The new generation of the large 2021 Chevy Tahoe is finally coming. The SUV hit a delay and it will be finally be released this year. Spy photos of test mules are on the internet for a while, and that was the main reason why experts were confident the new Tahoe is coming as 2020 YM. But, now everything is ready for the new era for the full-size model.
Besides the Tahoe, General Motors is updating the rest of the lineup in the full-size segment. So, we will also see the new Suburban, as well as its mechanical twin GMC Yukon. Of course, the premium Cadillac Escalade is also getting the independent rear suspension that will boost the ride quality.
Expectations are huge, like changes. New colors will refresh the choice, while new versions of RST and Z71 packages are boosting the performance. The top of the class model will be High Country. The diesel engine is improving towing capacity, while the new SUV could also get some novelties under the hood.
2021 Chevy Tahoe Specs, Towing Capacity
The main drivetrain for the big SUV remains a 5.3-liter, while the optional unit remains another V8. The base configuration comes with 355 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. The full-size model is very capable, so any upgrade is welcome. Well, the standard setup can pull less than 7,000 pounds, but a 6.2-liter powerplant is upgrading it in every way. First of all, towing capacity jumps to 8,600 pounds. We will see if GM is making any upgrades to catch up with the Ford Expedition, which is good for 9,300 lbs. The new Tahoe can also produce 420 hp and 460 lb-ft, and a larger engine is the exclusive option for some trims.
2021 Chevy Tahoe Duramax Diesel
The new 2021 Chevy Tahoe will also get the diesel unit. It is the Duramax engine we already see on the best-selling model by GM – Chevy Silverado 1500 truck. A 3.0 turbodiesel powerhouse is capable of producing 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. In the same realm, this is the least potent unit when it comes to towing. Both Ford’s Powerstroke and FCA’s EcoDiesel can pull more than 11,000 pounds, while Tahoe remains under 10,000 lbs. Still, this is better than larger petrol displacements can do. It also saves fuel. The gas mileage is not something the SUV should be proud of. Even with the smaller V8, it can’t do better than 18 mpg combined. Diesel will add at least 7 mpg.
We will consider one new drivetrain for the upcoming SUV. It is a 2.7-liter turbo-four unit that debuted in Silverado truck. Well, 310 horsepower might not seem to be enough for such a vehicle. But, if that’s good for the pickup, then Tahoe fans looking for a better mileage will be happy to see this powerplant. It also produces 350 lb-ft of torque and comes in a pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Independent Rear Suspension
One of the biggest updates for the new Tahoe is IRS. The big SUV needs to catch up with the most rivals and this feature will provide a better performance, especially off the road. The handling should be improved as well. Ford is already using it on the Expedition. The IRS is a heavier solution than the live axle, but it doesn’t travel with wheels. However, lighter materials in the body will make it up for the fuel economy concerns.
Z71, RST, High Country Editions
Besides the multiple choices for the engine room, the 2021 Chevy Tahoe is also going to offer a few interesting trim levels. For example, the Z71 is an off-road specialist with unique suspension upgrades. Also, the SUV is getting special tires, shocks, and underbody protection.
If you want a performance-oriented version, there is the RST package, with slightly upgraded speed and acceleration. You will get 22-inch wheels and special bowtie emblems. On the other hand, the premium package is High Country. Here, you will get some of the latest and most advanced features Chevrolet has to offer. There are power driver buckets, leather steering wheel, DRLs, HD vision camera, and many other upgrades. The infotainment screen is an 8-inch display, while the audio system is provided by Bose.
When Does The 2021 Chevy Tahoe Come Out?
The 2021 Chevy Tahoe is ready. It is just a matter of time when it will debut. Well, the biggest auto show in the US is the perfect place for such premiere, but the GM didn’t confirm this yet. The full-size Tahoe is coming alongside Suburban with an extended wheelbase, while the GMC is launching Yukon later. The price will be $1,000 higher than before. For significant updates, that is not too much. We still expect the pricing for the High Country edition, while RST and Z71 are optional packages for specific trim levels.