Back and better than ever before, the 2021 Chevy Tahoe is delivering a powerful performance that is rocking the auto industry. This beast is quite the specimen. As a full-size SUV, it’s been widened and lengthened to provide more storage space and a more comfortable ride experience for passengers. There is also a new diesel powertrain option on the horizon that has fans buzzing. Standard on all trims for this upcoming vehicle is a 10-speed automatic transmission and an independent rear suspension for a sturdy and smooth ride.
As a popular family vehicle, the Chevy Tahoe is a three-row SUV that can accommodate seven to eight passengers depending on the configuration inside the cabin. Next year’s model has been extended in length from 204-inches to 210.7-inches, giving more room in the back for cargo; the wheelbase has also been lengthened by 4.9-inches. The second row of seating gets about 3-inches of extra legroom, while the last row gets 10.2-inches. That’s a 40% increase, which means that as your kids grow, they can still ride in the back rows comfortably.
In addition to the extra legroom, the maximum cargo area has also grown exponentially. Previous models had about 94.7 cubic feet of space, but the 2021 model will offer 122.9 cubic feet. With all the seats in use, the cargo area has also grown from 15.3 cubic feet last year to 25.5 cubic feet in the upcoming model.
So, if you’re looking for a family-friendly SUV that has plenty of room for backpacks, sports gear, and luggage, this may very well be the vehicle for you!
Traditionally, full-size SUVs only come with one powertrain. It’s usually a standard V8 that is pretty powerful. However, the 2021 Chevy Tahoe is throwing tradition right out the window and introducing a lineup of numerous powertrain options for families to choose from. After all, one size does not fit all, and some families may need a little extra power for towing or road tripping.
The standard powertrain for the LS, LT, Z71, RST, and Premier models is a 5.3-liter V8 engine that generates 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. Next, on the top-of-the-line High Country version is a 6.2-liter V8 engine that pushes out an impressive 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the new diesel option is a 3.0-liter Duramax inline-6 engine that makes 277 hp and a whopping 460 lb-ft of torque.
The estimated average fuel economies have not yet been released by Chevrolet. The maximum towing capacities also remain a secret until now. However, these numerous are rumored to be quite impressive.
We do have a little bit of information about the new diesel option. It is said to operate with special silicon/aluminum pistons, iron cylinder liners, and a crankshaft with forged steel connecting rods. These features are meant to improve the highway fuel economy.
Since this vehicle is so large, it runs the risk of feeling like you’re riding on a bus. Chevy engineers took this into consideration and replaced the prior live-axle design with a multilink rear suspension with a trio of lateral arms. Also, incorporating Magnetic Ride Control, these new systems help to reduce body roll and bounce for a smoother ride experience. On the Z71 and High Country trims, the Air Ride Adaptive Suspension has been added as well. This allows ride-height adjustments by up to 4-inches and automatic load-leveling. Essentially, this means that it’s easier for kids and elderly passengers to get up into the vehicle.
Available in six unique trims, drivers can pick whichever model resonates best with their lifestyle. First, we have the economical LS and LT versions. These both include an advanced infotainment interface that operates with Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free text messaging and calling. It also functions with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless audio and app integration. You can stream your personalized playlist and access your favorite apps on the touchscreen interface with ease. Multiple USB ports have been added throughout the cabin for charging your mobile devices, and the 4G LTE Wifi hotspot keeps you connected to the online world everywhere you go. Want to post a social media update while you and your family are out of town on a wild adventure? You can! Another highlight on all trim except for the base LS is a wireless charging pad. This allows the driver to keep his or her smartphone charged without having to clutter up the cabin is cables.
Next is the RST version. This urban-inspired vehicle rides on huge 22-inch wheels and features a Black Ice finish on the grille. Black chrome accents on the outside give the SUV a sleek look, and the cabin offers beautifully contrasting stitching as well.
If your family likes to go off-roading or camping, you may want a Tahoe that is more suited to the outdoors. That’s where the Z71 comes into play. This ruggedly-styled vehicle has an enhanced front fascia that can take on steeper approaches with ease. Riding on 20-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, you can take advantage of the 4WD system. Complete with a two-speed transfer case and hill descent control, there isn’t a slope that you can’t conquer in this beast. Dual red tow hooks have been added as well as protective skid plates to guard against damage from rocks.
If you are looking for a little more luxury, the Premier might be right for you. This model adds navigations so that you will never be lost in a new city again. The customizable instrument cluster has been restyled and measures about 8-inches. The audio system has also been upgraded to a 10-speaker Bose stereo. Also included at this level are more safety features like rear cross-traffic alert, front/rear park assist, and lane-keeping assist.
Finally, the top-tier High Country model adds gorgeous bronze accents to the unique grille. Riding on large 22-inch wheels, this vehicle comes with the Head-Up Display that projects vital vehicle information onto the windshield so that you don’t have to take your eyes off the road. In the rearview mirror, you will notice the video feed from the rearview camera, and the panoramic sunroof is a great addition for letting in a nice summer breeze. Also included at this level is a surround-view camera system that provides you with an objective birds-eye-view of your surroundings. You don’t have to worry about causing a fender bender ever again!
Keeping families in mind, Chevrolet engineers have added several advanced safety systems to the upcoming 2021 Chevy Tahoe. For example, automatic emergency braking is now standard on every trim, including the base model. With 30 driver convenience and safety features, you don’t have to worry when you get onto the roads.
On the driver’s side are inboard seat-mounted side airbags that will shield you in the event of an accident. Forward collision alert will notify you if the vehicle senses an impending accident. For example, if another car or object is detected by the sensors, an audible alert will sound, and a notification will appear. Blindspot monitoring, lane-change alert, and lane-keeping assist are also included. These systems all work together to help prevent accidents on the road and keep you and your loved ones safe at all times.
If you have a trailer or boat that you want to hook up to your Tahoe, you can use the special hitch guidance system to make the process go smoothly and quickly. As we mentioned briefly before, the Head-Up Display is another nifty safety feature that has also been added along with the surround-view camera system. You stay up-to-date on important vehicle stats without looking away from the road, and you monitor your surroundings easily as well.