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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe: First Look

  • The Chevrolet Tahoe is all-new for 2021.
  • The new generation gets an independent rear suspension, which yields more interior space.
  • A segment-exclusive diesel engine is available in the new Tahoe.

The Chevrolet Tahoe is a full-size SUV that has seen some serious new competition in recent years in the form of the recently redesigned Ford Expedition. Chevrolet has answered Ford‘s challenge with an all-new Tahoe that borrows some tricks from its rival while bringing a few new things to the table.

What Are the New Features?

Chevy knows exactly what most Tahoe drivers use their Tahoes for: family transportation. To accommodate families, the new Tahoe is longer overall and has a longer wheelbase. That means more interior space for passengers and cargo and bigger rear doors for easier entry. Also contributing to extra interior space is an independent rear suspension, much like the Ford Expedition, as opposed to the more trucklike solid rear axle of the outgoing Tahoe. The second-row seats now slide 5.6 inches, and the third row gets an extra 10 inches of legroom, which is significant. On top of that, the new Tahoe has an extra 66 percent of cargo room behind the third seat. According to Chevy, these are class-leading interior dimensions.

All that interior space is great, and so is the fully redesigned interior. The whole SUV has a more premium look and feel on the inside than its predecessor, with a nice, tablet-style infotainment system and available screens behind the front headrests. A new push-button gear shift replaces the old-school column shifter, which is another thing that makes the new Tahoe a little less trucklike.

What Else Has Changed?

The 2020 Tahoe only has three trims: the base LS, the mid-range LT and the top-end Premier. All three trims will still be available on the new 2021 Tahoe, but they’ll be joined by the sporty RST trim, the off-road Z71 trim and the fancy new High Country trim. These new trims add a lot of variety to the Tahoe model range, meaning you can find the perfect Tahoe to fit your priorities, your taste and your budget.

Under the hood lie two V8 engines, which are mostly carried over from the 2020 model but now sport a revised cylinder deactivation system and an auto start/stop feature to save fuel. Joining the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8 engines is a Duramax 3.0-liter inline-6 turbodiesel available on every trim except the Z71. This engine boasts 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, which matches the torque figure of the 6.2-liter V8. Along with the all-new Chevy Suburban, which was unveiled alongside the new Tahoe, this is the only full-size SUV available with a diesel engine.

Why Should the Tahoe Be on My Shopping List?

Ever since the current Ford Expedition came out in 2018, it’s been hard to make a case for the Chevy Tahoe, unless you really wanted a V8 engine. The all-new 2021 Tahoe will be seriously competitive with the Ford thanks to its independent rear suspension, its optional diesel engine and the greater variety in its model range. If you’ve been thinking about getting a full-size SUV, we think the new Tahoe will be worth the wait.

When Is It Available and How Much Will It Cost?

The all-new Tahoe will be available in mid-2020. Pricing hasn’t been confirmed yet, but we expect its starting price to be similar to that of the 2020 model — around the $50,000 mark. Find a Chevrolet Tahoe for sale

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