 horsepower. A 6.2L V8 producing 420 horsepower is standard on the High Country. A Duramax diesel engine also joins the lineup, rated at 277 horsepower and 460 lb ft. of torque. As far as the suspension setup, Magnetic Ride Control is still available, but perhaps more interesting is the air suspension that’s available on the Z71 and High Country that can adjust ride height by up to 4 inches.
On the inside, there is a lot of new technology as well. A 10 inch touch screen is standard, while a 15 inch head-up display is available on higher trim levels. The rear entertainment system screens are now 12.6 inches. Automatic emergency braking is standard on all models and other options on the safety roster include front pedestrian braking, adaptive cruise control, a rear mirror camera, and a surround-view monitor. As expected, the interior design differs from the Silverado. It appears to have more soft-touch materials and leather (or faux-leather) wrapped surfaces to give the design a more premium appearance. We’ll reserve judgement for when we see this interior in person.
At first glance, these new GM SUV’s appear to have hit the nail on the head. They have fresh designs, new powertrain options, improved interior space, and more technology features. Look for a deep dive in the near future when more details become available.
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