Bigger and more powerful than ever before, the upcoming 2021 Chevy Tahoe is an impressive specimen to say the least. Lengthened and widened to provide extra storage space, this full-size SUV is now offered with a new diesel powertrain option. An independent rear suspension and 10-speed automatic transmission are standard for all trims, and it keeps the truck-based platform that has made it such a sturdy vehicle.
Able to carry seven or eight passengers, this three-row SUV has been extended from 204 inches to 210.7 inches in length. The wheelbase has also been stretched by 4.9 inches, meaning that the legroom for both back rows has greatly improved. Second-row passengers get 3 extra inches, and third-row passengers get a whopping 10-inches of extra room. That’s a 40% increase! This upgrades the third-row from a kids-only row to an adult-friendly one. There’s also significantly more cargo space with the maximum area growing from 94.7 to 122.9 cubic feet. As for the cargo room behind the third row, it measures at about 25.5 cubic feet, which is a far cry from the previous year’s model that only offered 15.3 cubic feet.
If you’re looking for an SUV that has plenty of space for your loved ones, this is the vehicle for you! Give us a call at McCluskey Chevy to learn more about the 2021 Chevy Tahoe.
Let’s kick things off by crunching some performance stats. Traditionally, full-size SUVs are limited with how many engine options there are because there aren’t many choices. However, the 2021 Chevy Tahoe will have several powertrains for you to choose from.
Standard on the LS, LT, Z71, RST, and Premier trim levels, the 5.3-liter V8 engine pumps out 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. Under the hood of the top-tier High Country model is a larger 6.2-liter V8 engine. This motor generates an impressive 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Lastly, a diesel 3.0-liter Duramax inline-6 engine is also available. Not typically seen on full-size SUVs, this powertrain produces 277 hp and a staggering 460 lb-ft of torque. If you've been waiting for a diesel option on one of our Chevy SUVs, you'll soon have the chance to purchase one.
Although estimated fuel economy ratings and maximum towing capacity numbers have not yet been released, they are expected to rank in as some of the best in the auto world. The diesel engine operates with iron cylinder liners, special silicon/aluminum pistons, and a crankshaft with connecting rods made of forged steel. All of these features will help improve the fuel economy on the highway, which is ideal for people who wish to drive long distances. Also, keep in mind that each powertrain is equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission and push-button controls for ease-of-use.
The multilink rear suspension replaces the previous live-axle design and uses three lateral arms for a lower rear load floor. Paired with Magnetic Ride Control, these systems help to reduce bounce and body roll. On higher terms, like the Z71 and High Country, an automatic load-leveling and ride-height adjustment system known as the Air Ride Adaptive Suspension will be available. With the ability to adjust ride height buy up to 4 inches, it provides a much driving experience. It also makes it easier to get in and out of the vehicle.
The 2021 Chevy Tahoe will be offered in six trim levels, including LS, LT, Z71, RST, Premier, and High Country. The LS and LT models will be the most affordable, and they come standard with advanced features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This innovative system allows you to stream audio seamlessly and integrate your favorite apps into your vehicle’s infotainment interface. Also standard on all trims are a 4G LTE Wifi hotspot and multiple USB charging ports. You can stay connected to your favorite apps and keep your smartphone fully charged everywhere you go. Wireless charging pads are also standard on every trim except the base LS. This allows you to keep the cabin clear of cables that can clutter the interior.
The RST model is designed with street style in mind. Riding on massive 22-inch wheels, this version features a black ice finish on the grille and black chrome trim for a sleek exterior look. Inside the cabin, you will be greeted by special seating with beautifully contrasting accents.
If you want something more suited to the rugged outdoors, you can opt for the Z71. Designed for optimized off-roading, the rugged front fascia is enhanced to handle steeper approaches. Rolling on 20-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, it also features a 4WD system with a 2-range transfer case and hill descent control. This enables the vehicle to drive over rough terrain with no problem. You will also be able to gently descend steep slopes with ease. Skid plates have been added to the underbelly to protect against damage from rocks, and dual red tow hooks are also included. Black and black chrome accents adorn the outside for a dramatic exterior appearance.
Stepping into the realm of luxury is the Premier version. With an emphasis on advanced technology and ultimate comfort, this model includes the aforementioned Magnetic Ride Control suspension along with a slew of other great features. You will never get lost in a new city again with the help of the handy navigation system. The stylish instrument cluster is reconfigurable and measures 8 inches. You can even listen to your favorite music through the premium 10-speaker Bose stereo. Advanced safety systems include lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and front/rear park assist.
Lastly, the top-of-the-line High Country trim takes things to a whole new level. The first highlight you will notice is the uniquely styled grille with bronze accents. Rolling on 22-inch wheels, this vehicle is powered by the massive 6.2-liter V8 engine and equipped with Magnetic Ride Control. You won’t even be able to feel the rumbling of the motor at high speeds. It’s all smooth sailing from here! The 15-inch Head-Up Display projects important vehicle information onto the windshield. This allows the driver to keep tabs on key aspects of the drive without taking his or her eyes off the road. The rearview camera also features HD Surround Vision, which helps drivers maneuver in complicated areas, as it shows you everything going on outside the vehicle. This luxury model also comes equipped with a panoramic sunroof to truly get a luxurious feel. Optional at this level are Air Ride Adaptive Suspension and adaptive cruise control.
Advanced safety systems have become the main focus of many automakers in recent years. Everyone wants to drive a safe vehicle. That’s why Chevrolet has made automatic emergency braking standard on all 2020 Tahoe models. You don’t have to shell out the big bucks for a higher trim to feel safe. With over 30 various safety and driver convenience features on these upcoming vehicles, we are going to cover a few of the best ones.
First is the inboard seat-mounted side airbag on the driver's side. This is an added protective element that shields the driver in the event of an accident. Next is the forward collision alert system that will notify the driver of any impending accident. If another vehicle or object is detected ahead, a warning message will appear along with an audible alert. Also working together in unison to help avoid accidents are the blind-spot alert, lane-keeping assist, and lane-change alert. These operations will keep you driving straight and help you switch lanes or merge.
To make hooking up with a trailer an easy task, a special hitch guidance system has been added. You won’t have to try ten times to hook up. You can complete the process quickly and be on your way. With the maximum towing capacity of the 2020 Tahoe hitting 8,400 lbs, this is an SUV that will be used to haul more frequently than others in its class. Other notable features include the Head-Up Display and the high-definition surround-view camera system. Keep up-to-date on all of your vehicle’s important information while driving, and carefully park in tight spaces without dinging the exterior of your new ride.